Clowns have been around since antiquity in one form or another, in cultures all over the world. Learn the history of the performers we know as clowns: the imp, the trickster, the fool, the jester, the harlequin, the clown, and the tramp. In the past few decades, the reputation of clowns has taken a beating, from the eerie picture of serial killer John Wayne Gacy in clown makeup to Stephen King’s Pennywise. But clown culture is thriving, too, in new incarnations such as hip-hop clowns, the new vaudeville movement, and the many classically-trained clowns looking for gigs. Read about all of these facets of clowndom at Collectors Weekly.