Even more interesting, all the clowns I spoke to noted that if a kid is scared of them at the beginning of a party, the clown can almost always win them over by the end by using a few clever techniques -- one of the popular ones is where the clown pretends to be super afraid of the child. Fear, like algebra, is learned. Kids aren't naturally afraid of clowns. They might be shy and timid, but they're generally not afraid. After all, as Bee Bee the Clown posed to us, "Clowns are trying to be fun. And what's wrong with a little bit of fun?"
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Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist and is not afraid of clowns. Follow him to fear-free living at @LeeBreslouer.