Thursday, February 21, 2013

The sociology and economics of clowning - Observations

Walking through a park in Monterrey guarantees that a person will get accosted by clowns.  While they're antics bring a smile to my face, the tactics they employ are what drew my curiosity.

Like any other street performers  the goal of these clowns is to draw an audience and for that audience to give money.  This is the source of the performers' income so they have a strong incentive to not only attract a big crowd, but also find methods to get this crowd to give them money.

While one may think the talent of the clown is the main driver of revenue I would have to respectfully disagree. Carefully thought out, and practiced techniques are the key to these clowns earnings.