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Old 06-23-2003, 07:04 PM
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How do they fit so many clowns in a clown car?

You know this circus gag where a little clown car comes driving along, stops, and about two dozen clowns come out? How do they fit so many clowns in there? Is it a prespective thing? (the car being much larger than the audience perceives it to be)

My best guess is there is simply a hole in the bottom of the car, and the driver drives it over a trapdoor on stage where a bunch of clowns climb out. But perhaps they have a more creative way of doing this act?
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Old 06-23-2003, 07:13 PM
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Nope. You got it exactly. Just trapdoors an that's it.
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Old 06-23-2003, 07:15 PM
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Maybe, but isn't a circus ring usually sawdust on top of beaten earth?

Perhaps it is just a car with no seats inside and the clowns are all packed in like sardines.
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Old 06-23-2003, 07:43 PM
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They're dehydrated. A midget in the car adds water to them one at a time and they reconstitute just before popping out of the door.
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Old 06-23-2003, 07:50 PM
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Mangetout has it right.

No trap doors. Just totally empty cars and people who know how to squeeze together.
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Old 06-23-2003, 07:54 PM
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They talked about it on Car Talk a couple of weeks ago. They said it's just a combination of contortion and stripping down the car. If you remove the seats there's a lot of room - you can even get into the trunk if the rear seat is removed. If the car is pushed rather than driven, you don't even need the controls.
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Old 06-23-2003, 07:57 PM
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I'd prefer the wood-chipper method of stuffing clowns into cars, but that's just me.
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Old 06-23-2003, 09:34 PM
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Just never be a clown in a clown car when some clown farts ...

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Old 06-23-2003, 10:19 PM
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Once you have been caught in a run way with six (six, count ‘em, six) flatulent elephants, no number of farting clowns would be intolerable--even packed into a stripped down 1963 VW Beetle. TOOT! TOOT!
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Old 06-24-2003, 03:17 AM
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I really like Purd Werfects suggestion
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:48 PM
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Clown Car

"It's the most requested clown gag ever," asserts Greg DeSanto. "Everyone wants to see a lot of clowns come out of a really small car." Considering DeSanto's position as the executive director of  the International Clown Hall of  Fame and Research Center in the consistently  hilarious burg of Baraboo, Wisconsin, this is an assertion that needs to be taken almost somewhat seriously.
"There's no trick to the clown-car gag," says DeSanto, who matriculated in the hallowed halls of  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and performed with the self-proclaimed "Greatest Show On Earth." "There are no trap doors in stadium floors, and the cars are real cars."

In fact, a clown car is fully functional. "We remove all of the interior," explains DeSanto, "including the door panels and the headliner, and paint the windows except for a small slot for the driver to see through. The driver sits on a milk crate. We remove any interior barrier to the trunk, and we beef up the springs so that the car doesn't seem to be riding on its bump stops. Then it's a matter of shoving in the clowns."
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:54 PM
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They're dehydrated. A midget in the car adds water to them one at a time and they reconstitute just before popping out of the door.
Or inflatable,
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:59 PM
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:09 PM
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I'm disappointed in the 2003 Doper crowd for letting this go without a request for more details:
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Once you have been caught in a run way with six (six, count ‘em, six) flatulent elephants, no number of farting clowns would be intolerable--even packed into a stripped down 1963 VW Beetle. TOOT! TOOT!
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:47 PM
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Or inflatable,
Probably not entirely inaccurate. Clowns traditionally wear pretty baggy clothes, which makes them look bigger, but in the car all that bagginess is going to be squished down.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:02 PM
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I'd prefer the wood-chipper method of stuffing clowns into cars, but that's just me.
No, it's not just you.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:20 PM
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zombie clowns or no

they blow up their inflatable body parts as they exit appearing much bigger.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:31 PM
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zombie clowns or no
WTF is with your zombie or no shit
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:32 PM
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I used to take my daughter to this small circus that wintered in our town. There was one ring, the ticket taker was also the acrobat, the lion tamer had one lion - that sort of tiny.

For the clown act, they drove into the ring in a VW bug and clown after clown kept coming out of the car. Of course everybody could see it was the same four clowns running around and getting back in the car on the other side. It was hilarious!
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:56 PM
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Or inflatable,
They float. And you'll float, too.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:57 AM
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They're a superposition of quantum clowns, any number of which, being unobserved by the circus audience, can occupy the same space in the interior of the car. They only have to occupy distinct space from one another once they are observed, which only happens as they emerge from the car.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:00 AM
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They're a superposition of quantum clowns, any number of which, being unobserved by the circus audience, can occupy the same space in the interior of the car. They only have to occupy distinct space from one another once they are observed, which only happens as they emerge from the car.
So if I ran up and peeked in the window, there would be a mass implosion of clowns? Would the car be damaged?
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:09 AM
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What's the big mystery? Barnum & Baily and the Ringling Bros. were the first to develop working transporters.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:36 AM
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Then it's a matter of shoving in the clowns."
Isn't it rich? Are we a pair? A trio? Quintuplet?
Me here at last on the ground and you in mid-car
Shove in the clowns

Isn't it bliss? Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing off farts and one who can't move?
But where are the clowns? Shove in the clowns

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Old 07-07-2014, 06:05 AM
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So if I ran up and peeked in the window, there would be a mass implosion of clowns? Would the car be damaged?
According to Jim Bruin in Post #11 above, they paint the windows. Now you know why.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:12 AM
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But where are the clowns? Shove in the clowns...
I think I will never hear "Send in the clowns" again.

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According to Jim Bruin in Post #11 above, they paint the windows. Now you know why.
But they leave a slit. I could look in the slit.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:32 AM
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In which case you'd find that clowns are both particles and waves!
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:50 AM
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They're dehydrated. A midget in the car adds water to them one at a time and they reconstitute just before popping out of the door.
"Run for the hills, folks! We're gonna be up to our armpits in Martians!"
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:49 AM
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But they leave a slit. I could look in the slit.
You can look in one slit. It's when you have two slits that you run into trouble.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:00 AM
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Schroedingers Circus! It simultaneously is and is not the Greatest Show on Earth!
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:14 AM
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Bozogami-the art of clown folding.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:25 AM
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They're dehydrated. A midget in the car adds water to them one at a time and they reconstitute just before popping out of the door.
Just don't use Heavy Water from the Bat-Nuclear Reactor.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:38 AM
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Bozogami-the art of clown folding.
I am so stealing this to use in Games if I get a chance. In Made-up False and Flat-out Wrong Trivia Dominoes we're into clowns. If I do use it, I'll cite you.*

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:42 AM
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They're a superposition of quantum clowns, any number of which, being unobserved by the circus audience, can occupy the same space in the interior of the car. They only have to occupy distinct space from one another once they are observed, which only happens as they emerge from the car.
That's right, but it only works because clowns are Bozons. If they were Fermions, two could not occupy the same space.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:52 AM
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They use a shoe clown horn.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:41 PM
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You can look in one slit. It's when you have two slits that you run into trouble.
When I looked inside the car it was clowns all the way down...

And how does all this quantum clown stuff relate to silly-string theory?
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:09 PM
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That's right, but it only works because clowns are Bozons. If they were Fermions, two could not occupy the same space.
New meaning to "Cram it, clownie!"

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Old 07-11-2014, 12:03 PM
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THere's an unfortunate downside to the whole thing, though.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:18 PM
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THere's an unfortunate downside to the whole thing, though.
Loved this! Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:58 AM
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When I was 8 years old, our family car was a Crosley Station Wagon. 5 children and two parents getting out of a Crosley must have appeared very clown like.
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:42 AM
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This is relevant.

And by the end, you'll notice that they really only used up maybe a half of the internal volume of that truck. It's designed to seat four or five people.
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:48 AM
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Even more relevant.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:22 AM
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And here a clown finally reveals the secret.
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