"...The clown nose is the smallest mask...", my teacher Jacques Lecoq explained to us as we were discovering our personal clowns. Graduated from Ecole Jacques Lecoq theater mime movement, in Paris, France with the class of 1970-1972. Philippe Gaulier first time teaching was also our class in 1972. Stanley Allan Sherman
just want to give a plug for Stanley's leather clown
I bought one twenty-two years ago and it's still in good shape. I used
it a lot in performance the first ten years and still use it in rehearsal.
It has such a distinct (and comfortable) feel when I wear it, that I'm
ready to play as soon as I put it on (Pavlov's fool).
January 5, 2007.
Arts Company Event:
Why use a custom leather clown nose when you can pick up a rubber one for about $10?
I started making custom fitted leather clown noses in New York City during the late 70's. Many clowns wear my noses and are still working in them 20 + years later. I worked in my clown nose for a few decades plus performing my solo show "Aero Show".
Clown noses are cut specifically for your nose. The nose holes are placed directly under your nostrils for better breathing and airflow. Leather noses do not sweat. They are more comfortable. The custom fitted leather clown noses are especially great for those long gigs doing walkarounds and hospital work.
I have made custom leather clown noses for many clowns including, Bond Street Theatre Coalition, clowns with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and Le Rire Medecin in Paris, France along with well over 100 clowns around the world.
Each nose is signed and numbered. Because they are handmade each one is a little different.
Clown Nose Size
Nose Personal Fittings
Yes... I have done many clown nose fittings long distance for clowns around the world. This is done by you making then sending me a positive mold of your nose. PDF instructions for different ways of making making a mold of your nose..
One clown that works with Le Rire Medecin in Paris requested a blue nose. There are a few blue clown nose's around Europe now and a purple one in France. I have also made a black punk clown nose complete with a spike.
If you prefer to glue or tape on your leather clown nose, I have had clients do so. However, spirit gum is not my specialty.
with a personal fitting
for long distant clown noses
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One of a kind design custom clown noses are available.
Satisfaction Guaranteed The fitting of your custom fitted leather clown nose, even long distance are continue until you are satisfied.
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Created a top secret clown nose for the TV show FX American Horror Story main character: TWISTED CLOWN, before the first shoot. Received the call at 5 PM; the clown nose needed to be there the next day. No time to make a mold of the actors nose and ship it to me, and Show designer Michael Mekash could not reveal who the actor was or send me his photo. "...Can you send photos of just his nose, right, left and front." A few hours later was working from the photos of the actor, John Carroll Lynch nose. This clown nose is designed to be held without string, did special forming and cutting for perfect placement and comfort, long television studio shooting days. Circumstance well known to me personally. Finishing his rush clown nose at 3 AM. Emergency, shipping to the shoot in New Orleans that morning. Michael called me, "...perfect color and fit..." Then ordered a second leather clown nose for John as backup.
Sherman and Michael McGuigan, 1984
UK clown Guy Heathcote in his new custom fitted leather clown nose. Guy made and mold of his nose, mailed his nose mold to me and I cut his custom fitted leather clown nose to fit his nose.
Hilary Chaplain is an actress, physical comedienne, variety performer and a teacher of clown and physical comedy. Her show is, "A Life In Her Day". www.hilarychaplain.com
Street Theatre (top left to bottom):
Joanna Sherman, Fred Collins, Luanne Dietrich, Michael McGuigan, Mary
Dino (not a custom nose which is why she is sad), Stephen
Street Theatre, a theatre company founded in
1976 by a group of physically skilled, socially concerned actors, was
shaped by their diversity of techniques and motivated by their passion
to be useful in this world. www.bondst.org
Tonight, for the sixth year in a row, I played my uke and sang my novelty numbers in front of a friend of mine's vintage clothing shop during the big "art night" known as "Art for Art's Sake" here in NOLA. I wore the leather nose. I have never had more compliments in my life than the compliments I had for the leather nose. It was unbelievable.
It seemed like every person who happened by said something. When I told them it was a custom model, made from a mold of my very own nose they didn't believe me. I showed them the handwriting inside.
What I mean to say is the nose you made me gave me one of the great nights of performing I have ever had, I can never thank you enough.
The nose you made fits and looks great! It is just in time for my next round of performances. Thank you, I love it. Thanks! I'm a happy fool.
I just received the nose today. Let me tell you, it is absolutely what I had in mind. Really a fabulous job. I am very sure that "Zippo" the clown will like it.
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