The Clown Statue

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Clowns Like Babysitters, I Guess

A teen female was babysitting for a wealthy family with a very large house, location - Newport Beach, California.

The parents planned on dinner out and a late movie. Wanting to ease the babysitter's concerns about being in such a large house, the father directs that the babysitter use a certain tv room after putting the kids to bed, so she can hear the kids easily should they awaken before the parents' return.

After the parents leave, the babysitter visits with the children, and they all share a nice supper that was prepared ahead of time by the kids' mother. Afterward, the babysitter spends time with the kids doing various activities before their bedtime. Nothing is amiss and all are having a pretty good time and enjoying each other.

After the babysitter puts the kids to bed, she goes downstairs to the room mentioned by the father of the household. She understands that this is the best room to be in so that she can hear the children should they stir in their sleep and need her to come and comfort them, but she is bothered by the clown statue in the corner of the room. To her, it is very unnerving!

She tries to ignore the clown statue and watches a little television, but finally, her nerves get the better of her and she dials the father's cell number. She knows she shouldn't disturb the couple she is babysitting for, but under the circumstance, she felt it best to phone and ask permission to go against the prior directions to stay in the father's room of choice. Perhaps he would be able to suggest a similarly convenient place in the home for listening for noise from the children. Of course, she also wouldn't want to get in trouble for directly disobeying, either.

When the father answers his cell phone, the babysitter asks, "Would it be alright with you if I find a different place in the house to sit - or if I go read quietly with the little lamp in one of the kids' rooms while I wait for you to get home?"

When the father asks if it might not be better for her to just read from the tv room, she admits, "I know this sounds very silly, but I'd rather read upstairs and don't mind not watching tv until you get home because this big clown statue in the tv room is really creepy!"

Immediately, the father says, "Go upstairs, get the kids - quickly - " and he outlines a quick route through the large house to the back door. "Go directly to the neighbor's house - phone me once you're there - go do this now!"

Alarmed, the babysitter asks, "Wow, what's goin on?" The father just repeats, "Go now, follow my instructions exactly - go!"

The babysitter does exactly as instructed, and once she gets the kids to the neighbor's house, she calls the father back.

"What was all that about" the babysitter asked.

"We do not own any kind of clown statue!" the father replied. "I have already phoned the police and they are on their way over to the stay put with the kids - we are on our way to meet you at the neighbors."

Clown Statue interpretation on You Tube

How Do You Feel About Clowns?

Do You Like Clowns

  • *aaaaaaaaaaaaaa* Clowns - get them away from me, I hate them!
  • I love clowns
  • Clowns are annoying, but I am not afraid of them
  • I fear clowns
  • I put up with clowns for the sake of my kids
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The Clown Statue Video (3min 38sec)

More Scary Clowns

If urban legends with clowns in them do not frighten you, then maybe this will.

Serial killer, John Wayne Gacy had a persona as "Pogo The Clown," whereby he entertained a cookouts, parties, Bar-B-Q events.

Gacy raped and murdered 33 young men and boys. He shoved many of their bodies in a crawlspace and 27 bodies were found under the floorboards of his Chicago, Illinois home. He dumped several other bodies in strip mall dumpsters and in nearby rivers between 1972 and when he was arrested in 1978. Gacy was convicted of 33 murders and was executed May 10, 1994. Gacy earned the nickname, "Killer Clown" from authorities and the public.

Fear of clowns is so widespread and prominent that there is actually a term, Coulrophobia, for a phobia of clowns. Coulrophobia occurs in both children or adults and it is believed that one develops coulrophobia due to a traumatic experience with clowns. This trauma can be experienced either in real life or through the dramatic portrayal of clowns who are evil in movies and stories.

  • * Hint - GO EASY on listeners if you are telling urban legends with clowns in them... coulrophobia is intense and serious! If your audience becomes very squeamish, then it's time to ease up on the intensity of detail in clown urban legends, get to the end quickly or interrupt the legend and announce the reason why you are doing so. Then switch story types to something lighter. I'm serious. Technically and ethically, it is ABUSIVE to continue to frighten people through storytelling once there are indications that the 'fear factor' has gone too far.

Myself...I admit that I DO have a touch of coulrophobia! I do NOT like clowns and I HAVE HAD an awful lot of exposure to scary clown stories and scary clown movies, pictures, etc.

  • Hubpages author, Mrvoodoo has published an excellent hub on the topic of Coulrophobia. I agree with Mrvoodoo who mentions on this hub that "Pennywise" from Stephen King's "IT" book and movie is one of the most frightening clowns ever!
  • Hubpages author, mulder, also admits that he is afraid of clowns to a very serious degree. His hub, Fear of Clowns also mentions that the Pennywise clown, courtesy of Mr. S. King is a culprit who causes coulrophobia. As a fellow coulrophobe, I have not yet been able to bring myself to watch all of the videos on the hub...but I am working on it!
  • Hubpages authoress k @ r i also has published a hub about clowns, highlighting some connections between Zombies, Ghouls and Clowns. I liked reading that this hubber, a mother, has vowed to pay attention when children exhibit signs of coulrophobia. To my great relief, k @ r i has videos on her hub that mostly make light of clowns and clowning around.

The Clown Doll: An Urban Legend

Clowns and the Horror Movie Genre

Film makers in the Horror genre know they have hit upon something with clowns. There are TONS of horror movies featuring clowns to get everything from knee-jerk reactions to screams and even more severe reactions.

There are several horror movies based solely around the fear of clowns. Titles "Clownstrophobia" (2009), "Clowns" (2000), and "The Last Circus" (2010) come readily to mind - but never fear - there are many more movies based around clowns providing fear, horror, and terror.

Even Batman movies have some seriously scary clowns in the character, The Joker.

Jack Nicholson's Joker was diabolically scary and Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker was insanely frightening and disarming.

Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise The Clown in Stephen King's "IT" (1990) is probably one of the most memorable scary clowns in film. Pennywise is in the Top 10 of several (at least a dozen) lists I checked on horror movie, movie review, and horror lit sites on line. And Pennywise is the #1-#3 choice on many lists. This clown is one of my top 10 scares, too! I walk closest to the grassy edge of the sidewalk, even as an adult, versus the curb side where the storm drains are - due to the "Georgie" scene (Pennywise in the storm drain, talking to a young Georgie) in "IT"!

Mojo Top 10 List: Scariest Clowns in Movies and TV

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Pearldiver 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Pleased I called in Mythbuster, that is a cool hub. Well writen and held you in a headlock until the sucker punch! Nice one mate. I'll be back later for another good one... just gotta get rid of this Garden Nome behind my chair....hahaha

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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Hi Pearldiver! Glad you liked the hub - it was fun to write, too...I sort of had to keep checking the corner of my room, myself, to check for errant clowns haha...I quite often scare myself when I'm researching urban legends.

I just checked the poll on the far, people are selecting "aaaaaa Clowns..." and "I fear clowns" ah...excellent muhaha

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Pearldiver 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Yep I saw that.. first impressions on their first clown plus a couple of bad clown movies and they lock in a fear that can effect them for their entire life negatively. Cool eh? Gives a good writer like you the opportunity to "Feed the Fear!" which intuitively, I think you might do well.. lol.

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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Ohyeah - a couplaBADCLOWNMOVIES will definitely ruin a person! Perhaps I am aiming for payback from the evil clown content I ran into when I was still a kid? Rationally, I know a clown is a clown...but my little kid mind still tells me that Pennywise (Stephen King, "IT") is comin' to get us all...I'm giving everyone fair warning, too heh 'cept I'm already runnin' when I do the tellin'............. *poof*

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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

That was downright creepy. I don't like clowns, unless I KNOW the person behind the makeup. I've always hated clown statues, and I have been given quite a few over the years.

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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

So if I just get you a card with a puppy on it for your birthday instead of an expensive collector's edition of a 3foot Bozo the Clown, you're sayin' this would be preferred, huh?

wordscribe41 7 years ago

That was awesome. Frankly, I find clowns creepy. And somehow they seem to like me. It's odd that way, but they have a habit of following me around in crowds.

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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

When I started reading this hub, I was more in the category that finds clowns incredibly annoying, but not frightening. This is influencing me toward the "A-a-ah!" category. :-)

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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

Mythbuster, you are so thoughtful! A puppy card would be much preferred. :)

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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Thought you'd like that, Ivorwen :)

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Fab hub. I never have liked clowns, although not because I was scared of them so much as irritated by their silly antics that simply weren't funny at all, (perhaps I matured too young). I did however love the Stephen King book "IT", and would read it again with no problem at all and enjoy the creepiness.

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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

I agree that most clowns are not funny, mistyhorizon2003

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Across the alleyway at the new location I moved to a few months ago is something in the window of a neighbor's apartment which looks like the creepy outline of...

That nasty "Robert Doll."

Or a really creepy clown lol

...just thought I'd share that with you since I've been AWOL for a while.

I'm back - but trapped at my back door most nights by the outline of a clownish robert doll outline lol

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Hey, my husband has clowned around. Sometimes he is the only person who is willing to go into a cancer ward in a children's hospital. They're are bad clowns, but don't knock them all.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

HI BJBenson, thx for reading and commenting. I'm sure your husband has been a wonderful clown at the children's hospital wherever you're from. Nope, not all clowns are bad, you're right, however - it's strange that a whole lot of people (not just me) are afraid of or nervous around clowns.

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

They are. I think it is because you can't see the true face of some one.Something is hidden. That sends a signal to your brain. Beware!

My husband always try to make sure he wasn't scaring anyone. He always wanted kids to know he was a real person too. Some clowns don't do that.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

BJBenson I think you're bang-on about the assessment that (many) people do not like the hidden face aspect of clowns and that the brain sends a warning signal when we see clowns whose faces are either elaborately adorned with make-up or when masks are part of the outfit. I'm glad your husband was aware enough to be so considerate and careful with kids when he was performing as a clown. I'm sure many clowns who work with kids end up learning, quite quickly, that clown faces/make-up can be scary for kids.

me!!! lol* 5 years ago


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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

I agree me!!!lol* 100% with you! Thx for stopping by.

jt 5 years ago

i saw this clown once in a dream

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

jt - I would consider any dream a nightmare if it had a clown in it like any mentioned here! Thx for reading and commenting.

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wolfboy 5 years ago from lumsden,canada,sk

your even afrad of Rolold mcdonld! seiyisly!

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wolfboy 5 years ago from lumsden,canada,sk

but cool hub anyways

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Thanks wolfboy - glad you liked the hub

omggg 5 years ago

is the video scary.? the top one.?

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Yes, omggg, the first/top video is very short - but definitely scary.

cece 5 years ago

it scares me

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Clowns scare me, too, cece!

ILUV7 5 years ago


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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

I understand how you feel, ILUV7

Ashley  5 years ago

Is This Real ? The Statue Story ? If It Was Or Is , i Wouldd Screamm My Buttt Offf ! What Kinds Of Personn Would Make This Up ? Or If Not Made-Up ? :O

cam 5 years ago

that's creepy, but i really don't think the clown murdered leah.

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Ashley - it's an urban legend - hasn't been proven as a true event, but it makes one think doesn't it?

cam - the vid is scarier than the text. I wasn't able to figure out the ending in the vid. Creepy!

Patrice 5 years ago

wow i just got a clown forward nd i lookd up the clown statue nd now im scared of clowns nd i sent it bak 2 the person i wasn't suppose 2 by and accident!! but the movies rlly scared me great job tho lol! :)

Jayme Rox 5 years ago

My friend sent me a txt sayin go look at this and i did and is it supposed to scare me? I didn't figure out who died and plus The girl who sent this to me said the father said get the two kids out and dont look back, but it didn't show any death???

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Thx for your comments, Patrice. Glad you enjoyed the article and vid.

Jayme Rox - urban legends don't always have tidy endings and they almost always have multiple versions, so you might not ever get an answer about if anyone died or not. It depends which version of legend you've encountered.

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BryantBrown 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thank you for having this story on hubpages. I just wrote an hub about how this story affected me the first time I heard it. Anyone interested feel free to check it out.

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Jakob Dailes 5 years ago from Panama City Beach, FL

I'm not afraid of clowns, but they annoy me so friggin much. If I found a clown in my house (even if he had no evil intent or had just been misinformed about the address of a party or somethin) I'd probly go get my metal baseball bat and hit him with it till he left.

P>S> Go look at my Hub-version of this story! ("Urban Legend Group #1: The Babysitter Part 2")

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tamara 4 years ago

@Jayem Rox

i read this before in a different versoin and the clown was a real clown and he was there because he was homless and when the babysitter came in he had no time to hide so he pretended to be a statue... that's all i remember

tamara 4 years ago

the video was funny... Clown: MWAHAHA hahahhahahahaha i died laughing!

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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Glad you found some kicks out of this hub and the vid, tamara.

Thx for stopping by to read and comment.

Jayem Rox - interesting version you've mentioned. I will try to get that included in the text very soon - going to search for more details on the version (with a homeless man) you've brought up.

Thx for commenting and providing this alt version of urban legend.

Clown Murphy 4 years ago

I love the Clown shoes. Somebody now were to buy them?

Charlyze 3 years ago

I was so creeped

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mythbuster 3 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide Author

Thanks for commenting, Charlyze.

MissCapri 3 years ago

Love clowns, despise and smash chain letters. The clown statue gets pwned here.

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