My cousin is a teacher at a small school in Quincy IL. She knows that i’ve been going at Unicycling for about a month and i’ve gotten pretty good. Now one of the teachers had an end of the year carnival thing with prizes and ring toss and face painting and everything. I got asked to be a clown and ride the unicycle for these little kids.
They gave me a little clown suit, orange and black that smelled like a basement, and i came in the gym (it rained outside) and rode around a little hopping and riding wherever i could nothing really impressive but the kids liked it. Then i joggled a little bit and made some balloon animals for the tikes. They had a good time but i couldn’t help feeling a little regret.
There was an 8th grader there who came up to me before i left and asked how long it took me to ride a uni. I told him about a month but that was pretty fast. He said he might get into it, it looked cool he said.
Unicycling was never really a carnival thing to me, it was more of a fun thing i could try to do. I really didn’t want to popagate the idea that unicyclists are from a circus. I felt really bad about it. That and i looked like an idiot.
Anyway just a lament. Whoops! 2:30 AM. Better go out an UNi.
> Unicycling was never really a carnival thing to me, it was more of a fun
> thing i could try to do. I really didn’t want to popagate the idea that
> unicyclists are from a circus. I felt really bad about it. That and i
> looked like an idiot.
I am always happy to ride a unicycle around, juggle, do a magic
trick or two, and generally entertain.
If someone wants me to wear a clown suit (or any other costume), I will
always quote a ‘looking like a dick’ premium - which they are never
willing to pay.
Whenever I’ve done work, I’ve worn smart clothes (black trousers,
pinstripe shirt etc.) but will not wear a crappy costume for the sake of
I am in england and feel a little out of my league being surrounded by pros on this site. I would say I am quite good and have been riding a year now I am 15 in 7 days (6th June '03) and can jump off of a normal school desk height platform. I have got Two 20" Mission Unicycles (One Silver, One Red) and a Raleigh 20".
My favourite Uni is my Red Mission. It has got a Maxis Max Daddy Dirt BMX Tire ans some Mission Trials Pedals I have completely covered it with stickers and all of my mates think it looks cool. ( I have got a picture of it on a webpage taken by the BBC (http://ftp.bbc.co.uk/kent/fun_stuff/radio_kent/sheerness_04.shtml)feel free to have a look) last year when me and my brother went to santus circus we terrorized the clowns because of the amount of jip we get on the streets e.i People shouting “You clown”, “Oi mate you’ve lost a wheel” & “The circus is in town” at the top of thier voices and it tends to wear a bit thin. I once dressed as a clown a bit like XWonka at the top but now relized thats just plain silly. I like Jakass on MTV but reckon Steve-O needs to practice on his Uni-Skills. I prefer CKY for stunts but I have not seen any Unicycling so not very happy bout that anyways I need to go now thanks for reading plese reply soon
> Uni_baz wrote:
> > *last year when me and my brother went to santus circus we terrorized
> > the clowns because of the amount of jip we get on the streets e.i
> > People shouting “You clown”, “Oi mate you’ve lost a wheel” & “The
> > circus is in town” *
> Look, you’re 15 so I’ll cut you a bit of slack, but here’s some advice
> you may take or leave. Don’t make it a habit of taking out your anger at
> someone who has wronged you on someone who hasn’t.
Yeah… I didn’t quite follow the original post, but are you (Baz)
saying that because people heckled you, you then heckled the clowns
at the circus?
Doesn’t that make you just as much of a dick? So the clowns are
sitting in their caravan at the end of the show, and they say:
“What a couple of arses we had in tonight - giving us jip like
‘you clown’ and ‘oi mate you’ve lost a wheel’”
I live in London but am in foster care in Sheerness in kent
Kent is a big county in the south-east area of England
Thanks for the email site as I could not find anyone in england who rides a Unicycle, exept my brother and my friend Bobby, but I am better than them which has its good side but they cant do any-thing that I can't so I cant copy any-one elses tricks.
I can do most common tricks including side hopping and riding off of 4ft drop and tables ie. Picnic Benches but I find wheel walking impossible.
Anyways I don't want to seem rude but I need to go now 'coz I wanna check out www.unicycle.org.uk my Email address is
You brought joy to a bunch of kids. You discussed unicycling with someone and represented the community in a positive manner. You didn’t propogate the idea that unicyclists are from the circus, you propogated the fact that you are a sharing and entertaining individual. You should be proud of yourself. If you’re not, don’t worry, most of us here ARE proud of you.
One last note: there are many of us here who look like idiots WITHOUT putting on a clown suit OR riding a unicycle.
It’s not whether or not you are performing as a clown, it’s how the clown performs. I’m assuming you are performing, if you are in clown. Make people smile, make people laugh, and you’re doing it right.
The problem many people have is the assumption that the costume and makeup automatically constitute a “show.” Nope, just being a clown doesn’t do anything. It’s what the clown does.
Being a clown, you can have a lot more fun with a lot less skill on a unicycle as well. For example, you can simply ride around holding a newspaper in front of you, and keep crashing into things (not people). Or, you can spend your whole performance trying to get the unicycle to work. You don’t need to be able to ride at all. A skilled rider might have fun doing stuff with his big feet, such as trying to walk the wheel. Etc. etc.
To the contrary, being dressed in clown and doing a straight skills act on a unicycle doesn’t work either. If you can do all those skills, why be a clown? A clown is about character, interaction, discovery, etc.
The fact that another clown has shown up with a unicycle is not going to change the amount of circus or clown questions we get. Though the unicycle did not originate in the circus, that’s where it is popularly know from. We are slowly changing that.
It’s worked for other sports. When you think of trampolines, what do you think of, circus, or gymnastics? The trampoline worked its way up from circus to being a full-fledged sport. Like us.