Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fear of Clowns? You Have it Now.

I'm hoping this is for older, teenage-type children.

Dominic Deville stalks young victims for a week, sending chilling texts, making prank phone calls and setting traps in letterboxes.
He posts notes warning children they are being watched, telling them they will be attacked. 
But Deville is not an escaped lunatic or some demonic monster. 
He is a birthday treat, hired by mum and dad, and the ‘attack’ involves being splatted in the face with a cake. 
‘The child feels more and more that it is being pursued,’ said Deville. 
‘The clown’s one and only aim is to smash a cake into the face of his victim, when they least expect it, during the course of seven days.’
If the boy or girl manages to avoid the ‘hit’, they are given the cake as a birthday present. Well, that’s alright then. 
The frightening fun can be stopped at any time, which is handy for parents who have second thoughts and don’t fancy the cost of child therapy. 
Deville said: ‘The clown will never break into a residence or show up at work. ‘It’s all in fun and if, at any point, the kids get scared or their parents are concerned, we stop right there. 
‘But most kids absolutely love being scared senseless.’ 
Deville set up his Evil Clown service in Lucerne, Switzerland, after being inspired by some of his favourite horror films – possibly including Stephen King’s It and Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
The idea is unlikely to be popular with sufferers of coulrophobia – the irrational (irrational?) fear of clowns.
But Stephen Vaughan of Clowns International, said scary clowns could be as funny as their red-nosed counterparts. ‘I think what Dominic is doing is a great idea,’ he added.
‘Bringing a little bit of life and laughter into kids’ lives is what we are all about.’ 

The part of me that likes to wait for my daughter to come around the corner and jump out at her can see the humor here... But then the whole stalking thing is a bit creepy.

I dunno.


Anonymous said...

Any parent who would pay someone to scare their kids like this needs more than therapy.

This is some weird shit. Maybe it's part of the "European mindset", but I just don't get it.

beamish said...

any of you send a clown after me I'm gonna go nuckin futs.

I hate clowns.

Brooke said...

Jen: I'm torn. I could see both.

Beamish: After a childhood with clowns from outer space, I can feel that, even though I can watch it now and LMAO.

cube said...

My oldest daughter hasn't forgiven me for "The Acid Cycle" -
and that was years ago and a lesson to her about lying, not a prank.

No way. I won't hire that clown for my kids. Um, maybe for someboy else's pesky children that really annoy me ;-)

Brooke said...

There are a few kids in the neighborhood that could use this. ;)

What's "The Acid Cycle." This might have merit, as my eight-year-old apparently is going through a phase 'mistruth.'

I guess she doesn't think there's nothing she's done that I haven't done better. ;)

Ducky's here said...

Why not just have them join Beamish and the rest of the jugalos at an Insane Clown Posse "concert"?