616 Steinbach Nutcracker Clown POPOW
POPOW-Every now and again a real traveling circus used to come into my
home town. Huge posters advertising the circus arrival were plastered on
billboards everywhere, and then came the long procession of white circus
wagons with all the exotic animals that fascinated young and old alike.
Finally up went the four-masted big-top tent in what seemed like no time
at all. In the afternoons there were performances meant especially for
the children. The most popular of all the acts and my own favorite was
the funny character Popow, who was really more a combination clown and
musical artist. His rollicking banter was interspersed with a
neverending stream of risque Polish and Czech words. He astounded us
with his juggling act and with his ability to play four or five
different instruments at the same time with his mouth, hands and feet.
Popow the clown would always bring his little dressed-up monkey friend
with him. The monkey would hold out an old hat in his tiny paws, and the
spectators, if they were in a good mood, would throw a few pennies into
it. But every once in a while there was no money forthcoming — Then
Popow would do something quite naughty and improper — He would place
his trumpet to his behind and let forth a mighty trumpet blast.
This would instantly create laughter
and hilarity among the onlookers and the money would start pouring into
the monkey’s hat.
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