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Balloon poodles are really kinda phallic, aren't they?
Balloon poodles are really kinda phallic, aren't they?

Clowns are no match for today's kids

It’s not just my kid that seems really smart; it’s your kid, too, right? In fact, most wee ones are remarkably sharp these days. They seem to learn faster and have a deeper understanding of concepts at a much younger age. Maybe it’s because many of our households are child-centered, or the modern commitment to breastfeeding or that it’s every generation's “job” to surpass the last. In fact, many times, I hear moms and dads say that 3 is the new 7, or 6 is the new 10.

That said, this weekend my 5-year-old debunked clown magic.

We attended my grandma’s 90th birthday party in Freeport, Ill., and she hired a clown to provide magic tricks and balloon art for the grandkids.

Most of the adults agreed the clown was on the creepy side -- she didn’t smile at all despite her heavily made-up face and had kind of a low voice. She also wore a button that said, “God loves clowns.”

Overall, my kids enjoyed the clown action. However, when she tried to wow them by pulling a flag out of a seemingly empty box, Kai said, “Can you pull a Guatemalan flag out of that box?”

The clown said, “You bet I can,” and proceeded to pull another flag -- definitely not the Guatemalan flag -- from the box.

“That’s not the Guatemalan flag,” said Kai.

“Yes,” said the clown firmly. "It is."

“No, it’s not,” said Kai, who was born in Guatemala. “The Guatemalan flag has two blue stripes and is white in the middle.”

Then he told the clown it was OK that she made a mistake and she should try again. The clown looked flustered and glanced at me with a “help me” look. So, I distracted Kai by asking to see his poodle balloon hat.

Later, I thought about the fact that if Kai could read more than three-letter words, he probably would have asked the clown how she knew God loved clowns. Luckily for Clarabelle, he can’t.

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custom123 | May 2, 2008 at 7:55 a.m. (report)

The clown WAS a clown, that's the point he/she wasn't there to teach about World geography.

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wfbgal | May 1, 2008 at 2:57 p.m. (report)

35172 It was her own fault. She should have just said no, I can not. I'm not familiar with that country can you tell me about it??

Sounds like the Clown really wasn't a kids clown.

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custom123 | April 30, 2008 at 11:33 a.m. (report)

I'm shocked! In keeping with the spirit of "Green Month" I thought for sure he would have pulled a "green" tampon out of that box. I would ask for a refund Molly or at the very least some "Fair Trade".

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Victor Golf | April 30, 2008 at 10:54 a.m. (report)

It doesnt really take super intelligence to embarrass or show up a clown magician. Seems to me there is a difference between being smart, and being a smart alec.

I don't know how those people do it; can you imagine having to entertain someone elses bratty kids all day? Then on top of that, when one of the children tries to make you look like a fool, their parents think it's the funniest thing in the world.

Sounds like hell on earth to me.

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Bee Tee | April 30, 2008 at 10:24 a.m. (report)

Now you know why there are two standard (read "big") poodles in my house! ;-)

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