Can you help me think of creepy clown tricks?
October 16, 2012 1:20 PM   Subscribe

Can you help me think of creepy clown tricks?

I've decided to be a creepy clown for Halloween this year, and I'd like to have a repertoire of relatively simple, creepy tricks to perform. For example, I plan on asking people if they want to see a trick, then I'll blow up a balloon, pop it, and laugh in a creepy clown laugh. Simple and, hopefully, effective.

Any other ideas? Thanks!
posted by snapplepop to Grab Bag (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Anything to do with Pennywise ?
posted by k5.user at 1:24 PM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

Bleeding from the mouth.
posted by carsonb at 1:26 PM on October 16, 2012

Yeah, my sister and I just watched Stephen King's It and Tim Curry does a lot of creepy classic clown poses and expressions that would probably help you set your "act" up if you haven't seen it recently. Can't remember off the top of my head any creepy tricks though.
posted by stoneandstar at 1:29 PM on October 16, 2012

Do the pull-a-coin-from-their-ear bit, but find small disturbing objects. A small bone, a (dulled) razor blade, chewed gum, plastic insects, &c.
posted by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

I am certain that clown ministry involves lots of creepy tricks.
posted by Countess Elena at 1:36 PM on October 16, 2012

Pull a rabbit out of a hat..... a dead (i.e., stuffed & 'bloody') rabbit.

Or use a hand, foot or other body part.
posted by easily confused at 1:36 PM on October 16, 2012

I guess only do this to people who will be okay with it, but Rock Steady reminded me of the schtick where you make like you're going to pull something out of their ear, but then you just yank on their ear or a fistful of hair and remind them that you did say, "trick."

On the plus side, it doesn't require any props.
posted by RobotHero at 2:03 PM on October 16, 2012

For the Pennywise/It idea, make a paper boat out of newspaper and splatter it with red paint.

"They all float down here".
posted by mannequito at 2:04 PM on October 16, 2012

Get one of those squirting flowers, but have it just kind of ooze blood.
posted by cmoj at 2:36 PM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

Do several slow, elaborate mime routines. Trapped in a box? Slowly suffocate. Invisible lasso? The rope turns into a horrible garrote and you strangle yourself. Honk your own red nose, only for it to fall off and you stare at it in horror.

Oh, and make sure your makeup is really intense and smeary.
posted by mochapickle at 2:43 PM on October 16, 2012 [2 favorites]

Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (aka "Pogo the Clown") had a creepy handcuff trick.
posted by cazoo at 2:44 PM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

if you draw a face on the balloon before doing it, this one might be nice.
posted by jonbro at 3:13 PM on October 16, 2012

posted by nikkorizz at 7:24 PM on October 16, 2012

Pen & Teller used to do a nice gruesome trick where Teller would put a fork up to his eye and "puncture" his eyeball, while a bunch of white goop spilled out.

(he immediately reveals the trick as being nothing more than one of those little coffee creamer packs which he pokes with the fork and lets it run. )

Not sure how well this would work with face makeup, but it's definitely a shocker.
posted by ShutterBun at 8:57 PM on October 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

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