A new service is provided by Swiss actor Dominic Deville. He rents his time out as an “evil birthday clown“. If you pay him, he will leave scary notes and pictures for your children to let them know that he is watching them and when they least suspect it he will attack them.
Dominic will pursue his prey for an entire week, and at the end a child will be lucky enough to be attacked. Deville, wearing a zombie clown suit, will find your child and smash a cake in their face, writes Inquisitr.
Deville is tapping into a new market where they are finding that a significant number of children are terrified of circus clowns.
“The child feels more and more that it is being pursued,” explained 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.”
In case a lucky child manages to avoid the ‘hit’, he is given the cake as a birthday present.
However, 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, Metro reports.
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.”
The scary clown added: “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 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 statistics show that coulrophobia is one of the top 10 most common phobias. Symptoms can range from high anxiety to outright panic attacks around people in clown outfits or other bizarre attire and make-up…even Santa Claus.
The fear of clowns has been increasing in popularity over the last few decades. This is likely due to the way clowns have been portrayed in popular culture, says ZidBids.
Movies like Poltergeist and Steven King’s IT portray clowns as supernatural, scary or evil creatures. There was also the infamous serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, who often dressed as a clown to entertain children at neighborhood parties.
Cristina Olvera said that “phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread. Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders. It is estimated that between 8.7% and 18.1% of Americans suffer from phobias.”