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From the Room Circus Medical Files

"Fools Rush In"

By Dr. La Foo

We were told by staff that a little girl was extremely upset, screaming and crying. "We haven't been able to get in her room. Why don't you see if you can?"

We could hear the girl, about five years old, screaming at the top of her lungs. She sat surrounded by family members, who were unable to soothe her. Without hesitation, my fellow clown doctor took the plunge. Using the clown's art of exaggeration and excess - and risking failure, rejection, and possibly offense - she ran into the room screaming just as loudly as the little girl, asking if she could please use the bathroom, she just had to go! Her desperate frenzy distracted the little girl. She stopped crying, and stared.

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Room Circus medical clowning provides laughter, wonder and joy as a therapeutic and vital component of health care.

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Dr. La Foo with a Child

Our professional medical clowns use music, physical comedy, improvisation and circus arts to transform the health care environment. Stress relief, distraction, reduction of anxiety and pain and empowerment of patients are just a few of the measurable benefits.

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Room Circus clowns reach through the barriers, pull out laughter, and create a circle of trust that encompasses everyone in the room - providers, families, patients and staff.

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