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Circus Smirkus | The Big Question with Founder Rob Mermin

Circus Smirkus | The Big Question with Founder Rob Mermin
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“It really gives you hope for the future, watching teenagers who are working so hard at something they love, putting their whole hearts into it. Because of my experience, I tell everyone that you’ve got to go out there in the world. Put yourself out in unusual and unplanned circumstances. You can’t plan your life totally scheduled. You have to leave room for fate and destiny to pop in and improvise things for you.”

Rob Mermin in front of the Circus Smirkus tent in 1987.

Photo/Art by Glen Russell
Rob Mermin in front of the Circus Smirkus tent in 1987.

“[Starting out,] people said, ‘Oh you’re a clown? Were you the class clown in school?’ I said, ‘No, never.’ I never used to make jokes and throw things around and be goofy. I was the quiet one sitting in the back of the class. Sometimes I was called on to do something and I would try it and often make mistakes and mess it up. And I’d have to go through the whole process of fixing it. You try your best in life and you end up goofing things up and having to go out of your way to fix things. That’s not unusual from my normal life. The clown character comes from who you are, your personality. It’s not stepping into somebody different. It’s stepping into a certain part of your personality that you then expand.”

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