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Do Clowns Please You OR Scare You?

what is the reason people afraid of clown.

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Some people are so scared of clowns there is an actual term for it: coulrophobia . The excessive fear of clowns can cause panic, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, sweating, and nausea. It’s also more common in children than adults.

1. Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley was discovered by robotics professor Masahiro Mori in 1970, The Uncanny Valley is defined as a level of realism in robots in which the human observer has a negative reaction. Any less realistic and we feel empathy; any more realistic and we can't distinguish that it's artificial.

But that space in-between in which you want to puke or kick it? That's The Uncanny Valley.

Costumes, face painting movement and personality of clowns make people feel, there are some different between clown and human, which is the Uncanny Valley. Even you are just wartching a harmless and cute clown, the longer time you stare one his face, the more horrible feelings you will have.

2.The real story --- Murderous clown

In the 1970s, serial killer John Wayne Gacy appeared at children’s birthday parties and charity events as “Pogo the Clown.” Gacy, also known as the “Killer Clown” is believed to have sexually assaulted, tortured and killed 33 teenagers and young men before he was caught.

He was found guilty in 1980 and given multiple death penalties and life sentences. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.

After Gacy, all the movies started coming out, there was constant reinforcement that a clown equals a serial killer.

3. Strong sense of contrast

Clown was the harmless and funny image in public minds, Social public opinion has a strong reaction after serial killer clown . Public was shocked about this news, they can not imagine, how could a cute character turn into a muderous.

The change of clown's character have more powerful sense of fear than normal, it give public also more discomposure.

This public's psychology was caught by Movie directors, and created a lot of successful dark clown image in the movies, which give clown an other definition--Psycho.

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