Why a Sheffield children's entertainer changed his name from 'Wally the Clown' to 'Keith'

Keith Walsh switching from clowning to entertaining because clowns are 'too scary'
Keith Walsh switching from clowning to entertaining because clowns are 'too scary'
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A children’s entertainer said the spate of fear caused by the killer clown craze in South Yorkshire would have ruined his business if he hadn’t changed his name from ‘Wally the Clown’ to ‘Keith’.

Keith Walsh, from Beighton, first got into clowning 25 years ago when he made friends with ‘Phil the Clown’ on holiday in Benidorm.

Keith had been working in construction on a North Sea oil rig but decided to ask Phil to help him find a costume so that he could be a clown for his five year old son’s birthday.

From there Keith made his career change into the children’s entertainment business where for the first two years he was known as Wally the Clown and wore full clown make-up.

But he changed his name and business to become ‘Keith from Keith’s Party Magic’ when he realised that clowns are just too scary for both children and adults.

Instead of clowning, Keith now offers a two-hour party package which includes a magic show, disco, balloon modelling and games.

He explained that the recent spate of fear caused by the killer clown craze in South Yorkshire would have ruined his business if he hadn’t switched from clowning to children’s entertaining.

“If I was still called Wally the Clown, no one would be calling up.”

Keith said in the past if one party wanted clown face paint and another didn’t, wiping off makeup between bookings used to be stressful and difficult.

“It just doesn’t work,” said Keith.

It isn’t just the children’s parties that shun clown face paint.

“I’m doing a 50th next week and the youngest person there will be 18,” Keith said.

“Adults still ask me ‘you won’t be wearing the clown make-up will you?’”

Police forces across the country have asked people not to waste resources by dressing up as clowns and frightening people.

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