Love Is Delicious
Trick or Treat

Iron Jaw, Are You Ready?

My old clown partner, Steve Russell, sent me some memories of our season on Famous Hunt's Circus, way back in 1978. I had to smile when I saw this photo of a gag that I blatantly ripped off from my classmates at Clown College.

The gag's called Iron Jaw. It's so simple, and yet so stupid, that it always manages to get a laugh.

The one and only prop is made up of a ring, a length of elastic, and a sports mouth guard.


I hold the ring in my hand as Iron Jaw puts the guard in his mouth and walks backward, stretching the elastic to the limit.

And I announce:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Iron Jaw will now attempt to catch this ring on his head! This is a very dangerous feat, requiring split-second timing and enormous agility!

I turn to Iron Jaw.


And Iron Jaw yells:


And the mouth guard flies at me, knocks me down, and we end with the Obligatory Clown Chase-off.

Hmm. I guess you had to be there...