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James Jay has played a host of wacky characters, including:

  • a boy pirate
  • a pompous proponent of Dada
  • an inept butcher named Poldarc Kohlrabi
  • a religious evangelist
  • a motivational speaker
  • a dry professor
  • an aardvark ballerina
  • and William Blake

The boy pirates (James Jay at right) face their nightmares in Circus Contraption's show ...All Fall Down.


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Put away your preconceptions!

Do you hate clowns?!

Have you been diagnosed with clown-o-phobia?!

Did you click this link with dread?!

(If none of the above, skip the next paragraph!)

A testimonial from James Jay: "I, too, had severe allergies to clowns before I joined Circus Contraption. I didn't have anything against clowning, of course, I just couldn't stand clowns! But I have been cured of my prejudices and preconceptions, because I met my (inner) friend Pavel Merzo and he is the most obscure, lovable and untraditional clown you could meet."

In addition to blending clowning techniques into more traditional characters, James Jay is an "agent" for the following out-and-out clowns:

Pavel Merzo

The young, dynamic and somewhat naive Pavel Merzo performed with Circus Contraption from 1999 through 2001, playing the following characters in addition to himself:

  • an insane butcher, passing clubs in a 3-person juggling act
  • a boy pirate, in a sword fight and glow-ball juggling act
  • an aardvark ballerina: playing a bass drum on point
  • and more, including cleaning up after the elephants

Pavel hails from Oblivia, where his uncle Bezi began teaching him circus skills behind his father's back.

For his own story in his own oh-so-eloquent words, see Clown Pavel's own website.

Photo of Pavel by Charles Ericksen

Berzerk ("Bezi") Merzo

After years of employment as a clown with the now defunkt Staatzirk Oblivus (State Circus of Oblivia), and now facing a midlife crisis, Bezi Merzo is looking to put away his whiteface and is seeking employment as an office worker. His relevant skills include juggling the books and playing dumb. If you know of an office where a clown would feel at home, please email

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