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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Jocko the Clown brought up members from the audience to help him make his puppets dance while he played music during his show on Oct. 18 at the Boardman library.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Jocko the Clown balanced a spinning bowl on his chin during his performance at the Boardman library on Oct. 18.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Jocko the Clown made his own wooden puppet and showed the audience how it could dance during his performance on Oct. 18 at the Boardman library.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Jocko the Clown showed the audience how to juggle during his Clowning Around show at Boardman library on Oct. 18.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Jocko the Clown balanced a spinning bowl and juggled rings as one of his last performances during his show on Oct. 18 at Boardman library.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Boardman library welcomed special guest Joe Sullivan also known as Jocko the Clown to perform a show on Oct. 18.

Families attended the event to watch Jocko the Clown perform several different magic tricks. The theme of his show was “reading is magic,” and incorporated how people can utilize the library and all of the services they offer.

The show started out with Jocko introducing himself and explaining how he got into magic.

“When I was very, very young my mom took me to the library and we found a book on how to be a circus clown,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan said every time he would go back to the library to show the librarian how he has become more and more like a clown, there would be a new book for him to check out and learn other tips and tricks. Sullivan relied heavily on books and a lot of practice to make sure that he would become the best clown he could be.

Jocko the Clown incorporated a lot of interaction with the audience and brought up children and adults to help him with some of his tricks. He showed the audience how he made his own wooden puppet then had three children come up from and make other wooden puppets dance as he played music.

At the end of the show, each child was able to pick out a special balloon hat Sullivan made to wear and take back home with them.

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