David Magidson, a 46-year-old Inner Sunset district resident and former Ringling Bros. clown, is taking his act to the theater, performing “Here Comes Boswick The Clown” at The City’s Boxcar Theatre through Friday.
What can families expect at your show? The theme of the show is that I forgot I invited a bunch of friends to my house and I have to entertain them, and to do so, I do things like magic, juggling, cooking [and performances involving] audience interaction.
What’s it like to be a professional clown? It’s my job — it’s what I do. And it’s got the exact same frustrations as any other job. It’s exactly what I was meant to do, which is very cool that I have a calling and get to do it. And in the Bay Area, I can make a living. It’s a lot tougher in places like Idaho or Texas because so many people can afford me within a 100-mile radius here. I do about 300 shows a year.
What types of events are you most hired for? I usually do kids’ performances. In summer, I travel all up and down California doing library reading shows. The bread and butter is kids’ birthday parties. They’re going to happen 12 months of the year.
How did your career get started? I have a degree in acting and started with Ringling Bros. I auditioned, and at that time [Ringling Bros.] auditioned 5,000 people and accepted 50. It was a great, intensive training. Out of that, I was one of 16 chosen to go on to the circus. After I left the circus, I started to troupe with another set of clowns called The Kloons. We did clown sketch comedy.