With a little bit of magic and some classic comedy, the Garden Grove Elks Club clowns entertained about 50 cheering students last week at the Mardan School for the learning disabled in Costa Mesa.
Amid riotous laughter and shouts from the audience, the clowns Jo Jo, Gertrude and Marcella pulled colorful handkerchiefs from empty cans, performed sleight of hand tricks with foam balls and pulled assorted gags from their multicolored trunk of goodies.
These were three of the 56 Elks clowns who perform every Wednesday at various convalescent homes, special schools and a Garden Grove McDonald's. They also perform at parades, the Special Olympics, hospitals and cookouts.
Bob Hamilton, known as Gertrude to his fans, has been clowning around for 12 years, including performances at the Magic Castle club in Hollywood.