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My father, Louis Navaro Milian (who was part of a clown duo, Hedesa & Milian, for the Ringling Brothers Circus, in the late 20’s, early 30’s. Does anyone remember if their family member was in RBBB at this same time, have any memories/pictures of my father, Louis Milian or Mr. Hedesa? I would like to know what kind of clown act Hedesa & Milian had & find out more about Mr. Hedesa as well.

Thank-you for your help! Maria Luisa

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I searched in a variety of ways for clowns or performers named Hedesa and Milian and had absolutely no hits. That’s pretty unusual. Did they use stage names or aliases; different spelling; or is there another explanation for the absence from documentation? Do you have any other information, textual or image, that could serve as a search initiation point? You might try contacting knowledgeable people on circus clowns including Pat Cashin, Bruce Johnson and Greg DeSanto. Once an accurate identity is established some information ought to be available.

Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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