"Toto" began clowning in 1977 at the age of 10. At age 18 he attended the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' Clown College and spent the next 4 years on tour with "The Greatest Show on Earth". In 1990 he formed his company.."Colossal Clowns International"...which specializes in events large and small. "Toto" has performed across the USA and the world...India, China, Monaco, England. Sweden, Portugal, Holland, Finland, Japan, and beyond both as a solo act and with various partners. "Toto" is avaialable for stage shows, "meet and greet", stiltwalking, workshops, and much more.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 5 - 600 minutes
Insurance: $1 Million
What to Expect
"Toto" specializes in events large and small...everything from balloon sculpting, stiltwalking, and "meet and greet"' at local fairs and festivals to international stage shows across the globe.
Ron “Toto” Johnson…
…began clowning in his hometown of Naugatuck, Connecticut during the summer of 1977 at the age of 10.
…formed his own clown troupe, “The Colossal Clowns”, in 1981 with 4 other teens.
…started performing at the Circus World theme park near Orlando, Florida the day after graduating from high school in 1985.
…graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College class of 1985 at age 18.
…clowned on the Red unit of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus from 1986 through 1989.
…taught stiltwalking, makeup, and clowning at the Clown College in 1988.
…was the Boss Clown for Cirkus Olympia in Sweden for 1990 and 1991.
…performed for several months in late 1990/early 1991 at the Carnival Plaza in Tokyo, Japan.
…produced and starred in “The Circus Of Clowns” at Riverside Amusement Park (Massachusetts) during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
…won a Bronze medal for his clowning at the Sarasota International Circus Festival and Parade in 1993/1994.
…had the lead role of “Zed” in the 1994 production of “The Police Academy Live Action Stunt Show” at Six Flags Over Georgia.
…was one of only 5 performers featured at the Circus Circus casino near Tunica, Mississippi from 1994 until 1996.
…performed aboard the Silja Scandinavia cruise ship in 1996, touring between Finland and Sweden.
…became a 13 inch tall, limited edition sculpture in 1999, created by artist/sculptor Ron Lee.
…taught a workshop on physical comedy and represented the USA in the international gala show during the Bolton International Clowns Festival (England) in September 2001.
…represented the USA at the international clown festival held in the town of Praia da Vito’ria on the island of Terceira in the Azores of Portugal in August of 2002, 2004, and 2008.
…joined 4 other American clowns in presenting stage shows, workshops, and strolling entertainment at the National Cultural Festival of Japan held throughout Fukuoka Prefecture in November 2004.
…received the “Clown Bluey” award for “Best Parade Performance 2004/2005”, the “Silly Willy” award for “Best Auguste 2004/2005”, and the 2009 “Barbara Miller Trophy” for “the clown showing best qualities of attack, timing, and precision” from the world’s oldest clown organization, “Clowns International”.
…spent September 2005 performing and holding workshops at international clown festivals in Ulft, Holland and Weston-super-Mare, England.
…traveled to Monaco in April 2006 to perform in the Princess Grace Theater as an honored guest of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and the 3rd “Festiclown de Monte-Carlo”, becoming the first American to receive this honor.
…brought a bit of his “world” through the magic of the red nose to a Masai village on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania (Africa) in September 2006.
…made history in May 2007 by performing at the “Happy Liuzhou International Clown Festival”, the very first international clown festival ever to be held in China.
…returned to China in September 2007 to do a promotional tour for and then perform at the “Happy Tiandu AEMI World Clown Festival” in Tiandu City, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.
…was the opening act on stage at the “Happy Huangguoshu 2008 International Circus Carnival” held in Huangguoshu, Guizhou Province, China in May 2008.
…helped organize, trained volunteers, and performed at the “2008 Hangzhou AEMI World Clown Festival” held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China during late September and early October 2008.
…visited schools, held workshops, and performed at the “Circus Circus Clowns Festival” at “Butlins” in Bognor Regis, England in March 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
…received the 2009 “Harry Dann Award” for “Best Picture Clown” from (link hidden)’s online voting.
…traveled to Shanghai, China in late September 2009 to promote and perform at the “2009 Shanghai Vogue Life Carnival”.
…performed in the ring of the Chapiteau Espace Fontvieille in Monaco during the 14th “Noel de Frankie…Le Festival des Clowns” in December 2010.
…held workshops, entertained at hospital and charity events, did “meet and greet” at a shopping mall, and performed in theatre shows during the 2nd International Clown Festival to be held in Mumbai, India in late September and early October 2011.
…became the only American ever to receive the title of “Fellow of Clowns International” from the world’s first and foremost clown organization in March 2013.
…has acted as an “advance clown” for both the Red and Blue units of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus since 1991.
…continues to perform around the USA and the World for circuses, cruise ships, amusement parks, and much more.
Additional Booking Notes
I am very adaptable to many situations...but it does take me a considerable amount of time to get into my clown makeup. I always allow 90 minutes to go from "person" to "clown".
Influences & Inspiration
I have learned from so many incredible performers over the years...both unknown and famous...
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