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Introducing Sue Marranconi AKA Squeeze



Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Sue Marranconi AKA Squeeze.  Sue is from Meadville, Pennsylvania and is very active in clowning and sharing her gift with others.  

I have a follow up post which will  show the creation of her watercolor painting.  Please take the time to check it out.  Prints are available from the artist or from many of the print on demand sites.  Sue also benefits from any sale of one of her prints.  I have enjoyed working with her on our painting project and I am sure you will like Sue to.  

So on with the interview…

1. How long have you been a clown?

I have been a clown since about the age of six.

2. Who inspired you to become a clown?

When I was young (6) I went deaf because my adenoids grew up my ear canals.  I had already had my adenoids removed so no one suspected that this was the cause.  My Grandmother had a heart attack and came to live with us.  She was a wonderfully creative person and she spent many hours playing piano and teaching me to act and dance.  I had thirteen ear operations and was not allowed to go outside at all.  Grandma also brought a huge trunk of fun costumes with her when she moved in.  I eventually regained most of my hearing, but never forgot the fun, theatrics with Grandma.  I eventually went to clown college in my hometown of Meadville, Pa. when I was 18.  I’m currently 54 and clowning is still my passion.

3. What people do you give credit to in helping you advance your art in clowning?

I credit many others with advancing my clowning, among them are the Erie Clowns of Erie, Pennsylvania.  My dear friend J.T. “Bubba” Sikes also inspired me by asking him to perform with him at the grand opening of the Red Skelton Center in Vincennes Indiana.

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Squeeze and Bubba Sikes performing

Vincennes is Red’s hometown and we put on a really fun Christian based program for the folks there. 

Click here to follow The Red Skelton museum on Facebook

Another great influence is Keith “Toby” Stokes who founded the  Toby the Clown Foundation and the American Clown Museum in Lake Placid Florida. 

Click here to visit the Toby Clown Foundation Web Site

I am an Ambassador to the museum and a portrait of me is painted on the ceiling.

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Squeeze Portrait on the ceiling tile located in the Toby Clown Foundation building.

  I also credit my husband, Rick Marranconi for his support and his wonderful creative ideas.  He also does all of my graphic work.

4. Where did you receive training & where did you get your first big break?

My first really big performance was opening for the Supremes in Erie, Pa.  I just happened to know a fellow in the opening band and he ask me to do a little something.  I got to meet Mary Wilson.  She loves clowns!  I got V.I.P. treatment!

5. How long have you been a clown? Are you still Clowning?

I have been clowning 36 years…that’s not even possible, I’m too young at heart!

 I am still clowning.  I am a comedy white faced clown.  My clown name is Squeeze.  I am called Squeeze because I play an accordion.  I do not play it much anymore because of an aging back.  I also do other characters as well.  Several of them are Auguste clowns.

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6. Are you involved with any clown organizations?

I am the Education Director for Clowns of America International.  I am also the Education Director for Mid Atlantic Clown Association.  I am also the Education Director fro the Erie, Pa. clown alley, the Eriesistible clowns.  I am an Ambassador for the Toby the Clown Foundation and the American Clown Museum in Lake Placid Florida.

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7. How do you feel your clown has evolved over time? How did you settle on the particular style and design of your clown or the personality you try to project as a clown?

My clown came about as many do.  I think we all change over time.  I sew, so for me creating my own costumes is part of the fun.  My costumes are usually always quite elaborate.  Squeeze is very much a girly clown.  She has great morals and thanks those who say thank you!  I am always mindful to make a good impression.  I am always extra kind and loving. I always try to be the best clown I can be.  I love the little ones and the seniors especially, but I clown for people of all ages and all walks of life.

8. I have learned a little more about clowns and I know there are different types of clowns, What kind of clown are you and what do you feel is your clowns most interesting characteristic?

I am a comedy whiteface clown.  I think my costume colors draw in children and adults.  I have often been told I am the most beautiful clown they have ever seen.  Such kind words.  I think the shoes and the nose are important too.  I have a heart shaped nose and really big shoes!

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9. Have you ever worked in a Circus and if so which ones? Do you have any great stories which you can share – feel free to add them.

I have never worked in a circus, although I would love to do it.   I have had some wonderful experiences as a caring clown visiting patients in hospitals.  One dear lady in the oncology ward once borrowed my wig!  She said it was great to have hair again since she had lost hers due to chemo therapy.  The nurses all got a good laugh and years later I got a letter from her stating that I made a difference in her healing by my visits.  Another child with muscular dystrophy took his first steps to reach a puppet I had been entertaining him with. Mom and Dad had tried everything to get him to walk! These and many other like experiences are what make clowning worthwhile.

10. What kind of functions are you hired for example: conventions, parties…

I have been a clown teacher.  At one time I had a clown program called Squeeze U, clown University through my local Arts Council.  Due to funding cuts the program was discontinued.  I enjoy corporate clowning and birthday parties.  I do shows for many different functions.  I am also a balloon artist and a face painter.

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11. Do you have bits that are standard in the clown world or do you create your own acts?

I enjoy making up my own skits or putting a twist on many of the old classics.  I am a very creative person and I enjoy making props and any kind of performance.

12.Do you use props? If so did you make them yourself?

I do use props and many of them I have created myself.  I enjoy the creative process.

13. If you were in a parade did you ride anything? Bike, Unicycle, Clown car?

I have a clown car but often walk in parades.  Depending on what my parade ability gag is for the parade.  Sometimes I can get closer to the audience and work props better on foot.Erie Clowns Red Skelton Parade

14. Is there video we can watch of you on the web acting as a clown for us to enjoy?

Yes.  There are several – Videos will be posted soon.

15. Do you have any clown wisdom to pass on to fellow younger clowns who are starting out in the business?

Wisdom…hmmm.  Know that if you become a clown, you are creating a character that will be loved.  Be the person that children look up to and adults respect.  Always answer your phone with a smile on your face.  People can tell!  Ignore the haters.  There is much love in the world…work with that!  And my motto:  Changing the world one smile at a time!

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16. What are you long term goals in clowning?  Example: Become a Ringling Clown.

My long term goal is to continue to grow in the art of clowning and to inspire our youth to fill our shoes.  The average age of new clowns is forty five.  We need to inspire younger people in our art form and help them become the future of clowning.

17. If you can say one word that summed up all your years of clowning – what would it be?

Things I didn’t mention…I am a CHARLIE award winner from Clowns of America.  Charlie stands for clowns have a real love in everyone.  I also have my Excellence in clowning award from Clowns of America Int.  I am an award winning clown, face painter and balloon artist.

Oh and my one word for #17 would be passion.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post about another wonderful clown.

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I have a follow up post which  shows the creation of her watercolor painting.  Please take the time to check it out.  Prints are available from the artist or from many of the print on demand sites.  Sue also benefits from any sale of one of her prints.

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Thanks to Sue for all her help in creating this blog.

Patty Sue O’Hair –Vicknair Clown Artist

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Watercolor Clown #12 Sue Marranconi

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Hello Fellow Clown Lovers,

Clowns – I love them!  I love to paint bright, colorful, happy images and clowns fit right in with that.

Info about myself and the clown portrayed here in this blog will be at the bottom for now let’s get to the painting….

Watercolor Clown #12

 Sue Marranconi AKA Squeeze

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I have made a great friend in Sue and it has been a joy to work on this painting.  She has also been kind enough to allow me the pleasure of interviewing her for this blog.   So look for the post to get to know more about this amazing clown!

I like to take pictures along the way as I paint so you can see the creation from start to finish.  Enjoy!  Leave me a note if you like the painting.





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About the Artist:

I have painted clowns for several years.  Until recently I focused on painting them in Acrylics on canvas, but I have renewed my love of Watercolor and I am currently working on a series of paintings that incorporates great clowns (most of whom I have made friends with on Facebook) and watercolor on small affordable 9 x 12 watercolor paintings. My goal is to create 75 watercolor clowns in the 9 X 12 size.  I hope to sell thru Facebook or directly to the buyer and hopefully sell a few to the proud clown collectors out in  the world.

Each image will be on Canson 140 LB  Watercolor paper 9 X 12.  Each image will be mailed in a document mailer with a certificate of authenticity. Let me know if your interested or if you have a clown image for me to consider for the series.

Why I paint Clowns: For the record I do paint other things besides clowns but I have a passion and a love for clowns.  I paint my clown images with pride.  Many of the clowns I have met in person, or I am friends with on Facebook.  Some I have sought out because I came across a photo I liked. Others have found out about my work through their friends and came to me.  Each image is personally vetted.  I am looking for a certain look or feel from my paintings.  Not every image presented to me is right for a painting.

I am a skilled artist. I paint both in acrylic and watercolor. Neither of these mediums are easy or forgiving (especially watercolor). I have spent 40 years perfecting my skill. The fact that, I as an artist choose to paint some of the sweetest, funniest, most colorful, and always happy portraits you will ever find anywhere, is a matter of personal choice.

I realize that not everyone will get it or be on board with what I do. I realize there is a select market for my work. I am ok with this. I have faith that the clown and circus industry will surround me with love and laughter and purchase my paintings and prints. This is a very select market to sell to – I get it. You either love clowns or you don’t. I have been working for years to earn the trust of my clown friends and I will do my best to depict their clown persona, so that those who have had the pleasure of interacting with that clown in the past can remember and cherish those memories every time they look at one of my prints or paintings.

I am striving to be the best artist who paints clowns, I am following on the heels of Jim Howle (whom I have met and truly love) and Red Skelton (whom I wish I had met) I am not comparing my skill to theirs, but those are who I relate to.  … It is an honor to truly depict the magic of a clown, to catch the sparkle in the eye that has delighted thousands of children. If you’re good to the clown world they will be good to you.  Sincerely Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair.

Not for Commercial Use

Copyright 2014 Patty Sue O’Hair- Vicknair Artist PSOVART

Click below for the direct Zazzle link to Sue’s page to buy this painting on various products.


Prints are available direct from the artist.

For those of you interested in any of the clown watercolor painting prints. There are 2 ways to get prints.
1. I will post the image on several sites, with links found on my page associated with the clown image. Also there are links from my page directly to the pages where all my art can be found for prints. All you do is choose the one you want, the size, how you want it printed (canvas, paper, etc.) and pay for it they will ship it to you. Here are some sites I am on. (fine art prints, cards, phone cases) (posters, t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, etc…) and you can order originals or prints from here. Email me direct at or call me direct at 479-601-5277

2. You can buy direct from me. I will order a print from my printer and provide a signed Certificate of Authenticity along with signing the painting. Your cost will be determined by the size you want + shipping to your location.
9 X 12 = $45.00
11 x 14 = $65.00
16 X 20 = $116.00
Each clown I paint receives a share of the proceeds, so rest assured I am selling these images with their blessing. If interested either message me on Facebook or email me at we can handle the transaction by Paypal

Until next time. Happy Clowning!

Patty Sue O’Hair – Vicknair Clown artist to the world

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