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Clown Noses

I just want to give a plug for Stanley's leather clown noses.
I bought one twenty-two years ago and it's still in good shape. I used it a lot in performance the first ten years and still use it in rehearsal. It has such a distinct (and comfortable) feel when I wear it, that I'm ready to play as soon as I put it on (Pavlov's fool).
Drew Richardson January 5, 2007
Update: Drew's clown nose will celebrate its 30th Anniversary May 2015

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New Clown Nose designs are coming soon: for clown that like to tape or glue their noses on small and large designs.New Clown Nose designs are coming soon: for clown that like to tape or glue their noses on small and large designs.

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Clown Noses

Why use a custom leather clown nose when you can pick up a rubber one for about $10?

I started making custom fitted leather clown noses in New York City during the late 70's. Many clowns wear my noses and are still working in them 20 + years later. I worked in my clown nose for a few decades performing my solo show "Aero Show" and it is still good.

Clown noses are cut specifically for your nose. The nose holes are placed directly under your nostrils for better breathing and airflow. Leather noses do not sweat. They are more comfortable. The custom fitted leather Clown Noses are especially great for those long gigs doing walk around's.

I have made custom leather Clown Noses for many clowns including, Bond Street Theatre Coalition, clowns with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and Le Rire Medecin in Paris, France along with well over 100 clowns around the world.

Each nose is signed and numbered. Because they are handmade each one is a little different.

Clown Nose Size
I have three sizes and they are all round:

  • Large, a little larger than a golf ball about 1-¾ inches
  • Small about 1-½ inches
  • For another custom size contact me

Clown Nose Personal Fittings
This is almost a must. During the fitting the nose is cut to fit your nose so it rides there comfortably. The nose holes are punched directly under your nostrils.

Yes... I have done many Clown Nose fittings long distance for clowns around the world. This is done by you making then sending me a positive mold of your nose. Many clowns have had a good time making a mold of their nose.

Clown Nose Color
There are three basic clown nose reds I use. However, if you'd like something different or a custom colors no problem. Some custom colors there will be an extra fee.

One clown that works with Le Rire Medecin in Paris requested a blue nose. There are a few blue clown nose's around Europe now. I have also made a black punk clown nose complete with a spike.

Clown Nose Attachment
Clown noses are attached with a silk waxed thread and held on by a 1/4 inch elastic band at the back of the head.

If you prefer to glue on your leather clown nose, I have had clients do so. However, spirit gum is not my specialty.

Price with a personal fitting

Price for long distant clown noses
$95, plus shipping. You will send me a positive mold of your nose for the fitting. Nose mold making instructions are provided.

Other Exclusive Custom Noses
Using a variety of different materials, I can create for you any kind of nose you've ever dreamed up

Exclusive design one of a kind custom clown noses are available

Satisfaction Guaranteed The fitting of your custom fitted leather Clown Nose, even long distance are continue until you are satisfied.

Me  clean shaven clown a few years ago
Photo by Jim Moore

A clown named Stanley Allan Sherman a few years back. Some reviews from his solo show. The hat Stanley is holding. Is a leather bowler hat made by the same guy that made Philippe Petit's hat.

To place an order, questions, other information or to be put on the e-mail list

Contact Stanley Allan Sherman -
Mask Arts Co

203 West 14th St, Studio 5F
New York NY 10011-7138

Thank you notes


Tonight, for the sixth year in a row, I played my uke and sang my novelty numbers in front of a friend of mine's vintage clothing shop during the big "art night" known as "Art for Art's Sake" here in NOLA. I wore the leather nose. I have never had more compliments in my life than the compliments I had for the leather nose. It was unbelievable.

It seemed like every person who happened by said something. When I told them it was a custom model, made from a mold of my very own nose they didn't believe me. I showed them the handwriting inside.

What I mean to say is the nose you made me gave me one of the great nights of performing I have ever had, I can never thank you enough.

Warmest regards,
New Orleans

The New York Original 1st Golden Clown Nose Awards. Made for the first New York Downtown Clown Revue Awards.

stacks of rubber nose with the golden nose award on top

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Clowns with
custom leather fitted Clown Noses

Twisted Clown, played by actor John Carroll Lynch in the FX show American Horror Story.  Red clown nose, white makeup, red lips with two long streaks up and down across the eyes.

"Twisted Clown"
played by actor John Carroll Lynch, for the show, FX American Horror Story. Working with show designer Michael Mekash he needed a special clown nose the next day. Shooting the American Horror Story in New Orleans, created the top secret nose for show in August from a photo of the actor nose. Shipped the custom leather clown nose over night. This clown nose is designed to be held on with out string. Picking clown nose color #4. A comfortable clown nose for the actor to work on those long shooting days, made for his nose.

Twisted Clown, played by actor John Carroll Lynch in the FX show American Horror Story.  Red clown nose, white makeup, red lips with two long streaks up and down across the eyes.

Wearing custom leather clown noses Joanna and Michael

Joanna Sherman and Michael McGuigan, 1984
(Photo: Bond Street Theatre)

Guy Heathcote in his red nose playing the accordion

UK clown Guy Heathcote in his new custom fitted leather clown nose. Guy made and mold of his nose, mailed his nose mold to me and I cut his custom fitted leather clown nose to fit his nose.

Hilary Chaplain with her clown nose

Hilary Chaplain is an actress, physical comedienne, variety performer and a teacher of clown and physical comedy. Her show is, "A Life In Her Day".


Bond Street Theatre Wearing custom fitted clown noses

Bond Street Theatre (top left to bottom): Joanna Sherman, Fred Collins, Luanne Dietrich, Michael McGuigan, Mary Dino (not a custom nose which is why she is sad), Stephen Ringold, 1984
(Photo: Ty Robertson)

Clowns, Fred Collins, Michael McGuigan, Stephen Ringold

Bond Street Theatre, a theatre company founded in 1976 by a group of physically skilled, socially concerned actors, was shaped by their diversity of techniques and motivated by their passion to be useful in this world.

Dear Stanley,

The nose you made fits and looks great! It is just in time for my next round of performances. Thank you, I love it. … Thanks! I'm a happy fool.

The Simple Fool
Olympia, WA


I just received the nose today. Let me tell you, it is absolutely what I had in mind. Really a fabulous job. I am very sure that "Zippo" the clown will like it.


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