somewhat related side note (not trying to hijack): my dad is a clown and has had this happen a bit since there are a lot of people afraid of clowns. A mother contacted my dad's office after my dad did a program at her daughter's school. The little girl during the program was terrified and the mom wanted her to get over this. The little girl ended up coming into my dad's office a few times and helped him put on his makeup (and put some on herself) to see that clowns are regular people just in makeup. The little girl ended up being an extra in a clown video my dad made. It is oh so important whatever the fear is to try to break the fear carefully.