Saturday, May 11, 2019



Chic Silber said...

Ernie "Blinko" Burch

Roger Smith said...

What a master he was. I last saw him in San Antonio, not long before he passed, when he told a TV reporter it took him 2 hours to achieve this makeup.

Cecil B. DeMille, the story goes, first titled him "Blinko", and Ernie copyrighted the name. He said many new clowns pled for the secrets to apply the glitter and the famed eyelashes, but he never gave away the act.

Chic Silber said...

Ernie & some of his balloons

graced the program cover of

Abe Polen's Circus America

at the Capitol Center Arena

just outside Washington DC

in the circus wars of 74

Chic Silber said...

Ernie was also a master

balloon manipulator

Roger Smith said...

And he enjoyed an impressively long run at Circus Circus, out here in Vegas.