"The clown, the clown was always funny to look at, but the clown didn't let anyone look into his heart", Heinz Rühmann once sang in his chanson about a clown and maybe a little about himself.
However, what is it like for an artist who always makes children and adults laugh in a good mood? The initiators of the campaign "Kleider machen Leute", Stephan Görner and Sven Müller, got to the bottom of this question and targeted the clown Filou. First in front of an audience at a street festival, Daniel Baldus photographed the joker when he formed rubber animals out of balloons, performed tricks on the Hochrad, or juggled. The audience squealed with laughter, demanded encores and got them.
Then Günter von der Linde (57), alias Clown Filou, dressed in a dark blue corduroy tuxedo by tailor Stephan Görner and revealed a little of his life after the second part of the photo shoot.
For 33 years the trained mechanical engineer has been enchanting people. On a ten-month trip around the world he began juggling in India, was co-founder of the juggling and theatre group Ballwitz and also learned to ride a high bike. In the clown school Philippe Gaulier in London he perfected his clown skills and then turned his hobby into his profession. He conquered countless hearts of children and adults with his productions, for example at the Festival4Family of the Trifels-Verlag in the Commerzbank-Arena.
Private the clown likes it rather quiet. Günter von der Linde is a family man who likes to do yoga or ride his bicycle into nature and observe birds. In the forest he finds peace and strength for his many appearances in the limelight.
On Saturday, November 2nd Filou will be in the spotlight again. At the charity gala "Clothes make the man" for the benefit of the LEBERECHT Foundation, he will ride his new tuxedo on his unicycle on the catwalk and keep people in a good mood. It is accompanied by people who all pursue an unusual profession, but without whom a city would neither function nor be more worthy of life or love.
Recognition, esteem and respect are the messages of the campaign, which is also supported by prominent personalities. At the VIP fashion show on the same evening, top model Marcus Schenkenberg, politician Philipp Amthor (MdB), presenters Kena Amoa and Laura Karasek and sportsmen Sven Ottke and Heiner Brand will show the fashion trends of Stephan Görner. 300 guests can also expect an atmospheric programme with entertainer Joe Whitney, dancing, good food and exquisite wines. Patron is Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki, the Gala is moderated by Evren Gezer.
Tickets for the Gala, with which also Frankfurt-Tipp.de as a partner is present, are still available and over the homepage www.kleider-machen-leute.net or to order PR & live communication from the organisation office Sven Müller. The entrance including candlelight dinner, drinks of the evening costs 250 Euro per guest. http://www.kleider-machen-leute.net