Our philosophy


We believe laughter has
the power to heal bodies, minds, and spirits.


We also believe that medical clowning is a serious business.

This is why, through a unique collaboration between medical professionals and circus artists, we have developed a rigorous program to train youths and adults in the art of medical clowning.

Through our one-of-a-kind Clown Academy, we teach our volunteers how to deliver joyful, restorative experiences to the sick, mentally challenged, frail and elderly with warmth, sensitivity, and love. This playful, free-form engagement not only lifts spirits; it has actually been shown to positively impact the healing process.

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We take clowning seriously, because we know the rigorous training our clowns must undergo and the commitment they must be willing to make on an intellectual, emotional, and physical level. Lev Leytzan clowns know that nothing less than their very best will do, because the goal is not just to entertain, but to alleviate pain, loneliness, and suffering wherever they go.

But our serious approach does not detract from the pure joy of this centuries-old art form. Despite many hours of painstaking training and preparation, we never lose sight of the ultimate goal: to lift fragile spirits and heal fragile bodies through the power of laughter.

Lev Leytzan clowning experiences are built on an open and trusting partnership between the clowns and the patients. Our compassionate approach medical clowning recognizes that each participant has experienced unique hardship and suffering that we may never fully know or understand. That their lives and their stories are important. When Lev Leytzan clowns interact with these partners in play, the collaboration results in compassionate moments that honor the person behind every smile.

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Together, and with your support, we can lead participants on a transformative journey from suffering to joy, isolation to connection, loneliness to laughter.

Thank you for your support!

Neal Goldberg, Ph.D.,
Founder, Lev Leytzan