Thousands around the world have cried tears of mirth because of him – but now the tears are of a different nature: Charlie Carletto has died. On Tuesday the clown died of a heart attack.
Carletto was only 54 years old. “He was a full-blooded artist from his head to his toes,” says his friend and colleague Tonito Alexis from Krone. Carlos de Jesus Peres, Carletto’s civilian name, had colleagues around the globe who admired and loved him. “The whole world of circus mourns him, from here to Australia.” Shortly before his death, Carletto got to fulfill his biggest wish. “It was always his dream to be in Circus Krone one day,” explained Tonito Alexis.
On the first of February, this dream came true. At the premiere of the winter show, Charlie Carletto brought his instinct for fun to the ring, cracking up audiences. Not long after, he was the victim of a heart attack and was taken to the hospital where he died on Tuesday.
Carletto had just one performance with Circus Krone—and it was magical.
His dream performance was long, taking about an hour. But his colleagues described this performance as magical. It was a great moment in the ring, one that will last in our memories,” said Circus Krone spokesperson Susanne Matzenau. “I’ve never seen such a fantastic act.”
Besides a few reprises, which in circus jargon means the mini performances that act as funny transitions between big numbers, Carletto also performed his own act as the main attraction. He played a film director searching for a scene to shoot with his camera team, “explained Matzenau. The actors in this story-within-a-story were volunteers from the audience. “The premiere was a packed full of celebrities,” said Matzenau.
So that’s how Charllie Carletto’s volunteer actors ended up being Gunther Sigl from the Spider Murphy Gang, Red Rose actor Timothy Peach, the folk performer Gerda Stein and performer Volker Brandt.
The article was originally published in TZ.