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For decades, 91-year-old Pitito the clown has kept Peru smiling
At his 91st birthday party last week, in his home's living room, Peru's oldest clown performed for some of his relatives and made them laugh.
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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," poses for a portrait after performing at his 91st birthday party in his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan began painting his face to perform as a clown when he was three-years-old, alongside his father who owned the traveling Farfan Brothers Circus. "Chiminea" was his father's clown name. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," performs during his 91st birthday party at his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan said he most liked being a clown while growing up in his father's circus, which he took over in the 70s, and that a clown has to be humble, speak from the heart and give joy to all ages. He added his disappointment with some clowns today who are vulgar with their audience. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, relatives and friends of veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," applaud his performance during his 91st birthday party in Lima, Peru. Farfan said he begins his days looking over his old notebook of jokes and openers from his eight decade long circus career. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," poses for a portrait wearing face paint after performing for his 91st birthday party at his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan, who has been in the circus business since he was three-years-old, says that in order to not get rusty, some afternoons he dresses up as a clown and performs for his wife. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," performs at his 91st birthday party inside his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan grew up in his dad's traveling circus and supported his wife and four children by taking it over in the 1970's. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," center, sits at the table during his 91st birthday celebration at his home with his son Ricardo and daughter Carmen in Lima, Peru. Farfan's other two children live in Italy, and all four of them worked with him at the family circus when they were growing up. Although none of them took over the family circus, his son in Italy performs as a clown on weekends on the side of his car manufacturing job. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, a photograph of Ricardo Farfan shows him as a performer in 1954 at his father's circus, the Farfan Brothers Circus, in Peru. Farfan worked at the circus as a trapeze artist, contortionist, balancing actor, stilt walker, magician, as well as electrician and painter, but became best known as "Pitito" the clown. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," is reflected in a glass case as he prepares his clown costume for his 91st birthday celebration at his home in Lima, Peru. Also reflected in the glass are his daughter Carmen, and a photograph of Farfan kissing his wife Maria Munoz. Farfan took over his father's circus in the 1970's, which Maria managed in addition to painting circus tents and sewing costumes. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 8, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," top, says goodbye to his friend Emilio Perez who celebrated his 102nd birthday at the nursing home in Lima, Peru. Although Farfan worked his entire life at his family's circus, starting when he was three-years-old in 1927, and ran it for decades to support his family, the government does not give monthly pension payments to circus artists, so his four children support him financially. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," dances with his daughter Carmen during his 91st birthday party at his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan raised his four children in the circus he inherited from his father. Although none of them took over the circus, his son in Italy performs as a clown on weekends on the side of his car manufacturing job. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," gets a hug from his wife Maria Munoz after he performed during his 91st birthday party at their home in Lima, Peru. Farfan inherited his father's circus, where he worked since he was three-years-old in 1927, and his wife Maria Munoz managed it. They had to close the circus in 1990 when Maria fell at home and severely damaged her back. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," puts on his costume as he prepares to perform at his 91st birthday party inside his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan started working as a clown and circus performer at the age of three with his father's Farfan Brothers Circus in 1927. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 4, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," covers his pet canaries in the late afternoon in his home's patio in Lima, Peru. "I was able to make three consecutive mortal jumps, I was very agile, now from so many jumps and falls, my joints hurt," he said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 6, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," rests in the back patio of his home one day before his 91st birthday in Lima, Peru. Although Farfan worked his entire life at his family's circus, since 1927, and ran it for decades to support his family, he doesn't receive a government pension, so his four children support him financially. The government gives monthly pension payments to some artists, like singers, but not clowns or circus performers. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 6, 2015 photo, a pair of clown shoes belonging to veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," sit in his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan, who started working at his father's circus when he was three-years-old in 1927, says his children wish he would retire, but he said he does it for the joy of practicing his craft and will do so until he dies. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," paints his face as he prepares for his 91st birthday party at his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan, who started working at his father's circus in 1927 when he was three-years-old, still works sporadically as a clown at private parties and says his children wish he would retire. He said he does it for the joy of practicing his craft and will do so until he dies. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," changes his costume as he performs during his 91st birthday party at his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan, who grew up in his dad's traveling circus, said he was offered many jobs with foreign circuses that passed through Peru, but that he couldn't imagine leaving his father's business and ended up taking it over in the 1970's. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," points to himself standing on stilts in a picture from the 1950's, during his 91st birthday celebration at his home in Lima, Peru. In the center photo, Farfan is the clown at right. Farfan reflected that "working at the circus allows you to travel the country, meet new people, customs and food." (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Feb. 7, 2015 photo, veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as "Pitito," shows a picture of himself from the 1940's standing on stilts with Ashaninka indigenous people taken while working at his father's traveling circus in Peru's Amazon, during his 91st birthday celebration at his home in Lima, Peru. Farfan remembers the Indians charged him money to have his photo taken with them. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

For decades, 91-year-old Pitito the clown has kept Peru smiling

At his 91st birthday party last week, in his home's living room, Peru's oldest clown performed for some of his relatives and made them laugh.

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