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Bob Dillon, who performs as Otto the Clown,

Bob Dillon, who performs as Otto the Clown, shares a moment with Jordon Bailey, 4, during a visit to the Pediatric Day Health Care Program at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside. (Feb. 21, 2013) Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Older-but-ageless clowns spread joy at parties and at hospitals on Long Island. Get a good look at Otto the Clown (Bob Dillon), MisMatch (Carol Klein) and Tiny (Cheryl Schruefer).

Cheryl Schruefer of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny
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Cheryl Schruefer of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny the Clown, usually performs her act on stilts. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Cheryl Schruefer of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Cheryl Schruefer of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny the Clown, usually performs her act on stilts. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Cheryl Schruefer of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Cheryl Schruefer of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny the Clown, demonstrates her juggling. She usually performs her act on stilts. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Bob Dillon, who performs as Otto the Clown,
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Bob Dillon, who performs as Otto the Clown, shares a moment with Jordon Bailey, 4, during a visit to the Pediatric Day Health Care Program at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside. (Feb. 21, 2013)

Bob Dillon, who performs as Otto the Clown,
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Bob Dillon, who performs as Otto the Clown, instructs David, 7, to pretend to be a chicken during a visit to St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside. (Feb. 21, 2013)

Carol Klein, 57, of Levittown, who has performed
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Carol Klein, 57, of Levittown, who has performed as MisMatch the Clown for the past seven years, gets ready to entertain children at a birthday party at the Old Fields Inn in Greenlawn. (March 2, 2013)

Carol Klein, who performs as MisMatch the Clown,
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Carol Klein, who performs as MisMatch the Clown, entertains during a birthday party at Old Fields Inn in Greenlawn. (March 2, 2013)

Faith Hoerning, 6, in the yellow dress, grimaces
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Faith Hoerning, 6, in the yellow dress, grimaces as Carol Klein, who performs as MisMatch the Clown, does a magic trick during a birthday party at Old Fields Inn in Greenlawn. (March 2, 2013)

Garrett Klein, who performs as YooHoo, and his
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Garrett Klein, who performs as YooHoo, and his mother Carol Klein, who performs as MisMatch the Clown, pose before they entertain at a children's birthday party at the Old Fields Inn in Greenlawn. Mother and son are from Levittown. (March 2, 2013)

Cheryl Schruefer, of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny
Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Cheryl Schruefer, of Hicksville, who performs as Tiny the Clown, applies makeup. Schruefer usually performs her act on stilts. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Bob Dillon, 74, who performs as Otto the
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Bob Dillon, 74, who performs as Otto the Clown, works an enthusiastic crowd during a program at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside. (Feb. 21, 2013)

Shanequia, center, can't take her eyes off a
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Shanequia, center, can't take her eyes off a card trick during a visit from Otto the Clown to the Pediatric Day Health Care Program at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside. (Feb. 21, 2013)

Faith Hoerning, 6, gets a big kick out
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Faith Hoerning, 6, gets a big kick out of Carol Klein, of Levittown, who performs as MisMatch the Clown. MisMatch visited a children's birthday party at Old Fields Inn in Greenlawn. (March 2, 2013)

Children in an after-school program at St. Mary’s
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Children in an after-school program at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, are amazed by a trick performed by Otto the Clown, also known as Bob Dillon, 74. (Feb. 21, 2013)

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