Circus performance helps tackle Donegal woman’s anxiety

Jess Harkin was just three years old when she first saw a clown at a circus and since then, her ambition has been to become one.

Unfortunately, dressing up and performing tricks came to a stop when she was bullied by classmates in school.

The 22 year old from County Donegal suffered from bad anxiety at secondary school and left due to it before her final year – but she never quite gave it up completely.

Practicing magic using YouTube tutorials and attending circus school in Londonderry has helped her grow in confidence both as a magician and as Kazoo the clown.

“I’m much more confident now. I can perform on stage in front of an audience. It’s changed who I am now,” she says.

Her next challenge is to break America and work there as a professional magician.

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