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Clownvis Singing Telegrams 

It was that time of year again, Valentine's Day. However, instead of buying the same tired box of chocolates and generic bouquet of roses, these creative romantics gave their loved ones a memorable treat -- a singing telegram from the inimitable Clownvis Presley. Photos by Scott Layne.
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Clownvis' day started in the late morning with a telegram for a staff member at the St. Louis Community College-Meramec bookstore.
Clownvis' day started in the late morning with a telegram for a staff member at the St. Louis Community College-Meramec bookstore.
Clownvis' day started in the late morning with a telegram for a staff member at the St. Louis Community College-Meramec bookstore.
Clownvis' Valentine's telegrams are home surprises just as much as they are workplace surprises.
Clownvis happily offers up his telegram tunes and cheer to everyone he finds.
Clownvis happily offers up his telegram tunes and cheer to everyone he finds.
Clownvis does require coffee breaks to keep him and his crew fueled for the long day.
Every valentine lucky enough to receive a telegram from Clownvis also receives a jar of Clownvis' own peanut butter, along with a red heart balloon.
"Who didn't stop these guys at the door" was the question jokingly asked by the officer at a St. Charles middle school that Clownvis visited.
After a trip to the principal's office, Clownvis surprises the vice principle with a mid-day message. Some customers have received telegrams from Clownvis in the past and reunite once a year.
After a trip to the principal's office, Clownvis surprises the vice principle with a mid-day message. Some customers have received telegrams from Clownvis in the past and reunite once a year.
The vice principal didn't hesitate to show Clownvis off to some of her curious onlooking students.
On Valentine's Day, the car becomes the office for Clownvis and his team.
Many telegram recipients were surprised while working or eating in a restaurant, which provided shock and excitement from recipients and customers.
When the employees at Gus' Pretzels spotted Clownvis outside Benton Park Cafe, they offered up a pretzel break that the crew couldn't refuse.
When the employees at Gus' Pretzels spotted Clownvis outside Benton Park Cafe, they offered up a pretzel break that the crew couldn't refuse.
When constantly jumping from one place to the next and having to make quick exits, the most basic necessities are sometimes forgotten and not as well planned as the telegrams.
With a little bit of time to kill until his next appointment, Clownvis decided to stop by some old stomping grounds and say hello to old friends. Gibbol's was, and still is, the only place he buys makeup and props in St. Louis.
With a little bit of time to kill until his next appointment, Clownvis decided to stop by some old stomping grounds and say hello to old friends. Gibbol's was, and still is, the only place he buys makeup and props in St. Louis.
Clownvis and his crew stroll down Washington Avenue on their way to the next telegram.
Shock and delight are common themes when the recipients are greeted at their offices.
Shock and delight are common themes when the recipients are greeted at their offices.
Every once in a while Clownvis has to do some touch-ups and make sure his hair is in order before a telegram.
Shock and delight are common themes when the recipients are greeted at their offices.
Clownvis stumbled onto a very eager crowd at a retirement home while delivering a telegram to an employee there.
The amount of balloons in the back seat slowly dwindle as the day goes on...but there is no missing Clownvis' presence in this vehicle.
As a true local celebrity that transplanted to LA, Clownvis bumps into friends while working and makes sure to do a little bit of catching up.
Clownvis does his last tune-up of the night as the long day draws to an end, and the night creeps on.
Many local hotspots were graced with Clownvis' presence on this Valentine's day.
When the long day is done, Clownvis and his friends hit up his favorite bar, the Silver Ballroom, for some pinball and drinks.
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