Crack open a new deck of cards, and what do you pull out? The jokers , of course. Also called jester, fool, trickster, buffoon, jack-pudding, and wearer of the motley, this character is nearly universally recognized…

Many jesters were gifted athletes. They were gymnasts and jugglers, even magicians in a simple way. The jester was not to be taken seriously. His job was to bring laughs. Some were dwarfs or even slightly mentally challenged. The expert jesters were much more. They were as erudite as any of the King’s councilors.

Although the antonym of a fool is a sage or genius, the jester was the real master of wit. It is not a coincidence that in a deck of cards, the joker is the wild card. In a king’s court, the jester was also the wild card.

Shot taken in July 2012 Campement van Kampen Fair & Joust Tournament in the Netherlands.

Equipment: Eyes, hands, mind, soul, Canon Eos 30D

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  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 3 years ago

    Fun Shot! Can you send this to my group “Hat Heads”?

  • Thank you Robyn ofcourse will do right away :)

    – patjila

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 3 years ago

    Where did you spot this JOKER Annet!
    Funneeeeeee he he ;o) xx

  • Thanks so much was No problem Robin you HAD to see him, his acrobatics were fantastic too. He’s practising parkour Free running I guess. :) xx

    – patjila

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 3 years ago

    This King’s Fool certainly looks the part, Annet – just “Jesting” of course !! – Super capture

  • Thank you lots Mattie! He was a fine witty guy and loved his smile :))

    – patjila

  • John44
    John44about 3 years ago

    The jolly Joker
    Pleasant cheerful posting Annetje __
    Heel leuk koppie

  • Grote dank John een aardige en ook grappige model Nar! xx

    – patjila

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 3 years ago

    LoL! Love it!

  • Thanks Bern me loved it too to portray him :))

    – patjila

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 3 years ago

    Nice capture dear Annet.x

  • Thank you lots dear Cath glad you like the great smile of the Jester :)) xx

    – patjila

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 3 years ago

  • A feature thank you so much Robyn yaaay :))

    – patjila

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