Who We Are
We are Donna & Jim Milburn. In May 2023 we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Who knew way back when that we would be loving our job as entertainers.
Jim began his clowning career in the early 1980's while working for BC Children's Hospital. They needed a clown for an event and since we had small children at that time, they asked if he could dress up as a clown, in fact both of us did and we enjoyed entertaining the children. This was a small spark at what was to come in the years ahead.
Over the years, we researched and studied a lot of materials and resources for clowning. Jim even gave clowning courses in various Recreation Centres. Volunteering as a clown at church, community and school events for a number of years allowed Jim to gain the experience he needed to further his clowning career.
Our first paid gig was at the grand opening of the West Maple Ridge Dairy Queen store 34 years ago... hence his clown name "Dilly" after the famous and tasty treat... the Dilly bar. For approximately 12 years, Dilly performed for many of the in-store DQ birthday parties. Still today we meet up with people who had their parties at the DQ store.
Dilly became quite well known and went on to perform at many birthday parties, festivals, fairs, schools, community, commercial and corporate events. While Dilly was out there in the forefront, Donna was looking after everything behind the scenes.
Moving forward to 2009, we began the Click & Clown Company. Click for photography and of course Clown for Dilly. Donna being an impassioned photographer, took many photos at birthday parties and events for about six years when she began her love for balloon artistry. We both love to see the sparkle in a child's eye as they watch Donna create a special balloon for them. Upon request, Donna is happy to capture those special moments at your parties or events.
Since 2009 our business has grown immensely. Many of our customers have become our friends. We are not spring chickens anymore, but when we go into character, it is amazing how our energy bursts with smiles, laughter and fun for everyone.
Recently we decided to rebrand and add two new characters. Not only are we Dilly & BubbleGum (for all ages), we are now The Fairy Grandparents... GumDrops & GumBoots (for the younger set). We look forward to capturing your child's imagination and sprinkling them with a magical experience through stories, puppets, magic, crafts, games, balloons and more.
Also be sure to check out Santa & Mrs. Claus on our North Pole page.