A study in Italy found that having a clown in the operating room made children who were undergoing surgery relax more. While the clowns did a good job of distracting the children until anesthesia was administered, doctors and nurses found them to be annoying. Buzzkills. Future studies may include the use of jugglers, magicians, and fire eaters, but not mimes. Researchers consider it too risky to put mimes in the same room with anyone who has scalpels and other sharp instruments close by.