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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Patients at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital were all smilesWednesday as they learned a few circus tricks.

The kids got a special performance from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clowns from Clown Alley.

Organizers say they showed the healing power of laughter as the clowns get ready for their first performance at Colonial Life Arena Thursday.hey also say they hoped to leave the kids who are fighting some tough health battles with some courage.