…and despite the void he’ll leave, it’s almost impossible not to make a small joke.
And that’s the point, at least from a marketing point of view. Marceau made it through the Dip. He entered a field that was obscure, suffering from disrespect and filled with poseurs and hacks (all at the same time). But he pushed and focused and broke through. One person = an entire form of expression.
Jackson Pollack did it, as well. So did Yo-Yo Ma.
When a promoter wanted to book someone or promote someone or feature someone, there was only one choice. When Mel Brooks wanted a mime to speak in "Silent Movie," there was only one choice. Only one choice is a good place to be.
The challenge is to find a field where the Dip is small enough to get through but big enough to matter.
(Was it an assassin? Did he use a silencer?)