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  1. Chuck "Chuckles" Lord

    Being practiced does not mean you have to stay with the script word for word. I have a friend who would allways agonize over memorizing the script for a new skit. When it came to performance time, she was very good at “Reading the audience” and changing as we went along. Our skits start at A and end at B but between the two there is a limitless variety. Our job is to know where we start at A and that we want to end at B and have a general plan for the path. Using your own words here will keep your show more natural and improve your delivery because it is all you. You will also never have that problem actors face of forgetting your line. Remember, when you are talking with a friend you don’t write a script first you just converse going from A to B. You will also become better at improvisation. That is what a conversation is only with some funny thrown in.

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  2. Jim De Wilde

    Wonderful article! About 12 years ago I did a spontaneous (but actually practiced) magic trick at a local nursing home or care facility with another clown. Practiced the trick at home but wasn’t sure of results because I didn’t tell the other clown what was going to happen. Glad I practiced, as it went off perfect and the reaction from the other clown was exactly like I imagined and a spontaneous one. We had the residents laughing so hard they almost cried, especially when I showed my partner and them exactly what happened to bring the laughter. At my age now, I need to be more spontaneous (and more. practiced). Proud to be an alumni of 2002, 2015, 2016 classes. I am a member of COAI and a Mooseketeer for life regardless of whatever conventions or schools I may also attend. Jim DeWilde

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  3. Aaron

    This was a lovely article and quite inspiring. It makes me sad that I will not be able to attend clown camp this year, but next year for sure!

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