Learn A New Language - Body Language
Although numbers vary according to studies, it has been proven that body language makes up more than 90% of communication between humans. How important that can be for a clown, whose only goal is to communicate joy and happiness to others!
When you take into consideration all of the elements of this non-verbal language - facial expressions and eye movement, hand gestures, body posture, and more - you can understand why this language communicates more than mere words.
It has been said that the eyes communicate more than any other type of non-verbal language. Staring or gazing at others is considered rude in many cultures.
The communication from your eyes can mean caring and compassion, excitement and happiness or grief and sadness. Learn to communicate with your eyes to emphasize the communication of your clown character.
Did you know that a smile uses over 80 facial muscles? And that there are approximately 50 different types of smiles that cross the human face? Unless your character is a sad tramp, exercise those facial muscles!
Being aware of another's personal space is important. Unless a person feels comfortable with you, they may feel threatened when you move into their space. This is especially important with children, who may also be frightened by your make-up.
Using hand gestures is the best way to communicate without words. Hand movements are a huge part of pantomime, and are a great way to keep an audience's attention. Using your hands to communicate emotions is very effective, however, touching is often not appropriate. It can be friendly but it can also be considered aggressive. All that being said, if people are comfortable with your clown character, there is always something special about a clown hug!