One of the things the Clown teacher is looking for is to keep 'trainee idiots' in the Now.
Much of the clown teacher's side-coaching and heckling is done with the intention to interrupt the student who is intent on planning ahead and to call them back into the moment, into communion with the audience.
When the trainee clown is planning ahead they are unable to sense the audience or their fellow performer, or even their own inner intuition.
Much of Clown work is encouraging 'not doing' - and that is not to say that nothing ever happens! When the clown student stops thinking ahead of themselves, then they become open to the accident of the moment, to the inspiration of the moment, to the impulse of the moment, then magic will unfold.
I have often said that 'Timing is awareness'. One of my current clown students, when asked 'what is Timing?' said: 'It is an energetic connection to emotion'.
Someone recently sent me this short film about the Clown Reinhard Horskotte. In the film, 'He says: 'When you wait, something happens.'
The wonderful cabaret artist Paul Martin has been on a couple of my courses - one day he contacted me to say he had coined a clown mantra for himself: 'Accept everything. Expect nothing.' I love it. (By the way, anyone wanting to study cabaret or learn how to become an MC - I recommend Paul Martin highly.)
Wait. Be open. It will arrive.