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Zeitoun
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Hi all,

(I hope "filler" is the right word... The french word is a "classeur". I mean a sort of book where you can attach some free hole punched sheets of paper Smile )


I'd like to organize all my magic related stuff in a filler in order to improve the way I work. Here are a few ideas I have (I had a lot, but as this is the first time I write them down, I'm sure this list isn't exhaustive, but can it be anyway ? ):

In each of the following part, I'd like to have two sub-parts which would be a "have to be worked" part and a "can be used without risk in front of a public" part.

- Sleight part:
For each sleight, I'd like to have:

+ A notation system of how I master the move (for example 5 checkboxes... When they are all checked, the sheets can move in the "can be used without risk in front of a public" part)
+ The sources I own, where I find its description (Book Title, Chapter, Page; DVD Title, chapter; Tape Title, Timing Index; etc...)
+ The generic description of the move (what it does).
+ The uses of the move (What it can be used for).
+ The real description of the move (How is it done)

- Trick part:
For each trick, I'd like to have:

+ A notation system of how I master the trick.
+ The sources I own, where I find its description.
+ The description of the effect.
+ The real description of the trick which would be a kind of array with:
* The story.
* The actions.
* The angles warnings.
...

My questions are:

Is this kind of trick/sleight description already described in some books?
Do you use this way, or a similar one, to organize your knowledge ?
Is there any magic MS-Word templates already existing ?
Do you have anything else to say ? Smile

Thanks a lot for your help.

Olivier.
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I guess some folks do this. I know several who punch and file the original instructions to effects in a binder like you say.

Myself, I have several types of media from lecture notes to DVD and everything in
between.

I stick to writing routines that flow well and reviewing them after each showing to pick apart the weak spots. This is when I would sub a different effect.

I have a plastic tub with about 40-50 effects in it and sometimes draw from that, or haunt any of the dozen or so forums and look for new ideas.

I either use my camcorder or web cam to practice, so there is only a yea or a nay on each effect.

Last, I practice the entire routine as many times as necessary in front of a camera and use finger signals to myself for reviewing the tape. Whenever I think something may not have been exactly perfect I will use the finger queue to rewind the tape and check.

So basically what I am saying is I only track the 8 written routines on paper. The rest of the time goes to practice, or performance.

Life is short, so make the best use of your time. Smile
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JimMaloney
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On 2002-12-27 12:30, Zeitoun wrote:
(I hope "filler" is the right word... The french word is a "classeur". I mean a sort of book where you can attach some free hole punched sheets of paper Smile )


As KingStardog already pointed out, the word you're looking for is "binder."

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Is this kind of trick/sleight description already described in some books?
Do you use this way, or a similar one, to organize your knowledge ?


You might want to check out "The Magic of Michael Ammar" and "Success in Magic" both by Michael Ammar. In both of them, he talks about personal management and gives examples of forms you can use.

I've been meaning to do something like this, but I'm a real bad procrastinator, so it hasn't happened yet. Smile

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BenSchwartz
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Man.. and I thought I was organized....
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Zeitoun
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Ok, Perhaps am I going to far in my own organization Smile

I'll have a look at Michael Ammar's notes, but I think I'll start with what is really essential.

I'm just realizing that I never started to do this work because I want it to be too perfect (and too huge Smile )...

And yes, KingStardog, you're right! I'll try to make the best use of my time Smile

Thanks a lot for your help.

Olivier.
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I found a wooden tool box at Sam's. It's made for tools but it's much too beautiful. Has many felt lined drawers and a box like compartment at the top. You really have to see it; it can hold loads of close-up stuff and some small props. You can check out Sam's in the tool section. Smile
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