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hkmagic
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When reading magic Books, Or taking notes about theory or an effect, when I take notes this is one line after another

I am looking for a system to help me to remember the steps of a trick easier

I have Trid Mind Maps like: freemind, imindmap, but the explanation of the effects are long so each branch

I Saw the Magic Modeling Language of Alvo Stockman, it is intersting but it is for the effect and doesn help me to remember the steps of the trick.

Anyone have a good method of taking notes / study?
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Hkmagic,
Don't know if it will help, but I listed all my tricks in a database file on my computer. The columns I created were: No., TITLE (i.e., Twisted Sister, Invisible Deck, Professor's Nightmare, Scotch & Soda, etc.), CATEGORY(i.e., Cards, Ropes, Coins, Etc.), LOCATION (i.e., my trunk, my close-up case, bookshelf, etc.), REFERENCE (File Cabinet, DVD#, Computer File #, etc.)

This database allows me to sort the tricks (to put together a show), filter the list, etc. The column I use to refer to the trick's set-up or explanation, is the REFERENCE column. This column tells me where to find the details on how to set up and how the trick works. It works like this: If my instructions came with the trick, then I store them in the file cabinet alphabetically. So, in the REFERENCE column for that trick, I just put "CAB". If the instructions are located on my computer in a PDF file or word processing file, I just list the file #. If the instructions are located on a DVD, then I just list the catalog # of the DVD in my library. If you learned a trick from a friend... then, rather that take notes... just list the friend's name in the REFERENCE column (i.e., Bob S.)

So, when you print up a list of the tricks you want to work on, the REFERENCE column will tell you where to look to locate the instructions.

It took a long time to set this up, but it has saved countless hours of hunting, to brush up on the setup or instructions.

Hope this helps.
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On 2009-04-14 22:58, hkmagic wrote:
I am looking for a system to help me to remember the steps of a trick easier


Repitition

Just keep going through it slowly.
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magicalaurie
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On 2009-04-14 22:58, hkmagic wrote:
When reading magic Books, Or taking notes about theory or an effect, when I take notes this is one line after another...


Do you use any illustrations in your notes? I find it helpful to add illustrations of distinguishing features to my notes. Gives a visual of differences in phases and helps me to remember them more distinctly. I also practice separate parts of an effect alone before combining them and running the entire effect in sequence.
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I highly recommend How To DEvelop A Perfect Memory by Dominic O'Brien, available from lybrary.com

I use his journey method (actually it is a very old method) to remember the steps or sequences of all sorts of things. That is the easiest method I have found.

I think the first 5 chapters are available for free at google books and those might be enough to explain the basic method.
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