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Ok so here is a game you can do to force yourself to be creative and think in an unusual way. Think of this exercise as something similar to those Nintendo DS Brain Training games. If you do this everyday you can train they way you think when creating magic.

You will need several blank slips of paper. Alternatively you could use an old deck of cards which you don't mind writing on.

On one batch of slips write down various objects (one word per slip) such as:
1. Pen
2. Glass
3. Book
4. Phone
5. Bracelet
6. Fork
7. Hat
8. Gloves
9. Key
10. Tie
11. Ring
12. Watch
etc...

On another batch write down plots:
1. Vanish
2. Production
3. Transposition
4. Penetration
5. Transformation
6. Transposition
7. Restoration
8. Levitation
9. Suspension
10. Mentalism
11. Prediction
12. Animation
etc...

On a final batch of slips, write methods or principles:
1. Black Art
2. Magnetism
3. Switch
4. Thread
5. Elastic
6. Topit
7. Shell
8. Stooge
9. Servante
10. Steal
11. Duplicate
12. Well
etc...

You can write more than 10 if you want - the more the better.

Next shuffle the slips keeping each category together and select one slip from each category and try to force yourself to think how you would come up with a trick with the information you have been given. Eg:

Pen, Transposition and Shell.
Gloves, Penetration and Black Art.
Book, Production and Thread.

Now you may not be able to come up with anything or you may need to utilise an additional slip - method or object, to make your trick work. Whatever you do, do not put one slip back and choose another if you are stuck. Just keep trying. You could have the slips in three glasses and choose a slip every day to work with. This is just a fun exercise to force you to come up with a potential idea with the most unlikely combination of items.

If you wish let's try this together. What would you do with the following:

Coat hanger
Penetration
Black Art

Finally please throw some challenges to me with three random items and I will see what I can come up with. Smile
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How about a portable coat rack on the stage. A black suite bag, and other articles of clothing hanging on the rack. Also five or six coat hangers. Straighten out the coat hangers and penetrate the suite bag. Pull out the hangers, Un zip the bag to drop out large piece of metal. (I’m thinking along the lines of industrial revolution) Not sure for the black art, don’t know enough about it and don't do a lot of stage.

For my three:
Paper
animate
shell
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Hey Angelo,

Do you find yourself thinking more in terms of 'here's an unusual method/principle - how can I turn it into a trick?' or do you think more along the lines of 'here's a trick I want to create - what is the best method?'

I always imagined that creative people such as yourself (along with Lubor Fiedler and Gaetan Bloom) started with an unusual method first before trying to shape it into an effect. So - I just wanted to check with you.

You have spoken before about how you will doodle on a blank paper and ask yourself questions about what the images might be if you look at them from different perspectives. So - maybe my question above doesn't really apply. Still - in case it does - do you generally think in terms of method and then the effect. Or the other way around?

Cheers!

Joe

PS On a separate point. Where do you look for inspiration? Is it through studying the work of creators you admire. Or is it by studying other creative fields such as optical illusions and scientific gadgets (for instance)?
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I should add as well that this video imagining what MC Escher's workspace might have looked like has being inspiring me for the past few weeks.

It is beautiful...

http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/290256/detail/

Joe
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Great exercise, Angelo! Thanks!
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Excellent exercise - thanks for posting.

Also Bob, thanks for posting the Escher studio - an inspiring video!
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This is ingenious! Very creative.
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This is a fantastic suggestion. Thanks
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Good work magicjoe. The good thing about this exercise is there is no right or wrong answer/solution. It is just a way to force ourselves to think.

So you suggested paper, animate and shell. Ok... well you could make a paper shell of a heavy object so it could be light enough to animate with invisible thread. If it is a shell, you would need to ditch/lap the real object. See this is a good example where we need to utilise other elements (eg (switch, well, servante, thread etc). It is not a bad thing, unless you would have to cheat and eliminate one of the existing three selections because you get stuck. Don't - keep trying.

Try a new selection everyday and log your ideas.
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Hey Joe!

It really varies and depends. Sometimes it can be the method first and sometimes it can be the effect. I would say though it is probably 75% effect first and then 25% method.

As for inspiration, I certainly admire the creative magical genius' out there but I don't want to copy them so always look for inspiration from other sources such as gadget shops, hardware stores, optical illusions (as you say), online, science etc.

As for the doodling on blank sheet, I will start a new post on that to go into more detail.

BTW thanks for the video link. I love it!

Angelo
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Thanks guys! Glad you like. It is just a bit of fun as I say like Brain Training. Try it every day. You never know what you might come up with Smile
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Quote:
On 2012-03-28 22:01, Bob_Hummer wrote:
I should add as well that this video imagining what MC Escher's workspace might have looked like has being inspiring me for the past few weeks.

It is beautiful...

http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/290256/detail/

Joe


This is also a good source of inspiration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkGeOWYOFoA

Beauty is everywhere...find it!

Cesar ALonso (Cesaral Magic)
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Tip of the hat to Fitzkee's "The Trick Brain" Angelo, yes?

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I have never read The Trick Brain. Bad I know. Tip of the hat???

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"Tip of the hat" = "with thanks to".

Check it out in The Magic Circle Library on Monday.

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Yes, it reminded me also of a good method of devising effects and methods from Fitzkee's "The Trick Brain". Looks like great brains still thin alike! Very good to be reminded of this, and, seems more of a fun way of doing it...a "drawing" as it were.

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Ah looks like I must read this book now. Thanks for the heads up.
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