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Mike Walton
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David,
Welcome and thanks for visiting the Café. Just from some of the video's I've watched, it seems Eugene Burger has worked with you and you with him on creating several effects and routines. Thanks for your contributions to magic, particularly with the Mullica Wallet.

I've only been seriously practicing and now performing close-up magic for about 2 1/2 years, and I'm growing out the process of using someone else's exact works by replacing them with something of my own. It seems I've been adapting and creating routines with pieces from other routines, with different sleights or with a new handling/patter/routine to find something that is more me for expression as well as something I feel is stronger, creates a better spectator reaction, and suits my style a little better.

What is your process for creating an effect and routine? Do you feel the real strength in a routine comes from insight gained from studying previous works and then planning the routine, or from adaptations based on audience reaction?

I'm sure it's a little of both, but do you see the main changes to a routine occuring during planning or after audience testing?

Thanks again!
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Hi Mike. I’m glad to hear that you have been finding ways to creatively shape your magic. When we put creative thought into our magic, we feel more connected to it; it becomes more important to us. Audiences can sense this.

The creative process is different every time. I have no “formula.” Each routine grows from the seed of an idea. Sometimes it starts with an effect. Lately I’ve been exploring effects that I learned or saw as a teenager, thinking of ways to make them relevant to me now. After working with the props and finding a handling that feels comfortable to me, I begin searching for a premise, a theme. This usually involves perusing my bookshelves. Once I have an effect and a theme, I set to work on the script.

But sometimes the process is reversed: It begins with a premise or a line around which I’d like to build a routine. In which case I search my memory and my magic books for an effect that might fit the theme.

What should be kept in mind is that a finished magic piece needs time and room to grow. The creative process can’t be rushed and it can’t be forced. Sometimes the greatest progress is achieved by setting the piece aside for a month, then picking it up again to see how it’s doing.

Pivotal changes sometimes occur while writing the script or working with the handling. An idea will suddenly pop up that turns the piece into something else, something unexpected, unplanned. Such moments are a gift. I am careful not to ignore them. At other times, I end up with exactly the routine I’d envisioned from the beginning. When the effect is united with a finished script, I rehearse the routine to the point where further growth and refinement will only take place when it is performed in front of audiences.
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David - Thanks for sharing your insight.
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