Tools

What you are about to read i£ probably the most important suggestion I can give you on how to create your own magic. It applies to all methods of inventing tricks.

Many of you will read this and think it sounds fine but will not actually put it into use. Those are the roagicians who will let hundreds of possible inventions slip through their fingers.

The only tools necessary to create magic are a pencil and paper. You never know when an idea might occur to you. When one does, you must write it down immediately- This is important. First of all. it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you see the pile of original ideas start mounting up on the desk in your magic rocm. This feeling of success is what gets you through the more unproductive sessions. (It is also grounds for divorce when your wife decides to help you by cleaning up your magic room and throwing out your "trash.")

More importantly, if you don't write the idea down you will forget it. You may think you'll remember it by concentrating on it but you will forget it. Also, ideas normally come in groups of several at a time. If you are concentrating and trying to remember the first idea that arrives, you will stifle

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the production of other ideas which might otherwise accompany it.

You should write down everything that you think will some day turn into a trick. It may be an effect, a method, a gag, or a sleight. If it seems like it has future possibilities, write it down. If it's a completed or almost completed trick, don't rely on your memory. You'd be amazed at the number of tricks I've come up with that saw the light of print only because I went foraging through a stack of papers in a drawer before I threw them out.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Outs are the product of necessity. Combine these two ideas and you have another source of inventiveness. Occasionally during a trick you'll have to change a part of it spontaneously- Many times, this change is in the form of an out or an ad lib. Both of these are examples of instant invention. If you don't have a pencil & paper handy, you'll lose the new additions to the magicians in the audience who do.

As I said, you must carry pen and paper with you wherever you go. I tried carrying a little notebook with me but after a while I would either lose it or forget it.Then I used to write on slips of paper in my wallet since I always carried my wallet with me. However, I'm afraid a lot of original magic vanished when periodically I decided to stop sitting lop-sided and would clean out my wallet. About eight years ago I came up with something that worked perfectly for me. I always carry my check book with me. Always. There are two otherwise blank pages in the back of the check register with the words "Figure Here" on them. I use these two pages to write down enough to (in) jog my memory at a later date. I've included a copy of what a few of them look like. The writing is sloppy because I'm usually in a dark theater, listening to someone speak, or riding in a car.Many of my friends must figure that I take being an accountant seriously because I always appear to be balancing my check book.If you look closely, you can see the start of several items which have ended up either earlier in this magazine or in one of my books.

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