Tap Directly Into Your Creative Mind... And Easily Access YOUR Million-Dollar Ideas Ideas are the lifeblood of success... and the best ideas originate with brainstorming. Brainstorming can help you successfully fix any problem, build any business, generate any plan, or develop any story. But the problem is that most people have no clue how to effectively brainstorm - either by themselves or with groups. You can waste a lot of time coming up with old, boring ideas that won't work... and the whole time you actually believe that you are brainstorming.
One of the finest examples of the instant stooge concept can be found in my good friend Kenton Knepper's fantastic effect, Southwest Miracle , which is described in great detail on Kenton's priceless Wonder Words audio tapes, and can be seen in action on the Desert Brainstorm, Volume One video.
Before continuing further, I want to mention that the work of a number of other fine cardmen has fueled my efforts. The basic Side Steal approach is modified from an unpublished technique that was popular with Mike Skinner in the early 1970s. The extraction grip is a minor adaptation of Mario's Bold Steal position. One of the Add-Backs was suggested by my brainstorm-buddy, Carl Albright another is built on his concept. We are all in large measure the
You see, when back then I came up with this set-up, I shared it with few close friends only and I remember how immediately they started brainstorming with me on how to use this deck for various effects that, while very good as they are, could be propelled in the miracle class with the use of this stacked deck.
To my knowledge, I was the first, and probably the only, mentalist to ever destroy envelopes and other assorted paper items by feeding them through a paper shredder. But that was just the beginning of the story. At the time I came up with this brainstorm, April and I were doing a Psychic Gambling act. In a moment of divine inspiration, I decided to have the paper shredder built into a large die. I promptly approached Bill Schmelk of Wellington Enterprises, a well known illusion builder in New York. He said that it would be no problem.
I confess that I don't know the answer to this, but a hasty conference with Albert Shortcard MacHinty, 93-year-old, former assistant to the Great Blackstone and for the last 15 years on display in my gallery (exhibit case 114), was all that was needed. Issue 10 was the brainstorm of the legendary Argentinean magician and bolo wielder, Ricardo Himberto. Pages 37-38 were double-layered, with a colony of Pampas moth larvae inserted into the void space. All issues mysteriously vanished within two days of their arrival (January 12, 1924). It is unfortunate that Ricardo chose to conceal his living gimmicks in this issue, containing as it did the only known description of the modus operandi of the Hooker Rising Cards. Ironically, Himberto wound himself to death the day after colonizing the Cage and was buried with his bolo on.
Finally, I'd like to thank Daryl for the title, The Crazy Man's Handcuffs. The only time I ever heard him mention this phrase was during a brainstorming session we had on jekyl Island in 1980. Although I have been using the phrase with this routine since then, I feel certain that the title originated with Daryl at that time. It is being used here with Daryl's permission, so with these important historical credits dealt with, on with the routine.
It has been pointed out that purpose directs activity. Thus, a particular outcome itself sets a type of frame that determines what is perceived as relevant, successful and inside the frame and what is considered not relevant, unhelpful and outside the frame. In a brainstorming session, for instance, the outcome is to come up with new and unique ideas. Making unusual analogies, telling outrageous jokes, asking silly questions, and being a bit bizarre, would all be relevant and helpful activities with respect to that outcome. Bringing up existing solutions and policies as the right answer, and evaluating whether or not something is realistic would be inappropriate and unhelpful. On the other hand, if, instead of brainstorming, the session involved the final stage of negotiations with a key client, the outcome of the session might be to establish and reach consensus about the priorities for the completion and delivery of a specific product or intervention. With respect to this outcome,...
For the final encore prediction with the rose, I have worked out two different stratagems. While I won't disclose one of them yet, because I use that principle for other things too, I will give you the one I'm actually using for this specific routine only. This one is the result of a brainstorming session with my friend Greg Arce, so you can be sure it's a winner Ok Back to the final prediction. You must use an opaque vase so that all you can see from outside is the rose coming out of it and part of the long stem. Right below the edge of the vase, and on the stem, you have one piece of very thin copper wire tied around the stem. Now, this thin wire has 4 little colored paper labels attached to it. When the moment is right, you simply reach inside the neck of the vase, as to pull the rose out of it, and, at the same time, you break away the 3 paper labels that don't fit with the colored chair the lady has chosen for herself. Those 3 pieces of paper will fall unseen onto the bottom of...
I have to admit the idea of naming envelope number 2 as the one that always contains the money was not how I began using the routine. At first, it was just a straight Bank Night effect. One of the routines I had read about suggested putting a small bill, perhaps a dollar, in all the other envelopes so that everyone would be a winner. That idea seemed a bit hokey to me, but gave me the idea of the lottery tickets. Since I was playing a game, it made perfect sense to use them as a consolation prize. My first thought was to put one in each of the envelopes. Then I got the brainstorm about leading the players towards one envelope and having the tickets in that one. Little by little, the routining fell into place until it worked itself out into what you now see on Mind Mysteries.
A trick jointly created by Robin Robertson (USA) & Peter Duffie (UK). Together, they have amassed over 100 new card effects, moves & subtleties devised through their transatlantic brainstorming conducted via the internet. Here they offer a direct and baffling mental speller. Meanwhile the brainstorming continues
NOTE This is the technique that Derek Dingle and I developed one late night, at a bar called Mikado, in New York City. It was a joint effort and I can no longer determine exactly who came up with which part of it. Such is the nature of ideas that grow from brainstorming sessions. I am certain that when I performed the technique for Frank Garcia, about two days after Derek and I had developed it, Frank was incredulous that I could be doing what it was clear 1 was. He had me perform it dozens of times and
And the rest of it was really about brainstorming. That's where we got the mix, which in retrospect seems so obvious -historical segments, teaching segments, wacky magic segments. Different kinds of things. So it was very much a collaborative effort creatively, and it began with David watering the relationship. DA How many episodes did you shoot JS In the first season we shot 13 half-hours, which, after previewing, they decided to whittle down to one thirty-second spot. both laugh
Seventeen-Year-Old Paul Harris. A Honolulu convention marked the beginning of a friendship that has seen some ups and a fair share of downs. While he never did exactly move in, he has frequently cast his lot with us. Also, there have been times when a sudden brainstorm has caused Paul to appear at our door at some unlikely hour and I have surrendered my bed to spend the rest of the night tucked down on the living room couch. I've never complained (much) because I always know that something interesting is brewing and I can never wait to find out what it is.
You're sitting with your breakout group where you and your fellow breakout groupies have been instructed to brainstorm a marketing plan to distribute 240,000 midget widgets. The future of your company hangs in the balance - not to mention the fate of nearly a quarter-million itty-bitty widgets.