One of the most frequently expressed beliefs in magical literature, is that the way to invent new tricks is to think of an effect then to find a way of accomplishing it. No doubt many tricks have been worked out in this way. The question is, is it the best way? Is this how the best ideas come into being? Frankly, I doubt it. Is it not better to start with a method and work forward to the effect?
Consider this. A magician who dreams of accomplishing a specific effect will, if he is of a sufficiently industrious nature, research out all the known magical principles that may or may not help tljat dream become a reality. If he is lucky he may even find one that is suitable but at the end of the day all he whil have is a rehash of an existing trick. A known effect in a slightly disguised form. A typical case history of such a concoction might run as follows:
Stage one. Magician decides that it would be a good idea to make an ashtray float in the air.
Stage two. Magician studies all known methods of making an inanimate object appear to float
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