From the Bob Read Collection - Number Six in a series of Six
So, what's new? Not much. Last time out I mentioned the fact that I happened to be ih Scotland. This time I'm back in Merry Old England. December was, possibly, the busiest month for work I have ever had in my life. January was one of the quietest, but I haven't been lazy. I have taken the time to sit down at my tripewriter and put down some of the many thoughts I've had over the years.
What I am about to say are not those very thoughts I have been putting down. Those thoughts are for another project. I remember reading that Sir Walter Scott was a compulsive writer. He never had a spare moment, and right up until he died he was writing. I am the opposite. I am a compulsive thinker. I love to sit down and just think I am not talking about daydreaming, I am talking about creative thinking, searching through one's own mind, taking a thought from way back and trying to up-date it.
How many times have you had a good idea for a trick, thought about it for a while, and then discarded it as being just a good idea, but not very practical? Then two years later someone else has had the same idea, but he has either been lucky or given it a lot more thought than you because his version of the same idea is very practical indeed.
To get back to what I started to say. Some people are compulsive writers: I am not. When I sit down to write something it usually flows fairly easily but it can literally take me weeks to force myself to sit down at the typewriter and actually start. This could be a considerable drawback to anyone who is creative (I am not talking about me).
I usually scribble notes on pieces of paper to remind me of various ideas. What happens then is that I lose the scribbled notes, or rely on my coat pocket for weeks until they resemble something like old wallpaper. By then, of course, they are completely unreadable and I end up by throwing them away.
The answer, of course, is a notebook. Not a small one you can slip into your vest pocket. A big one, a thick one. Most important, when you do make an entry, is not to abbreviate it too much, otherwise the next time you look at it you'll wonder what the hell 'palm card behind card case' means!
I used to keep a notebook, but that was years ago. I found it a few weeks ago and was amazed to find a note in it referring to a new card effect. Yes, I have actually invented a new card effect, and what's more since reading that old notebook I think I have come up with a method. Don't get excited, I'm not going to reveal all — I'm simply going to point out the advantage of keeping a notebook.
Most of the magicians I have known and respected have kept one. I remember seeing Fred Kaps' notebook. It was a large exercise book and I remember him saying that he took particular care that he would still understand what he had written when he read it again six months later. Which means: don't make it too short — explain all in the notes.
Has it been worth reading all this way just to find out that all I am trying to say is that you should keep a notebook? Maybe you already have one? I don't, but ??????????
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