Sunday, February 10, 2008

Here's something to challenge yourself with while you figure out the last clue in our contest...

Take some plots in magic that haven't been flogged to death and make up your own version. Not necessarily for performance, but perfect them like you are going to perform them. It's interesting how much more educating and fulfilling something is when you work it our all by your lonesome than just riding along the wave of someone else's work.

This isn't to say that you should let the work of others influence you. Pick and choose ideas and subtleties from other tricks. New magic effects are like gumbo. Everyone makes it differently and puts different stuff into the pot.

Have you seen an all backs routine with merit, but you don't like the ending? Fix it. Perhaps you like the idea of a color changing triumph, but aren't terribly keen on anyone's handling. Make your own!

By challenging yourself, you discover a lot about yourself and your ability to create and decipher puzzles. Sometimes the answer...

is right in front of you.


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