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Here's a great TED talk on creativity by Sir Ken Robinson:



As magicians creativity is our lifeblood.
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Just came across this post. I think this is a fascinating line of thought. I have always believed flexing the creative muscle is one of the most important thing for humanity to do. Creating doesn't even need to be earth-shattering or profound, it is simply making. I love the point that children don't have the fear of being wrong. We as magicians and adults need to remove this fear from our minds. 

I have an entire journal of magic ideas that are honestly rubbish. I keep it because of what might emerge from them. It helped me lose the fear of having a terrible idea. I gave myself permission to have bad, unworkable ideas.

Never stop creating. Never stop thinking.



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Keep a journal. I have several pocket ones that I always have on me.
You never know when an idea will come.

When I'm actively working on a show or an effect, I'll even take it to bed with me. Many times I've woken up in the middle of a night and written notes by the glow of my cell phone.

AND....this is really important.
If you have a good idea, no, a really great idea and it's so fantastic that you're wondering how you didn't think of it before, write it down.
You might think that you're busy and you'll write it down later.
Wait, maybe I should write it down so I don't forget.
No, I won't forget, this is such a great idea. It's a game changer. It's locked in my brain now......

Write it down.
You're going to forget your brilliant idea.
I know I have many times. That's why I carry a pocket journal and a pen ALWAYS.
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I am with The Evil One. I, too, carry good old analog pen/pencil and notebook. I have a largish notebook in my backpack, and a smaller one in my truck. On the rare occasion that I find myself without a notebook I look around for a scrap of paper. Last resort is the voice memo app on my phone. My kids have tried to convince me to get rid of analog and go digital, but I don't think it'll happen. Not because I am a Luddite, but because sometimes it's not a note I need to make, but a sketch or quick drawing.

Every so often I transfer my notebook entries to MS OneNote. It is part of my office suite, so that's what I use. It is a searchable database of ideas that allows me to access the entirety of my notes with keyword searches. How cool is that?!

But yes, always jot down you ideas. As Dan points out, you'll lose often them them otherwise.

Insofar as the TED Talk:Yes, schools - at least here in America - systematically scoop out the creative urge. Schools exist solely to produce taxpayers. (This in no way demeans the teachers who work inside those schools. Many of them dislike the system.) My sister, a lifelong educator with a PhD in educational leadership, and I have had lengthy conversations about the subject and she agrees with my thesis. Fortunately she is one of those doing her best to work around the system by focusing on relationships between individuals; teachers, students, and staff.     
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Back in my corporate trainer days I relied on this book when working with college graduates who had entered the management training program. It is filled with great idea-generating ideas and exercises. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/517518.Thinkertoys Another wonderful book on creativity is A Whack on the Side of the Head, by Roger Von Oech: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/145947.A_Whack_on_the_Side_of_the_Head

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My creative fountain flows from my interests.
I'll see a magic trick that I like and see how I can adapt it into a piece of bizarre magick. Can it be adapted to deal with communication from the dead, or maybe a Voodoo ritual, maybe it'll work as a carnival con game....and so forth.
Put a piece of yourself into your magic.
If your magic interests and excites you, that is picked up by the audience and they most likely will be interested and excited too.
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Creativity happens when I take note of things that are unexpected in my mind, that's where these new ideas come forth. When I am being unexpected, that's when I am at my most creative.
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I agree with all said above but will add that sitting with another person always stimulates new thinking as well.... kinda like Gestalt thinking.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts..... Synergy.


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