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dschmunis

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I'm starting to work on some effects to put a routine together and created a quick template to help me centralize and organize all the info around a particular effect (see attachment). 

Would love ideas on how to improve it (what to add/modify/remove, etc.)

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Diego

 
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Looks great! With thinking like yours, you’ll do well.
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It is a good start.  I would add a column where you can record how long each individual effect runs.  Keep in mind there needs to be time added for reactions, etc., but at least have an idea of whether the effect runs 2:00 or 3:00.  It can make a huge difference when you start trying to put things together.
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Hi Diego

Here are a couple of bits of information I have found useful when I am making notes about an effect:

Creator of the effect

Number of volunteers

Needs table or not

Duration

Major technique used
         - this one may require an explanation.   There are some excellent techniques which you should probably not use twice in a show.  A good example is the Gemini procedure. 
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Ray and Robin,

Thank you for the feedback. Definitely adding "running time" is going in. I figure # of volunteers and table or not could go under notes. I'm trying to strike a balance between calling out specific pieces of info vs having an input box for every single detail. Along this line, I figure you can use the Author section for the Creator? or are you thinking more like who is creating the present routine and if it's a derived from another one who was the original creator?

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I have all my notes set up as a searchable database.  I put each of those data items in their own named fields so that I could search on those values.   So if I half remember a routine by John Bannon that involves a layout on the table, I can search on those two criteria and get to the thing I want very quickly.

Yes, using Author as Creator makes sense.

When you are designing a structured data object, it is often much harder to add a new field later than it is to stop using an unwanted field.   So my advice is to begin with "everything including the kitchen sink".  After a while you may discover that you never really refer back to "Colour of shirt I wore when I learned this" so you can just stop recording that data.   But who knows?  You might discover that your orange shirt is your best learning shirt - good to know!   And if you realize a year down the line that you should have been recording "Funny or serious" because it's become really important ... well you're stuck with a lot of revisitation.  This happened to me a few years ago when I decided to add "Can be done with a crappy deck" information to all the card tricks in my database.
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