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Dave Campbell

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I like to make reasonably cryptic notes on what I'm working on, and get them in some manner to a mobile device I can use in another room. I've started lumping them together, and after some scratching around, figured out how to convert my docx file to a mobi for my Kindle, and with a table of contents on the reader, it makes it easy to pop up and find a rough spot I need to work on.

There's a bunch of formatting things I've had to work through on the docx, and setup on the software I'm using. The software is "Calibre" (FREE), and will output to lots of devices. I prefer a mobi over pdf for Kindle because I haven't found a good solid PDF viewer for Kindle.

If the layout and setup to produce a mobile-ready document interests people, I'll write it up.

I don't mind doing it if it helps someone, but don't want to take up space if I'm the only one interested 😉

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Hi Dave

I'm always interested in information management.  I don't use Windows much, nor do I have a kindle ... but I'd like to hear more about what sort of information you keep in your cryptic notes.
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I will second Robin's question.  As far as technology, I'm as up-to-speed as most "older folk", but I freely admit to the fact that I don't know what I don't know.  So if there is helpful technology out there I'd like to learn more about it.
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I like to make reasonably cryptic notes on what I'm working on, and get them in some manner to a mobile device I can use in another room. I've started lumping them together, and after some scratching around, figured out how to convert my docx file to a mobi for my Kindle, and with a table of contents on the reader, it makes it easy to pop up and find a rough spot I need to work on.
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Dave sounds very interesting and I sure some members would find it useful.

Previously I used Calibre to manage my eBooks but since my Kindle crapped out I haven't replaced it and now read eBooks on my MS Surface. Now I use MS OneNote to store all my magic notes (e.g. where to find a trick I saw or read about and want to learn) and keep an inventory of my magic DVDs, books. I also store video clips of tricks and sleights on it and since it all ends up in the "magical cloud" I can access it from any device and when away from home.

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Bill Guinee

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I want to hear more.
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I’ve been using FileMaker Pro for all my magic needs.
it's cross platform, Windows and Mac.
I also use it on my IPad which is synced with my Mac so if I make an addition on my IPad, it’s also updated on my Mac
So what do I use it for?
It started with Magic Inventory. It includes category, Dealer, price, date purchased, where it’s stored, where the instructions are, skill level, my expertise, notes,etc.
I then made a link to notes for the tricks I using or working on or practicing.
i have a printout of all and sorted by any field I want.
For example, I sort by Box # and the contents of each of my bins and cases are printed out. I then tape that printout on each box. Changes are easily made.
The location of my instructions are easily managed. Paper, DVDs, booklets, hard drive, binders, books.
It was a lot of work in the beginning but once you put it all in, it was worth it. This will be handy for my family to sell the stuff once I'm gone.
Filemaker requires some learning but of all the databases available it’s the easiest. It can be customized for many different uses such as customer lists, show notes, reminders, customer letters, etc.





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Dave Campbell

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Ihor...

Luckily I started this all when I first began -- not sure why.

I have NOT gone as far as documenting where things live, although aside from a couple things, everything is close at hand, but what you've done is a really good idea.

The Windows 10 app I wrote for myself is a secondary tool that I use to avoid making a snap purchase of something that I have in a book and have forgotten about it.

Even Excel (or whatever spreadsheet tool you like) can be valuable -- you can filter and sort on it. I have a spreadsheet of all my bound books (as opposed to eBooks), and quite often will refer to the spreadsheet for some info.

Fun stuff for techie geeks -- and for me, it's what I do for a living, so.. of course I would!

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I use the "Base" database tool that is included in the Libreoffice suite.  In its earliest incarnations it was crappy and prone to crashing, but it's now as reliable as any other piece of software.  Plus it permits SQL queries, for anyone who recognizes that term.

I have a number of primary tables:

Inventory
  • Title
  • Item                   Book,  DVD, etc
  • Type                   Card, Mentalism, etc
  • Location
  • Description
  • Author/Creator
  • When Obtained     Year/Month
  • Source                Supplier
Items - things that I have performed, perform now, or want to learn (more things in this category than the others!)
  • Title
  • Type                Card, Coin, etc
  • Key Word         force, packet, etc.  - usually left blank
  • Author
  • Source
  • Comments        description of the effect, including strengths and weaknesses
  • FASDIU            only for card items
  • Crappy Deck     for when someone hands you the deck the dog chews
  • Rating              a number from 0 to 5 - but I only record low-rated items if there is something really clever about them
  • Status              a number from 0 (no work done) to 3 (performance-ready)
  • Priority            low, medium, high, top - for items not yet Status 3
  • Range              a number from 1 (close up only) to 5 (stage only)
  • Date Noted
  • Difficulty          a numerical value indicating how hard it will be to learn this (new sleights, complex procudure, etc)
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Needs Table
Performance Log
  • Date
  • Event             birthday party, coffee break, etc
  • Venue            Starbucks, home, etc
  • Audience        since I perform mostly for family and friends, this reminds me what I have already performed for whom - it reduces repetition
  • Item              the title of the piece (I know, this name is inconsistent with the other tables - it should be Title)
  • Author
  • Source
  • Outcome        basically, did I screw it up?
  • Comments      ideas for improvement, based on reflection

With these, I can start with a vague memory that I once made a note of a cups and balls routine where the final load is a hedgehog, and quickly discover that it was created by Howard Thurston, published in The Jinx, and that I actually learned it 15 years ago and performed it for the Queen.   (Ok, none of that is true but you get the idea.)  Or I can get a list of every 4-Ace assembly I have ever liked enough to make a note of.
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There are some wonderfully thought through data management ideas here. My needs are currently very modest; just knowing where I’ve put my stuff. So my primary data base is an excel Inventory that lets me know what case cabinet/shelf an item (or accessory) is stored, along with a link to where to find related instructions (books, page no./booklets/DVD’s/ pamphlets accompanying items that are then pasted in a series of 16 scrapbooks (coin/kids/mentalism/silks/cards/etc)/computer Word docs in Magic folder). Most of my items are in labeled boxes. That keeps me from the frantic search for sponge bananas etc. I keep an update of this on my Ipad. Robin’s list is amazingly thorough; there’s a life-time supply of ideas that I can slowly select as needs become clear- thanks Robin. The Performance Log is a brilliant idea, that I wish I had started ages ago - which I just realised was more in line with the OP’s title.
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