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Topic: Storytelling 101
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Jan 31, 2011 10:35PM)
I'd just like to share some links I've found and will find related to storytelling. Examples of... Lectures on... If you care to share please do.

Dragon Speech

Chris Crawford in 1992, giving the last speech of his career as a "game designer" and his first as a researcher into "interactive storytelling"

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_04PLBdhqZ4
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymu4A9861Ck
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpW0fZ0390M
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7N_Ju1L_Mg
Finale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqMwmdvf8v0
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Feb 1, 2011 01:48PM)
These next selections are from a bloody brilliant Storyteller, Tony Wilson...

The Who? Why? What? Where? When? Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzqUJtsgiLw

The Gingerbread Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p9Fw1CsYxA

Goldilocks and the 3 bears: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3Av4IGds00

3 Magic Wishes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmFSbyAATFY

He has a ton of stuff online, dive in. I love his animated style and interactivity. Enjoy
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Feb 1, 2011 05:56PM)
This next one is a 45 minute lecture on Storytelling Theory and Practice. I really got a lot out of it, the Professor has similar thoughts to myself. He tells 3 great stories throughout.

Storytelling Theory and Practice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFC-URW6wkU
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Feb 1, 2011 07:15PM)
Here's a few from Odds Bodkin. If you've never seen him before you're in for a rare treat.

The Runaway Horse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j378Ips30WQ

The 3 Spinning Fairies

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rISdBiNhzb0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxZs1KY5axM
Message: Posted by: funsway (Feb 2, 2011 10:45AM)
Some excellent material here! The only thing I would add is that stories must be told OUT LOUD! Al magciains chould practice reading or telling stories out loud as a way of developing both character and presentation skills.
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Feb 6, 2011 06:23PM)
Some great stuff that I will enjoy working through. Thanks
Message: Posted by: francisngkl (Feb 10, 2011 01:21PM)
Thank you sir!
Message: Posted by: jdallassmith (Sep 25, 2011 08:14PM)
Message: Posted by: Jeff Christensen (Oct 15, 2011 10:15PM)
Very nice resources. I'm thinking about doing a draw and tell story using an interactive Smartboard.
Message: Posted by: Sh9bum9 (Oct 23, 2011 09:33PM)
I love storytelling magic. However, it's like some mentalism. The stories must not be so long that the magic effect is lost. I have a sack of river stones with animals and characters carved on them.I found a mystical looking bag and put them in it. Then, I collected stories to fit the stones I have. Not all are magical, but I'm working on it.
Message: Posted by: Bluesman (Dec 5, 2011 08:40PM)
Thanks, I'm new to Storytelling. This will heip.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Dec 27, 2011 07:35AM)
A good read...

Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 7, 2012 12:49PM)
Another very good read...

"Improving Your Storytelling"
Doug Lipman
ISBN: 0-87483-550-5

Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Feb 22, 2012 12:46PM)
I loved this TED presentation and wanted to share it

Message: Posted by: KPhilip (Apr 7, 2012 03:07PM)
Thanks! Helpful and inspirational!
Message: Posted by: LeoH (May 20, 2012 07:51PM)
Great stuff!

Message: Posted by: Bluesman (May 21, 2012 06:39PM)
Thank you. This will help me.
Message: Posted by: pepita (May 22, 2012 02:01AM)
Thanks for sharing them :).
Message: Posted by: Gypsyprince12 (May 27, 2012 09:00PM)
Thank you for the information.
Message: Posted by: link8822 (Jul 1, 2012 08:45PM)
Thanks so much for all the resources. The first time I show a magic show presented in storytelling form, I loved it and now I've got some resources to start learning how to incorporate it.
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Nov 23, 2012 01:23PM)
Thanks for sharing these resources!!
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Dec 8, 2012 03:03PM)
Story Lab X


This is an amazing resource. Someone has kindly collected a load of storytelling videos off the WWW and put them in the Storylab. Note there are 20 pages so take your time and infuse
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Jan 28, 2013 01:39AM)
Excellent, thx
Message: Posted by: wwhokie1 (Feb 10, 2013 09:45PM)
A good story with good magic, throw in some humor and it doesn't get any better.
Message: Posted by: Horatio (Jun 5, 2013 12:51PM)
On 2011-02-01 18:56, Silvertongue wrote:
This next one is a 45 minute lecture on Storytelling Theory and Practice. I really got a lot out of it, the Professor has similar thoughts to myself. He tells 3 great stories throughout.

Storytelling Theory and Practice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFC-URW6wkU

Thanks for posting this. Lots of useful ideas in there. Plus I'd never heard that stonecutter story before - very nice.
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jul 17, 2013 03:34PM)
I’m no being humble here, sorry, but my book has been a magic best seller for a few years and continues to sell. It covers all I know from 30 plus years in storytelling magic.


Thanks! Walt
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (May 5, 2014 11:54AM)
The following is a link to a TED playlist entitled 'How to tell a story' Enjoy

Message: Posted by: Intrepid (May 8, 2014 08:37PM)
SilverTongue, this is a trove of helpful tips. Especially those of us, like myself, who are not natural story tellers.

Walt, I also have to express my appreciation for your book as well, which has proven to be an excellent source of inspiration.

Message: Posted by: Sh9bum9 (Jan 21, 2015 06:10PM)
Thanks for sharing this. Fell away from storytelling for awhile. This recharges my batteries.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 29, 2015 11:15AM)
Just found this thread, some really use full stuff there. Should keep me busy for a few nights.
Message: Posted by: colinj (Feb 18, 2015 08:54PM)
So much great stuff here, thanks!
Message: Posted by: Crownhart (Feb 18, 2015 10:09PM)
I remember picture cards that magically tell stories by Guy Hollingsworth. Not sure of the author or spelling but it is worth looking into.
Message: Posted by: Sam Hagen (May 11, 2015 08:37PM)
Great stuffs. Thanks for sharing this, Silvertongue! :thumbsup:

Message: Posted by: Sh9bum9 (Dec 13, 2015 12:05PM)
Thanks for all you do to perpetuate the art. Almost all my magic has a storytelling element, and you are one of the special places I go to so I can renew my joy in storytelling.
Message: Posted by: oliverho (Dec 18, 2015 11:55AM)
Thanks for posting all these resources! I'd like to share a couple that might be interesting:

Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need
by Margot Leitman

Rod Serling talks about writing: This is a series of short interview clips on youtube
Message: Posted by: Geoff Akins (Jan 1, 2016 08:22PM)
[quote]On Jul 17, 2013, SpellbinderEntertainment wrote:
I’m no being humble here, sorry, but my book has been a magic best seller for a few years and continues to sell. It covers all I know from 30 plus years in storytelling magic.

The link Walt supplied to his book doesn't work anymore. But here's a couple that do! I can't speak more highly of Tales of Enchantment!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Apr 26, 2016 03:14AM)
Thank you for the mention! I am happy to say my “Tales of Enchantment: The Art of Magic” is and will continue to be in print. Now in its sixth year it is still a very strong seller. “Tales” is available from Penguin Magic or directly from me.

Magically, Walt
Message: Posted by: ProfessorMagicJMG (May 11, 2016 04:19PM)
I want to contribute a great Storytelling game system called "Once Upon a Time" that are a bunch of cards with pictures and titles and you deal them out and take turns making stories with them. There are expansions that have more specialized categories as well. Here's a link to the pages on Boardgamegeek.com; lots of resources there.

A great exercise for these games and expansions would be to take a classic prop or something you want to tell a story about, deal out some random cards from the different categories, and make up a story about it that makes sense.

Message: Posted by: ProfessorMagicJMG (May 11, 2016 04:23PM)
Here's another resource; I've been into storytelling since the early 1990s and have a pretty extensive library of storytelling resources. One of my favorites for actually building a story is a relatively unknown book by Vladimir Propp called "Morphology of the Folktale." He analyzed a huge number of Russian folk tales and identified patterns which he broke down into identifiable categories. These are themes and patterns that recur in many folk tales around the world, not just in Russian tales, although these are characteristic in them. Here's a link to a page describing the book, as well as a link to purchasing the book. This book provides excellent conceptual resources for folktale construction.


Message: Posted by: ProfessorMagicJMG (May 11, 2016 04:28PM)
National Storytelling Festival: this is a wonderful event that has been going on for decades; highly recommended if you can get there. East Tennessee State University which is nearby once had a Master's Degree in Storytelling or Folklore if I recall correctly.