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So Chad,

Can I call you Chad? Were you the guy in Florida that caused all that controversy with the elections years ago? The dangling Chad?

Anywho...

I am wondering if you would share a little bit about how/where you tend to find inspiration.

For example:

When listening to music, when you are trying to tune out the wife, etc.

I look forward to your reply.

C
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On 2007-06-29 18:14, Spydur wrote:
So Chad,

Can I call you Chad? Were you the guy in Florida that caused all that controversy with the elections years ago? The dangling Chad?

Anywho...

I am wondering if you would share a little bit about how/where you tend to find inspiration.

For example:

When listening to music, when you are trying to tune out the wife, etc.

I look forward to your reply.

C



Hey Spydur,

Am I ever going to live down the Florida elections! LOL!

I think the best way to come up with a few good ideas is to come up with lots of bad ones. I record almost every idea I think of and then go over them later. You'll wonder why you ever wrote some of them down, but others you'll say, "Hmm, I think there's something there." Of course, the best way to come up with lots of ideas is to always be thinking about magic (or comedy for that matter), wherever you go.

I'm always saying to myself when I'm out, "Oh, it would be hilarious to hold this thing up and say 'blah' 'blah' 'blah'", or "Wow, this mesh pencil holder has built-in black art to use for..." I look at things in totally different ways now, and it's helped me come up with some really cool stuff.

I was grocery shopping with my wife once and we were in the pasta aisle. I looked at the spaghetti and thought it looked like a bunch of rubber bands being stretched. From there, I came up with a neat routine where I break a piece of spaghetti into pieces, eat it, and then pull it out of my mouth again, completely restored.

Sometimes, you see a trick you like, but want to do it with different items. For instance, I saw John Kennedy do a killer card stab once, and I went home and started thinking of replacements for the knife. I ended up working out a method with a toy dart guy.

Once you get into the mindset of thinking creatively 24/7, you'll suddenly be flooded with ideas! Start thinking of ways to do classic card tricks on stage, but using something other than cards. Work on a classic stage illusion for close-up, using a match box. I swear, once you start thinking like this, you'll never look at a pencil cup, cat toy, or roll of paper towels the same way again!

Now, it doesn't only have to be about magic. I'm always thinking of ideas for books, screenplays, products, jokes, or even toys. You get the idea. Once you open the floodgates of creative thinking, you'll find inspiration all around you. Hope that helped a little. Thanks again, and take care!

Chad
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Chad,

THank you for your insight and through reply.

I hope that this gets in there under the wire. By any chance have you read the book, "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield? He is the guy that wrote "The Legend of Bagger Vance." The book is about wining the inner creative battles.

If you have not had a chance to read it you may enjoy it.

Thanks again!

Corey
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