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How to tell a great story, visualized

Andrew Stanton, Pixar writer and director gives an excellent TED talk on how to tell a story. This link has both a link to the TED video as well as a visual outline.

Very informative.
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TED talks are great, so much useful information. JJ Abrams talk on the Mystery Box is fantastic.

Thanks for posting this link.
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Thanks, very valuable !
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Very good information. Thanks for posting.
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Its a good lecture. How we can take this knowledge to a magic show?
there are a few more lectures there about story telling-
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Excellent sources. Thank you.
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The best way is to tell stories true to your experience, it is more believable because you aren't lying so there is nothing to give away the falsehood.
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Yes, Weepinwil the best stories do come from experience.

Robert McKees book "The Story" is a very detailed exploration of story telling.
I learned a lot form that but its very detailed. It's not a quick read.
He is worth a look

Yes, spcarlson- Pixar's 22 rules of story telling is also a good summary.
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I know the thread is a couple of days old but I would like to add my two cents.

Whenever you want to learn something, I believe a rolemodel is helpful and for me one of the greatest storyteller of all time was Mr Orson Welles, who - maybe not everybody will know that - was also a magician. There are many great clips on the internet that testify his ability to fascinate the audience the second he opens his mouth.
Certain aspects in his way of telling stories I found interesting. He often woudn't give a straight answer to a question, rather he would just pick certain aspects of it, that he liked to dwell upon, starting to tell a story at a point that seemingly had nothing to do with the question.
Here is a little clip of Mr. Welles talking about CReading:

Additionally, I think learning about hypnosis also helps to "put a spell" on the audience. Using the right words can make a huge difference.
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That link on tips on how to tell a story provides a great format for developing patter for even the simplest of routines. I am going to tweak a couple of phrases in my patter with those thoughts in mind. Thank you for sharing!
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Great resources! I think the main component that separates storytelling magic from other forms is that is evokes different kinds of emotions. The art is to not only make them go "wow", but also sad, happy, etc. Then they start caring about the act and don't see it as just an act. Just my two cents!
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