Creativity in Magic (1)

I have always found it amazing how new tricks, ideas, or routines come into this world. Sheer luck and mere chance seem to play a far greater role in their conception and delivery than any logical thinker could ever imagine.

Take the following example about Joe Karson’s creation of the famous “Zombie”, a wonderful story (if true) which I have just come across in Frank Garcia‘s “New York News” in an old issue of Magic Manuscript (Vol. 4, Issue 4, p. 45):

Incredible as it may seem, the trick called “Zombie” was invented by the late Joe Karson quite by accident. He bought a house and everything was fine but the toilet commode didn’t function, so Joe started taking the commode apart. He removed the balance ball attached to the rod and dried it with a towel. He then came upon the idea of making it a floating ball. The rest is magical history!

I will be happy to share more examples in the future. Stay fresh and stay tuned!

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Words of Wisdom (6): Some Darwinisms

How do you turn a good trick into strong magic? There’s is probably no quick answer to that question, but there’s a great book out there with a lot of ideas, rules and even “laws” how to accomplish just that. As such, it is by no means a work on “theory”, but of highly practical value to any aspiring majishun. That book is – you guessed it – Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz.

I could probably quote at least 30 great lines and insights from that book, but here are just a few to get you started:

Magicians are obsessed by method.

The average ‘magician’ is just a layman with a bunny rabbit on his business card.

In magic, creativity in fashioning presentations has never been as recognized and valued as creativity in devising effects and methods.

Magicians like to pretend that method, effect, and presentation are unrelated subjects.

I do, however, believe that method only matters in regard to how it affects the effect.

The bulk of what is published in magic books and magazines will always reflect what is easiest to invent, not what is most effective to perform.*

Simplicity is an aspect of plot.

The best advice I can give you about working magician audiences is don’t.

Darwin Ortiz (*1948)


*Guilty, your Honor!