Thursday, 26 February 2015

At The Table - Creativity Lecture DVD

This is the DVD of the lecture I gave for Murphy’s Magic. It is titled Creating Magic, and focuses on the skills and techniques needed for ANY magician to learn to create their own tricks. Want to be a creative machine? This DVD will teach you how.

Over the years I have created dozens of the effects using one specific creative tool, a tool which I kept secret from everyone.

That tool is the Creative Whack Pack, available here as a physical deck:

And here as an app:

Using examples of published and marketed tricks from my own repertoire, I teach exactly how I used Roger’s awesome ‘Whack’ tool to invent each specific trick. Following these practical techniques will help anyone become more creative in their approach to inventing magic.

Based on years of research, I also recommend the best books on creativity, and teach how the more general approaches described in those books can be purposely adapted to the creation of original magic effects, methods and presentations.

Tricks-wise, you will learn:

Triple Impact - The ideal walk-around trick. Not only does the magician predict which three cards a spectator will remove from the deck, he also predicts exactly which three freely-chosen pockets the spectator will choose to put them in!

Dream Poker - The tables are turned as the spectator successfully reads the magician's mind, revealing details about the magician's dream that he couldn't possibly know.

Rubik's Solve - using a puzzle rather than a blindfold.

Rubik Predicted - See the hand-drawn genesis of the effect, learn the various version Mark created along the way and then learn the secret to the marketed effect. Finally, I show what happens when you carry on your thinking after an effect is complete and marketed.

ME CAAN - A worker's version of the ACAAN plot using a borrowed deck. No set-up, no gimmicks, no math, just a practical approach that leaves laymen thinking they've seen the impossible.

UnCAANy – What happens when you set out to create a prediction trick that feels 100% free and fair, but where everything is actually 100% forced.

Heirloom Redux – Possibly the best trick you can carry in your wallet.

Bottle-capped - A mentalism effect where the spectator impossibly predicts the magician's favorite brand of beer.

Wishful Tinkering - Within the context of a card trick, the spectator's wishes all come true. It climaxes with the cleanest card to pocket imaginable. A great example of applying the creative process to an existing trick to devise a completely different (and much easier!) method.

Conversation as Mentalism (four effects) - What happens when you apply creative techniques to entirely remove all the props from a mentalism effect. Imagine being able to amaze people without the aid of any gadgets, gizmos or gimmicks, anytime, anywhere with just the knowledge in your head.


The price is £16.

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