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Idea & Ideas #1 – Sum of Your Selections – Suggestions & Methods for Magicians

After succesfully publishing my Suggestions & Methods e-mail publication each single Tuesday for greater than a 12 months, I feeI I’m prepared so as to add a brand new layer. Right here it's! I’ve began a podcast!

I’m calling it “Idea & Ideas for Magicians” as a result of it's going to include neither Suggestions nor Methods. No methods as a result of, nicely, we’ve all heard sufficient about Danish elephants. No ideas both as I’m trying to provide extra questions than solutions. The aim is to get you enthusiastic about your individual magic moderately than telling you the way I do mine.

Every episode goals to be targeted on exploring a single subject, suggesting some homework on your pondering pleasure, and wrapping all of it up in 10 to fifteen minutes.

Talking of brief and to-the-point, let’s get to it. Have a hear…

On this inaugural episode Ryan introduces a foundational perception in what it takes to turn out to be a singular, inventive magician. Why it’s vital to decide on your individual journey within the magic world. The lacking ingredient to the widespread recommendation; “be your self.”

These episodes are, by design, extra considerate and fewer off-the-cuff in order that they do take some effort and time to organize. I’m not making any guarantees a couple of launch schedule. I’ll stick to high quality over amount and let the inspiration move as it could. That mentioned, I’ve already began into episode two.

In the event you’re an everyday podcast listener you'll be able to subscribe to new episodes utilizing “your favorite technique.” (Spotify, Apple, and so forth.) If you wish to sustain on every little thing I’m publishing (podcasts and in any other case) the most effective supply is my Tuesday Suggestions & Methods for Magicians e-mail publication.

Episode Transcript

Teller mentioned; “Typically magic is simply somebody spending extra time on one thing than anybody else would possibly fairly count on.” This podcast, which goals to be brief and to-the-point, will encourage you to spend extra time enthusiastic about your magic, and provide ideas of methods to develop as an inventive magician. I’m Ryan Pilling. Welcome to Idea & Ideas for Magicians. Let’s get unreasonable.


I’m a 40 12 months previous man who performs with silk handkerchiefs and does card methods, however simply in case there's any doubt, let me be completely clear; I’m probably not into sports activities.

Citius, Altius, Fortius, the Olympic motto which interprets to Greater, Sooner, Stronger sums up all sporting occasions from my perspective. A bunch of oldsters get collectively, do the factor, and measure who did the factor extra thingier than anyone else. Did you see that man do the very same factor as that different man however 1/a hundredth of a second sooner? Wow!

My perennial curiosity in magic is a direct results of not with the ability to measure which magician is extra magician-er. That is what makes magic a pursuit of limitless alternatives, infinite inspiration, and unfulfilled potential. There isn't a one path. The additional you go, the extra paths you uncover. That is each thrilling and scary. Like any person tossed a handful of random items from 1000 completely different puzzles right into a field and mentioned “good luck!”

The place do you begin? You select.


That is one in all my elementary beliefs in life and magic. We're the sum complete of our decisions. Your magic performances are formed by the alternatives you make.
The extra decisions you make, the extra distinctive your efficiency shall be. To be a greater magician is a matter of creating higher decisions.

In the event you had been to learn a guide out of your favorite performer, see a trick you like, and copy-and-paste it into your present, that is principally one alternative. The selection to do this trick similar to the opposite man. For every little thing else in that routine, you might be opting to go together with the multitude of decisions made by the creator. The factor is, whereas these decisions might have been proper for that individual, there are probably higher choices for you.

The routine might name for a traditional move as a result of the originator feels fairly assured of their technical potential. For me, making an attempt to do a traditional move could be a poor alternative. It will muddle up the smoothness of the routine.
Typically the alternatives had been made for a nasty motive. A trick might use rough-and-smooth simply to make it a saleable “no talent required” merchandise for the magic store, whereas anyone with intermediate card talent could be higher served with an everyday deck and a double elevate.

The printed alternative is probably not the only option for you. Making your individual decisions about your efficiency will add as much as a outcome completely distinctive, and tailor-made, to you. The widespread efficiency recommendation says “Be Your self.” That is methods to be your self; make your individual decisions.


You’re already making decisions with out even figuring out it. From the viewers perspective every little thing that occurs in your efficiency is completed that manner on objective, even when it’s not.

I used to be watching an efficiency from a magician who , I can inform, places numerous thought into his decisions. His costume is a custom-made jacket, his stage setting is rigorously lit. It actually jumped out to me as a poor alternative when he held up a blue sponge ball which unintentionally disappeared in opposition to the black/blue background on stage.

I’m positive it wasn’t a aware alternative to make use of this blue ball. Moderately, he bought a combined bag of multi-coloured balls and used one in all every in his efficiency. The unhealthy ball snuck in by means of this bigger alternative, to make use of a wide range of colors, and it wasn’t thought-about by itself advantage.

I’m positive sooner or later he'll discover, or be alerted to, this camouflaged color impact, it's going to turn out to be a aware alternative and a change shall be made. Perhaps use a lighter shade of blue, change his backdrop, change his lighting, or take away the blue ball. It doesn’t a lot matter what the selection is a lot {that a} alternative is made.


To create uniquely private performances it's a must to query every little thing.
It begins with the massive questions like “Why am I doing this routine? What am I making an attempt to say?” and goes all the way in which right down to minutia similar to “Would the swap work higher if the deck was positioned on the best aspect moderately than the left?” 

Assume nothing. Problem every little thing. The common manner of doing issues is probably not the most effective route along with your particular circumstances. Nice discoveries await those that dare enterprise forth. The extra consideration and thought given to those moments of alternative, the higher they may fit your needs. Be the tailor on your personal swimsuit.

That is how one can put your self into your magic. Make so many considerate decisions that no person however you may give you the distinctive mixture of choices that type a routine.


In the event you at the moment carry out the Linking Rings, you have to have discovered it from someplace. So how related is your efficiency to that authentic supply? What number of decisions have you ever made alongside the way in which?

What number of rings do you employ? Why? As a result of Dai Vernon used six? Then it’s not your alternative, except you understand why Vernon did it that manner, and agree together with his reasoning.

Do you carry out it gracefully? Do you fumble for comedic impact?
Do you discuss in any respect? What do you say? Do your phrases add to the impression?
What do you most emphasize? The magical impact? The historical past?
How do you construction your routine, so the top continues to be stunning?

Richard Ross turned a legend of the linking rings when he selected to carry out it with none noise.
Mike Caveney created a brand new trick when he selected to make use of coathangers moderately than rings.
Harry Anderson selected to do a moderately brief routine; “When you’ve linked two rings,” he mentioned, “you higher take into consideration wrapping issues up. You’ve finished it. Make just a few fairly passes and get house early.”


All decisions have an expiry date. If you’re on stage you have to commit totally to your decisions. Plant your flag and stand with the utmost confidence. Wishy-washy dedication makes for a half-hearted efficiency. Doubting your decisions on stage is a weak point.

As soon as the curtain falls, nonetheless, doubting your decisions turns into a energy. You’re evaluating what labored, what may very well be improved, and as soon as once more viewing all decisions by means of questioning eyes.

You’ve probably witnessed a efficiency which was previous its prime. We people change, the world modifications round us. The alternatives we made ten years in the past might not be acceptable for ourselves or our viewers. It’s value a re-assessment, and an out of doors perspective, to be careful for these previous decisions which have turn out to be worn and ragged.


The performers we admire are the sum complete of a protracted sequence of sturdy decisions. With each choice they select to be extra enjoyable, extra wonderful, and extra distinctive.

In the event you focus an excessive amount of on the vacation spot, it may well really feel overwhelming.
I look down the street and see a lot work but to be finished. A lot progress to be made. Take a breath. One alternative at a time. Incremental progress. Make a alternative, decide to it, put it on the stage. One alternative will result in one other, and one other. Take a threat and experiment. You'll be able to at all times make a brand new alternative afterward. 

You’re about ten sturdy decisions away from critically levelling up in your magic. The place are you going to begin?


Thanks for listening to Idea & Ideas for Magicians. I hope I sparked one thing in you. I like the chance to share my expertise, and inventive experiments, with my fellow magicians. Whereas this podcast is concentrated on, nicely, idea and ideas I additionally share loads of sensible concepts in my weekly Suggestions & Methods for Magicians publication. You’re welcome to hitch in at


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