Forum user: Learning new effects doesn’t kill creativity

October 5th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

With the David Blaine madness drifting away like Blaine attached to balloons, it’s time to get back on track with the Forum Post of the Week.

It’s almost unfair to give the Forum Post of the Week to Rabidpuppies, who has been typing nuggets of magic genius (and a whole lot of hilarious random thoughts) on the Ellusionist forums for months upon months. He’s also an Elite member, one of the highest titles you can earn on the forums. So yeah, he’s almost expected to write quality posts on a daily basis. (No pressure, Rabid.)

But he dropped this gem in response to a question about whether buying magic effects kills creativity. From the post:

Wouldn’t it be great to have no prior knowledge of magic and it’s secrets and just ‘come up’ with something new and totally off the hook? Yes…that would be awesome. And practically impossible. One thing leads to another, what you learn feeds your desire to learn more and to add yourself to everything you learn. From out of that gloopy pool of stuff…comes creativity.

Think about the videos and demonstrations you’ve seen. Maybe you thought the effect was incredible, but the patter was lame. Sound familiar? Or maybe you’ve seen an effect, and something clicks in your head. You realize the effect is synergistic with another effect you know, or a different object, so you start pairing the two together in your mind. THAT is when you start growing as a magician. When you start doing that, congratulations. You have just flown out of the nest.

Congratulations, Rabid.


  1. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

    I’m awesome.


  2. SevenofSeven on:

    Rabid, you’re right. I don’t know many other magicians so I learn in my own little vacuum of me, my books, and my videos. I’ve certianly combined tricks or taken out or added things here and there. And i almost always change much of the corny patter of a Jay Sankey, although he is great I just can’t pull off the corny jokes, no disrespect at all. The more you learn and understand how tricks are created and where their inspiration is derived, the more chance you have yourself to come up with your own innovations.

  3. Rabid, you are sooo banned…