When trying to find new ideas to create a script or screenplay for a magic routine, the beginning is, most of the time, the most difficult hurdle to take. The “blank page” is the most important thing to overcome. And the most difficult thing, too. Everybody who ever suffered a writer’s block (and I am sure we all did at times) will now have at least a possible solution to get started. For us magicians, this could be one of the most efficient and useful tools in creating interesting “patter” and plots for our routines.
Here I share a “secret” I’ve been working with for a long time. It is a booklet that has inspired tons of ideas for my own work, and I am sure it could do the same for you.
The book is called “5,000 Writing Prompts” by Bryn Donovan. In it, you’ll find inspiration for a life-time. In the beginning, there is some discussion on the “two-week-method”, where you use the book as a random generator for a topic. you riffle through the pages, stop anywhere, and start to write something about that topic. Almost like a book test!
While some might argue these techniques don’t work, I can only say they worked well for me. There are more suggestions and ideas in this book than you ever will be able to put into reality and use.
Get the paperback, if possible, it is easier to work with: