Living a Creative Life With Magic

I just finished reading “Big Magic: Creating Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert is the same woman who wrote the massively successful book “Eat, Pray, Love“.

I’ll admit that I was drawn to the book because of the title and the awesome cover. Quickly I discovered the book was about one of my favorite topics, “Creative Living”. In it she discusses attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.

I remember being a 10 year old magician and after my shows business-y adults would ask me, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

I wasn’t too sure… I was just a kid after-all. But I would answer with things like:

  • “I want to be a famous magician on TV.”
  • “I want to perform grand illusions.”
  • “I want to perform on cruise ships.”
  • “I want my own show in Vegas.”

As I grew up, I realized those weren’t authentic goals. I just answered that way because I thought that’s what I was supposed to say.

I’ve realized that I don’t want any of those things. I don’t believe crossing those off my list would make my life feel more complete:

  • TV Magic? I don’t wish to spend my time in production meetings or rapidly developing TV only effects.
  • Grand Illusions? I don’t want to lug around tons of gear. I want to be a magician – not a professional mover.
  • Cruise Ships? I don’t want to be more familiar with airports than I am with the history of an effect.
  • Vegas Stardom? I don’t wish to chase after fame. Becoming famous is outside of my control anyway.

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DIY Magic Practice Mirror

On Facebook John Villarreal shared a great DIY Magic Practice Mirror.


This practice mirror was constructed by buying three mirror tiles, and simply attaching them together with electrical tape. Tim suggested using book binders tape instead because it’s a bit more durable and will last longer. The mirror tiles themselves only cost about $6 for all three making it an easy and inexpensive project to improve the effectiveness of your rehearsal time.

Nelson Lugo also made up a similar mirror, but he used mirror plexiglass instead. The plexiglass is very light and won’t break if it’s accidentally dropped.


When I’m first learning a new move I will practice it in the mirror. However when it comes to actual rehearsal time I will use a camera instead. I’ve shared my tips on working with a camera in this article.

If you make one please leave a comment below. Don’t forget to ‘like’ and share this post with your magic friends.

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