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The Creative Mind
by Don Bursell

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The Creative Mind by Don Bursell

With 1000s of magic routines available, why do many magician's perform the same routines, without any change, modification or effort to make those routines unique?

The Creative Mind is simply Don Bursell's ideas for creating new routines, brainstorming new variations, and keeping track of those ideas.

The 2nd half are tricks that Don has created over the years, and based on advice from Jon Racherbaumer, wrote them down so as not to forget them. One of them, Headmover, has been an odd signature piece of Don's programs for over 20 years. Another routine, The Needles, is Don's solution to the East Indian needle trick, but starting with an empty mouth, and ending with nothing in his mouth.


  • Preparing for Originality
  • Desire for Quality
  • Desire for Creativity
  • Originality and Obscurity
  • Inventing and Creating new Routines
  • Modification
  • Creative Places
  • Creative People
  • Creative Improvisation
  • Broadening Your Knowledge
  • Keeping Track of Your Ideas
  • Extra: Brainstorm List, All-I-Do List
  • Trick Section
    • Ring Snare
    • Flipped Out
    • Flipped Out 2
    • Head Mover
    • Two very impromptu levitations: Heads or Tails
    • Card Ping Chien
    • Gargantua
    • Click-clacks
    • Miser's Dream
    • Card on Spatula
    • Communion Crackers
    • God Forgives
    • Enveloped
    • Homer Knose
    • The Needles
    • Sympathetic 10
    • Animentalist

Updated 2019, PDF 61 pages
word count: 20489 which is equivalent to 81 standard pages of text