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The Creative Tables
by C. Golo Naito


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(1 review, 11 customer ratings) ★★★★

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The Creative Tables by C. Golo Naito

The Creative Tables is a 30 day training workbook, which will make you start thinking about your magic in a new way by generating new ideas.

Do you want to be more creative with your magic? The way to push your magic to the next level is not by buying the latest effect, but by becoming an idea machine. Anybody can buy an effect and perform it like everybody else. But to make the effect really your own, you have to give it something more. This is exactly what this ebook will help you accomplish. The Creative Tables is a 30 day training workbook, which will make you start thinking about your magic in a new way by generating new ideas.

C. Golo Naito will give you a starting idea (e.g. Things you can bend, a new presentation for the Invisible Deck, etc.) and then it's your turn to create 10 more ideas on your own. If you want to be more creative, then this ebook is exactly what you need.

1st edition 2016, 38 pages.



Reviewed by Christopher Reynolds (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 22 September, 2022

All entertainers are on the verge of becoming obsolete. That's an enduring truth in show business. To any creative or imaginative performer, this is a relief. This wisdom implies that there will always be room for something new.

Magic is no different. It's old-fashioned and in desperate need of fresh blood.

While there may not be such a thing as an "original" magic trick, there are fresh, original ways of looking at one. The Creative Tables by C. Golo Naito isn't about sleights or routines; it's about how to think about your magic and apply innovative solutions to your creations.

He starts by listing the ten primary effects of magic: production, vanish, transformation, etc., before giving his list of 31 thought-provoking questions and exercises that will make you examine your current tricks with new eyes. Here are three of my favorite:

Ten ways to use origami Think of ten big illusions that you could make into a smaller close-up version Think of ten things that could end up in a balloon

Naito also offers clever, out-of-the-box advice on time management and motivation.

Even after creating original card tricks for decades, I still found some ideas that inspire me to think differently.

Give a man a magic trick, and you entertain him for a day; teach a man how to create his own magic effects, and you entertain him for a lifetime.

I can't recommend this book enough.