Sometimes creativity consists of combining existing ideas from two different sources.
Duane Laflin introduced a new product called the Sunfire Blendo a year ago. It incorporates the Color Changing Streamer into his Laflin style blendo. (I describe his method of performing a blendo in Volume Three pages 226-231.) In his new version you pick up a colored streamer and give it a shake. The streamer changes to a black one. Then you gather up the streamer and suddenly it transforms into a 36-inch scarf that is black plus the four colors that had been in the streamer. Since it is a product that Duane is selling I won't reveal the changes that he has made in the set up, but it is a very clever idea. I also like the design of the new Sunfire scarf so in addition to purchasing the blendo routine I purchased a second unprepared scarf for use in other routines.
Arthur Pedlar, an International Clown Hall of Fame inductee, said, "Clowning is different from all the other circus acts in that it is the only one based on thought." Magicians sometimes do things simply because they can. (Something done for no other reason than it is visually pleasing is sometimes referred to as eye candy.) As a clown I try to have a reason for everything that I do. I loved Duane's new product, but there seemed to be a step missing logically.
It has been my pleasure over the years to see the Puckett Family at Fellowship of Christian Magician regional conferences and at the Magic Show Conference. Each time that I saw them, the two oldest boys would show me something new that they had been working on. They are very creative and I was always impressed with what they had come up with. Several years ago, Matthew Puckett demonstrated a bit that he performed with a Color Changing Streamer. When he gave the colored streamer a shake, four small scarves floated through the air and the streamer was black. It looked like he had shaken the colors right off the streamer. (He had put four six-inch silk scarves inside the outer sleeve.)
There was the missing step in Duane's routine. I contacted Matthew and received his permission to use his idea. By combining Duane's idea with Matthew's idea I now pick up the colored streamer. I give it a shake, and the streamer turns black. The audience immediately calls my attention to the four small colored scarves lying on the floor. I pick them up and bunch them up with the streamer. I squeeze them as if I am trying to force them back together. Suddenly they merge into the beautiful 36-inch Sunfire design scarf.
Matthew has graciously given me permission to share his idea with my subscribers.
Look at the routines that you do. Is there a step missing in your character's thought process? What can you incorporate that will logically fill the gap? When you purchase a new product, ask yourself, "What do I already know that can be incorporated into this?"
For purchasing information for the Sunfire Silk Scarf or Sunfire Blendo contact Duane Laflin at email@example.com.