I also started my own forum for this, here is the link:http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=161087 Nicknacks and toys:
I have had some time to actually start using my cloffice (closet+office=cloffice
) now, and I am finding that some of the ideas that have been posted in the other forum, and this one, are very good. For example, the one about having toys and nicknacks to inspire creativity, found in the other forum, is fantastic! If you need to look for things like that, I'd recommend a website shown to me by my brother called thinkgeek:http://www.thinkgeek.com/
if you look around, I am sure you will be able to find plenty of things as i have. Know how you function:
Another suggestion I have as well is to find out what type of learner you are. I know of a website that was given to me by my biology teacher where you take a few tests and it will not only tell you what type of learner you are, but also give you tips on how to use that to your advantage. I am currently on crutches and cannot get down the stairs to find the hand out she gave us, but I will post the link for that tomorrow. I feel that what type of learner you are is important to keep in mind when building your room because you will be able to build your room so that it is designed in a way that you will be productive, creative, and that you will also be able to retain the knowledge that you are taking in from a book or DVD. Mirrors and Cameras:
Something else that caught my eye is your idea for a mirror. Absolutely, a mirror is an invaluable resource. I found all of the areas in my room and in my cloffice that I commonly stand in and I tried to place at least one or two mirrors in those spaces. I did this because when you are in front of the mirror, you get instant feed back. If I am inventing a trick, this is exactly what I need. I need to look at what I've just come up with and say "oh that doesn't look how I thought it was going to." or say "wow, that looks fantastic!". I have found that when I am practicing in front of a web cam or, especially, a camera, that by the time I go back and look at the video, my creative train of thought has gone. This however is not to say that a webcam and or a video camera do not have value inside of a magicians inner sanctum! When I go in front of a camera, I treat it as if I am really performing for real people, I do not stop if i fumble, I crack jokes at imaginary audience reactions, etc. after that, I go and I review the film, but I try to look at it multiple times, because each time you look at it, you catch something you didn't before. In conclusion, I feel that both a mirror and a video camera both have a very important roll when creating a room to study/create/practice magic in. Decorations:
These are some ideas for decorations that I have had. Cork boards are excellent to have around for decoration, for example, I like to cut up the packaging of some of the boxes that different effects have come in and display it on one of my cork boards. Another thing I do is that every time I encounter a new style of card, I remove the two jokers, and hang them up on the board so that one side is showing how the back of the card looks, and the other side is showing the art work on the joker. Get creative with your old and used cards, the art work on a playing card is beautiful. Why not showcase it? Another idea I have had is I created a calendar out of old cards, each grouping of cards adds up to be the number day that it represents, then I wrote the days of the week onto the packs of some cards and hung them in columns at the top. Each month I just check the calender on my phone to see how it looks and then i rearrange the card calender to fit accordingly. There is also a shelf installed underneath mine, I did this so that I could keep some pens and post it notes to write down events that are coming up and then I simply stick the event to the group of cards that represents the day that the event will occur. I also keep on the shelf, my day to day magic props, i.e. my coin purse, my cards, my wallet etc. this way, every morning when/if
I wake up, I check the calender, and as I do that I also remember to grab my props! Something else that i have experimented with with cards is to recreate certain flourishes with them but in a way that i could hang them on my wall. For example, a double tier fan, would look really neat hanging on a wall. I was sadly unsuccessful with this though, so if you have any good results, please do tell! Cork boards... continued.
From a functionality standpoint goes, I think that a cork board and a white board are both extremely valuable tools. When I first create a routine, what I do is I write down each trick I am going to do on a flash card, and I post it to a cork board that I have set aside just for this, this way while I am still ironing out the kinks, I can simply look up say "oh, that's where I was!" and keep going. I can also write in notes about patter, misdirection, etc. a white board will same this same purpose.
Well I hope that that helps you out a little bit, please write back with what you think and what the results of your room are!