A Systematic Approach to Unlocking Your Creativity and Strengthening Your Mentalism
"Drew is a consummate pro in all respects - meticulous about every aspect of his show, careful to establish and nurture the who, the why, and the how in a way that doesn't simply deliver entertaining mentalism only, but allows you to experience true theater." - Atlas Brookings
"Drew is one of my favorite mentalism thinkers and creators. We share so much in common about our views of what performance mentalism should be that it's almost as if our minds are really linked! I love ALL of his ideas. Every single effect is a worker, he absolutely understands how to get the most entertainment and audience interaction out of every routine." - Marc Paul
"Drew has a wonderful economy in his creation style and is able to squeeze a lot of BANG out of very little effort from the performer. This is material designed for a working performer and so does not require mental gymnastics while under pressure." - Mark Chandaue
A COMPREHENSIVE WORKSHOP, INSPIRING BOOK GROUP & ELITE JAM SESSION
COMBINED INTO ONE POWERHOUSE EIGHT-WEEK MASTERCLASS
Answer honestly, do you believe that you're "creative?"
If you responded in the negative, why is that?
Do you envy the ingenuity of magic and mentalism "experts" but tell yourself that you'll never be as clever? Do you think that you don't possess the knowledge or experience to come up with original content? Do you find yourself presenting material exactly as it was taught to you because you lack the confidence to pursue your own ideas?
Magic ads often use the expression, "... only limited by your imagination." That's meant as a selling point but if you're like most people, you think that your imagination could fit comfortably inside the confines of a shoebox. That outlook means that you're constantly searching for the latest and greatest release - unconsciously hoping to make up for what you feel is a lack of personal creativity.
I felt the same way ten years ago.
Thankfully, I was too stubborn to allow myself to continue with those self-defeating perspectives, so I started seeking out ways to develop and expand my imagination. After years of research and experimentation, I've collected a toolbox of techniques that have opened my eyes to my personal creative potential. Since then, I've authored two acclaimed books on mentalism, assisted dozens of professionals on the development of their material, recorded the best-selling Penguin Live Lecture of 2019, and performed hundreds of shows across the United States for big-name corporate clients.
I'm excited to share with you all that I've discovered during that journey.
This is a MASTERCLASS on creative thinking - applied specifically to magic and mentalism. My highest aspiration is that you come to the same realization that I have... namely that creativity is NOT the exclusive domain of a few "naturally gifted" thinkers. Sure, nothing comes for free. You'll have to work for it and let go of limiting thought paradigms. But I promise, eventually you'll reach a point where creativity is as instinctive and automatic as breathing.
Each week we'll read and discuss chapters from the Dover classic (but frequently ignored) "Self-Working Mental Magic"; by Karl Fulves. Along the way, you'll learn...
But I don't believe in passive learning. The best way to acquire any new skill is to put it into practice. I want you to prove to yourself that YOU TRULY ARE CREATIVE. For that reason, the class will culminate in each student reworking one of the routines from the book - meaning that you'll walk away with a new performance piece (the first of many I hope!) that is tailor fit to YOU and your audiences.
If you dream of being able to develop unique and original material for your shows; if you want to learn critical thinking strategies that will help you avoid ever feeling "burned" by another magic purchase; and if you're ready to uncover the creative genius hiding dormant inside of you - then I can't wait to see you on the other side!
Creativity demystified, my "BTL Active Reading System" and an overview of the two main creative techniques that I use every day - Visualization and my "CLUSTER IT" relativity framework.
Discussion chapters - Instant ESP and Mind Reading with Cards
CLUSTER IT Emphasis - Take It Apart and Invert It
Focus Material - "A Mind for Figures" and "Royal Mind Reading"
Discussion chapters - Mind Over Matter and Book Tests
CLUSTER IT Emphasis - Layer It and Take It Out
Focus Material - "Lightning Addition" and "Winged Thoughts"
Discussion chapters - Psychic Secrets and Slate Sorcery
CLUSTER IT Emphasis - Repurpose It and Update It
Focus Material - "The Invisible Die" and "Seven Keys"
Discussion chapters - Miracles with Cards and Confederates
CLUSTER IT Emphasis - Customize It and Emulate It
Focus Material - "Ultimate Match," "Finger, Finger" and "Names in the News"
Discussion chapter - Psychometry
CLUSTER IT Emphasis - Scale It
Focus Material - "Super Psychometry"
Project Presentations & Feedback
Project Presentations & Feedback (continued)
Closing Thoughts & Encouragement
Supplies needed for class:
6 Pack of Highlighters (all different colors)
1 Pack of Index Cards (blank faced playing cards would be a great alternative)
1 pack of Post-it Flags of Assorted Colors (ideally, the colors match the set of highlighters)
Karl Fulves' "Self-Working Mental Magic"
It is mandatory that all students have a working video camera and leave it on for the duration of each class.
These sessions are not to be recorded. Please do not use Zoom’s recording feature, or third-party recording software to store these classes for later viewing.
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