Month: August 2017


Creativity demands solitude

A thought for you. ‘Creativity demands solitude’.

Do you agree?

As a magician, I find I create the procedure in isolation. But the plot often comes through collaboration with other performers, my director and magical friends (yes, I actually have magical friends!).

As a writer, I create in solitude, writing being, for me, a very personal experience.

As an artist, I work in solitude.

But in all disciplines, I know I can’t make it happen on my own. I need to team up with others. But at what stage is the creative journey done? Before making it a reality with others? Or during that phase, organically working and developing the concept?

Hmmm… An answer can’t be found in solitude. Or can it?

Coping in the Future

So, I was thinking.

We hear of visionaries wanting to create colonies on Mars. A conservatory on the Moon. Anywhere other than here. And with our growing want for shiny new play things, devices that numb us, dumb us and separate us from ourselves and each other, will we cope with these grand visions for the future?

As we become more cemented in, moving away from nature and the balance we have living in reciprocity with others on Earth, the more we see mental illness rise, suicide and depression on the increase.

Whilst conceptual images of a happy, thriving society adorn the pages of visionary websites, with their glass walls, robots fulfilling our every need, shiny surfaces and minimalist white spaces, flecked with the subtlest hint of colour, shouldn’t we be asking ourselves why this eagerness for disconnect from the natural world?

We work to save our money and celebrate those two glorious weeks in the sun. The Sun. A source of energy. A natural presence which we cannot live without. We lay be the sea; that natural and awesome shifting mass, waves coming in and out, sighing with its own gentle breath. We seek shelter from the palm trees, and breathe the clean sea air.

Fire, water, earth and air.

Where’s that in our future vision?

The more we think ourselves as all important beings who’s thirst for technological advancement has far more precedence and importance over the naturalness of what we truly are, the more we will cease to be.

So, next time you’re wowed by the latest vision of the perfect future, with flying cars, huge multiplex societies living in their glass domes, the whiteness of nothingness surrounding us, take a moment to go hug a tree and ask yourself if the future we appear to be chasing is the one which will allow us to truly thrive?

Blackpool Magic

Thanks for Blackpool Gazette for the feature! Read it here:

The Money Trap

If you won £1m would you still go to work tomorrow?

Or, re-phrased, if money wasn’t an issue would you start living your dream and fulfilling your ambition?

If yes, then consider something my friend George Parker calls ‘distilling the essence’.

George talks about a client of his who dreamed of taking his children to the desert to spend a night camping under the stars. But money, time and responsibilities stopped him from doing so. George broke the vision down into its main elements and thus allowed his client to achieve the essence of his dream; a sand-pit in the back garden on a clear, star-lit night.

Consider the key elements of your dream and then bring those elements into the here and now. You may just surprise yourself with what you can achieve.

And it won’t cost the Earth.

And you won’t be using lack of money as another excuse to stop you from taking action and simply doing it!

Less is More. Always.

Pouring with rain. Bike out earlier, I cycled around the nature reserves near the house here in BlasVegas (e.g. Blackpool). And felt free. I love that feeling. It comes when we’re in nature, immersed in the elements and everything is stripped back to simplicity. I could cycle naked and probably feel even more alive, but the saddle rash would be a nasty after-effect.

Less is more.

As a magician, if I performed one piece of magic to you as a stranger, it would have a powerful effect. But what if I then did another? And a third? Maybe even a whole sequence of magic tricks? Guess what, you’d grow bored and I would weaken the impact of the first magic experience created just for you, in that moment.

Less is more.

I have gifted so many books. Thrown the TV away years ago. Learned a lot from managing the Shaolin Warriors UK. The less material possessions I have, the less stressed and cluttered my life becomes.

Less is more.

And I could write on with many more examples. But guess what?