This summer my family was lucky enough to be able to get away twice. The first trip took us to Texas, where we hiked in nature preserves and saw some of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area's great magicians. The second trip took us to the center of Florida where we saw a raptor sanctuary and a marine sanctuary.
Witnessing nature gives me enormous inspiration when planning my magic. Remember the story about Doug Henning performing for the Eskimos ? They saw his magic as a way for people who live in civilzation to be reminded of the real magic of nature and the world.
I find huge inspiration in working with the local community theater company. I have played in the orchestra there for years, and have been lucky enough to do several shows where I was onstage for the whole performance. Being a cog in the wheel of a large production gives me so many chances to observe and break down what is going on around me. It all transfers over to my magic shows, although in a much smaller format, obviously ! A few times, I have been blessed with gigs in the orchestras of national Broadway tours (Chicago, The Producers, and 42nd Street, among others). These experiences were wonderful studies in presentation and staging. I will remember those things for the rest of my life.
I also find inspiration in my family, and often relate stories from home as part of my show scripts. It works for hundreds of stand-up comics, and so far, seems to work for me, too.
And last but certainly not least, I get tons of inspiration from the magicians who are my friends. These are the guys who I have been brave enough to share my ideas with, sometimes even letting them call the shots on how I should procede. Some of them are well known, some will be well known very soon, and some are retired, but all give me constructive advice on how to make my act and business better. I am blessed to have these people in my life.
Keep posting, Jolly Roger, I enjoy reading everything you write.....
ROBBiE the RiNGMASTER