I saw The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas last August, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. It was engaging, moving and incredible all wrapped up in one; a powerful theatrical experience that made me question every single show I’ve performed (and will perform).
The show’s message (love) provided meaning for all of the rollerbladers, trapeze artists and circus performers. It inspired me to fill my shows with substance stronger than just vanishing a diamond ring or producing your $100 bill from inside of an orange. And Love had a particularly strong impact on me for one main reason: it was not a magic show.
I watch a lot of magic shows, and I love watching magic. But most of my inspiration comes from shows like Love and artistic expressions outside of magic. I’m inspired by creators like Casey Neistat, (check out his videos)! And I’m brought to other worlds when I watch Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life and listen to Mumford & Sons on my record player. I’ll even walk around Home Depot or the Container Store sometimes, just waiting to see what sparks my creativity.
We never know how or when inspiration will come to us. It may arrive in a Cirque du Soleil show, YouTube video or song. But I always try to capture those sparks of creative inspiration, whether in a notebook or my iPhone. And it will all end up in a magic routine or perhaps just sit on a piece of paper for me to turn back to from time to time.
And there is no way to plan for creativity. Sure I could go see a play or walk around the Chicago Art Institute, hoping to be inspired. But it’s foolish to expect inspiration to alter my perspective on call. The best that I can do is immerse myself in a variety of experiences. Travel. Read. Watch plays and movies. Experience the world’s passions, and let it fuel my own creativity.
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