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The benefits of a 'magic' diary

In the new year, I started writing a diary. I've tried several times in the past but always had trouble committing to it. It's going well so far, but it got me thinking: Why have I always had trouble keeping a diary when I've technically been keeping a diary for the past eight years?

I'm talking about my 'magic' diary.

I don't know if literally every magician keeps a diary or a journal for magic purposes. I have read that quite a lot of them do, particularly to record new ideas they might have or even if they come up with a brand new trick.

I don't focus so much on inventing new magic. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying I couldn't come up with some new effect. I'm just saying I don't focus on it. If a new idea or some kind of unique thought should enter my head, then I will naturally want to write it down so I can come back to it. I admit that I do have a short-term memory when it comes to this sort of thing, so if I come up with an idea, it is likely I will forget it unless I immediately write it down.

For me, in particular, my journal is used primarily for writing out routines. I learn new effects and come up with my own routines in which to perform them. I also build a lot of my own props, so rough design drafts also get jotted down.

When I turned professional back in 2016, I bought myself a nice, big journal and started writing almost immediately. Nothing overly expensive, just went to the stationary aisle at my local supermarket. It's the same one I use to this day and still write quite extensively whenever inspiration calls.

Keeping a 'magic' diary or journal, while not for everyone, can be very beneficial, especially if one is easily distracted or sometimes is a victim of short-term memory.

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