HOW A PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLUSIONIST USES EVERNOTE TO PLAN HIS PERFORMANCES
HOW A PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLUSIONIST USES EVERNOTE
TO PLAN HIS PERFORMANCES
Name: Karan Singh
Profession: Magician and student
Location: New Delhi, India
Karan Singh is a magician, hypnotist, artist
and a mind reader. He also calls himself a
social media junkie who also loves
technology and food!
Where I use Evernote:
The Way I use Evernote
I am a magician, I am an artist, I am a performer, but what I do best is
give people a shocking experience they never forget. With every
performance I need to think new, I need to change my story, I need to
alter the way I physically and mentally narrate that story and I need to
think bigger each and every time. And I’ve been doing this for 10 years
So what’s core to my unique passion, is the experience. If people don’t
get a shocking experience each and every time I perform, I become
redundant. And the challenge quadruples when I perform in front of
someone I’ve previously performed for, because it’ll be the next level of
unexpectedness that I have to hit to take him or her with surprise.
With that context, one tool that’s integral for designing my performances
is Evernote. The app has helped me a true partner, in a trade that
restricts keeping close professional alliances. (You never know who picks
Getting onto Evernote
Earlier I used Google docs and even the Pages app on Mac, but that
needed me to go to Gmail, then the docs, then edit them; it' was a long
process, but with Evernote, there's the friendly little logo of an elephant
on your home screen and you just click on it and write the things you
need and unlike Pages for Mac, everything gets pushed onto your
phone/tablet making it a wonderful experience.
I first read about Evernote on Mashable and then looking at the tweets
about the app I ended up downloading it. For me Evernote is like my
whole life in notes which probably nobody can understand. I use it to plan
my performances and managing my social web presence. Both are very
important aspects of what I do because without planning, none of my
performances couldhave been a success. And my social web presence
enables me promote myself, eventually translating event invitations.
The details: Ways I use Evernote all the time
1. Designing performances: This is the most important use case of
Evernote for me. I communicate at multiple levels with my audience
while performing – verbally, physically (via hand movements, where I
stand, how I stand while performing, where should the audience be
etc.) and mentally; and the sequence of all those actions and reactions
have to flow through in an immaculate manner to have the desired
effect. I plan all of this intricacy via Evernote.
2. Making Tricks: Ideas come at the weirdest of places and at the
weirdest of times. There have been times when am laboring to find an
idea and times when am at a mall and a sip of hot coffee sparks ideas
by the dozen. Evernote then becomes the central repository of all my
on-the-go ideas. I just need to input it on my iPhone and I negate the
risk of losing out on the idea.
3. Research: I have multiple tricks and then I have some tricks that I
perform in multiple ways. I’ve performed for and with companies like
Philips, Google and Blackberry, and at each of those places my
performance delivery has been customized to better suit the audience.
For e.g. for When I performed for Google, Android had recently started
getting big, so I looked up an app named Goggles, clipped every article
I could find about it onto Evernote and read about it. Then I made a
trick based on the Goggles app, where a person is asked to think of any
city in the world, and the picture of that city is displayed on the phone
or tablet. All that was possible because of prior intensive research. I
am a fan of the Evernote web clipper which helps in the research. I
can conveniently clip all articles I want to read and/ or save in it.
4. Blog Ideas: Blogging is a very important part of who I am and it
cannot be an effective activity unless it is planned well. At the start of
every month, I jot down a number of things I may want to blog about
in that particular month. Because more often than not, when I feel
like blogging, I can't think of a topic I might want to blog about, so I
find myself going to back my notes and picking up one of the ideas I
jotted down at the start of the month.
5. Facebook: Weirdly, this is also one of the most important uses of
Evernote for me because 95% of the places I'm invited to perform at
are because of my Facebook Page. Every Monday, I come up with two
posts to put up every day, one link either of my YouTube videos or
Blog and one of an interesting status or quote. And my entire facebook
page is planned using Evernote
Most useful feature
The automatic synchronization of my notes on all Evernote platforms is
one of the most useful features I would say. It's not possible to have
access to a laptop at every second, if you get an idea which you want to
make note of, take your phone out, jot it down, get home and it's waiting
for you on your laptop. Everything works just perfectly.
Tips I would like to offer other Magicians and Friends
If I had to tell a magician about using Evernote, I'd quote Houdini and say,
"Every magician or escape artists has hundreds of acts and tricks, less
than a handful know which one to do when." For me, Evernote helps me
manage that. Evernote helps deliver magical performances that
eventually get me more business.