Some tricks come to me fast and easy. Like Vertigo. It took me a minute to figure out how to balance the card box on the cards. And then just a second to figure out how to balance the cards on the card box. But FILTER was different. I’ve been working on the Coin-Through-Glass tricks for years. There’s a lot on the market, and some of them are pretty good…but I just couldn’t find an impromptu version of the trick that really made it look like the coins were going THROUGH the glass. The one that ellusionist sells was the right idea…but it just looked better on the webcam than it did in person. So the result you see now, in the FILTER trailer, is the result of a couple years of hard work. Step-by-step refining. You only see the finished product, which looks good…but you should have seen all the stuff that didn’t work! I tell people the same thing when I discuss my writing. Some people know that I’ve published three books. But what these people don’t know is that I’ve written lots of books that haven’t gotten picked up. Books that got rejected. Nobody sees these. Same with the phases of FILTER: you only see the ones that worked. In the past six months, I worked with a couple magicians to refine and improve everything I had. You already know Calen, and in the coming weeks, you’ll get to meet my other magician friends Justin Flom and Bizzaro. Also, Jimmy Fingers was a big help. I worked with these four people to improve and refine everything further. So if you want to know how I create a magic trick, like FILTER, here is my answer: It either comes to me in an instant…or I have to work on it for years and years, refining and improving little by little. How about you? How do you create magic? Does it happen right away? Or do you chip away at it little by little? Which do you think makes for better results?