DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity
Featuring illustrations by 30 artists
264 pages, 5.4″ x 7.5″, $14.95
Second expanded edition now available from Perigee/Penguin Books
DIY Magic offers series of reality hacks encompassing self-help, philosophy, psychology, and inspiration, that will help artists, writers, and any creative types find new sources of inspiration.
This is a book of magic. This is a book of mind hacks. This is a cookbook for creativity.
In DIY Magic, Anthony Alvarado provides readers with a collection of techniques for accessing deeper levels of creative thought—for hacking into their subconscious. From Salvador Dali’s spoon technique and ornithomancy (divination by crows), to bibliomancy and using (legal) stimulants, the exercises in this book will help anyone chasing the muse—from artists and musicians, to writers and more—as they tug at the strings of everyday reality and tap into the magic of their own minds.
‘Really wonderful . . . I picked this one up based entirely on name, a method that has served me just fine in the past, assuming I’d either be conjuring demons or pulling rabbits from hats on the plane ride home. A pretty big win either way. But Alvarado’s magic is an entirely different thing altogether. The author describes it as, ‘the fine and subtle art of driving yourself insane.’ I’d say it’s more along the lines of hacking one’s perception—going on reality trips (mostly) within the confines of the law. Apparently Salvador Dali would nod off with a spoon in a hand that would fall into a bucket below, waking him up immediately with its clamor. That blurred line between sleep and waking is said to have informed the master of surreality.’ BoingBoing
‘Few books are as immediately useful as this delightful, inspirational tips ‘n’ tricks tome. I’m having a backyard betel nut party in five minutes and everyone’s invited!’ Jay Babcock, Arthur Magazine