Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sylvester the Jester's Lecture on Creativity

"Are you doing a character, or are you always this weird?" - a question from the audience during the Q & A

This is the second time that I've seen Dan do his lecture and this one was nothing like the last. The biggest difference was Dan usually lectures after his performance and usually shows in detail all the elements of his act. But since he had not done his show he was reluctant to tip the stuff too early. The reason he shares his props is not so that the audience can copy them, but rather that they can learn from the creative process that helped him arrive at the solutions to many problems and obstacles along the way.

I don't think I'm overstating things when I say that Dan is a creative genius. He has a unique approach. Having watched Dan progress over the last quarter century has been an honor indeed, I'm proud to call him a close friend and soul brother. He starts his lecture talking about embracing your stupidity. He launches off into tangents of silliness the even he doesn't know where its heading.

He shares the history and making of his digital sound vest. When he revealed the guts of the vest there was an audible gasp as we were delighted to see the complex maze of wires, circuits, chips, buttons, sweat and tears.

Afterwards people were eager to buy everything from his Electric Funken Rings, to his Lecture Notes on Creativity, Suspended Animation (a jacketless topit) DVD, The Sylvester Pitch Tape etc. . .

The lecture was well attended and I think everyone there got something out of it.

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