I frequently get requests for consulting work. I generally turn these requests down for the following reasons:
Due to my commitments with this site and the affiliated projects, as well as my other non-magic related work, I don’t have a ton of free time to take on consulting projects.
In regards to magic I have a somewhat idiosyncratic style which probably doesn’t translate in a bunch of other circumstances outside of the amateur realm. While there are professionals who use tricks I’ve created in their shows, that’s usually a result of them adapting my material to a more traditional setting.
My creativity is generally a slow-burn. Like most people (I assume) It’s the result of my subconscious working on the issue for an extended period of time. And that’s not great for consulting work where you’re paying by the hour
So I wanted to offer a consulting service that would address these issues and this is what I’ve come up with.
I will be offering consulting in two-hour blocks of time. Those two hours will be broken out as follows.
10 minutes a day for 6 straight days, I will meditate/actively brainstorm on the issue. Outside of that time, I’ll let my subconscious mind work on it. On the seventh day, unlike God, I will not rest. Instead, I will take that second hour and write up the results of thinking about your question/issue/project over the course of the week.
Two important things:
First: The consulting will be limited to one issue.
Here are some requests I’ve had in the past that wouldn’t qualify as a one-issue, two-hour gig.
Would you plan out a show for me?
Can you write me a script for this trick?
Asking me to write something isn’t going to fit in this consulting format, unless it’s very short.
Examples of “one issue” might be:
What do you think of the theme I’m working on for this act?
What presentation/context would you use for this effect?
Can you watch/read this routine and give me your thoughts?
How should I use magic to propose to my girlfriend? (You probably shouldn’t.)
How should I use magic to break-up with my girlfriend? (There are many possibilities.)
In which of these photos does my dog look the cutest? (It doesn’t have to be magic related.)
If the initial two-hour consulting gig is fruitful we can arrange something longer term if time permits.
Second: I will address that issue as I would approach it.
I don’t know you well. I can’t speak in your voice or approach things as you would. I will just tell you what i would do and maybe that will spark something in you, but probably not.
So just keep that in mind going in. It’s $200 for about one page of thoughts on one subject that will take me a week to write that will probably not be useful to you. That’s why it’s called:
No Refunds: The Jerx Short-Term Consulting Service
As of now, I won’t be taking on more than a couple people at a time. If the sign below say open, feel free to send me an email with the details of your project/what you’re looking for. If it says closed I will give the date of the next available opening and you can email me to reserve it.
Next available opening: August 23rd.