100 Powerpacked Energizers &
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100 mind-popping Icebreakers, Energizers
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a self-professed daydreamer. But I've a mission
To challenge inhibiting mindsets that we hold so
Dash them, smash them, whack them, strike them if
I have to.
Wrecking mindsets that cause us to be self-limiting
I think I've been called to do; Romans 12: 1&2
if you know
what I'm talking about."
Patrick Chan, Creator Of Word Juxtapoz®
paradigm-shifting concept of Word Juxtapoz®
allows Patrick to do just that. Patrick Chan is the brainchild behind
the idea of this Word Juxtapoz® puzzles. He's
the creator of the cutting edge brain concept of Word Juxtapoz®.
He is also the creator of these serialized titles: Home Crackers,
FUNdaMENTAL aerobix, Visual-nary Cards and Have A Cuppa.
Patrick has been "practicing" this unorthodox artform
of Word Juxtapoz® for a living for some 10
years now when he published his first book, a 160 page effort entitled
"Word Juxtapoz® : A Hilarious Collection
of Absurd Word Puzzles." Since then, he has sold over 20,000
copies of his works and conducted numerous workshops - and he has
never looked back since!
Patrick's a WIP - work-in-progress. He says he
learns new things every day. Whilst some of these lessons he had
to pay a "high price" to attend, most of the time he learns
by observing daily things and routines that surround him. He's a
firm believer of the "failing faster" philosophy and the
"embrace trials and tribulations with OPEN ARMS!" mentality.
For in his words, trials and crises are "life greatest teachers";
miss them and we will miss the lessons.
But Patrick believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, above all. His faith
in God and His grace have been the most significant guide of his
life. In fact, most of his writings and accompanying doodles are
inspired by the Bible, which he believes without a shadow of a doubt,
is the Word of the Living God. To this end, he hopes to challenge
people and their preconceived, self-created notions with his daily
Having "worked very hard" and "earned" a Bachelor's
Degree in HRM and a few business-related diplomas, the full-time
self-taught conceptualizer did what most young graduates in his
society secretly are dying inside to do but wouldn't dare: He "sacked
his boss," took the plunge, followed the way of his passion
and have not worked a single day since September 1994!
he's a BUM all right - but a very passionate one!
views, comments or business opportunities, please
email Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH STREETTALK
How did you get your start in puzzles?
Word Juxtapoz was first conceived many years
ago when as a young student, I stumbled
upon some brain teasers in one student magazine.
They were however, rather simplistic and
not at all eye-catching. I tried them on
a few friends who immediately took great
interests in solving them. Since then, I
began to create my own for leisure, but
never with the thought of gathering up a
collection of them in a form of a book.
It was not until more than ten years ago,
when the desire to come up with such a book
began to burn. From then on, I would often
find myself unable to sleep and getting
out of bed in the middle of the night to
sketch down visual images of catchphrases,
idioms and clichés that kept continuously
popping up in my mind. At other times, I'd
just be reading a book or article when something
clicked and bingo another idea for the scrapbook!
I also noticed how much pleasure my friends
had in cracking the puzzles I set them.
One buddy, Victor, would tell me “These
are really ingenious. Just where do you
get the ideas from?” Then I asked
myself – if I could tickle hundreds
of people through my doodles, wouldn’t
that be great? It was then that I published
my first book entitled “Word Juxtapoz”.
made you decide to take your hobby and make
it a living?
One stint in a Book Fair, 30,000 copies
of my puzzling merchandise, hundreds of
worldwide Internet subscribers and a burning
PASSION made all the difference.
Today, I'm driven to do what I do by the
constant demand and encouragement I get
from audiences from all over the world -
USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, South
Africa, Korea, Japan, Israel, Australia,
New Zealand, etc. - who visit my web site,
do brainteasers and word play appeal to you?
crosswords or sodoku?
I love words - and love even more playing
with them. To this end, I pick mainly word
puzzles or puzzles that contain elements
of pun or "mental twist". These
puzzles serve as excellent catalysts for
my lateral and creative thinking. After
all, I'm a creativity practitioner - not
just a puzzle-solver.
I'm not a fan of crosswords or Sudoku as
they belong generally to the "left-brained"
or logic genre.
do you come up with word puzzles? What's your
Having been a creativity practitioner (and
not just a preacher of creativity) for years
now, I can get into what I call a state
of "induced creativity".
By this I mean I deliberately induce myself
to mentally prepare my mind to focus on
the particular challenge in question. Whether
it's a quest for a new idea or a problem
to be solved - I make sure I get myself
"totally absorbed" into the issue.
I'd think aloud, explore the task from various
perspectives, play with different elements
through association - all with the aim of
finding new possibilities and creating new
Invariably within a reasonably short time,
I'd be able to yield some form of "flashes
of inspiration" or creative breakthroughs.
Of course, this comes through years of practice
as a creative thinker. This is the same
approach I use to generate my ideas for
what is today a collection of hundreds and
hundreds of my wacky, mindbending and visually
stimulating teasers, puzzles and riddles,
which is available on my web site, www.wordjuxtapoz.com.
do you get ideas for puzzles?
Just about everywhere. I get my ideas by
observing everyday things and occurrences,
reading books, listening to "coffee
talks", daydreaming, and - by studying
Words invariably come alive to me each I
the weirdest thing that gave you inspiration
Seeing two men holding hands and crossing
the road: Gaywalking.
your brain ever get tired from creating puzzles?
No way! On the contrary, my adrenaline often
gets pumped up when I'm thinking about creating
Have you ever been stumped by one of your
own puzzles, or
have you committed to memory how each one
This is an embarrassing question. The honest
I've never been caught in any of my public
presentations or workshops - with my pants
the longest time you've spent solving a puzzle?
Up to a week, I guess. Like all normal human
beings, most of the time, I just give up
and look up the answers.
you're good with words, can you talk your
way out of
I'd certainly love to think so. But my wife
would probably beg to differ as she always
has the last word whenever we are engaged
in "intense fellowship".
Are you always pushing puzzles onto your friends?
Not anymore. Especially now when I realize
I seem to have many more of my wacky creations
than I have friends. Pushing my original
riddles now only to unsuspecting strangers
over the Internet via my "killer sales
Have you seen it yet? Go to: www.wordjuxtapoz.com/wjbookjuxtaerobix.html
Do you ever speak in riddles?
All the time. Thousand apologies to my little
nephews, nieces, friends and audiences of
my very fun and creative talks and workshops,
who have to bear with me and my speaking
What do word puzzles say about you? Are you
waiting to be solved?
Wacky, weird, crazy, ingenious, or simply
Am I a puzzle waiting to be solved? Inside
me, there are at least a million wacky ideas
trying to burst forth and each one looking
for its own victims!
How would you convince a kid to drop his computer
do a word puzzle instead?
Get him to "test drive" a series
of my world's wackiest and most mind-boggling
Juxtaerobix workouts! And then challenge
him to come up with his own and put me to
Don't believe me? Grab my stuff and go try
it for yourself.
do you say to those who think puzzles are
just for nerds?
"Grow up!" or "Get a life!".
Just as there are as many types of books
and movies for as many types of people,
nerds or not, there are "nerdy"
puzzles for nerds and there are fun puzzles
for anyone who knows how to have fun.
Aren't word puzzles a bit anti-social? Why
not group games
like Scrabble or Pictionary?
Anti-social? Definitely not my brand of
As a presenting author and a workshop facilitator,
I have employed and tested the use of well-designed
and highly visual teasers like Juxtaerobix
workouts on audiences of varying age groups.
I have used them as icebreakers, brainstormers
and teambuilders to great success.
The results are always the same: High "social"
impact, high fun energy and sometimes extremely
Why solve word puzzles online when you can
just surf the net?
Why bother to surf the net if you can't
have fun solving word puzzles online?
Are word puzzles any better than puns or cliches?
Did you know that the proverb, the one about
eating and having a cake, is probably a
cliche that contains a pun and is in fact
a riddle itself?
Try solving this riddle: Which is correct:
(a) You can't have your cake and eat it
too, or (b) You can't eat your cake and
have it too?
The pay-off of a word puzzle doesn't seem
particularly great - isn't solving an entire
crossword more staisfying?
Size does matter. But ONLY when it really
Try indulging in a good spread of buffet
when all you have is a mere five minutes.
A cleverly conceptualized teasers that both
challenges and serves up a visual buffet
of interesting words and colourful pictures
for the senses is all it takes to perk one
up in a jiffy and awake the mental giant
It's like having the perfect cuppa.
to your friends and tell
them how you feel...