Theory

Articles on the theoretical side of the ancient art of magic.

The SPRITE sequence is a framework that will help you develop your magical performances. This six-step process will encourage you to work on your new material in a more focused and productive manner.

In this article, Eugene Burger, Dean of the McBride Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas, shares his thoughts on script editing and how less is always better. This article first appeared in Genii Magazine (April 2000).

In this article, you'll learn a presentational ploy for Dai Vernon's "Twisting the Aces" routine, which makes the magic much easier to understand.

Finnish magician/mentalist Jose Ahonen has attempted to answer this question by performing a simple experiment with 8 dogs and a disappearing dog treat trick.

The NEWT zones of practice will help you keep a well-rounded practice schedule by reminding you to practice material that falls into four key areas.

A framework to help improve your performances by encouraging you to practice, rehearse and develop my various magic acts in a more focused manner.

This article looks at the literary concept of theme and how it can be applied to a magic trick.

I have no doubt that magicians who have a good understanding of premise and plot develop more interesting and engaging presentations for their magic tricks. This article serves as an introduction to these two important literary terms, and discusses how plot and premise relate to each other.

Many magic tricks use Voodoo as a theme, usually presenting it as a sinister form of dark magic. In this article, we'll explore the truth behind this representation of Voodoo. Is it really something to be feared, and should we be using it as a presentational hook for our magic?