There's gotta be something more to a magic trick design than:performer wrote:... appropriate for a crooked gambler. Whether it is the same for magicians is a debate that has been going on forever.
1) demonstrate skills openly
2) contrive some arrangement to which uses those skills
3) demonstrate outcomes per earlier demonstrated skills.
for example; if show them a second deal. then turn up the top card of the pack, and turn over that card again. then deal the top card onto the table... what does that mean to the audience? They know you could have dealt the second card. Are they supposed to wonder every time you deal a card to the table?