Glossary of Magic Terms
A comprehensive glossary of magic and magician terms.
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Black on black can become invisible to the eye. Our eyes are limited to the depth of shadows and black objects merged with black backgrounds can become imperceptible to the eye. Under the right conditions and dark surroundings, an object can instantly appear or disappear in the eyes of an observer.
The use of a stage background that is black velvet, using assistants and props hidden by matching black covering, and careful lighting can help keep the secret of magic performance a mystery to the audience.
Patter is the dialogue that performers use when performing magic tricks. Some magicians prefer a serious style of patter, while others use a light-hearted sarcastic or humorous tone so they can catch the audience off guard.
Self-working tricks are magic that anyone can perform. Self-workers require little practise or training, but they do allow you to perform magic at any time, in any place. However, the fact that a trick requires little to no skill does not mean you should not practice self-working magic; practicing your magic is essential for polish and performance.