Scripting is very important for magic. It is an art for itself and depends largely on good ideas and novel slants story wise.
When writing a script for a magic trick, it is sometimes not so easy to find an effective intro line. Sometimes a questions can be used, sometimes a statement, sometimes a little joke. What to use depends on the trick in question.
Here is a little hack, which could be useful. I discovered this many years ago when sitting in front of the blank paper at the beginning of the script.
Here is a suggestion. Try to start your writing with the ‘The trick that …’ or ‘The most …’ technique. This could sparkle eventually an entertaining presentation. It goes along these lines:
- The trick that never worked.
- The trick that I couldn’t master to this day.
- The trick that made me famous in (name any small village).
- The trick that nobody was interested in.
- The most boring trick in the world.
- The most difficult trick in the world.
- The most expensive trick in the world.
- The cheapest trick in the world.
- The trick that needs no words.
- The trick that is the most fun to do.
- The trick that is no fun to do.
- The longest trick in the world.
- The shortest trick in the world.
- The oldest trick in the world.
- The trick that isn’t one.
- The trick no one can buy with money.
- The trick I stole/borrowed/learned from …
- The trick that was forgotten.
- The trick that no one is allowed to talk of.
- The trick that ruined XY …
- The trick that was given from one generation to another.
- The trick that everybody could do if he only wanted to.
- The trick that XY considered her/his favorite.
- The trick that everybody is doing.
- The trick that nobody could bring to an end.
- The trick that is done backwards.
- The trick that nobody ever has tried.
- The trick that split the world.
- The trick at the end of the rainbow.
- The trick that was stolen/lost/rediscovered.
- The trick that got lost.
- The trick XY held back for years.
- The trick that was cursed.
- Find your own …
You will find that many of these lines immediately get your brain working in the right direction. Combine this with some interesting character in your script. Tell a story. Find a moral of the story. Find the underlying plot (motivation, emotion).
Many times inserting a prominent person into the line gives you new ideas for amusing and interesting patter.
“I would now like to show a very special trick. It is the trick that David Copperfield always wanted to know and learn, but I didn’t let him in on the secret.”
“This is the only trick that Donald Trump ever mastered: vanishing money.”
“I am going to show a very dangerous trick now, and the reason for Jay Leno not putting me on his talk show.”
“The Trick That Fooled Houdini” is an example for an introduction to Vernon’s mini ambitious card trick (with which he fooled Houdini indeed).
I am sure you got the idea.