Originally Posted by whodini
^^^ And I liked it when there was no music and it was called "Sam the Bellhop."
Originally Posted by NaTionS
I remember in an interview Copperfield said some of his illusions take years to think up. How accurate would this be? Does it really take that long to come up with a trick?
Absolutely. Some of my better pieces I have been working on for years. It's not a static result either. A good magic act evolves and should be a sort of work-in-progress.
Originally Posted by bbaquiran
What do you call the person that designs the illusions, but isn't the actual performer on stage (i.e. the character on Johnathan Creek, the TV show).
There is no industry-standard specific title, aside from perhaps "illusion designer." Nowadays it is usually a creative team moreso then just one or two masterminds. I like the rather romantic term "svengali."