Set Notes

Mark Nelson edited this page May 13, 2015 · 8 revisions

The challenge for most practicing magicians is to create a Set that meets the needs of the performance context. Considerations such as how long the set should be and the cost of the set need to be taken into account.

PlayWithMagic aims to ease the burden of this process by providing suggestions and guidance for Magicians as they construct Sets.



A Magician user of PlayWithMagic may create new Routines, and may also catalog Routines that other users have created. From this group of Routines, a Magician may then construct a Set.

The Magician follows this workflow for getting to the Set Builder.

  1. Log into the website
  2. Click on the Welcome $username menu
  3. Select the Create Set option
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On the Create Set page, the Magician will be presented with the following items to fill in regarding a set:

  • Set Name
  • Set Description

Once filled in, the Magician may click on a Add button. This will save the set.

Set Analysis

The analysis will examine each of these items and provide feedback in turn. Click on the Notes button when you are viewing a set to analyze the set against the following rules:

  • Set Length: Set Notes will notify the Magician if the time of their Routines and Transitions are close to or longer than the desired Set Length

  • The Rule of 3: Typically at most 3 routines are used in a Set before a pause or a break of some type. More or less may be used as desired by the Magician, but 3 is a preferred number.

  • Cost: If the price of materials is over a provided cap, the Set Notes engine will notify the user.

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Set Recommendations

Based on what has already been placed in a Set, the Set Notes tool can create a recommendation of a Routine that may fit in a Set.

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Programming Logistics

The Set Notes engine requires that each Routine be filled out with static elements that can be analyzed. These static elements are:

  • Routine Time to Perform
  • Materials Cost

Based on each of these elements, the Set Notes engine will analyze the Set after it has been constructed.

Analysis Flow

  1. Create Set
  2. Fill In Details
  3. Select Routines
  4. Run Set Notes
  5. Modify Set
  6. Completed

It is important to note that all analyses are SUGGESTIONS, and may be overridden at any point in time.

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