The question is pretty self-explanatory, but to give a few more details: I'm wondering what process you fine folks use to build your routines, from selecting effects, establishing a theme (if there is one), writing patter, etc. I have a couple effects that I like to perform together, and I even have some rudimentary patter to justify what I'm doing for those, but overall I feel like I'm just throwing out "tricks" with no direction or reason or anything. It puts the whole performance in a very bad way--usually baiting people into trying to figure out the "trick." I've tried selecting effects I feel build on each other conceptually. For instance, I have one routine that goes Do As I do --> a very similar effect but without looking at the faces of the cards --> Invisible Card. I tie it all together as a test of luck/coincidence--how far can we push it? But I watch a lot of routines that aren't conceptually cohesive at all: it's a mind read, then a transposition, then a hustle/poker effect--it seems like it's all over the map. On the other hand, maybe seems like this might be a better way to go so the audience doesn't get tired of seeing the same concept with variations performed a couple times in a row? So, how do you decide which effects will go together, and how do you go about writing your presentation for those effects? Thanks!