Daniel is a MASTER at illusions. While he dabbles in many areas such as cardistry and obviously has some skill as an escape artist considering he can get out of handcuffs easily, his specialty is in illusions and showmanship. He’s practiced his art for YEARS, since childhood, and continues to practice regularly and grows more adept each day.
DON’T have your character automatically see through his tricks without discussing something with me. Fine, maybe if your character has something magical or different about them or they’re another magician with more skill in an area that he’s performing. The other Horsemen know one another’s acts and as does Thaddeus and people like that? Fine. Let them see through the trick and watch Daniel’s frustration and we’ll have a laugh. Those are totally fine with me because it makes sense. But having someone else automatically see right through his act diminishes his skills and only serves to make yours look better. Discuss it with me first. Let’s plot something out. I’m all for him maybe slipping up or maybe an instance where your character could deduce something but it’s not likely for someone completely random with no experience whatsoever to just know right off the bat without some planning.
But rest assured it’s not easy to see his stuff and so far only Thaddeus who has studied magic for DECADES and other magicians (not even all of them) have seen through his act. It’s like if your character had a skill and then someone else for no reason whatsoever did it better or could tear down what they’ve worked hard on. If there’s no reason for your character to know, then don’t. Don’t ruin the magic. Don’t lessen his skills for the sake of your character to look cool.