Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

The reveal (also known as the big reveal) is a plot device in narrative structure, and is the exposure to the reader or audience of a previously hidden key element of plot or of the performance. This may result in a plot twist, and could be the key plot turn or unexpected coda in the story – in the mystery genre, for example. It may also be used as a device (particularly in the climax) in stage magic by an illusionist or escape artist. In a magician’s act, “the reveal” may refer to the normal culmination of a trick the unexpected (to the audience) culmination of the trick an explanation of the trick – which itself may be immediately eclipsed by a version of the trick that the first reveal can’t explain A reveal is different from Aristotle’s anagnorisis, in which something is revealed to a character rather than to the audience.