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Topic: Why and How
Message: Posted by: Pete Carroll (Feb 10, 2002 07:32AM)
Just wondering do you guys make a good living from performing magic. Most here have excellent knowledge of this fine and noble art, so to me a lot here have the potential to make a nice sum of money doing what they love. Many you see on TV such as Blaine who I admire even though he performs very basic tricks is making great sums of money with pieces of magic that most here can easily perform, why is this. For now I just perform for fun and for the great reactions I get, I'm really into card magic so how can I make the next step and make some money from something I truly love doing. Thanks for the help and o yea, good luck to the Cameroon soccer team in the African Nations Cup final this evening.
Message: Posted by: cardguy (Feb 10, 2002 04:08PM)
To start out, check out Scott's Guinn's Pro-Files at the Visions web site.
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Feb 11, 2002 03:17PM)
If no one knows who you are, then being the best magican in the world will not get you a paying gig.

It comes down to marketing yourself. Marketing and lots of hard work. The statement of being an over night success really means it took around 10 years.

You need an act that is wanted. You must stand out from the other card men. Most magicans do card tricks. Only a few do magic with cards.

Work on, how you can be different.

Good Luck
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Feb 11, 2002 08:59PM)
I make a very good living doing nothing but magic. I'm not wealthy, but I have no debt except my mortgage, which will be paid off by the time I'm 45. I work as little or as much as I want to.

To be a successful performer, you will need to learn a few things:

First, you must have an excellent act. But the tricks are the LEAST important part of being successful. You have to be a smart businessman. Learn selling, marketing, and public relations. You must have excellent grooming and people skills. You must be articulate if you want to work in schools or corporate venues. You must be entertaining and non-offensive.

I would suggest you invest in some books like Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People," Tom Hopkins "Mastering the Art of Selling," etc. These are valuable investments for the would-be professional entertainer.

The reason some guys succeed while others don't is NOT because they're better magicians. Often they are not. It's because they are better BUSINESSMEN!

Oh, and Cardguy--thanks for the recommendation!

My "Pro-Files" column is all about the nuts and bolts of making it as a professional magician. Not a lot of theory, just stuff I've learned and actually use to get gigs!
Message: Posted by: Geoff Williams (Feb 12, 2002 11:09AM)
In one of "The Books of Wonder", Tommy Wonder has an excellent essay on magic and the pursuit of wealth.

I believe it was even reprinted in an issue of Genii (or Magic) a year or so ago.

Great advice from one who knows.