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magicpro212
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I am really interested in performing Magic on television.

Is there a way of some how doing this?

Who do I have to talk to or where do I go?

I have seen some magicians on the early morning show so I was wondering how I can do something like that...it doesn't have to be a big thing.
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I would first try any local cable access studios you have available to you. If you feel your act is good enough for a real TV show then you have to pursue them and try to get on. It is very difficult as many TV producers don't really care for non famous magicians. You really have to bring something unique and mind blowing if you intend to get anything on a network. They have seen a lot of acts and they sometimes are very snooty towards magic. You need to submit as much as you can to different shows, just go to there web sites and look for contact info.
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It is getting easier and easier to get ONTO tv these day's the trick is doing something worthwhile........
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Why do you want to perform on TV? I've never had a desire to ever be on TV for any reason.
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I've been on the telly more times than I can remember. It gets to be fun when you learn the ropes.

It is costly if you don't know who to talk to because production companies want lots of money to produce the tape whether you get it "on air" or not.

Some local access cable companies (some) have studios and some (few) have a cut rate to use them and their crews.

There is a law that requires (or at least there was, check on it for sure) public access to the cable broadcast. that's why every cable company has a local station that runs a community calendar and/or local weather.

I found it easy to get my tape shown on cable...they, generally, are like newspapers and actually want content. Just don't try to sell them the tape (they tend to roll up into a ball, turn blue and wet themselves before having security escort you out).

It is a neat touch to put on ad copy "as seen on TV". It wont do too much for you other than that.

I say, "go for it and have fun"

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Man, I get nervous with a camera on me....I'm a complete wreck of a human.
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It will, certainly, show off your weak points.

It's a great psych tool....if you don't like yourself you wont like what you see.

Better be up on your material because once it is on tape it is (almost) forever. Once it is broad (or narrow) cast you cant go back. People will judge you on the content from "their" point of view not yours.

I did TV interviews for my job so much I got desensitized to the pressures.

Do radio interviews...that's way tough....very little you can do without a visual medium. It comes down to personality alone. Come to think about it...I cant figure out why anyone liked me.....but they did.

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I have been fortunate to have performed on several major TV shows. If you want to know what they are you can go to my web site to see the list. It has been very financially beneficial to me over the years. It adds to your legitimacy as a performer in the eyes of many clients. All I can say about working TV is that it can be very helpful but if you blow it, it can be very hurtful as well for some time. If you get a chance take it and see if it is something that you want to pursue, TV is not for everyone.
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