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Terrible Wizard
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Ok, another difficult one.

I'm thinking about a performing name. I have an idea or two. I've checked on Google to see if any hits are already coming up with that name, and it seems clear. How can I be sure that the name isn't already taken (and does it matter if there's multiple performers with the same or very similar name?)? Also, do I need to do something with my performing name (trademark or whatever) to ensure I keep hold of it, or does it not really matter?

Thanks in advance Smile
jay leslie
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All I know is the word "terrible" probably wouldn't book too many shows. Try something like Dick Oslund or The Great Zucchini. Those seem popular.
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I would steer clear of anything even closely resembling another's performing name; both to avoid conflicting marketing (especially online) and as a professional courtesy to other performers. There's no shortage of original, interesting names you could use.
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Well, I own my name, but the thing is, I don't think it matters what your name is, as long as you make sure the kids remember whatever name you use.
Terrible Wizard
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I searched the UK trademarks database. Nothing listed. Nothing on the web. Looking good for me to use it. I'll probably trademark it at some point - just to be sure, and so I can protect my brand or expand into products and other stuff if the opportunity arises. It's not too expensive to do.

Just to note, it isn't 'Terrible Wizard', Smile
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On Nov 29, 2015, jay leslie wrote:
All I know is the word "terrible" probably wouldn't book too many shows. Try something like Dick Oslund or The Great Zucchini. Those seem popular.


Well, there are about 500 Oslunds in the country. My paternal grandparents came from Sweden. Their name was Oleson. They lived in a rural area with lots of other Scandinavians. Lots of mail came from the "old country" (including many "penny post cards") The postmaster could not read Swedish. There was a 'whole bunch" of Swedes in the countryside. Then the king of Sweden, realized that the patronym system was outdated.((Under the patronym system, Sven's son was Christened "SVENSON" when he was born. Ander's son became Anderson. Olaf, of course Christened his son, Olafson.} Scandinaviana were "told" to adopt new names. "Os" (A with a dot over it in Swediah, was the first half of the new name, and Lund was the second half. Most Swedes combined two words. Thus, NY BERG, BERG QUIST, etc. "As" is a little hill in Svensk, and Lund is a little park or grove of trees. A with a dot over it, became O) and so, I'm Oslund.

I have a second cousin, Richard Oslund, who is a school teacher. There is another Richard Oslund, who is a retired doctor in Muskgon, Michigan. I'm 84, and, probably wont be around too much longer. I'm single. I don't have too bad a reputation in the business. Feel free to use the name! Of course, the sheriff may call on you to pay my outstanding bills!
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Dick, if you think your name has its own doppelgangers, try my name! I grew up in a small town and I went to school with another Mike Baker and there was a third that lived on the same street as me!!

There are also a few others that I know of who are magicians. What's a guy to do??

So, Terrible Wizard... did I change my name to avoid duplication?? No. But, if you Google my name along with the key word magic, guess who pops up at the top of the list? Even my name without the keyword magic, and I'm still pretty close to the top.

Unless someone has legal ownership of a name for commercial use (like TGZ), just make a point of being more well-known than the others.

There is a magician named John Kennedy, and granted the other famous John Kennedy is dead, but that's one heck of a stiff bit of name competition there.

My company is called "The Magic Company". I know of at least one more (there may be others). Not a big deal really, although I get a few queries that I know are meant for them. I just set the errant seekers on the correct path. Not sure if the reverse ever happens.

I know a guy who trademarked the name "Tricky the Clown". Over the years, I have heard of a few others. I doubt any of them are doing battle in court.

FWIW - At one time, Michaelbakermagic (dot com) was the domain of a gay porn site. I managed to buy that domain when they failed to renew. So you see... name duplication CAN be a LOT worse!

You could pick a name that is unique if you wish, but it is still possible to survive with a similar name. If you have done a simple search for the name you have in mind, and nothing shows up immediately, then you should not worry about it, as it is unlikely anyone else is heavily reliant on that name for their own livelihood. If it's a name that is OBVIOUSLY a stage name (like Magical King Ralphie the Mediocre), then go ahead and trademark it (or whatever the process is). If it's a name that someone COULD have been given to them at birth (like Michael Baker... or even Dick Oslund), then don't worry about it. Smile
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Dick Oslund
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Hi Michael!

YES!

Remember the Harry Blackstone "name story"? For the "first o' Mays" reading this, Harry's family name was Bouton. He "went through" several stage names ("Frederik" was one. Harry had bought some lithograph posters that a magician named Frederik had had printed. Apparently, Fredrik had not paid the printer for them, and Harry got them at the printer's cost.

"Blackstone", IIRC, was a brand name for a cigar. Harry saw a sign for "BLACKSTONE CIGARS" on the side of a farmer's barn. He said, "That's IT!" (In those days, before highway billboards, thrifty farmers would rent out ad space on their barns. --CIRCUSES would cover the whole side of a barn with a "24 sheet 'hit'"!

Harry JR. years later, said, "I'm glad it wasn't a sign for "Mail Pouch" chewing tobacco!" (Mail Pouch was the name of a tobacco company's product.)

In my early Navy days, (early '50s) I tried "Dick Noel". My middle name is Noel--the gift of my French Canadian gran mere. I was born, December 11 (grandma's first grand child. NOEL--Christmas in French.) As a young teenager (heqq! ALL TEENAGERS ARE YOUNG!) I used "Richard the Magician". That, was a common practice in "them there" days. Oh! Dick Noel didn't last long. Earl Edwards, owner of EdMar Magic Shop, used "Don Kayton" as a stage name. (I can't imagine why!!!) When Earl and I would do a "double" at Ring meetings, we were "billed" as KAYTON & NOEL. I'm glad that nobody remembers THAT!
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I was going to take a stage name because my last name is rather unusual, and no one spells it correctly. If I combine my first & middle name, I come up with Jack Benny, but I think that some guy from Milwaukee already used it. Anyway, instead of a stage name I decided to use a name for my show. Since I'm an old geezer, I introduce myself to the kids as Mr. Jack. The show name is a single word which doubles as the magic word, so it gets ingrained in the kid's head.
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I chose my stage name, and I knew it was a common name for magicians, none in my market.

I advertise that I teach the kids a tick during the show (silk to egg) and tell them Howie Didit!!!!


BTW, I agree with Jay Terrible Wizard is a horrible name, have you thought of using the name Terrible Magician?.... Smile
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