Page 66

128

Magician Now here’s a great career for anyone with a gift for disappearing from parties without being detected or for pulling coins from behind unsuspecting people’s ears. Instead of schlepping to work in a depressing office building each day, magicians use their time on this earth to make magic happen. And what a worthy pursuit that is. In case you haven’t noticed, magic has moved on from the days of sawing women in half and then putting them back together (thankfully). These days, magicians have an impressive range of stunts, illusions, miraculous escapes and other tricks that leave audiences scratching their heads wondering what they just saw. Whether you choose to focus on being an escape artist or go the traditional ‘rabbit out of a hat’ route, there is a demand for magicians to perform in a number of places. Everywhere from suburban backyard birthday parties to huge arenas in Las Vegas, magicians bring wonder, excitement and a little bit of old-school razzle-dazzle to audiences all over the world. While it looks like a fun, light career move, being a magician isn’t as easy as donning a cape and pointing a wand at a top hat. Magic is a very serious business indeed. Becoming a successful, in-demand magician requires years and years of study and practice. From pulling off tricks to developing a fresh routine and cultivating a sense of showmanship, magicians work very hard to make magic happen. Some attend academies while others are self-taught, but what binds all magicians together is firm dedication to their profession. So that means practising for hours and hours, turning up to perform late at night and on the weekends, and investing a fair bit of money in things such as props, costumes and make-up. If all this seems too daunting then it’s important to recognise the rewards that come with being a magician, like being able to connect

with audiences, bring joy, avoid the old nine-to-five grind and get paid for wearing over-the-top costumes. And if you hit the big time like David Copperfield, then you can also abracadabra yourself up some serious cash too. With the majority of magicians working independently, magicians need to have next-level business skills and a gift for self-promotion. There’s no point having the trick of the century if you don’t know how to market it. So building connections within the industry and having the confidence to market yourself is critical. Because no matter how good a magician you are, you still can’t conjure up audiences out of a hat. In an increasingly cynical world, leading a life dedicated to the pursuit of magic is a bold move. Your parents may not approve, but at least you can throw a smoke bomb and disappear every time they voice their disapproval!

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: No formal educational requirements needed. Experience required: Experience putting together a killer bag of tricks and performing in front of audiences is generally required. Training: Magicians can train at magic schools and academies located all over the world. Restrictions: None.

Profile for smithstreetbooks

I can get paid for that?  

NOTE: This e-gallery is for press purposes only. No images or other copyrighted materials seen here may be reproduced. Contact patrick@smi...

I can get paid for that?  

NOTE: This e-gallery is for press purposes only. No images or other copyrighted materials seen here may be reproduced. Contact patrick@smi...

Advertisement