to Succeed as a
If you want
to make your living as a professional magician, there
are three things you will need:
1. Clear Vision -
Nothing great was ever been created without vision. But
how do you create your clear magical vision?
the old days, one became an apprentice of an established
performer, often working as an assistant for several
years before venturing out on their own.
became a student of an established professional who
mentored you as you developed your act. During this
period of mentorship, you developed a clear vision of
what you could do in the world of magic.
different. Most beginning magicians become enamored
with a star of magic who is at the top of their game. –
Lance Burton, Penn & Teller, Chris Angel, David Blaine, for example –
and try to model or copy them.
Unfortunately, there is no mentor relationship to help
the beginner, just a media image of a star. You have no
idea of the ten or twenty year journey it took your idol
to become an “overnight” sensation.
was starting out, I heard all kinds of stories about
the world of professional magic from members of my
local magic club. Unfortunately, most of those
stories were filled with misguided advice.
Although their intentions were good, my well meaning
magic friends were ill equipped to give good advice
about the business of magic,
simply because magic was their hobby, not their
can't find a mentor who is a currently working
professional magician, the next best you can do is
to start reading all the books written on the
business of magic.
have a clear vision of what it means to be a working
professional magician...no illusions...just the
reality...you will know:
WHERE you can perform
WHO hires magicians and
HOW much money you can
WHAT to expect at each
type of venue
WHAT career paths are
WHAT sacrifices you will
have to make
WHERE you should be at
each level of your career
HOW to move up the career
ladder to reach YOUR fullest potential.
2. Strategic Goals -
Once you know what the possibilities are for
working as a professional magician, and you decide what
path to follow, it is time to formulate a strategy and
set specific goals.
answer the following strategic questions?
What's the best way to
market your show?
How can you get your
telephone ringing with business...FAST?
How much should you
Should you focus on
close-up, club and stage magic, or illusions?
Where can you find work?
How can you get exposure?
Where do you want to be
in 1 year...3 years...10 years?
strategy should be designed to accelerate your progress,
and your specific artistic and business goals should
implement that strategy.
clear vision and specific strategic goals for your act
and your business, you will waste valuable time, energy
and money getting your business started.
one more thing you need...
Action: It is not enough to read about
what must be done to succeed as a professional magician,
you must take action. As Jeff McBride once told to me,
"To know and not to do, is not yet to know."
know exactly where you want to go AND what needs to be
done to get you there, then you can focus on taking
past 30 years, I performed in nearly every venue
available for professional magic -- from church
basements to luxury hotels and casinos -- and I can tell
you from experience what you need to do to build
a successful business as a professional magician.
What's holding you back?
Lack of money... not enough time...no idea what to do
next. It really doesn't matter, because...
action beats inaction!
something to move towards your vision. Anything. You
will find amazing things begin to happen. Opportunities
start opening up.
you to formulate an action plan for the next 30 days.
Make a list of 30 concrete actions you can do to move
closer to your dream, and then, every day for the next
month, do one of them. Watch the momentum build.
don't know where to begin, seek out a mentor, someone
who has gone before you who is willing to guide you. If
you can't find someone in your area, read everything you
can get your hands on regarding the business of magic.
clear vision, specific strategic goals, and
concrete actions will do more to move your career
forward than anything else.
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