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How to Become a Magician

From Houdini to David Copperfield to Penn and Teller, magicians are a set of entertainers that have been around for ages. There's little doubt as to why:  There's nothing more entertaining than a good magic show! Actually becoming a magician, however, isn't as easy to come by as tickets to the latest spectacle. Learning how to be a magician can feel like something you have no choice but to undertake on your own. Thankfully, there are ways to go about it easier. Best of all, you won't be flying blind!

Learn the Tricks of the Trade

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The first thing you should do, of course, is learn a few magic tricks! After all, what good is a magician if he or she doesn't know any magic tricks? Start off simple, just like you would do with any skill. Card tricks are excellent for this purpose. Once you have those mastered, begin to increase the difficulty of the tricks. This will make it easier to build your skills on. Before you know it, you'll be making your assistants reappear in front of an amazed audience!

Read or Watch

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A magician, like any other profession, should study up on the ins and outs of their chosen career. This will make it easier to plan things out properly, as well as ensure that everything is properly executed during your shows. There are books that can be read, as well as online video tutorials that you can follow when the going gets tough. These books and videos are great for when you need to really get in-depth with something.

Talk to a Magician

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There's nothing quite like hearing from a seasoned professional in your field to really understand what you need to do. If you're trying to break into the magician profession, find an already-established magician, and talk to them. Ask for a few pointers on everything you're having issues with, from the tricks themselves to actually finding a well-paying gig. The insight that you'll be offered in return is invaluable.

Find a Costume

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Magicians are, of course, entertainers at heart. While a lot of standard organizational and marketing work goes into becoming one, you're still going to have to think about the theatrics of it. This includes your costume. Your costume should be easy to wear, and to move in. It should also be flashy and theatrical. Most importantly, it should fit with the “theme” of who you are as a magician, as well as the theme of your show.

Develop Your Show

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This is, perhaps, the most labor-intensive part of becoming a magician. In order to find work, you're going to need a show already planned. So it's never too early to start working on your show! Have a good timeline set, and know how to follow it. Make sure any props and assistants that you need are ready to go at a moment's notice. And, if you do have assistants for your shows, make sure to rehearse with them! They should be as knowledgeable as you are.

Being a magician is a fun, energetic, and theatrical job. However, a lot of hard work goes into becoming one. With a little persistence, you'll soon be on stage. Abracadabra!

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