A magic trick can be the most beautiful, wondrous and exciting thing in the world, though only when it is done correctly. The role of the magician is to perform these tricks expertly, excellently and efficiently, and thus, leave their audience wondering and discussing, “How did they do that?”
Perhaps, that is the most exciting and delightful aspect of watching a magic show, performing a magic show as well as magic itself – the mystery, the illusions, the secrets and everything that falls in between. Maybe the suspense and ambiguity is what draws the people to ‘magic’, and perhaps, further interest and encourage them to stand on the stage and perform all those acts themselves. There are a large number of people who know how to perform some simple magic tricks, the secrets behind a few more complicated ones and the cleverness to display their skills at the right moment to get a handful of people to be shocked and awed. But there are much fewer people who dedicate their time and efforts to become private or professional magicians.
It requires a large amount of time, practice, dedication and hard work to become a cheap and close-up magician. This is further proceeded by developing their own and unique magic style and speciality that they would employ in their magic shows. Most magicians start locally. They show their tricks and host their magic shows in their neighbourhood before aiming for something bigger. Success for magicians is a little hard to come and depends a lot on their own efforts and luck. The most successful magicians in the world believe that they owe their success and popularity to the fact that they were discovered at the right time, along with their hard work and efficiency.
While we cannot control our or someone else’s ‘luck’, we can give our best. There are a few prerequisites to gain success in this career. The first one would be to become a member of any Magic Society. This would enhance the legitimacy and respect of a magician. But even in these societies, not all magicians become professionals. It is also important to gain experience and as many as possible positive reviews from the customers.
It is quite obvious that the more popular the magician is, the more they would earn. And popularity can only be gained by performing in as many places and events as possible. It is also obvious that professional magicians earn more than private ones, even if their earnings are nothing to joke about. In the UK, the highest-earning magicians make around £61,676 per year while the lowest earnings are £16,186 per year.