000 wrote:Ok....club member, magzine reader , occasional performer, pro, the whole lot.
Basically people who BUY something magic related on occasion.
Well, without a careful definition with a specific purpose in mind, the number could be all over the place.
People who buy something magic related:
Well, for that category I think there is a huge number of people who buy novelties/toys such as the Adams blister pack stuff. Certainly, the ubiquity and longevity of the Adams stuff proves that point.
The late Herb Morrissey once told me that he shipped gross after gross of inexpensive metal cups into the United States and always wondered where they went, who bought them, and who sold them. Another guy I knew told me that hed made and sold almost 10,000 Devano decks and there were at least five other people making and selling them when he was.
Then there are the people who buy sets for kids at Christmas or birthdays, which is yet another market segment. That must be in the hundreds of thousands.
The more serious in magic, the people who actually follow it as a hobby in one of the subsets, make up another segment that probably tops out at 20,000, but that's only a guess. Then there's the difficulty of who to include in the count?
My old dentist grew up doing magic and retained an interest in it, but he was not a performer and only retained a passing interest, doing an occasional card trick for friends. The same for a friend who worked his way through college doing shows. Should we count either of them, even though they only retain a peripheral interest and dont perform?