Rodney wrote:This might be a too personal for this forum, but it's been on my mind. I have been diagnose with schizophrenia. I'm just getting on medicines was wondering if there are any magicians that suffer from mental illness, and if there is any hope for someone with mental illness wanting to take on magic as a career. I know I have a hard time focusing , but I believe with medicines I might be able to focus more clearly and pursue magic as a career.
If you do good magic, enjoy the paperwork and don't skip the medicine - I'm quite convinced that you could pursue magic as a career.
I guess that you even can make use of the illness, for marketing purposes. I wouldn't be surprised if there are organisations that are working to change the public's perception of schizophrenia, and if so, they might back you up, provide bookings nation-wide etc.
The big point however, is that you must enjoy the paperwork, book-keeping and such. If you don't, you would be much happier to have magic as a hobby instead.
I do not know if there are that many magicians with mental illness. I know one who is Bipolar (type 2), who is doing just fine as a magician. That's all I know of.
There are slightly more who has not an illness, but a neurological disability. Magicians with Autism, Aspergers or Tourettes.
There are even more magicians who has some kind of mental disorder, like borderline, personality disorder, severe depression. Etc.
And then we have the remaining majority - we who are just simply social misfits, general nutcases or just odd. :)