Originally posted by EvA:
I am finally ready to start my venture into professional magic. I would like to know exactly what to expect in terms of how much money can be made being a professional magician? I am not just interested in money but i do need to start making some and i would love nothing more than making some money doing what i love. Can anyone on here give some input on this topic? or recommend any books which might be of help?
Entering the world of magic as a profession can be a daunting task. Don't plan to get rich or famous and make sure that you handle rejection well as you will have many doors closed on you as you shop your services around. You need to get used to living out of a suitcase and learning to economize on expenses while on the road, as travel is an essential part of making a living as an entertainer.
You are going tpo need a new promotional package including a video every two years and remember that the better the package, the better you look. It represents you. You might make sure that as many agencies know about you and what you do as well although do not count on the phone ringing off the hook just because agencies have your name. there is on going work for you to havbe to deal with and if you are not using the phone for a minimum of two hours a day selling your show, then you might not make it. The business part of "show business" is hard work.
You might try Jim Ryans "Trade Show" series of books which really are a great source of information and are applicable outside of selling for trade shows. I am NOT a huge fan of the bauer book as I do nopt subscribe to the barge in and be in your face attitude. Another good book you might look at is Fred Becker's Cruise book as it IS a goldmine of ideas about working on cruise ships.
It is a hard path you are chosing but one that with perseverence and dedication will be one of the most rewarding things you could ever hope to do. For me, I have never looked back or regreted it. Good luck!
Paul Alberstat http://www.mindguy.com