You love playing tricks and amusing people? Love to make people around you go in awe with you? Have a smart mind with more sharper and clean body movement? Maybe you can be the next big Magician. Magic world is a place of tricks and illusions.
You can be the next David Copperfield, Harry Houdini, David Blaine, Criss Angel, or Penn and Teller. These are some of world’s famous magician who pull off just unbelievable tricks. Because one must understand that it is a talent and skill to be a magician.
As we always say, first you have to see in yourself to know what you are passionate about. This also starts out as a hobby, but before you know it, it becomes a fun skill that you use to entertain your audience. No doubt, perfecting this craft is all about practice and after your every act, the most satisfying reward is the jaw-dropping audience.
A magician can work for circuses; entertainment parks etc and earn huge sums of money. This job may not be a really popular one but is more of a unique field which is taken up by few people with the talent for magic. If you want to take a career as a magician seriously, develop an act and practice it again and again.
The most important and the trickiest part in being a magician is to engage your audience. One must also be a crowd puller to make himself different from other magicians. There must be enough drama and suspense to keep the audiences hooked. So first see for yourself. Do you really want to be into this game?
- Passion for Magic
- Positive thinking
- Patience to practice hard
- Self belief
- Integrity and honesty
- Sharp mind and quick movements
There seems to be no formal education for being a magician. There are many categories of magic like — close up magic, conjuring, sleight of hands, stage illusion, optical illusions, mentalism magic, fusion magic, etc. One should have knowledge of all these categories before launching oneself as a magician. It is always good to train with an established magician.
Some famous names
David Copperfield, is an American illusionist, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield’s television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield’s career of over 40 years has earned him 11 Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a knighthood by the French government, and he has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress.
2. Harry Houdini
He was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.
3. David Blaine
David Blaine (born: April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records.
Penn Jillette called Blaine’s first television special, Street Magic, “the biggest breakthrough (in television magic) done in our lifetime” for changing the perspective of television viewers toward those seeing the trick live.
Blaine makes an annual visit to perform at children’s hospitals and burn units in the US and elsewhere, including Spofford, Bridges, Horizon, and Crossroads. He has performed at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for children diagnosed with serious illnesses.
Institutes in India
- Delhi School of Magic
- Indian Brotherhood of Magicians (Regd.), managed by Magician Sumit — New Delhi
- The Sorcar Magic University, managed by P.C Sorcar (Jr.) — Kolkata (W.B)
- Kismat Magic Institute, managed by Magician Rajath — Howrah (W.B)
- Jadu Maha Vidyalaya, managed by Swami Sarkar (Gwalior)