Magicians

Magicians perform illusions to mystify and entertain audiences. They use quick hand movements and a variety of other techniques to perform classic tricks such as pulling a rabbit out of a hat or making a handkerchief disappear. They often use props, such as illusion boxes, scarves, cards, and coins. Magicians may perform in front of small audiences or entertain thousands of people in large theaters or on television. They generally work alone, but may have one or two assistants help with more involved performances. Because most magicians work independently, it is difficult to determine how many are working; the International Brotherhood of Magicians reports nearly 12,000 members.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Entertain people by performing magic tricks
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles; opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Extensive practice required
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nationally Known Magician
  • Magic Club/Shop Owner
  • Magician
  • Magician Assistant

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