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

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