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Overview

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 Society of American Magicians has about 8,500 members.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Creative

Enterprising

Outgoing

Career Ladder
Nationally Known Magician

Magic Club/Shop Owner

Magician

Magician Assistant

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