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Hey there,

I'm not really new to the magic Café, but this is my first post and I felt I had to come over this section to talk a bit about my situation.

I've been doing magic for the last 15 years, and professionnaly performing close-up magic about once/twice a month for the last year. My interest in public performing grew up at a steady rate and it is something that I really do enjoy now. I'm having more and more professionnal contacts and I feel like I'm ready to take that activity to the next level.


Of course, at this point you might be wondering what is so extraordinary about it. A magician going from amateur to professionnal is quite common indeed on these forums.
The thing is, I'm in the middle of changing my gender. I've been on hormone therapy for about 7 months I'm about to release the breaks to live full-time as female. Although I am not afraid of social consequences, I don't really know how to address these magic-related issues :

- 7 months of hormone therapy changed my appearance quite a lot, and I'm now in a middle-ground "androgynous" appearance. I can still present as male, but it feels weird as I have to wear larger clothes to hide my body development. Not to mention it is counter-productive in a gender change.

- Voice. My voice can be female, as long as I don't speak too loud. The thing is, close-up magic is usually quite noisy and speaking louder makes my voice deeper.

- Professionnalism. How do I tell some of my clients that booked me that I will be performing as female, and that my name has changed without losing too much gigs ?

- Pocket management. I know how to prep a male suit for close-up, but female outfits seems much less practical. I thought of using a purse, but I feel it can be impractical.

- Presentation. I don't know if tricks can be labeled as masculine or feminine, but I was wondering if I had to change some presentation about my sets. Can I still present a "human blockhead" on stage, for example ?

Well, I think that's it for now, but these are important questions that I need to address quite quickly Smile

PS : Being french, my english's not perfect, so don't blame me for it please !
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I'm not sure there are any easy answers to your questions. It might take you some time to find your new voice, both theatrically and literally.

One question I can answer is about human blockhead. Blockhead and other sideshow stunts are often *stronger* when done by women. See, for example,

Best of luck.
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I am not a fan of Human Blockhead at all but I guess a woman cloud do it as well as a Man (but hopefully not for Kids).

I do have a small purse and it works well.

Women have fewer clothing constraints than men in dress situations. You have more options but you'll have to make strategic choices (and add pockets).

Women can wear a suit type coat or have a wearable side purse.

I mostly wear a highly pocketed vest.

Welcome to the Sisterhood. Best of luck in your transition.

There are not many here who can help you with the crux of your problem, we simply don't have the experience.

-Mary Mowder
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There is a great transgender magician in England named "Fay Presto". She is famous in the UK. There is even a BBC documentary about her. I have that on my Youtube channel ("pumbaaj") . She is a great rolemodel, if you're looking for advice on the possibilities available for transgendered magicians.
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Fay Presto has broken this ground before you, as has been pointed out. I have met her a few times and she seems to be a very friendly, helpful sort. Google her and get in touch I would say.

As for your specific questions. Blockhead will improve with your new gender. In crowded situations drop your voice below the background noise rather than try to rise above it. It will work every bit as well, and will not deepen your voice.

Finally, as for bookings, I doubt any booker will care. They booked you, and they are getting you. I will give you an example. I was booked to do close-up at a dinner dance. I din'd not feel like pulling on the suit and doing boring card tricks. So I dressed as a clown and hit the tables in a completely different way, with different material than usual. Do you think the booker cared? She booked me for two more on the strength of it. If you can entertain it is you, not the costume, the balls or the boobs. You. And that will not change.

Best of luck with the transition.
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