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Topic: What is your "day job?"
Message: Posted by: magicuncle (Nov 2, 2005 10:21AM)
Hi everybody,

As I read through all the different posts on the Café I see pro's and hobbiests and lurkers and regular folks. For me magic has been a great friend and hobby since I was eight years old (way back in 1969) when I checked out a magic book from the library. I'm not a working pro, I don't have regular gigs but I perform whenever called upon, sometimes for $$$ sometimes not. When I retire from 'day job' as a technical customer service rep for a large company, I plan on doing magic forever.

I'll bet this the Café has just about every profession imaginable represented.

I am curious, what is your "day job"?

Message: Posted by: Roland78 (Nov 2, 2005 11:11AM)
Programmer, Photoshop teacher, and computer technician :)

Message: Posted by: ryansmagic (Nov 2, 2005 11:23AM)
Steel Detailer (if anyone knows what thay is, we are dropping like magicians)
Message: Posted by: Cory Gallupe (Nov 2, 2005 11:30AM)
Student :( I have a freind that makes $50.00 a week being a pooper scooper. He scoops up crap in a pitbull house kinda thing.
Message: Posted by: MAGICBYTIM (Nov 2, 2005 11:48AM)
Civil engineer and Ryan I know what steel detailers are. Infact I used to manage a group of them. They were extremely hard to find.
Message: Posted by: JohnLamberti (Nov 2, 2005 01:01PM)
TV newscast director. Fun job. Pays very well, and being in L.A. I bump into my fair share of famous folk.
Message: Posted by: nums (Nov 2, 2005 02:33PM)
Magician/balloon artist......when I had a real job I used to fix commercial kitchen equipment. Before that I was a welder and prior to that I was in the U.S. Army where I learned to weld.

Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Nov 2, 2005 02:40PM)
Sheet Metal Worker, Estimator, Project Manager.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 2, 2005 02:51PM)
I think we have been here before, but I am still a high school science teacher!
Message: Posted by: Justin N. Miller (Nov 2, 2005 02:56PM)
Mr Mom, Author, inventor, Editor, creator,
Justin Miller
Message: Posted by: James F (Nov 2, 2005 03:44PM)
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Nov 2, 2005 04:06PM)
On 2005-11-02 15:40, Josh Riel wrote:
Sheet Metal Worker, Estimator, Project Manager.

Hey I'm an Estimator too! I've also PM'd.
Message: Posted by: Jordini (Nov 2, 2005 04:10PM)
I'm a student, but to afford all this danged magic, I just got a job with the Discovery Channel Store.
Message: Posted by: Sam Tabar (Nov 3, 2005 04:27AM)
I now work as a productions associate. I used to be a tutor at a math and reading center for kids.
Message: Posted by: ryansmagic (Nov 3, 2005 04:45PM)
On 2005-11-02 12:48, MAGICBYTIM wrote:
Civil engineer and Ryan I know what steel detailers are. Infact I used to manage a group of them. They were extremely hard to find.

Nice to hear someone else actually knows what I do for a living. I usually just tell poeple I draw stuff. It's not an easy way to make a living, but it pays the bills. We are extremely hard to find now and not many young people are getting into it. I am only 26, but have been detailing for 10 years, I got a long way to retirement.
Message: Posted by: aka (Nov 3, 2005 05:35PM)
I'm a student =D

slowly depleting my parents' bank accounts >=D
Message: Posted by: KerryJK (Nov 3, 2005 05:45PM)
I'm a singing and music teacher, both privately and in various Leeds schools.
Message: Posted by: Margarette (Nov 3, 2005 06:38PM)
For one more day, I'm a Quality Control Technician for an asphalt plant. Beginning Monday, I will be an Assistant Project Manager for a local contracting company. Before I accepted the job at the contracting company, I interviewed for a job as a detailer for a metal building company. Both jobs sounded great, but ultimately, the contractor paid a bit more money, and I gotta think of my kids.

Message: Posted by: Phil Thomas (Nov 3, 2005 07:53PM)
On 2005-11-02 14:01, JohnLamberti wrote:
TV newscast director. Fun job. Pays very well, and being in L.A. I bump into my fair share of famous folk.

TV newscast technical director/engineer. Doesn't pay that well in my neck of the woods though, but it is a fun job. Can't complain. It's better to have a job that you love and make less money than a job you hate and make more money. I have done both and am quite content on where I am. :bg: Beats weaving baskets for a living like I used to do (Longaberger)


Message: Posted by: APC (Nov 3, 2005 08:28PM)
High school student :( ...boring
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Nov 3, 2005 08:52PM)
Missionary with a church planting organization. Working in Ukraine, Venezuela and Panama next year.
Message: Posted by: werton (Nov 3, 2005 09:12PM)
I make soap...
Message: Posted by: ryansmagic (Nov 3, 2005 09:20PM)
On 2005-11-03 21:28, baskitboy5 wrote:
High school student :( ...boring

I bet a lot of us would trade to go back to what you have.
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Nov 3, 2005 09:21PM)
R.V. Dealership.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Nov 4, 2005 12:18AM)
Management consultant and teacher (finance, mathematics, risk management).
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Nov 4, 2005 12:31AM)
I work in 3 Magic Shops (all same owner) here in Branson, Missouri for 40 hours a week...

Entertain on the side (B-Day shows, Baseball Games, etc.).

Teach Juggling.

Was an actor in a play for 6 months this season.

Working on some arts and craft projects for next season.

And anything else that will bring in some $$.

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: Alym Amlani (Nov 4, 2005 02:22AM)
Student; Teaching assistant, program advisor, product manager, DJ, research assistant, graphic designer and magician.

Sadly ALL at the same time.
Message: Posted by: Ed Hutchison (Nov 5, 2005 12:24AM)
At one time or another I have been, among other things, a bank clerk, factory worker, psychotherapist, professional poker player, legislator, magic shop proprietor, author, and psychology professor.

I am now in rehearsal for my next position. I have to learn to say, "Welcome to WalMart," with just the right inflection.
Message: Posted by: Margarette (Nov 5, 2005 10:32AM)
On 2005-11-04 01:31, Professor Piper wrote:
I work in 3 Magic Shops (all same owner) here in Branson, Missouri for 40 hours a week...


Do you know Yak Williams? If you do, tell him that Benjamin and Ryan say hi. My kids know Yak from Bill Pitts' Cavalcade of Magic.

Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Nov 5, 2005 11:49AM)
[quote]Do you know Yak Williams? If you do, tell him that Benjamin and Ryan say hi. My kids know Yak from Bill Pitts' Cavalcade of Magic.


Sure do know the Yak-ster...I'll tell him the kiddos say hi next time I see him...Probably this week actually.

Take care.

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Nov 5, 2005 05:04PM)
Magician - only job I've ever had (except for six months a pizza hut age 14)
Message: Posted by: blwrjw (Nov 5, 2005 07:06PM)
My day job is working in a bindery. If you live in the US or Canada there's a fair chance that some phone books, college catalogs or schedules, or game & fish rules and regs from your area were worked on by yours truly. On a busy day, with all the machines running, we crank out in the neighborhood of four or five hundred thousand books a day. Needless to say, we aren't popular with the spotted owl.

Message: Posted by: Rickfcm (Nov 5, 2005 07:15PM)
Repair commercial cooking equipment for restaurants, hospitals and schools. I can tell you where NOT to eat.
Message: Posted by: lowphat (Nov 5, 2005 07:38PM)
Drill Instructor for a prison boot camp. Motivational Speaker/Entertainer as my secondary job.
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Nov 5, 2005 07:46PM)
For over 32 years I worked as a pressman in a printing company.
The company closed after failure to keep up with the times and a family dispute.
I also did web and graphic design on the side and still do.

For the past couple of years I've been working for a retail chain filling orders and coordinating deliveries among other things.
Message: Posted by: blindbo (Nov 6, 2005 10:47AM)
[url=http://www.bucksdigital.com]Bucks Digital Printing[/url], partner. More than a day job.
Jaz....you should call me.
Message: Posted by: Foxbiz (Nov 7, 2005 10:41AM)
Great post! It is fasinating to see the various backgrounds in this diverse field of Magic!

I have been in Sales for 20 years in the field of Telecomunications and Data Networks. I have also been a residential real estate investor (for retirement some day...) I enjoy selling my magical services as entertainment and motivation. I also enjoy selling the entertainment services of many of the local magicians in the Atlanta area.

In our local club we have in addition to a dozen full time performers, medical doctors, mortician, lawyers and a judge, ministers, financial planer, real estate agents, steel designers, math professors, students, pilots, TV producer, weather man... Wow! What wonderful diversity that magic has drawn together...
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Nov 7, 2005 12:26PM)
I WAS a typesetter/graphic artist. Currently I work as a sales clerk at Wal-Mart! This is going to impact my busking (if and when I ever get up the nerve to do it) as I have different days off each week and never Saturday or Sunday!
Message: Posted by: scott b. (Nov 7, 2005 12:39PM)
On 2005-11-07 13:26, mandrake01 wrote:
I WAS a typesetter/graphic artist. Currently I work as a sales clerk at Wal-Mart! This is going to impact my busking (if and when I ever get up the nerve to do it) as I have different days off each week and never Saturday or Sunday!

Wal-Mart rules.
Message: Posted by: blwrjw (Nov 7, 2005 05:25PM)
Jaz - Although the sigs and covers are already printed by the time I do my job, it was cool to see you used to run a press. What kind of stuff did your company do?

Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Nov 7, 2005 11:13PM)
On 2005-11-07 13:39, scott b. wrote:
On 2005-11-07 13:26, mandrake01 wrote:
I WAS a typesetter/graphic artist. Currently I work as a sales clerk at Wal-Mart! This is going to impact my busking (if and when I ever get up the nerve to do it) as I have different days off each week and never Saturday or Sunday!

Wal-Mart rules.

...with an iron fist at times.
Message: Posted by: Jerrine (Nov 8, 2005 12:48AM)
No day job here. Days are for sleeping, when the sun goes down the spirit awakens.
Message: Posted by: pkg (Nov 8, 2005 01:25PM)
Junior art director at saatchi!
Message: Posted by: blwrjw (Nov 10, 2005 02:45PM)
On 2005-11-07 18:25, blwrjw wrote:
Jaz - Although the sigs and covers are already printed by the time I do my job, it was cool to see you used to run a press. What kind of stuff did your company do?



Thanks for PM, Jaz

Message: Posted by: Will Gordon (Nov 14, 2005 04:03PM)
I'm a Bouncer at a Las Vegas [url=http://www.empireballroom.com/]nightclub[/url] . I'm a pacifists, I'm just not very good at being one. ;-)
Message: Posted by: FacadeTheStiltBoy (Nov 16, 2005 10:04AM)
I'm a welder with a degree in EE and a FCC liscence.

(I also do construction, set up cellular sites, and emergency sirens)
Message: Posted by: Bryan Gilles (Apr 1, 2006 02:48AM)
Before I got married, I was an Firefighter/EMT-2 aboard a small Bell 206 L-4 LongRanger (helicopter). Now I'm overnight EMS provider for an adult residential care facility at a facility for chemically/mentally imbalanced adults. Eventually, I plan to go back to school to get a degree in Liberal Arts so I can teach 8th-grade History!

Bryan Gilles
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Apr 1, 2006 11:20AM)
Radio/TV Broadcaster...Motor Sports Track Announcer and Variety Performer...that was then...now I make things for performers. Every day.
Message: Posted by: Corey Harris (Apr 1, 2006 11:49AM)
Professional Wrestler, Which I just did an interview on the Abraca-Pocus Magizine for your dvd player that was just put out this weekend I believe. I also work currently for the IRS. But I am also a newbie programmer and IT Specialist.
Message: Posted by: DanielSteep (Apr 1, 2006 11:56AM)
Im a student in elementary school
Message: Posted by: Macbeth (Apr 1, 2006 07:41PM)
Magician & Magic Shop Owner
Message: Posted by: magicpro212 (Apr 1, 2006 10:48PM)
Hit man. it has its perks.
Message: Posted by: magicguy67 (Apr 2, 2006 06:49PM)
Potatoe peeler
Message: Posted by: Brandon Delgado (Apr 3, 2006 12:06PM)
Okay, bear with me...I am a Finisher at the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University in St. Louis. :huh:

In English--I look at DNA sequence on the computer using special software. I check to make sure the sequence is correct, and try to fix any problem areas in the sequence.

Hopefully, that makes some sense. If not, don't worry--my wife doesn't understand what I do, either. She just tells people I clone mutant ninja mice, which sounds more exciting than my description. :goof:

Message: Posted by: Poliphilo (Apr 3, 2006 02:02PM)
I write video surveillance, biometric and counter terrorism software for a big brother-esq corporation.

Its very handy having a bunch of high resolution cameras around my desk to monitor my sleight of hand from time to time.
Message: Posted by: magicman226 (Apr 3, 2006 05:02PM)
I am a student by day. Magician by weekend.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Apr 3, 2006 07:05PM)
Computer Network Administrator by day, website management and site theme design after hours. One of the founding members of IBM Ring 2100, the only IBM chartered online magic Ring. See? Computers and magic do work together nicely.
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Apr 3, 2006 07:40PM)
I'm an International Logistics manager and I work a few hours a week at Home Depot (I got the job for the discount, learned there wasn't one, then noticed the girl who ran roughshod over me was a real doll so I stay as long as I get to hang out with her and my wife stays away).
Steve V
Message: Posted by: Alain Daigle (Apr 4, 2006 12:04AM)
I work in a smelter making nickel and raw precious metals.
Message: Posted by: hypnotize (Apr 4, 2006 05:57AM)
I am an electrical engineer, bass player, salsa dancer and now... learning mentalism. All pro.

But I think at the end I'll only do one thing. I need some free time to practice hypnosis on my pets...
Message: Posted by: CasualSoul (Apr 4, 2006 10:10PM)
Investment banker and entrepreneur. I own a small investment bank with offices in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto. We specialize in structuring secondary market financing solutions for mid-sized companies whose needs don't conform to conventional bank capabilities.

I know, I even find it painful to read. I do love it though, and it affords me a lot of time to pursue other interests.
Message: Posted by: AntonDreaming (Apr 4, 2006 11:29PM)
Free-lance artist...I work on peoples tattoos, band stuff, posters, Develop magic and such, performer, couch surfer, and dreamer.

Anton James
Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (Apr 5, 2006 05:58PM)
Uvula prevaricator or perhaps a folksinger. Probably folksinger, except when I am trying to equivocate.
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Apr 5, 2006 10:24PM)
Famous musician for 18 years (5 years back).
Advertising photographer past 10 years.
World's best daddy past 3 years.
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Apr 5, 2006 10:42PM)
Lemme see, famous musicians/magicians. We have Matthew from the old Irish band Ghost Of An American Airman, Tabman from The Urban Cowboy Band, Andrew Wimhurst from The Groove Kings (top Australian blues band), and ye!
Steve V <---wishes he had musical ability.
Message: Posted by: Chris Becker (Apr 7, 2006 10:03PM)
Lawyer (currently on study leave), screwdriver and aircraft carrier.
Message: Posted by: glatner (Apr 10, 2006 09:54AM)
Let's see: High School Student, Professional Mooch, Paintball referee and equipment manager. My friends and I are considering starting up a small web game developing company.
Message: Posted by: RickyD (Apr 10, 2006 10:08AM)
IT Engineer (computer fix-it guy) for a small software company.

Before that, I had a short stint in "Inside Sales" and a 3 1/2 year gig as a Quality Assurance Software Analyst (software tester) for a different computer company.
Message: Posted by: mvmagic (Apr 10, 2006 12:19PM)
By day, sales executive.

Also a freelance special effects supervisor/technician and freelance "visual artist" for the lack of a better title (photo retouching for photographers, website companies and magazines, 3D imaging for magazines and brochures and such).
Message: Posted by: Matt Malinas (Apr 13, 2006 07:01AM)
Student during the day ... party animal and magician during the night!

Message: Posted by: Logan Five (Apr 16, 2006 11:20PM)
Financial services during the day. I also trade forex in the daytime. I mix the mentalism & readings at night.
Message: Posted by: Josh the Superfluous (Apr 16, 2006 11:55PM)
Currency Trading and Mentalism???? Isn't there a conflict of intrests? Or just an un-fair advantage
Message: Posted by: karvis (Apr 17, 2006 08:40PM)
Hi, I am working in a travel agency.... sometime I make magic to try to find some trips for my clients jejeje
Message: Posted by: Son of a Beat (Apr 24, 2006 01:07AM)
Lighting designer and stage manager on tour with circus, theatre, puppet and dance companies. Making the "magic" happens every day.
Message: Posted by: kid iowa (Apr 24, 2006 08:23AM)
Message: Posted by: Jim Davis (Apr 24, 2006 11:03AM)
Airline employee away from home...

At home: mortgage broker, licenced bicycle mechanic, award winning leather works (including, but not limited to: saddle making, cases, chess sets, holsters, and of course magic props), and what else... ...a magician.

I do hope to grow up and do something some day!

Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Apr 24, 2006 11:28AM)
Software and Hardware Quality Assurance at a company that makes aircraft safety equipment. DO178B spoken here.
Message: Posted by: KiKi (Apr 24, 2006 02:11PM)
Guitarteacher! :arg:
Message: Posted by: tdowell2007 (Apr 30, 2006 01:31PM)
A Flight Paramedic on a Helicopter team and attending Nursing school when I'm not working. And in my spare time...Dove Magician! WooHoo!

Message: Posted by: tbsmith918 (May 2, 2006 05:22PM)
Software developer... since 1977
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (May 2, 2006 11:41PM)
Magician -- semi retired.

Banjo player, Guitar player, keyboard player, sax player, taught Banjo, Guitar and bass. Did studio work, as well. Also have the web site with the most information about banjo setup on it.

Presently in the publishing business, and the curator of the Cups and Balls Museum.

Beats working for a living!

Now, I'm a world traveler, international bon vivant and entrepreneur.
Message: Posted by: cardpunk1206 (May 3, 2006 03:19PM)
Student and Magic Shop Clerk.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (May 3, 2006 08:05PM)
What's "day?" Is that part of the life cycle where I'm trying to sleep when someone turns on that big light up in the sky?

Lee Darrow, C.H.
Hypnotist, Magician & Psychic Entertainer
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (May 20, 2006 05:57AM)
Magic IS my day job. It is also my night job, and has been for the past 17 years. (26 years in the art.) However sometimes I take a vacation in the summer so I do not go totally insane.
Message: Posted by: Stuart Coyle (May 20, 2006 07:06AM)
I'm the head staging technician for a performing arts centre.
It's not really a 'day' job, it tends to be an all day and all night job.

We haven't had any magicians perform in the venues here...yet.
Message: Posted by: ptbeast (May 20, 2006 02:51PM)
Lawyer, haunter, bizarrist....
Trying hard to reverse the order of that list.

Message: Posted by: Trinket (May 20, 2006 03:16PM)
Professional Couch Surfer. AKA: actor/variety performer.
I have also worked as a waitress (duh), sales (from vintage clothing to toys and magic), desk clerk, secretary, animal and baby sitter, wildlife rehabilitator, and even as an inn ghost. I tried telemarketing for the Baltimore Sympony Opera and lasted a whole day.
As soon as I get back from this crap shoot of a gig I signed up for, I'm going to look for a day or night job. God knows what I'll try this time.
Message: Posted by: airship (May 20, 2006 06:47PM)
Currently, I am a Technical Writer/Editor for a major non-profit testing company.

Former author of a bunch of best-selling computer books about The Internets.

Former Managing Editor of .info, the award-winning Commodore computer magazine.

I'm sorry, I thought I was writing a resume. :)
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (May 27, 2006 03:04AM)
Bike Courier: Mon-Fri
Paramedic: Assorted Weekends
Writer: Often
Professional Magician: All the time

Message: Posted by: canasta (May 12, 2007 09:51PM)
Quality Assurance/ Control Technician- Microbial Anaylist for a major Biotech company.
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (May 13, 2007 12:39AM)
Magician for 23-years and counting

Message: Posted by: h_A_Z (May 13, 2007 02:57AM)
Doctor but not loving it
Message: Posted by: Shakey (May 14, 2007 03:39PM)
This is quite an interesting topic - it begs the question why did you get into magic as a hobby?
Message: Posted by: munkywrench (May 14, 2007 06:15PM)
The Guardian
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (May 15, 2007 04:45AM)
On 2007-05-14 16:39, Shakey wrote:
This is quite an interesting topic - it begs the question why did you get into magic as a hobby?

My uncle was a magician and he got me a kit (Adams). The disease grew from there! :lol:
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (May 15, 2007 04:54AM)
Janitorial services..
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (May 15, 2007 12:03PM)
I dabble in the deception of your extra sensory perception…

Message: Posted by: Justin Style (May 15, 2007 12:06PM)
I didn't Always want to be a magician, until one night I overheard my sister talking to her friend. She told her friend that she made...

I said WOW....that sounds llike the job for me!
Message: Posted by: TV Magic Pal (May 15, 2007 12:36PM)
I own a video production company. I perform infrequently as I actually prefer being behind the scenes. I also freelance as a pen & ink illustrator and writer because I have decided to limit the production company to magic and personal projects. I have also been teaching Shaolin gungfu for almost 15 years.

Up until last October I was a service technician for SLME the company that manufactures Crate guitar amps and Ampeg bass amps. I specialized in antique equipment (Ampeg invented bass amplification, so they have a bit of history) and artist relation repairs. After leaving SLME, I was freelancing at this, too, until last week when I decided to sell my gear and get out of the business; I am spread too thin!
Message: Posted by: ChristopherM (May 15, 2007 09:21PM)
First Year Student at University of Cambridge, UK. Not a job; an 'occupation', I suppose.
Message: Posted by: Bill Rubie (May 19, 2007 07:00PM)
Cop for 22 years also a Photographer as a part time profession.
Message: Posted by: Amade3us (May 19, 2007 08:02PM)
I'm a Day Trader. For two years before this I was in the oil & gas business, leasing minerals on behalf of several large oil companies.

Message: Posted by: gaddy (May 19, 2007 08:56PM)
I pay the bills tending bar... :P

But magic has been a part of how I make a living now for about 2 years now...
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (May 30, 2007 02:54AM)
Gaddy - do you also perform bar magic?
Message: Posted by: Trekdad (May 30, 2007 06:32AM)
Lawyer -- Spend my days getting others to focus on the right things at the right times with minimal exposure to the "dirty work". Wait . . . that's misdirection . . .
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (May 30, 2007 08:53AM)