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Topic: How you got your magic name
Message: Posted by: Majake314 (Mar 23, 2012 07:44AM)
I currently don't have a performers name and I was wondering whether you need one or not.
What is yours? How did you get it? What kind of magic do you do?
I will be doing childrens magic but I don't want a gooby name like "the amazing... " or "...the magician"
Thank you for any advice, if you don't have any, just share the history of your name!
Message: Posted by: Andy Young (Mar 23, 2012 08:11AM)
Well names are tricky. I just go by my name. I didn't make up some weird name like Blew Steel. I just am Andy Young, but you will know if you find a good name it will just scream out at you.
Message: Posted by: maxnew40 (Mar 23, 2012 08:13AM)
That is is a tough one! Sometimes choosing a name from literature works sometimes not. Sometimes you can sort of twist up your real name or add something to the end of your name. I mostly do stuff at medieval events and I am playing with the name "The Nearly Amazing Nigel".

Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Mar 23, 2012 08:32AM)
Try reading the following thread: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=445294&forum=41
Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Mar 23, 2012 09:22AM)
Spartacus is a forum name. The first name I used while working on Bourbon street in the 60s was, Zero Motel, which was given to me by ventriloquist and magician, Phil D'Rey. Phil also wrote material for me. Combined with the material I was using, my career in show business was a rapid descent into chaos. (Actually I quit to go to school). You will not find my name in any show business literature, police blotters, yes. You can read about Phil D'Rey here:

Message: Posted by: Magic Rik (Mar 24, 2012 07:46PM)
I am in the same boat, so to speak.

No real name yet. Captain Hook is the name of my cat. I was filling out the form to join The Magic Café and was told not to use my real name. Cappy was sitting beside my computer on the table so I used Capt.Hook

Here he is doing what he and I both love - sailing!

I left a deck of cards on the table beside my computer and Cappy figured I was not paying enough attention to him. He knocked the deck on the floor and marked the top card for me - four nice clear teeth marks in the corner of the King of Hearts!

My next show I'll probably be called Grandpa - as I am doing my grand son's seventh B'Day party.

I also really don't like "The Amazing ..."

Magic Rik, maybe - who knows where it will go.

Message: Posted by: Athelus (Mar 25, 2012 04:03AM)
Athelus is a mixture of words and names from some of my favourite books. Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings, and Athelas (Kingsfoil) From Lord of the Rings. Mind you I've been using it as an online name for a while now. You kind of find a name you like and you stick with it.

Message: Posted by: Jim Sparx (Mar 25, 2012 09:21AM)
I like the name Capt. Hook but you would probably get a letter from Disney if you tried to use it professionally. Cats rule, I have about 20 but I live in the country with a bunch of acreage. They are all rescued cats dumped at the local fire station. They keep the rats down. I also have two rescued dogs.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Mar 25, 2012 11:46AM)
In my shows and on my web page
it is the [magic man] it kindy
got attached to me like a nick name
at first and it has stuck with me
ever since then.
Message: Posted by: rmann (Mar 26, 2012 11:37AM)
@Dynamike... thanks for posting the link to that previous post. Good stuff there. I have wrestled with this one myself, but have just kept using my own name for lack of anything more 'magical'. After all, 'Doug Henning' and 'Mark Wilson' aren't the most magical sounding of names, but it worked for them!
Message: Posted by: hp (Mar 26, 2012 11:39AM)
I've always used my real name, but since my first name is Howard I always wanted to adopt the stage name Howie Duzit.
Message: Posted by: s.freeman (Mar 27, 2012 08:53AM)
You get your magic name the same way you get your soap opera name: (name of your first pet) (name of the street you live on) mine is Jazz Bison! hmmm maybe I'll actually give that a shot...
Message: Posted by: maxnew40 (Mar 27, 2012 09:32AM)
That makes my soap opera name Midnight Magnolia. :)

Message: Posted by: Majake314 (Mar 27, 2012 04:55PM)
That makes mine spencer lake vista... thanks anyway!!!
Message: Posted by: The MailMan (Mar 28, 2012 07:16AM)
I just use my real name; Liam Devine.

And my soap opera name is Oscar Glenburn!
Message: Posted by: s.freeman (Mar 28, 2012 08:55AM)
Wow those actually turned out pretty good!
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Mar 30, 2012 12:04AM)
A guy from Aus suggested mine and I just stuck with it ever since...
Message: Posted by: Majake314 (Apr 5, 2012 11:38PM)
On 2012-03-30 01:04, solrak29 wrote:
A guy from Aus suggested mine and I just stuck with it ever since...
What is you name???
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Apr 9, 2012 07:59PM)
On 2012-03-26 12:37, rmann wrote:
@Dynamike... thanks for posting the link to that previous post. Good stuff there.
You are most welcome.
Message: Posted by: Italia16 (Apr 10, 2012 10:26AM)
It's hard to have an obviously made up name that doesn't sound goofy ( at least to me). If performing for kids though, it might help to have a fun, goofy name.
Message: Posted by: foreva.infiniti (Apr 11, 2012 04:39AM)
Im Foreva Infiniti and my magic's derived from Numbers and Colors. Colors are Foreva and Numbers are Infinite.
Message: Posted by: maxnew40 (Apr 11, 2012 08:26AM)
I am working an a Mentalism/Bizarre act right now that will probably take a year or more to be happy with. The name I am going to use for this act is Maximus Miraculous. I will combine some Mentalism, Bizarre/Spooky, and also do some basic Tarot readings (a long standing interest of mine). My real name is Max and this name is sort of a play on Miracle Max from the princess Bride.

Message: Posted by: John Long (Apr 13, 2012 09:31PM)
I would suggest that the name you take should be appropriate for the type of show you perform, and the audience.

A name like "Silly Billy" may work for kids shows, but could work against you if you do corporate shows. Some have suggested just using your name if you perform in senior homes - it will help them identify with you.
Message: Posted by: actorscotty (Apr 17, 2012 12:57PM)
My name is john scott, so my stage names are derived from that, my wizard persona is Scotty DuWizard,In pirate shows I am Mystical Johny the Scott, etc, otherwise just John Scott
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Apr 19, 2012 12:55AM)
I’ve really never liked my family name, but have always used variations of my given name. An early version was Donovan. A couple years ago I was mulling over how to “re-enter” magic world, I figured an after-dinner show would be the simplest. “Dinner with Donatelli” sounded about right to me, and since then it’s been just Donatelli.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Apr 19, 2012 06:21AM)
Having had 2 previous names (Mandarin and Diamond Jim) both of which I still use occasionally, I currently use a name taken from the T.S. Eliot book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats". A lead character in the musical "Cats", I like it because he is a "Conjuring Cat" and quite magical. Those who have seen "Cats" will remember-

And we all say: OH!
Well I never!
Was there ever
A Cat so clever
As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!

The slight spelling adjustment is intentional, as I wanted to make the name closer to "Mystery"...

Message: Posted by: magicnium0772 (Apr 19, 2012 01:19PM)
Mine came from my young nephew's inability to pronounce the letter L. So, Liam became Nium and it just stuck. Obviously if I was table hopping I would use my real name but yeah that's the story of magicnium.
Message: Posted by: pepita (Apr 23, 2012 12:01PM)
I'm not really a magician so it's a bit different.
In my country, when you are a "general" comedian, performing for children gives you a bad image. I absolutely love performing for children, but I wanted to make sure I could go back to general dramatic stage if I wanted to one day, so I decided to have a name for kid shows.
First name Pepita was the name of a character in a Christmas show I'd written. Pop...was because I'm a balloon twister too.
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Apr 23, 2012 01:45PM)
That’s a valid concern in this country as well, especially for mentalists. If you do “magic”, then you are seen as a trickster, not good for serious mentalism. Most performers who do both also maintain separate websites, so that people looking for magicians find one set of information, and those seeking mentalists find a different page.

I discovered a couple years ago that I can play a really convincing Santa Claus, and of course Santa should be able to do magic. But I really love mind reading also. The balance for now is that between Halloween and Christmas (“holiday” season) I do Santa, then at New Years I turn into Donatelli.

In the back of my mind I have yet another character waiting to get out (at least two years away), and I have no idea how I’ll handle him! :)
Message: Posted by: Anatole (May 5, 2012 10:45PM)
Although I don't use a stagename, I took my MagicCafe username--Anatole--from the episode "The Great Anatole" on the TV anthology series "Dick Powell Theater." Curt Jurgens starred in the title role and IMHO his portrayal was the single greatest performance ever by an actor playing the part of a magician. Dana Wynter played the role of Barbara Bellamore, Anatole's assistant, and her portrayal was, I feel, the single greatest performance by an actress of a magician's assistant. Jurgens did all the tricks himself in the show. There was a "Film to Life" sequence in the show that was outstanding. The story/plot was fantastic as well.

I think if I had become a professional magician, I would have adopted a stage name because both my first name and my last name are very difficult for people unfamiliar with Spanish to pronounce, and I have Anglicized the pronunciation of my last name because the Spanish pronunciation of the "v" and the "ae" are rather different from the way the letters are pronounced in English.

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Samriklown (May 6, 2012 12:15AM)
Choosing a name is a greatly personal thing, people have various and as-sundry ways of assuming their stage name. As you have seen here, some use their own name or variants there of. Others adopt outlandish names, IE The Pendragons, etc.
In my lifetime I have been several characters starting as Tater the Clown, a naming story way to convoluted to tell here, I decided to get more bookings in a broader market dropped the clown and, as I am also a balloon entertainer, adopted Professor Twist, a character in an Ogden Nash Poem "The Purist". This second name came from a long list of names bandied about by my wife and I for almost two weeks, when I finally settled on the right one, it just fit and felt right, like those sneakers you know you should throw away but they just feel so nice to wear. I am also a make-up artist/face and body Painter and my newest personality is Paul P Kasso, artist extraordinaire.
Over the years I've played with new concepts, new ideas, different names, different characters. The key is to find what suits you.You'll know it when you find it. Grab a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil and start writing...your name, variations of your name, fun things about what you do, variations of that, and grow your list like that. Then walk away for awhile, don't touch it for several hours, when you come back, look over the list with a critical eye. It helps, believe me. I've named business' and helped other characters through the years.
Message: Posted by: nilreb (May 9, 2012 04:54PM)
Ive been considering one for myself. What I have in mind is Floyd(ian) Kovanica. I just incorporated two things I like. Pink Floyd and Coins. Kovanica is 'coin' in Croatian. Perhaps using foreing words can add something unique to it.
Message: Posted by: Majake314 (May 11, 2012 01:30AM)
I could just use jake(last name)magic as my business name
And I'll guess I'll just have to wait until I find the perfect name, until then jake the the magician or jake the magnificent might have to do
Message: Posted by: prestidigitation (Dec 1, 2015 10:03PM)
Mononym names are the best choices, in my opinion: Teller, Cher, Sting...uh, Buddah.
Message: Posted by: Jacob3 (Dec 4, 2015 01:40PM)
Who needs a magic name
Message: Posted by: prestidigitation (Dec 7, 2015 05:15PM)
Take any name, add an -ini to the end. Presto! Instant magic name.

-The Great Salamini
Message: Posted by: ymumagic (Jan 14, 2016 08:17PM)
I always ask to be called by my regular name and shun the use of a stage name because of what it connotes.

My performing attitude is that I'm enjoying the show together with the audience, and that I'm one of them. I feel that the use of a stage name would introduce too much of a 'gap' and make me much less relatable to my audience
Message: Posted by: danaruns (Jan 15, 2016 09:50AM)
A group of employees at the Magic Castle gave me the name Drunk Dana. I'm sure my mother would be proud.

(P.S. I don't drink.)
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 16, 2016 03:18PM)
Learning from one of my relatives, I changed my name often. (He used such names as the DeFrancesco Brothers, Our family name "Bouton" but he used the French Spelling "Boughton", and Fredrick the Great. None really worked for him. He finally settled on Blackstone and managed to make a buck or two.
In my case it was the necessity of changing my name after every show so I could get another booking. I used a number of names over the years. I used my maternal gradfather's middle name, Omyn, for a good while but got tired of smart alec announcers pronouncing it "Old man". When I was ordained a Greek Orthodox priest, the bishop ordained me with my chrismation name of Photius and I became Fr. Photius both in magic and IRL.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Jan 25, 2016 12:11AM)
I think you can use your own name or a stage name. I think it just needs to flow for you and fit your character. My stage name is Doc Johnson.

Message: Posted by: Austen (Jan 30, 2016 04:01AM)
[quote]On Mar 27, 2012, s.freeman wrote:
You get your magic name the same way you get your soap opera name: (name of your first pet) (name of the street you live on) mine is Jazz Bison! hmmm maybe I'll actually give that a shot... [/quote]
from the day on I will be known as Cheeky Kellaway...very mysterious
Message: Posted by: magicpharmacist (Feb 3, 2016 04:57PM)
I'm a pharmacist....and I started practicing a lot of my tricks on my customers or their children. before long customers were asking me for magic tricks when they came a pick up their medicine. I decided to call myself the magic pharmacist.
Message: Posted by: Austen (Feb 4, 2016 12:04AM)
[quote]On Feb 3, 2016, magicpharmacist wrote:
I'm a pharmacist....and I started practicing a lot of my tricks on my customers or their children. before long customers were asking me for magic tricks when they came a pick up their medicine. I decided to call myself the magic pharmacist. [/quote]
in some neighbourhoods you'd be arrested for that name