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Eric Dittelman
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Hey everyone!

It has recently come to my attention that I need a webpage to help promote the start of my magic career. I have been studying magic for about 10 years now, have looked at many individual magic websites over the past few months(if not years!) and have gotten many ideas of what I should include in my site. My basic outline includes a homepage with links to a bio, types of shows I do, pictures, videos, testimonials, and of course a contact page for bookings.

One of the biggest problems I'm having is choosing a proper/available domain name. Ideally I feel the domain name should be easy to remember and describe me as a magician. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. To give you a brief idea of who I am: I'm a college student at Ithaca College, who performs with an improv comedy troupe, and the type of magic I perform is close-up. A domain that included any of this would be great!

I'm also curious about what you all think is important/necessary to include in a personal webpage as a magician or as a client. Would you keep or add to the links that I listed above?, Are you sick of magic sites that only use black backgrounds? (No offense Magic Café),etc.

And lastly I was curious about copyright information regarding performing copywritten tricks and the video recording there of for use on the web. Thanks a lot for your help!

-Eric
jcards01
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Why not use your name? I use jimmycards because that is the name I perform under.
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blazes816
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Pekka
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I agree, one should use one own name. If you want to succeed, or even survive, you need to be ready to be a public person. Unfortunally, being ready does not mean you will become one.

You can upload videos of yourself performing trick if you do not expose them, that is both ethically and legally correct way.

As an advice from a working marketing guy (well new produc development really but close enough), be consistent, be focused and, above all else, show quality! That goes with every suit you wear, every picture you show and every word that comes out of your mouth. Select you target audience, determine the price/quality level and stick to it.
Eric Dittelman
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Thanks for the ideas guys! I have thought about using my name, however my last name is somewhat long and is commonly misspelled/not easy to remember. Therefore my aim is more toward a short, easy to remember domain name. A friend of mine suggested simply ithacamagic.com because that's where I'll be performing most of my magic within the next two years, but I'm worried if the site is a success, I'll have trouble changing the name when I graduate from the college and leave the Ithaca area.

Also, what do you think important features on a magicain's website should be? (see original post)

And Pekka thanks for your advice. Professionalism is on the top of my list for creating this website. I've already lined up my friend who's a computer science major to help me with the site, and I also have a photography major who's willing to take pictures for/of me. I understand that I'm not only representing myself, I'm representing the city of Ithaca and the entire magic community.

I'll eagerly await your thoughts!

Thanks,
Eric D.
blazes816
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Use good use Ericmagician.com
or Ericksmagic.com
JesterMan
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How about http://www.dittomagic.com , as long as you don't mind being like everyone else. Smile
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