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Da_K
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My dream is be a pro close-up magician~

but how..? I don't know where I have to go

now I'm 12th grade..

anyone can help me find the way to be a magician?
Jonton
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I'm assuming you want to make a living by performing magic full time. I'm a year below you and I've already made a successful career for myself. I havent even been doing magic for a full year and I've been doing restaurant and walk-around gigs for going on 3 months. Try getting a part time job in a local magic shop. Take a few performing arts and marketing classes in college. I'm going to be taking a marketing class and a psychology class my 12th grade year. Being a magician means running your own business. You need to know how to advertise yourself and how to maintain a steady one man career. You aren't going to be working in an office with co-wokers and a secretary. You will probably be running your business through a personal web site, a cell phone, email, newspaper and yellowbook advertisements, and a few pieces of paperwork.

I would like to hear from people who have been working in this business for years as opposed to months. I want to hear some personal experiences that I obviously havent come into contact with.

~Jonton
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leondo
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[quote]On 2005-08-18 22:07, Jonton wrote:
I'm a year below you and I've already made a successful career for myself.
SNIP

If you've already made a "successful career" for yourself, you're not a year below anybody! Smile

May your good fortunes continue...
Ted (Leondo)
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Da_K,

Jonton has given you some excellent advice. Do a search here on the Café for threads on restaurant magic, get Kirk Charles' book on the topic, then find a restaurant in your area where you can get a job. You could also try to get a close-up job at a country club where you should get a lot of spin-off work.

Start researching trade show work as that is an important venue for close-up workers. The Eddie Tulloch book is regarded as one of the best resources on the topic and I have an audio seminar on getting started doing trade shows available on my website.

Finally, read books about starting and running a home based business and small business marketing. Paul and Sarah Edwards are experts on running your own business. See if your local library has "Secrets of Self Employment," "Getting Business to Come to You," and/or "Working From Home," and read them all.

Terri Lonier ( http://workingsolo.com ) is another expert on SOHO businesses and has a number of great books on the topic.

That should get you started.

Jim
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calexa
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Well, get started: get a restaurant job, perform as often as you can, get yourself known to people.

By the way: how long are you into magic now?

Magixx
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Jonton
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[quote]On 2005-08-18 22:50, leondo wrote:
Quote:
On 2005-08-18 22:07, Jonton wrote:
I'm a year below you and I've already made a successful career for myself.
SNIP

If you've already made a "successful career" for yourself, you're not a year below anybody! Smile

May your good fortunes continue...
Ted (Leondo)


Hahaha, what I meant was I'm in 11th grade, he's in 12th. Therefore, I am one year below him. I admit that I havent been doing magic for very long, but I was one of those people that, for a few straight months, locked myself in my room with magic books, magic web sites, magic forums, and lots of magic equipment and ate, slept, and breathed magic. School and my social life were my lowest priorities (DONT try that yourself, not a good idea). Towards the end, it all payed off. I performed magic all day long in school and I never got a deck of cards taken away. I was ASKED to put them away, but that was only a few times. I began enjoying school because it was a place that I could do magic. I became more interested in wanting to go to school and that helped me bring up my grades...barely...but I pulled myself out of failing.

Okay, getting too far off topic...
~Jonton
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Jaxon
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If I may make one suggestion. You might want to read this discussion I started a couple of years ago. I'm not referring to it because I happen to be the one who started it. But I feel it's something anyone in your position should read.

The discussion is titled So you want to make a living doing magic huh?.

To add to that. My suggestions to make a living doing magic is this.

Go to college.
Magic is the art of knowledge presented in an entertaining way. The more you know the more options you have.

Take your time.
You're young and have plenty of time to "make it". Put your shows together. Go out and perform it and let success come to you from your hard work.

Keep it fun.
I'm personally at the stage where magic is seeming more and more like work. I still love performing but there are times when I just don't feel like "going to work". Beleive it or not it will happen.

Ron Jaxon
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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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