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Tony Miller
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When you start learning your second trick.

Discovering your first trick sparked your interest.
Learning it encouraged your interest.
Being excited enought to begin learning another trick confirmed your interest.
"If you want magic in your life, start thinking like a magician." - Scott Grossberg
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A magician is similar to a dancer, when your partner enjoy dancing with you, you are a good dancer and pple would like to dance with you...
therefore, when pple enjoy watching you perform, you deserve the magician title...
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I only started to view myself as a mentalist when people started to believe the claims I make, and not just brush it aside as a trick.

It took a long while for me to get there, but once people became convinced I could 'read minds' then I knew I was on the right path.
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Any kid with a Svengali deck can call himself a magician

- but its when you think -to the very best of your ability about how to entertain and creat magic moments (rather than knowing a few tricks) that you become a magician.

weather anyone but the very greats - makes it is another question
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The way I see it, you become a magician when you stop simply doing tricks and start doing magic.

It's more a state of mind - it's how you perceive what you do.

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In my opinion, if you are able to entertain total strangers with magic, you can call yourself a magician, albeit not professional, unless you're paid.

Magic is afterall, an entertainment. If you can entertain, I feel you can call yourself a magician.
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On 2009-11-20 05:14, Irfaan Kahan wrote:
If you perform for yourself, family and friends - I would say that you are a hobbyist.

If you perform professionally, even part time, then you are a magician. Even you you are a lousy professional performer - you still are a lousy magician . . .

E.g. If you sing in front of a mirror only - then you're not a singer but a hobbyist or perhaps bored. If you sing professionally and earn an income from it, then you are a singer.

That's my opinion.

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Unfortunately, there are a lot of wannabes that call themselves magicians when they're really not. Personally, I don't let money enter the equation. Non-paid performers can be solid magicians, be it amateur ones (and I'm not using amateur in the derogatory sense commonly attached to the word).

I consider someone a true magician if:
1) The perform to strangers not just over the internet, but in person.
2) The can entertain a lay audience.
3) If they know a variety of tricks that is enough to keep that audience entertained for at least 4 well practiced effects.
4) Exception: people who design effects that allow other performers to entertain an audience without performing themselves are also magicians because they have the ability to create workable effects.
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