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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.
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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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