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mndude
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As there is not many diploma's of magic that are granted by many colleges, must of us are called magicians once we begin calling ourselves one.

At what point of time did you look at yourself as a magician rather than just a guy that knows how to perform tricks?

After you did your first paid event? After you had your first business cards? After you learned a certain number of effects?

What was the moment that made your transition from John Doe to Magician?
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I considered myself a magician the day I did my first show of about 1 hour and the spectators did not lose interest in what I was doing and got a connection between them and me

I hope my answer serves you
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In 1975 when I was 16 and floored my parents with a perfect Don Alan Chop Cup routine. Then 6 months later I did a show for a bunch of kids in a meeting hall and pulled it off with the Zombie Floating Ball, and the Linking Rings. Then I stopped for 40 years. Regretting that every day. What a wonderful way to make a living.
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Hehehe much more novel than your 2016,

my admiration !!!
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Huh...?

If you have something to say then say it.

I don't suffer fools lightly.

My life does not revolve around this subject.

K
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Another Magic Café basement FRAUD!

You should come to DC....you'll be right at home. We're loaded with fakes, phonies, and total FRAUDS.
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Probably after your first live public performance (free shows count). It does not mean you are good or even profitable, but you took the step from family to stranger audience.
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I have never considered myself a "Magician". It was others who bestowed that title on me. Performing on stage gave me my real experience though.

Doug
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I don't.

I go to ren faires as a jester, with a sign that says "No magic. No sorcery. No witchcraft. Only slight of hand."

I go to Old Sacramento as a merchant who spent time in China as a boy. I now represent the Chinese community. I pretend that I learned a few tricks as a boy in China, e.g. cups and balls. I also have some tricks that illustrate how people bought things during the gold rush (when the U.S. wasn't making paper money and not a lot of coins.)
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Not after I learned a bunch of tricks.

Not after I studied with masters.

Not after my first paid stand-up gig.

Not after my first paid strolling gig.

Not after my first paid close-up gig.

I considered myself a magician only after I put together a full scripted show of original material and mastered the arc and flow of entertaining the audience with it. It's that last part that made me a magician. Doing magic tricks didn't make me a magician. Doing original material got me closer. Truly and seamlessly entertaining an audience with wonder and with my own voice was the final step. When I could do that is when I knew I was a magician.

It didn't hurt that one of my idols considered me a peer after seeing that show, and called it "good work." That "good work" was the best compliment I had ever received.
"Dana Douglas is the greatest magician alive. Plus, I'm drunk." -- Foster Brooks
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This is a very interesting post. You have the progression:
I know the secret
I have performed in public
I get paid, but have a day job
Magic is my day job
I create original material that creates wonder

Then you have the contrast of what I think vs what others think.
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