Real Magic or Clever Tricks: How to Become a Magician

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Have you ever wanted to become a magician and be able to woo your audience with your unique magical abilities? Wouldn’t it be great to make things disappear or pull bunnies out of your hat? Even though they sound like bizarre things to do now, you were pretty convinced that this was all possible when you were a kid. Especially every time you finished watching a Harry Potter movie.

However, if you are still into it, it’s never too late. With some training, you could become a great magician and amaze the public with your special magic skills. Who knows, one day you might even be able to make the Statue of Liberty disappear and reappear. An illusion first accomplished by the most popular and richest magician in the world, David Copperfield.

Becoming a Magician

Despite all of the glamour and fame of being a magician, becoming one is not easy. Not only is it a big responsibility, but it also requires hard work, respect and most of all patience.

If you are interested in becoming a magician, there are some things you need to learn about magic. First of all, you need to ask yourself what you want to do by becoming one. Do you want to trick people into believing you have actual supernatural abilities or perform clever illusions and tricks? This question should help you determine what your motive behind your wish to become a magician actually is. Having said that, you should know that to become a magician takes more than just learning a few magic tricks…

A magician is essentially an entertainer who performs magic tricks having mastered the art of illusion. This professional makes his living by performing at public appearances in front of people often as part of magic shows or other types of social gatherings e.g. weddings using cards, coins, dice, animals or other materials to complete his magic routine tricks.

Essentially there are 5 simple steps to becoming a magician:

  1. Get your equipment ready (cards, handkerchiefs).
  2. Learn basic tricks and sleights.
  3. Organise your tricks into a routine.
  4. Develop your own style e.g. clothes, presentation.
  5. Practice. 

Entry Requirements

If you want to become a magician you need nothing else but talent, practice and experience. While there are no undergraduate or graduate degree courses that teach magical arts, some colleges offer magician training programs.

Such programs offer one on one survey classes where you can learn from experienced magicians how to make sleight-of-hand illusions using cards, coins and ropes. There, you will also become familiar with the art of distraction and learn how to make your own routines so that you can entertain your family and friends.

As far as it concerns building a professional career out of magic, you could get additional training through magician clubs. There, you can work with other magicians and share tips and techniques while performing for each other. Also you get to attend to lectures and workshops that aim to enhance your knowledge of performing magic. If you are interested visit Academy of Magical Arts, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Society of American Magicians in order to get more information on how to get started.


According to, the median hourly salary of magicians, entertainers and other similar performers is $17.11. However, earnings vary amongst magicians, and you could earn up to $40,000 per year. 

Required Skills

While you don’t need qualifications to become a magician, you still need to develop some key skills and qualities that are regarded as essential to this kind of profession. Here is a list of skills you will need as a successful magician:

  • Creativity.
  • Performance skills.
  • Dexterity.
  • Intuition.
  • Excellent people skills.
  • Familiarity with marketing techniques (to promote their work).

Career Advancement


There are lots of types of magic you can choose from after having your initial training and having gained enough work experience. For example, there is close-up magic, street or stage magic and children’s magic. Check out some subjects which you can specialise in:

  • Coin magic
  • Card magic
  • Mentalism
  • Dove magic
  • Rope magic
  • Handkerchief magic

If you are really interested in becoming a professional magician, there are many things you can do as well as many options to choose from. While becoming one will probably require a lot of time and effort on your behalf this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If you can show enough dedication, you can also train your mind to perform incredible tricks and have fun while you are at it!

Finally, check out this video from magician Paul Weatherbee to learn how to become a professional magician and perform cool magic tricks:

Do you know any magic tricks that you would be willing to share with us? Feel free to leave your comments below…