Performance Tips for Magicians

Be Professional  

Develop yourself professionally. Study magic, stagecraft, acting, speech, anything that will help you be a better performer. Knowledge that you bring in from other fields can only enhance your act and will make you a more interesting person and performer.  

Creating and Using an Audition Tape  

Get a tripod. “Documentary-style” shaky camera shots are comical at best and you will wind up looking like your Aunt Betsy filmed you as you performed for the birthday party. You will not impress a prospective employer that way.

If possible, get your audition tapes done professionally. The expense will be repaid when you get twice as many gigs with a good tape as you could have with a bad one.  

Volunteering for non-for-profit venues

Volunteer to do your magic show for non-for-profit organizations as often as you can; it's the best way to gain experience and to make yourself known. Hospitals, care homes, charity fundraisers and schools can give you a lot of "free" promotion.  

Mum's the Word!

NEVER tell them how a trick is done even if they ask you about a trick they saw Copperfield do. It's unfair to the other magicians in the world. You wouldn't want another magician to reveal the secrets to one of your tricks.

Always be prepared

Never accidentally reveal a trick by being ill-prepared for unexpected contingencies. Always have a fake "double" so that your audience can examine it. Learn how to switch tricked decks and gaffed coins smoothly.