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TOURING STAGE MAGICIAN: Passion and Seizing the Moment Brought Success

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With a love for magic, this Touring Stage Magician found himself on the Jay Leno stage and broadcasting on a podcast. Passion often leads to success as this Magician found.

Job Title: Touring Stage Magician

Job Summary: Magician

Job Description

Magicians, or Illusionists, are entertainers. They don’t do real “magic” — as in casting spells, like mythical witches, wizards, or warlocks — but rather magic tricks and illusions, which they perform for audiences.

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Moderate-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Travel, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Detail oriented, People skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Adventurous, Artistic, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Apprenticeship
Recommended majors
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Fine Arts
Performing Arts
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m='10750'>basically</span> <span m='11240'>means</span> <span m='11530'>using</span> <span m='11870'>magic</span> <span m='12160'>and</span> <span m='12230'>trickery</span> <span m='12640'>to</span> <span m='12720'>score</span> <span m='13040'>free</span> <span m='13280'>beers</span> <span m='13910'>when</span> <span m='14080'>you're</span> <span m='14240'>out</span> <span m='14300'>with</span> <span m='14410'>your</span> <span m='14510'>friends.</span> </p><p><span m='15280'>I</span> <span m='15440'>started</span> <span m='16340'>my</span> <span m='16700'>new</span> <span m='16910'>job</span> <span m='17600'>back</span> <span m='17830'>in</span> <span m='17950'>May</span> <span m='18340'>of</span> <span m='18730'>1999.</span> <span m='19130'>I</span> <span m='19240'>actually</span> <span m='19550'>used</span> <span m='19760'>to</span> <span m='19820'>be</span> <span m='19980'>a</span> <span m='20010'>high-end</span> <span m='20490'>systems</span> <span m='20970'>consultant</span> <span m='21530'>for</span> <span m='21640'>Dell</span> <span m='22350'>designing</span> <span m='23310'>high-end</span> <span m='23610'>gaming</span> <span m='24530'>PCs</span> <span m='24930'>and</span> <span m='25520'>some</span> <span m='25680'>network</span> <span m='26040'>stuff.</span> <span m='26620'>But</span> <span m='27530'>I</span> <span m='27760'>always</span> <span m='28580'>was</span> <span m='28820'>doing</span> <span m='29030'>magic</span> <span m='29430'>on</span> <span m='29590'>the</span> <span m='29660'>side.</span> <span m='29990'>I</span> <span m='30030'>never</span> <span m='30220'>thought</span> <span m='30460'>magic</span> <span m='30740'>would</span> <span m='30880'>be</span> <span m='31020'>a</span> <span m='31080'>real</span> <span m='31300'>career</span> <span m='31680'>for</span> <span m='31940'>me.</span> <span m='32380'>But</span> <span m='32549'>then</span> <span m='32659'>one</span> <span m='32890'>day,</span> <span m='33450'>I</span> <span m='33530'>got</span> <span m='33710'>a</span> <span m='33780'>raise</span> <span m='34070'>at</span> <span m='34200'>Dell,</span> <span m='34690'>and it</span> <span m='34790'>scared</span> <span m='35100'>the</span> <span m='35170'>crap</span> <span m='35460'>out,</span> <span m='35770'>because</span> <span m='35970'>I</span> <span m='36030'>realized</span> <span m='36820'>this</span> <span m='37030'>is</span> <span m='37160'>how</span> <span m='37350'>it</span> <span m='37440'>happens.</span> <span m='37760'>This</span> <span m='37920'>is</span> <span m='38020'>how</span> <span m='38150'>someone</span> <span m='38450'>gets</span> <span m='38680'>stuck</span> <span m='39310'>doing</span> <span m='39490'>something</span> <span m='39760'>they</span> <span m='39880'>hate</span> <span m='40140'>for the</span> <span m='40240'>rest</span> <span m='40460'>of</span> <span m='40500'>their</span> <span m='40650'>life</span> <span m='40920'>is</span> <span m='41080'>the</span> <span m='41170'>money</span> <span m='41390'>just</span> <span m='41590'>gets</span> <span m='41770'>too</span> <span m='41910'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='42470'>So</span> <span m='42630'>as</span> <span m='42740'>a</span> <span m='42810'>direct</span> <span m='43080'>result</span> <span m='43500'>of</span> <span m='43670'>that</span> <span m='43910'>raise,</span> <span m='44640'>I</span> <span m='44730'>said,</span> <span m='44940'>I'm</span> <span m='45010'>going</span> <span m='45090'>to</span> <span m='45160'>take</span> <span m='45320'>a</span> <span m='45370'>year</span> <span m='45660'>off,</span> <span m='46110'>get this</span> <span m='46290'>magic</span> <span m='46650'>thing</span> <span m='46880'>out of</span> <span m='47010'>my</span> <span m='47130'>system.</span> <span m='47930'>And</span> <span m='48480'>a</span> <span m='48570'>year</span> <span m='48820'>later,</span> <span m='49240'>I</span> <span m='49340'>was</span> <span m='49500'>on</span> <span m='49610'><i>The</i></span> <span m='49710'><i>Tonight</i></span> <span m='50010'><i>Show</i>,</span> <span m='50280'>and</span> <span m='50350'>the</span> <span m='50420'>dot-com</span> <span m='50820'>bubble</span> <span m='51170'>had burst.</span> <span m='51600'>So</span> <span m='51930'>it</span> <span m='52180'>worked</span> <span m='52590'>out</span> <span m='52950'>pretty</span> <span m='53190'>well</span> <span m='53750'>for</span> <span m='53900'>me.</span> <span m='54500'>But</span> <span m='55800'>my</span> <span m='55890'>education</span> <span m='56390'>path</span> <span m='56650'>was</span> <span m='56970'>I</span> <span m='57080'>did</span> <span m='57270'>a</span> <span m='57470'>liberal</span> <span m='57870'>arts</span> <span m='58080'>major</span> <span m='58670'>at</span> <span m='58820'>the</span> <span m='58890'>University</span> <span m='59300'>of</span> <span m='59350'>Texas</span> <span m='59730'>at</span> <span m='59790'>Austin,</span> <span m='60460'>which</span> <span m='60660'>has</span> <span m='60830'>this</span> <span m='61010'>honors</span> <span m='61330'>program</span> <span m='62210'>where</span> <span m='62390'>you</span> <span m='62850'>pretty</span> <span m='63030'>much</span> <span m='63240'>take</span> <span m='63480'>whatever</span> <span m='63790'>classes</span> <span m='64230'>you</span> <span m='64360'>want</span> <span m='64610'>that</span> <span m='64739'>are</span> <span m='64830'>related</span> <span m='65160'>to</span> <span m='65269'>your</span> <span m='65379'>thesis.</span> </p><p><span m='66220'>And</span> <span m='66440'>I</span> <span m='66520'>thought</span> <span m='66920'>it</span> <span m='67000'>would</span> <span m='67140'>be</span> <span m='67250'>a</span> <span m='67300'>great</span> <span m='67610'>scam</span> <span m='68390'>to</span> <span m='69020'>maybe</span> <span m='69350'>get</span> <span m='69490'>to</span> <span m='69570'>write</span> <span m='69740'>a</span> <span m='69780'>paper</span> <span m='70130'>about</span> <span m='70320'>the</span> <span m='70390'>history</span> <span m='70810'>of</span> <span m='70860'>magic</span> <span m='71330'>or get a</span> <span m='71620'>trick</span> <span m='71860'>published</span> <span m='72290'>or</span> <span m='72360'>something</span> <span m='72670'>like</span> <span m='72830'>that.</span> <span m='73340'>So</span> <span m='73520'>I</span> <span m='73590'>went</span> <span m='73790'>into</span> <span m='73980'>the</span> <span m='74090'>dean's</span> <span m='74450'>office,</span> <span m='75170'>and</span> <span m='75290'>before</span> <span m='75720'>I</span> <span m='75770'>could</span> <span m='75930'>really</span> <span m='76140'>explain</span> <span m='76430'>what</span> <span m='76550'>I</span> <span m='76640'>was</span> <span m='76790'>going</span> <span m='76900'>to</span> <span m='76960'>say,</span> <span m='77470'>I</span> <span m='77550'>got</span> <span m='77690'>as</span> <span m='77810'>far</span> <span m='78050'>as</span> <span m='78110'>saying,</span> <span m='78630'>well,</span> <span m='78790'>I've been doing</span> <span m='79140'>magic</span> <span m='79610'>on</span> <span m='79820'>the</span> <span m='79890'>side.</span> <span m='80450'>And</span> <span m='80560'>before I</span> <span m='80630'>could say</span> <span m='81040'>another</span> <span m='81350'>word,</span> <span m='81590'>she goes,</span> <span m='82270'>and</span> <span m='82490'>you</span> <span m='82600'>want</span> <span m='82770'>to</span> <span m='82850'>do</span> <span m='83010'>a</span> <span m='83060'>magic</span> <span m='83470'>show</span> <span m='83900'>as</span> <span m='84060'>a</span> <span m='84140'>creative</span> <span m='84650'>writing</span> <span m='84960'>thesis.</span> <span m='85420'>What</span> <span m='85650'>a</span> <span m='85710'>great</span> <span m='86060'>idea.</span> </p><p><span m='86985'>And I</span> <span m='87240'>was just</span> <span m='87650'>like,</span> <span m='88110'>you've got</span> <span m='88400'>to be</span> <span m='88820'>kidding me,</span> <span m='89200'>right?</span> <span m='89460'>So</span> <span m='89570'>I</span> <span m='89680'>floated</span> <span m='90120'>out of</span> <span m='90260'>there.</span> <span m='90530'>I took</span> <span m='90710'>fantastic</span> <span m='91240'>classes.</span> <span m='91800'>I took</span> <span m='92180'>History</span> <span m='92560'>of</span> <span m='92650'>Witchcraft,</span> <span m='93280'>Languages</span> <span m='93600'>of</span> <span m='93790'>Science</span> <span m='94140'>Fiction,</span> <span m='94590'>Pseudoscience</span> <span m='95300'>and</span> <span m='95370'>the</span> <span m='95450'>Paranormal,</span> <span m='96420'>and</span> <span m='96870'>put</span> <span m='97020'>together</span> <span m='97380'>a</span> <span m='97430'>neat</span> <span m='97600'>little</span> <span m='97870'>30-minute</span> <span m='98320'>show</span> <span m='99020'>by</span> <span m='99080'>the</span> <span m='99190'>time</span> <span m='99440'>I</span> <span m='99520'>ended.</span> </p><p><span m='99970'>But</span> <span m='100410'>the</span> <span m='100800'>advice</span> <span m='101220'>I</span> <span m='101290'>wish</span> <span m='101570'>I</span> <span m='101620'>could</span> <span m='101830'>go</span> <span m='101990'>back</span> <span m='103190'>and</span> <span m='103620'>I</span> <span m='103650'>tell</span> <span m='103890'>myself</span> <span m='104310'>early</span> <span m='104560'>on</span> <span m='105210'>is,</span> <span m='106140'>everybody</span> <span m='106650'>knows</span> <span m='106970'>there's</span> <span m='107140'>a</span> <span m='107200'>million</span> <span m='107500'>good</span> <span m='107680'>reasons</span> <span m='108170'>why</span> <span m='108300'>you</span> <span m='108410'>should</span> <span m='108650'>wait.</span> <span m='108900'>You</span> <span m='109120'>wait</span> <span m='109310'>until</span> <span m='109490'>your</span> <span m='109630'>resume</span> <span m='110030'>is</span> <span m='110160'>fully</span> <span m='110390'>formed.</span> <span m='110750'>You should</span> <span m='110920'>wait</span> <span m='111150'>until</span> <span m='111670'>you</span> <span m='111780'>have</span> <span m='111980'>more</span> <span m='112180'>experience.</span> <span m='112600'>You</span> <span m='112680'>should</span> <span m='112820'>wait</span> <span m='112980'>until</span> <span m='113140'>you</span> <span m='113280'>really</span> <span m='113510'>finished</span> <span m='113830'>practicing</span> <span m='114280'>that</span> <span m='114450'>new</span> <span m='114590'>routine.</span> <span m='115420'>You should</span> <span m='115600'>wait</span> <span m='115700'>until you</span> <span m='115810'>buy</span> <span m='115980'>the</span> <span m='116080'>new</span> <span m='116240'>prop.</span> <span m='116495'>You</span> <span m='116750'>should</span> <span m='116900'>wait until</span> <span m='117100'>you get</span> <span m='117210'>a</span> <span m='117250'>better</span> <span m='117480'>camera.</span> </p><p><span m='118160'>There's</span> <span m='118330'>a</span> <span m='118400'>million good</span> <span m='118800'>reasons</span> <span m='119150'>to</span> <span m='119240'>wait,</span> <span m='119510'>and</span> <span m='119630'>you</span> <span m='119730'>should</span> <span m='119920'>ignore</span> <span m='120250'>all</span> <span m='120520'>of</span> <span m='120650'>them.</span> <span m='120980'>You</span> <span m='121120'>should</span> <span m='121290'>just</span> <span m='121470'>get</span> <span m='121610'>started</span> <span m='122050'>right</span> <span m='122310'>now,</span> <span m='122830'>because</span> <span m='123600'>the</span> <span m='123720'>clock is</span> <span m='124130'>ticking.</span> <span m='124455'>You're</span> <span m='124780'>running</span> <span m='125140'>out</span> <span m='125240'>of</span> <span m='125310'>time.</span> <span m='125950'>Life</span> <span m='126320'>is</span> <span m='126460'>a</span> <span m='126520'>race.</span> <span m='126890'>You'd</span> <span m='126990'>better</span> <span m='127250'>start</span> <span m='127550'>moving.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167839,"video_id":"2733400264001","name":"124733552","duration":128032,"thumbnail_url":null}});