How to become a Professional Magician
Hi, I’m Roger Lapin a Professional Magician for over 20 years and a member of the world famous Magic Circle in London.
Read on to learn about how to become a Professional Magician.
A professional Magician is someone who is capable of entertaining a large group of guests at a party or wedding and capture their interest with their magic.
Whilst you technically don’t need any qualifications to be a professional Magician you do need to be able to demonstrate that you are the real deal.
There are a few ways of doing this:
- Firstly by experience and demonstrating your ability either via your website, videos or live performances.
- Secondly and probably the most significant is to become a member of the Magic Circle. To become a member of the Magic Circle you need to firstly be recommended by two other members of the Magic Circle and secondly you need to pass a 15 minute performance audition in front of judges and other members. If you don’t know 2 members of the magic circle, then it is recommended to join a local magic club and get to know a few people who will most likely be members and can recommend you.
- Or you can just get out there and perform magic at bars and restaurants and just keep handing out your business cards.
Whilst there is no official qualification of a professional Magician it is usually accepted that a professional Magician is someone who does this full time and is making a living from performing magic.
That said, there are plenty of Magicians who are very good who also have full time jobs and only perform magic in the evenings and weekends. Does that make them any less professional? Certainly not there is no level of professionalism, only the level that you yourself want to put out.
My personal journey was that I enjoyed performing magic as a child and into my twenties, I then left it for a while until I got into my thirties, when I picked it up again and really started performing everywhere I went.
It wasn’t long before someone asked me if I could perform some magic at their wedding?
I accepted the gig and did a great job, from that moment on I promoted myself wherever and whenever I could and it wasn’t long before I was performing a few times a week at various events and parties.
I joined the local magic club and met many other “professional magicians” and also a lot of hobbyist magicians who were quite happy just to perform for fun.
I think the main definition of a professional Magician is someone who wants to make money from performing magic.
A few years after being in the local magic club, a few of the other members were going for their auditions at the magic circle, I also took the opportunity to be recommended to apply and was accepted to audition.
The Monday night came and I travelled to London and even though I had been performing magic for over 10 years at this point, was very nervous about performing my solid routine in front of the judges.
For the initial audition you don’t need to do anything ground breaking, or perform magic that has never been seen before, you just need to deliver a polished performance of a good ability, dress smartly and speak well.
I scored 17 out of 20 for my audition and was accepted into the Magic Circle.
From that point on I was able to put “Member of the Magic Circle” on my website and all promotional materials.
But my advice to any young aspiring Magician is to just get out there and perform wherever and whenever you can. Always have some magic you can do and always have some business cards on you.