In my last post for this Tips for Starting Magicians series, I discussed what to keep in mind when choosing the tricks for your first magic show. Now I’ll focus on a question that many who are thinking of trying their hand at magic ask: how many tricks do you need to be a magician?[Read more...]
Hi. Steve Wickenton here once again. In my first vlog episode made especially for magicians, I introduced the vlog concept and went into detail about how websites and emails can help us in our magic business.
Here now is the second episode. In this vlog, I discuss:
- Generating reviews and testimonials
- Motivation and task planning
- Time management
Creating Kids Shows with Christopher T. MagicianThis podcast episode is all about building strong routines and creating kids shows that thrive on audience interaction and keep the kids bursting with laughter.
And who better to talk about comedy, entertainment, and captivating audiences than the wacky and creative Christopher T. Magician?
Hit play and pick up techniques and insights that would help you come up with shows that are hilarious and highly engaging.
Last time I talked about where you can find good, reliable, and audience-pleasing commercial tricks. In this article, we’ll talk about other things you have to remember when selecting magic tricks for your first show.
Having a list of tried-and-tested tricks is a good starting point, but I would say slow down a moment. There is something you truly need to understand before we go any further. And it is this …[Read more...]
Educational Significance and Magic Workshops:
Kids Entertainer Tips for Increasing Your Bottom LineHow is an educational show different from an educationally significant show? Professional kids entertainer and educator Tommy Johns discusses their difference in this podcast and also gives clever, useful tips on creating, offering, and selling magic workshops.
There’s a wealth of information in this interview so be sure to download the extended notes to have a copy of the points Tommy enumerates and talks about in this episode.[Read more...]
Eyeing that restaurant in your area as your next client but not sure how to offer your magic services or apply for strolling work?
In this new series on how to land restaurant gigs for children’s and family entertainers, we talk with Andrew Cox, a restaurant manager with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, about tips on how to get hired to perform strolling magic. In this first post, we ask Andrew about what managers want to hear when a magician enquires about doing strolling work, when best to call, and what magicians should consider when performing for restaurant goers. We condense and share his answers below.[Read more...]
- Have a day job but you find yourself thinking about magic a lot?
- Watch magicians, observing every little detail of what they do, what they say, how they say it, what they wear, what tricks they do?
- Have a magic kit that you spend endless hours on, arranging and rearranging?
- Feel "I could do that" if only I had a bit of help?
- Often feel defeated by a lack of confidence?
- Feel that you have untapped abilities?
- Crave guidance and mentoring from someone?
- Like the idea of entertaining people but you have already taken another path in life?
- Feel stumped simply because you don't know where to start?
If you answered yes to most of those questions, then you and I have a lot in common. Most likely the greatest difference between you and me is that I am a professional magician. This is how I earn my living—it's what it says on my tax return—and what a great way it is to earn money.
So how can you get started on the same path and write your own success story as a kids magician or family entertainer (or perhaps a balloon twister or face painter)? My answer is have the right mindset early on. This is important as your mindset will inform how you approach learning the tricks of the trade and what you focus on, and these in turn will greatly affect the success you enjoy and how fast you get to that level of success.
So what mindset am I talking about? I explain them below.
Is there gold right under your nose? There probably is and you just can't see it.
Here is a simple exercise we are going to do. It’s simple but it's probably one of the hardest things we’ll ever do.
First, we have to honestly, hands on our heart, say that we have accepted a particular premise. You’re going to have to trust me on this one because this is both true and fundamental to your success. By agreeing to trust me, you will be demolishing some of the last places where you may be hiding from your fears.
So here we go...
Last time I talked about how to find more bookings by creating repeat clients. In this post, we’ll discuss something that many kids entertainers want to do but find tricky: charging higher fees.
We all dream of making more money, don’t we? For not just magicians but also for most people, life would be great if we could make more money and work less at the same time. This simple equation of less work and more pay should easily be possible if we would only charge more per show.[Read more...]
The Business Side of Kids Entertainment
Tips on How to Build a Solid Career in the Industry
If you’re like many magicians, face painters, magical storytellers, balloon twisters, and other children’s performers, you probably went into kids entertainment for the love of it, without having the business side of it all figured out.
Master ventriloquist Tom Crowl started much the same way. The creator of the first ever virtual ventriloquist course, Tom actually performed magic for a long time before he made the leap to ventriloquism out of necessity. In this podcast, he shares his journey and the things he learned along the way that helped him—and would help you—make a solid career in kids entertainment. So listen closely and you just might pick up the piece of insight you need to make your business flourish like never before.