Here’s something we magicians and mentalists don’t hear enough about…
How to get the gigs!
We spend so much time improving our acts and yet we sit around and expect the phone to ring all by itself.
For those of you who don’t know my story, here’s a QUICK glimpse into my life in magic. I hope the lessons I learned will help you wherever you’re at.
I started in magic when I was 10 years old. I spent the next 2 years learning tricks. The more the better.
At the age of 12 I began performing shows at family parties. I quickly learned that it isn’t the QUANTITY of magic that’s important, it’s the QUALITY.
But over the next few years, I learned a few lessons that were even MORE important…
For example: Quality magic is great, but you also need a quality PRESENTATION.
For the next dozen or so years, I earned my living as a children’s magician. If you focus on the magic with kids, they’ll eat you alive. You’ve GOT to be fun and entertaining too. Fortunately, they thought I was and I stayed busy – working almost 300 shows a year, every year.
Over the last 6 years, I’ve moved into performing mentalism for adults. (Adults will eat you alive too, if you’re boring.) It’s been incredibly rewarding at times, but also incredibly difficult at times.
Last year was my first full-time year as a mentalist and I’ve had the chance to perform all around the United States and Canada, I’ve performed on the Las Vegas strip, headlined my own sold-out theaters, appeared on a national morning show, landed some huge corporate clients, met some amazing people, and managed to earn a living through it all. Not bad for a new guy in the biz.
Many, MANY magicians have asked how I’ve been able to do it.
The simplest answer I have space left to give is this….I DO it. I take the necessary risks, I make the necessary investments, and I do the necessary work.
The BIGGEST lesson I’ve learned through it all? Watch this video for the answer: