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Who is a Magician?

  • A professional Magician is an entertainer who performs card tricks, illusions and sleight of hand to surprise and amuse their audience. 

  • A Magician can perform at weddings, parties, functions or can have their own shows on television and the Internet.

What does a Magician do?

  • Magic is a performing art where the audiences are amused and entertained through tricks or illusions which seems naturally impossible using tangible means.

  • At the heart of magic lies the execution, which takes a lot of practice and knowledge to perfect.

  • A Magician has to consistently practice and learn new tricks. The person needs to have a creative mindset and a passion to entertain.

Who is eligible to become a Magician?

Anyone who wants to be a Magician can take up a course in Magic school. There are no age or stream limitations as such but you will have to be keen to understand the science and concept behind the tricks.

What are the skills required?

The role of a magician requires you to have a thorough knowledge of tricks and sciences associated with it. To become a successful magician artist you will need the following skills:

  • Showmanship

  • The ability to take initiative.

  • Hard-working and dedication

  • A passion for creativity.

  • Confidence in one's ability.

Top colleges offering courses on Magic in India

Magic which was once deemed as a dying ancient art has since been revived on modern platforms like televisions and the internet. Magic is not a popular career choice for many, but for some who love the art, it can be their leading platform for higher education.

There are a select few colleges in India that teach the art of magic and illusions. Before you select a field it is important to have the right career counseling and career guidance so that you can make an informed decision.

The top colleges that teach magic in India are:

  • Magic World, West Bengal

  • The Academy of Magical Sciences, Kerala

  • Delhi School of Magic, Delhi

  • International Academy of Illusion and magic, New Delhi

  • Sangeeta school of magic, Gurugram

There are many famous magicians in India like K Lal, P C Sorcar(jr), Rajath Narsimha, Prahlad Acharya, Gopinath Muthukad and so on.

There is no formal higher education in India that is required to be a magician, though you can benefit greatly if you attend courses on magic.

There are also many tutorials on youtube and other online platforms where you can learn the art of magic for free.

Most magicians are self-employed and there are no formal structures to get employed in India. Though, once you have a strong profile and popularity, you can get projects in television shows and corporate events.

What is the career scope for Magicians in India?

The entertainment industry is developing at a rapid pace and this is a great time for magicians as they can showcase their art on diverse platforms.

In recent years, there have been many developments regarding the scope of magic in India. You need to have the perseverance to continue honing your art as finding projects at first can be difficult.

So, you need to get the right career counseling and guidance at this stage and take your time, finding the subject that you are most passionate about.

Many students choose courses on magic as their Higher education in India and abroad. The highest earning potential is in corporate entertainment and television shows but big weddings in India also pay well. You can also sign a long term deal with entertainment companies.

  • Table Magician

  • Close up Magician

  • Cabaret Magician

  • Psychological Magician

  • Illusionist

How much does a Magician make in India?

  • Average Base Salary for a Magician in India Rs 5,39,707/yr which makes it Rs 259/hr Average Hourly Rate

  • Entry level (1-3 years of experience) salary for Magician in India Rs 5,28,7664/yr

  • Senior level (8+ years of experience) Magician in India makes Rs 6,72,933/yr

Source: Salaryexpert

What are the books and study materials available?

Books on this subject written by popular magicians will help you learn and have a better grasp of magic. Also, many youtube channels teach you the intricacies of magic step-by-step and thoroughly. A healthy combination of both will help you with the knowledge and the technique to learn magic. The best books and study materials available for magic are:

  • Magic for Dummies by David Pogue

  • The Amateur magicians handbook

  • Free magic live videos on youtube

  • Andy field magic on youtube

  • Magic the complete course by Joshua Jay

Major recruiters

Various industries require magicians from time to time to amuse and entertain their employees or their guests. A magician works on various short projects and is not necessarily employed for a long term. You can showcase your skills on youtube and earn through that platform. As you build your reputation you will get invited to do shows for various clients.

Interesting facts

The tricks behind magic were hidden for a long time, as magicians feared that people would lose interest once they get to know the mechanism involved.

In 1584, Discoverie of Witchcraft was the first book which revealed many popular magic tricks of that decade. The book, on the contrary, increased the popularity of magic.