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Professional Magician
Tricks of the eye and sleights of hand may be despised by poker players, but they're beloved by magicians. Fuse/Thinkstock
Tricks of the eye and sleights of hand may be despised by poker players, but they're beloved by magicians. Fuse/Thinkstock

A professional magician gets to perform for a living. Not only that, they amaze people and fill their audiences with wonder. Who can say that's not fun? Magicians can work private parties, corporate events, bars and restaurants — we're not talking about street magicians here. Professional magician Mitch Williams told online publication WalletPop that he earned between $400 and $3,000 per gig in 2012 [source: Crowe]. And think of the professionals that hit it big, like Criss Angel or David Copperfield, who are now celebrities and millionaires. Of course, that's a long shot, but you never know.

Magicians are mostly self-taught. You have to be naturally entertaining and have a natural rapport with people. The better you connect with people, the better you'll be at your job. Additionally, many magicians work on a contract or freelance basis, so be prepared for it to be a part-time job at first. Once you establish yourself as a talent, you'll be running your own business in the blink of an eye.


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