We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Does a Magician Do?

By G. Wiesen
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseTour is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseTour, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A magician typically performs a number of different tasks related to his or her profession, including learning different tricks, finding venues for work, and performing tricks in front of an audience. Learning and practicing magic tricks is one of the most important and time-consuming aspects of the work done by magicians and is often an ongoing process. Magicians also typically find ways to profit from their time and knowledge, usually by joining professional groups and looking for opportunities to give performances. A magician might also spend a great deal of time coming up with new tricks to perform, which may require extensive practice and construction of props.

Also known as an illusionist, a magician is typically a person who performs stage magic or similar tricks that are usually based on illusions and sleight of hand. This work often begins with learning magic tricks, frequently including prestidigitation and manipulation of objects such as playing cards and coins. Not only does a magician have to learn how a trick works, but many of these tricks require hundreds of hours of practice to perfect. Those tricks involving sleight of hand, for example, often require extensive practice to ensure that the movements and action are seamless while performing a trick.

A magician who wishes to work professionally also needs to find a way to profit from the practice and tricks that he or she learns. This can be done in a number of ways, and many magicians join a professional association to network with other magicians and build professional contacts. Work for these magicians can be found at themed restaurants and other venues, such as special events like birthday parties and weddings. A magician who is especially skilled, charismatic, or brings something new to a performance may also work in larger venues including television specials and major night clubs.

While a magician may be content to perform tricks that others have created, or to make slight adjustments to other people’s work, some magicians also create their own tricks. This can involve a great deal of work and may be as simple as reworking another trick to have a different delivery or theme or as complicated as inventing a new trick. Some tricks require large props or sets to make the illusion work, and so a magician creating such a trick may have to physically build props and perform construction to create the trick. Many magicians also work with assistants who are often integral to a trick, and so they may need to interview and train assistants prior to a performance.

WiseTour is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By Grinderry — On Dec 17, 2013
The most famous magician was Harry Houdini. He amazed people with his escapes from very dire and sometimes impossible places. I believe one of his tricks was what finally ended not only his career, but his life as well.
By Contentum — On Dec 16, 2013
While being amazed at some magic tricks when I was younger, I find that now I cannot watch most magicians without harboring doubt and skepticism when it comes to their tricks.
By Realited — On Dec 15, 2013
Most magicians are considered to be really good at deceiving people, and this is understood because of their ability to make people focus on one thing, while perpetuating a quick change or switch up some place else.
By RoyalSpyder — On Dec 14, 2013

@Chmander – A few years ago, I remember going to a magic show where an illusionist was pulling colored scarfs out of his throat. It was both bizarre and fascinating to watch. I can’t even imagine how many hours it took for him to prepare.

By Chmander — On Dec 14, 2013

The illusions and tricks of a magician are always a wonder to behold. From the cliché “rabbit out of a hat” trick, to some of the most unique stunts, this is a great article. However, what surprised me the most is how magicians spend so many hours to get their performances right, a true sign of dedication.

In life, the things that appear so simple can be a mere illusion, something far more complex than meets the eye. The work of a magician is very interesting, and it shows that nothing worth having is easily obtained.

WiseTour, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseTour, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.