Five career fields that mesh with magic PERFECTLY

March 11th, 2011 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General


Five career fields that mesh with magic PERFECTLY

Not everyone gets to have an entire career dedicated to magic. Most magicians have their day jobs as well as their performance careers. And that’s a good thing, because some career fields mesh PERFECTLY with magic.

Of course, we’d argue that learning sleight of hand makes someone a better all-around person, and that applies to whatever career they’ve chosen. But it’s almost spooky how perfectly aligned some fields are with magic.

Maybe you’re still in school and haven’t picked a career path yet. Or maybe you’re ready for a new field. Whatever the case may be, check out our top five careers that match magic to a T:

SECURITY

Your demand from casinos should be obvious enough. Your knowledge of sleights and cheats will help you spot cheaters from a mile away, and what casino doesn’t want that? But even a simple security job is perfectly suited for a magician’s observant nature. We pick up on little things that most people miss. We have hawk eyes for things out of the ordinary. And as much as we know how to stand out, we also know how to blend in.

SALES

But not in a lying, misdirecting sort of way: We know how to make an interactive presentation. Unlike a typical theater guy reading lines and making moves according to a rehearsed plan, magicians have built-in flexibility and organic scripts. And magicians are skilled at improv. We listen to people and involve them, show them how what is being sold will really help them out.

SCIENTIST

Magicians love to tinker, learn and explore. We love making new discoveries and sharing them with each other (if you’ve ever watched magicians at a conference or meetup, you know exactly what we mean). And we know how to make the most of our time standing on the shoulders of giants. Our love of research and sense of adventure make us natural-born scientists.

JOURNALISM

When you think about it, you could argue that politicians have the makings to be magicians: They like to present a great package to their citizens without showing the dirty details. But it’s the journalists who really capture the spirit of the magician. Their skeptical nature leads them to ask questions and accept no B.S. And, like Houdini, James Randi and other debunkers, they are more than willing to expose frauds.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Heck, thanks to digital video and how absolutely essential a good demo video is for our magic careers, we all have to learn how to take a good picture or make a good video. We can think of plenty of up and coming magicians who have learned how to shoot their own videos. And they are getting bookings from top names and TV shows from simple YouTube videos. It makes perfect sense to put those behind-the-lens skills to work.

19 comments

  1. Sean Skyhawk on:

    The Scientist one is so true… I have a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics, and I started magic when I stared my Masters of Science in Biochemistry (which I have completed). For now, though, I’m shifting to Statistics for my second Master’s Degree… Thought I should broaden my horizons a bit.

  2. I do sales and photography, lol. And I’m a magician. This was dead on!

  3. I think psychology is another field that mesh with magic perfectly.

  4. What about a Waiter?

  5. Nathan Nokes on:

    A+ on that blog!!! I do specialized security and it makes total sense. We see things that the next guy does not.

  6. Nathan Nokes on:

    I think a waiter is up there to. The presentation is everything to people. people skills is a MUST in the restaurant business as well as in the art of magic, so I would say yes.

  7. i’m a mobile phone technician
    i fix iphone everyday
    and i’m also the fastest technician in the shop
    thanks to all the hard work training for sleights
    i know how to use my fingers very well

  8. I was a 100% sure that Croupier would be in the top 5, am I the only one to think that??

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  10. I laughed at the comment about magicians in sales.

    The “typical theatre guy” s**ts on your average magician in terms of creativity. An ignorant post about theatre, which is sad considering that most so-called magicians know zilch about such an important aspect of the art..

  11. Croupier, Spy, Mathematician, Waiter, Car Sales, any form of demonstration job that has a counter to use..

  12. pauliemagic on:

    Bartender,there are thousands of bartenders out there and if you can do magic also,not only would you get hired first but you would make alot more tips.

  13. Hugh Jascok on:

    How about an amusement park / aquarium / zoo worker ?

  14. Private investigator. We’ve learned to be deceitful for good so it’s easy to catch people in lies. We also have the ability to think one step ahead of everyone else.

  15. well, im an engineer so i would include that in “scientist” :P

  16. High school and middle school teaching. Definitely presentation based, and you always have an audience to practice a new trick on. Plus the school day ends in the early afternoon giving you time to commute further to night gigs.

  17. im a card dealer in a major casino, meshes well with magic, as well as songwriting and doing screenplays!

  18. haha this was incredibly correct, i started doing magic 4 years ago around the time i decided to go into a biology-based field in college so thats accurate for the “scientist” field for me

  19. Fonda Zenofon on:

    Your article is interesting:(I am a writer).
    Being in another field that matches or meshes with magic is an extra asset. It broadens ones outlook, gives depth to your performances, that somehow (magically), is sensed by your audience, etc. As writer I can write suitable patter for my magic shows. Come up with fresh adaptations and realize subtleties a few can possess and be impromptu.