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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.