7 challenges professional magician encounter

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1) Getting the right price

The entertainment industry is swarming with all kinds of average artists at a cheap price. Though average in their performance these artists still serve the purpose of entertaining the audience. Your clients don’t know much about the difference between an average magician and an exceptional magician initially, so obviously, they go for a magician with low price and you get rejected only for quoting the high price. Because of this an exceptional magician who charges high struggles to get the more shows in starting years.

2) Getting the full attention of the audience

Even the extraordinary magicians performing for a private party goes through a scenario where all people don’t pay attention to magician’s performance and disturbs the whole surrounding with their chatter. After this kind of shows, magicians don’t feel good about themselves even if they get the good money for the show.

3) Waiting for the show to start

As a professional magician you value the punctuality and reach to the venue on time, but guests arrive late sometimes too late. Client requests you to wait more and more till maximum guests arrived. The result is you get exhausted and your time gets wasted which could be put to good use and client don’t pay you extra for waiting time. Because your show begins late, you may also have to curtail the performance time to accommodate other sequences of the party.

4) Cancellation of the show from client

You prepare and plan your week for the next show and couple days before clients inform you about the cancellation of the event because of unavoidable reasons. This is annoying for the magician because he must have denied other leads which came from other clients on the same day, same time because your date was already occupied. This is a straight loss to the magician because he don’t get paid fully and he loses the performance at both the shows which may have fetched him future shows.

5) Cancellation of the show from magician’s side

Sometimes even the magician needs to cancel his performance for the event because of an emergency situation like severe sickness, family issue, flight cancellation etc. This is an unfortunate situation and nothing makes magician feel bad if he himself had to cancel. This puts clients event in jeopardy especially when your performance was the only entertainment activity planned for the event.

6) Managing back to back shows

A magician wishes to perform every day because he loves doing magic and it gets him good money. Sometimes a magician gets lucky and he gets two shows back to back with a time gap of an hour in between. But reaching to the second show on time is challanging because most of the times your first show will start late and that puts magician under pressure because he had to reach the other show on time especially if the client of second show is ready to start the show on time. If magician reaches to next show late, it spoils his reputation.

7) Maintaining a sense of wonder for himself

Magic creates instant wonder, a solid surprise and a delightful mystery for the spectators. This wonder was the primary reason why you became a magician. As a professional magician, you know many secrets, techniques to achieve the end result of a magic trick. Even if you watch other magicians perform you tend to be less surprised. This feeling of not experiencing the wonder may force you to question the purpose and meaning of your work and you may feel that you are not doing enough.

– Amit Kalantri (Magician & Mentalist) 

Ten Benefits of Learning Magic

The art of magic is not just for an entertainment but it is to inspire people to be creative enough in their own lives. Even if you are not going to be a professional magician, you can still draw some difference making benefits from the art of magic.

  1. It helps to build and boost self-confidence
  2. It inspires curiosity, creativity and expands imagination
  3. It improves interpersonal skills like presentation skills, communication skills, public speaking skills
  4. It helps to develop fine and gross motor skills, improves coordination
  5. Increases critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  6. Builds self-discipline
  7. You become the centre of attraction in social gatherings
  8. Changes your perspective of looking at things
  9. With magic, you can engage, entertain and pleasantly surprise the people.
  10. Magic can be a good source of income

– Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Inspiring quotes about card magic

  1. “Palming separates the men from the boys.” – Marlo
  2. “It is a presentation which lifts the card trick from the level of the commonplace puzzle to the status of an unforgettable and inexplicable mystery.” – Jean Hugard
  3. “Cards are like living, breathing beings and should be treated as such.” – Dai Vernon
  4. “Technique is only a telephone wire…what’s important is the message going through it.” – Kent Nagano
  5. “Performing magic in the live show thrills me. Just get me a deck of cards and some attentive audience, and I have made my day and theirs too.” – Amit Kalantri
  6. “A magician may step out without a purse, but he should never step out without a pack of playing cards.” – Amit Kalantri
  7. “All the magicians have 52 mutual friends.” – Amit Kalantri
  8. “For a professional magician, a stack of playing cards is as good as a stack of money.” – Amit Kalantri

– Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Rules every magician should follow

Being a magician is more than just performing some amazing magic tricks, it’s a responsibility. Especially if you are a respected personality in this field. Being a magician and mentalist I have seen people coming to me asking for a solution to their problems. Sometimes the art of magic is not taken seriously by others, but a good magician will always get the attention he deserves. Below is the list of proven rules in the field of magic. No matter if you are a beginner, amateur or expert magician you should follow this code. All the best magicians in the world follow almost all the below rules.

  1. Never share your secret with layman
  2. Don’t share the secret of your original effect with fellow magicians for some time
  3. Never repeat your trick for the same audience
  4. Perform only in suitable environment
  5. Never challenge the audience to catch your trick
  6. Always carry at least one trick with you
  7. Don’t misuse your magic skills
  8. Be original while performing, have your own style
  9. Talk to other magicians and learn from their experiences.
  10. Try to give credits to the original inventor of the trick
  11. Don’t buy pirated materials. Buy the secrets from authorised entities
  12. Never stop practising and practice to perfection

-Amit Kalantri (Magician and Mentalist)

Top 10 magic quotes for magicians

1) “No matter how many times audience has already applauded, the sound of their applause will get louder with the better quality of your magic effect.” – Amit Kalantri

2)  “A bad magician never gets good props.” – Amit Kalantri

3) “A magician with decreasing practice will give defective performance.” – Amit Kalantri

4) “As a general rule, in the world of magic, the most successful magician is the one who has enough patience to keep the secrets of his original magic effects.” – Amit Kalantri

5) “Give royal treatment to your original magic effects, because one of the effects might make you the king of magic.” – Amit Kalantri

6) “In the art of magic be quick of sleight and slow of climax.” – Amit Kalantri

7) “A magician reveals himself not only by the magic he presents but also by the respect and entertainment he gives to his audience.” – Amit Kalantri

8) “First rate magician perform first rate magic effects, second rate magician performs third rate magic effects.” – Amit Kalantri

9) “A Magician must be the best storyteller in the world.” – Amit Kalantri

10) “A magician must always value his magic effects more than himself, because after few years audience may not remember his name but they will remember his magic effect.” – Amit Kalantri

– By Amit Kalantri

Top 10 magic quotes about philosophy of magic

1) “Magic is not just for the entertainment, but to inspire people to be creative enough with their lives.” – Amit Kalantri

2) “Magic is a very beautiful mystery. Even the ages old magic effects still surprises the most modern men.” – Amit Kalantri

3) “A great piece of music make people to close their eyes but a great magic effect make their eyes wide open.” – Amit Kalantri

4) “Magic is the stunning art of surprising your audience, so that nothing else surprises them.” – Amit Kalantri

5)  “A great magician is not more magical than other magicians; he is just more magical in his presentation.” – Amit Kalantri

6) “Magic is the most interesting art because people not necessarily want to learn to paint after they see a great painting, but they want to learn magic after they see a great magic effect.” – Amit Kalantri

7) “A great magician is as divine as God and his stage is as majestic as the paradise.” – Amit Kalantri

8) “If you are really bored with life, just meet a decent magician and have a close up magic show, he will restore inspiration in your life.” – Amit Kalantri

9) “Think like a magician, present like a magician and perform like a magician.” – Amit Kalantri

10)  “The genius of a great magician is as impressive as the genius of a great scientist.” – Amit Kalantri

By Amit Kalantri