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Hi Aidan. My name is seth I have been doing magic a few years now and want to do magic for a living. I just don't know how to get my first gig and I was wondering if you could help. Thanks.

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Firstly, if you want to do magic as a living remember that Show Business is two words - so you need to be able to do the show, but you also need to know the business side.  Asking questions is a good starting point, but so is research you do yourself - I worked out a good answer for you, then I googled and the first sites I found already have good hints - http://www.ehow.com/how_2069875_get-magic-show-gigs.html and http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130316094625AA5UjOf - which basically covered what I was going to say anyway!  Working in your material at magic clubs and social events where you are NOT being paid is a good way to hone your skills - until you can be sure you have a good product, don't ask for money - you want your gigs to lead to other gigs and believe me BAD words spread much faster than good ones - you need to get a reputation for delivering a good entertaining show - technique matters, but only to the point where you know you don't have to worry about it - you are being paid to be an entertainer, so you have to make sure it's entertaining.

I hope that this has given some useful pointers, but do come back with any follow up questions you may have.

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Aidan Heritage

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I'll do my best to help you with ANY aspect of this fascinating subject!

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I've been a childrens magician since 1978, and am a full member of the IBM and Magic Circle (London, UK)

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