Some people dislike magic, who is at fault.
Many years ago when I joined my first Magic club I was very shy and hesitated to perform. Some who performed were fine performers and entertaining as well. However, that was not the “Rule”. I remember members who were eager to perform. They telegraphed their secret moves so blatantly it would make Samuel Morse (Morse Code) turn over in his grave.
Even worse, they would pass themselves off as “Magicians” and charged people for their services. These so-called magicians give magic a bad name and hurt all legitimate magicians. Once burnt, these people will never want to see a magician again.
Sadly, there are no regulations for professional magicians. Get some business cards and you’re off to work. Please consider carefully when you decide to become a pro or semi pro. Are you ready? You need to have some significant performance hours under your belt. I can’t tell you where to get this experience. But it is absolutely necessary.
Each time I perform, I always ask the host if they had a good time if they might take a few minutes to submit a review to Google. Not everyone takes the time, but I appreciate those that do. I have a multitude of reviews and over 30 videos on YouTube. If you hire The Magic of Joe Ferranti, there is enough information available that you will know exactly what you will get.
Listen to laypeople, your best audience.
Not that I am greedy or in need of cash, but I love the paying audience. These are the audiences which will let you know if you have what it takes. You get immediate feedback. When you take someone’s hard earned cash, they expect value. One way you will know is when clients tip you generously at the end of your performance. There are not tipping rules for performers, so it is a genuine gesture of gratitude for excellent work.
Be careful of advice from “magicians”
I remember some advice from Mickey Silver. Mickey had a distinct style, and fellow magicians from his local club always gave him advice not to make his “whoosh” sounds, as coins would come and go. He stuck with his gut feelings and now is performing in Las Vegas and always in demand. Mickey warned me not to put too much stock in what your fellow magicians tell you. Mickey told me if he had listened to his core group of friends, he would not be where he is today. “Listen to your heart”.
Strolling Boston Magician