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7 Magician Success Stories [2023]

7 Magician Success Stories [2023]
Become A Magician

Are you interested in turning your passion for magic into a profitable business venture? You can become a magician and launch an online show through social media platforms.

A magician is a skilled entertainer who produces illusion by sleight of hand or deceptive devices. Pursuing a magician's career takes a lot of hard work. Like other careers, attaining success can be tricky to navigate and hard to master.

Choose your niche and focus on honing your craft to become an illusion. The different career options within the magic industry include illusionist, comedy magician, escapologist, mentalist, card magician, animal magician, virtual magician, and street magician.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a magician:

1. McMagical ($120K/year)

Earning up to $2,000 for 45 minutes doing something you love -- who wouldn’t want to do that? That’s exactly what Brian McGovern of McMagical.com does. Brian is a party entertainer — he’s been practicing magic and performing since he was in high school. The success of the side hustle allowed him t…

Brian McGovern (from New York, NY, USA) started McMagical over 16 years ago.

$10K / month

Case Study

Since high school, Brian has been practicing magic and performing as a party entertainer. Later all this stopped after his graduation as he went on to do a job on Wall Street.

A few years later he again rediscovered his passion for magic and started doing magical entertainment gigs. It was around 2007 and back then none of his competitors had an online presence so Brian noticed a gap and saw this as an opportunity.

He built a website named McMagical from scratch and made his online presence felt which ended up being favorable for him.

This side business saw enough success that allowed him to leave his well-paying job on Wall Street and pursue magic as a full-time career.

Even during the pandemic, he was earning up to $2,000 per hour by performing shows in his living room.


Read the full article on sidehustlenation.com ➜

2. Dan Chan Presents: Virtual Magic Shows ($144K/year)

Daniel Chan (from Fremont) started Dan Chan Presents: Virtual Magic Shows over 23 years ago.

$12K / month
1 founders / 4 employees

Case Study

Hello, my name is Daniel Chan and I am the founder of Dan Chan Presents, LLC. We are a unique company specializing in sophisticated magic entertainment that’s designed for savvy corporate audiences. Our shows feature world-class sleight of hand, playful pickpocketing, and thoughtful sleight of mind. I am known as The Billionaire’s Magician and have performed for many tech millionaires and Silicon Valley’s Elite.

Last year the company made 160K performing live, in person, corporate shows. Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, I quickly pivoted my in-person event strategy to suit the new virtual format. I am one of the first in the magic industry to fully pivot to Zoom, and was recently featured in The Hustle as well as twice in Business Insider. In a single month, I was able to take an industry that was best experienced in person, and turn it into a compelling virtual experience that people can enjoy at home. Not only have I brought magic into people’s homes, but I was able to expand my marketing reach performing internationally in Europe, Australia, Africa, and China, all from the comfort of my home office.


Learn more about starting a magician:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a magician?
-> Pros and cons of a magician

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established magician

Other resources

-> Magician tips

4. Vanishing Inc. Magic

  • Website traffic: 420K/month
  • Business rank: #62.8K

Check out their full website ➜

5. Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.

  • Website traffic: 220K/month
  • Business rank: #110K

Check out their full website ➜

6. The Magic CafeThe Magic Cafe

The Magic Cafe - Visit us to discuss with others the wonderful world of magic and illusion!

  • Website traffic: 430K/month
  • Business rank: #137K

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