i regret to say that im saying good bye to magic. it seems as if i just dont have the time to do it anymore, and lets be real, unless you are a pro magic doesnt pay the bills.
Paying the bills doesn't usually happen with most hobbies. You should do magic because you enjoy it, not because it pays the bills. Trust me, there is plenty of other things you can (and sounds like you will) do that will pay the bills. But paying the bills isn't life, and in the end its going to be the experiences you enjoyed in your life that will matter.
Just wanted to let you know that. I understand your leaving, but just make sure its for the right reasons...not because it isn't "lucrative" as far as paying the bills, etc. Advancement in life is one thing, enjoying it is another. Too many people these days are giving up or never even have hobbies simply because our society is becoming a "if it doesn't pay, it's not worth it" type of place. I believe hobbies, however "worthless" they may seem to paying bills, getting us jobs, etc...they really do bring color to your life. I just don't want to see you give up on something that keeps the flavor in your life, simply because its not whats paying the bills or making "good use" of your time.
Good luck to you my friend. Remember, advancement in life is one thing, enjoying it is another.