Really? That's interesting, thank you for informing me.
It just seems that, if you took everyone over 18 who performs magic as a sole occupation [kids birthday parties, schools, etc.], the mean, or rather -- median income wouldn't be more than $100,000. I suppose performance arts are more profitable than I thought. I mean, of course Lance Burton and David Copperield are multimillionaires, but most guys who do parties and weddings, etc. wouldn't make a whole lot?
Does anyone else have input?
I believe it was Paul Daniels who actually said that. I believe I read it in one of his works.
Making a good living off of magic is hard. However, if you work at it, like you should, you will make a lot. Let's look at restaurant magicians. They get paid a couple hundred night. With tips, let's say like $300. Now, that's not your only source of income. You could stop right there, and live off of that money. However, restaurant magic is usually used to gain larger shows. So that adds to your income as well.
Above all of that, you can also be doing promotional magic, hotel magic, corporate magic, trade show magic, busking, stage shows, etc. It all comes down to marketing your show. For instance, with me, this year I made enough that I could take a few months off to help my mom (who went through surgery for cancer) and then also help my grandma (who also found out that she had cancer, nothing too serious in both cases). Last year I ended up having to take a few months off as well, so I could move after my house burnt down. This profession allows me to deal with the larger things that come around, without worrying about if I'll have enough money to make it through the week, or month.
So yeah, the average income for a magician is quite high. You just have to market yourself. It's a lot of work though, I won't lie about it. I spend 40+ hours a week working on all of this stuff. It's a full time job. You have to contact a lot of people (especially at the beginning). You have to meet with a lot of people. There's a lot of paper work. I mean, you're running a business. But if you do it right, it will be a successful business.