Originally Posted by kwilkinson
^awesome dude, just awesome. That's really cool. How long have you been doing magic? How long were you doing it before you actually considered yourself a "magician" if you get what I mean?
Thanks. I'm approaching my tenth year in magic (aside from the inevitable lapse in the teenage years after discovering sex, drugs and rock'n'roll) and that's a great question about considering myself a "magician," one I was recently discussing with some fellow performers. I'd say I've been a "magician" since I was 16, when I finally started performing for money (silly kid's birthdays and all that) but I was certainly not an artist, or even really a performer. It's only recently that I've really felt like more of an artist, which I think is the important distinction. Anyone who slops some watercolors on a page is a painter, but not everyone is an artist. Honestly last night, was sort of a revelation for me, in the sense that I finally feel I've broken away from the birthday clowns and local shlubs, mostly because of the caliber of the bill I was part of. I'm either going to be successful as a unique and artistic magician or I'll find another career, but I am not
going to be doing bar mitzvahs and birthdays the rest of my life. It honestly feels really good saying that, and I absolutely mean it.