The going rate well vary on where you are and what you do you should fit in to that. Notice how the man in the back row steals another man's purse while applying misdirection by looking at the sky. A professional, traditionally, refers to someone who makes a living doing it. Archived from the original on Am I a professional magician or an amateur magician?
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Anyway, I came across these references to Albert and his day job: As for the magic I do a set of gigs across the year. Last year, at Donna's birthday party, a "working magician" friend just happened to be sitting at our table. Membership in professional magicians' organizations often requires a commitment never to reveal the secrets of magic to non-magicians. But, I dare you to go on either of those forums and openly state that you work any of those venues and willingly do it for free or for tips alone. Some of the greatest Magicians and magic inventors in the world have been amateurs.