One of the best places to sell your original magic creations is on the Theory 11 Marketplace. I actually got my start there back when it was called "The Wire" with my debut effect "Tour de Force!" It is actually incredibly easy to upload your content there! I encourage anyone who has created original material to give it a try!
Are you looking for more ways to generate leads and get your name out there? Craigslist is one of the most popular websites for people trying to hire contractors. If you are not already posting ads on Craigslist, you are missing out on tons of free leads for your business! Take a look at how to post ads as well as a few tips and tricks to maximize your clicks!
It is no secret that creating a strong brand is very important for anyone who wants instant recognizability. But what exactly does it mean to create a brand? This week, Magician Michael O'Brien offers some advice on branding and how to make yourself memorable to your audience!
Ever wonder how other magicians got into magic? Maybe how their creative process works? Or even what they think about the magic community in general? This week, Michael O'Brien Interviews special guest Tyler Scott as well as allows you the viewers to ask him some of your own questions live during the interview!
Have you ever placed a spectator's card back into the deck and then accidentally lose your break? Maybe a heckler shoved their card back in or asked to shuffle the cards? You have no idea where their card is or even which one they chose! What do you do? Find out how Michael O'Brien recovers in this weeks advice for magicians segment.
Performing magic on stage is a very different experience than performing strolling magic, or for people out on the street. This week, Michael O'Brien offers some advice on how to perform magic on stage as well as some things to consider that most people sometimes forget to think about!
For anyone considering doing magic as a full time job, it is worth understanding how off seasons work and preparing yourself for the slow times during the year. This week, Michael O'Brien offers some solutions on how you can supplement your income when you are not booking as many magic gigs as you would like.
One thing that a lot of people forget about when it comes to marketing and advertising their businesses is the power and strength of 1-on-1 marketing. In this video Michael O'Brien is going to explain what 1-on-1 marketing is and the best ways to capitalize on it while providing tremendous amounts of value for your guests!
What is the best way to approach a group of people to show them magic? Who is approachable and who isn't? What if they say no or don't want to see any magic? This week, magician Michael O'Brien talks about how he determine which groups to approach and how! He will also give some tips on how to handle rejection and the differences between casual settings and professional settings.
One of the most difficult parts of any performance is getting over the initial fear of approaching someone, or starting your show. This week, magician Michael o'Brien shares some tips on how to help cope with performance anxiety as well as ease yourself into any performance!
These days, electronic payment is virtually the only form of payment people are using. Gone are the days of mailing a check. The ability to instantly wire money with little or no fees is truly a game changer. This week, Michael O'Brien teaches us how to accept electronic payments as well as the importance of using invoices and down payments to protect yourselves from cancelations.
Have you been handing out tons of business cards only to discover that hardly anyone is calling you back? Ever here someone say "I know the perfect person for you to perform for!" Then almost like magic they completely vanish? In this episode, Michael shares one of his biggest secrets ever! Find out how he books a good portion of his gigs through referrals that actually works!
Are you having a hard time getting your audience truly invested in your performance? sometimes as magicians we tend to accidentally put on "blinders" and only focus on our volunteer, leaving the rest of our audience feeling out of the loop. This week, Michael offers 3 really easy ways to break that habit and get our audience emotionally invested in our show!
Are you getting called out on your sleights? Not able to hide those difficult to perform moves as easily? Find out Michael's secrets to performing the WORLD's UGLIEST PASS and getting away with it 100% of the time!!! You do not have to have the world's cleanest sleights to be able to perform them well. You just need to make use of "Camouflage!"
What is it that gets customers coming back for more? The secret to having a long term following is offering excellent customer service! Magician Michael O’Brien has over 8 years of experience as a customer service trainer and supervisor at one of the world’s most customer service based companies, the Walt Disney Company. Michael would like to share some of what he learned with us during his time at Disney, and help translate your kindness and service into $$$!
One of the things I get asked most often is “How do you know how much money to charge your clients?” Knowing what to charge for your services is a very important part of being a professional entertainer. Are you charging too much? Are you not charging enough? This week Michael O’Brien gives us some advice on how to determine what your rate should be!
Do you have a case of the writer’s block? Are you stuck trying to figure out the best patter for your effect? Scripting magic can be a rough start sometimes. This week, Michael is going to offer some advice on how you can come up with a fun presentation for your favorite effects!
Are you not sure if you are practicing correctly? We want to make sure our magic top notch before we jump out into the world and begin to amaze people! This week, Michael O'Brien teaches us how he practices himself! This is a must watch for anyone and everyone!
How many times have you had to stop a performance in its tracks because someone decided to call you out on your double lift? Or maybe they kept asking to examine your props every 30 seconds? This week, magician Michael O’Brien explains the different types of hecklers out there and the best solutions for dealing with them! Check it out!
Has your magic not been getting the “Oh My God!” reactions that you have been hoping for? Believe it or not, there is a time when simply relying on visual tricks won’t completely sell your audience on how amazing it is. The one missing component is giving your magic a bit of personality. This week we will learn how magician Michael O’Brien turned one of the most common and mundane card effects into the most requested piece in his repertoire!
One of the most important things you can do to add production value to your YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram videos, is to offer high quality, clear sound! In this video, magician Michael O'Brien is going to offer advice on how to greatly improve the sound quality for your videos! The best part? It is affordable and very easy to do!!! Check it out!!!
Do you have any awesome and clever magic ideas that you think other magicians could benefit from learning? Believe it or not, selling and distributing magic is simple to do if you know where to look! In this video, magician Michael O’Brien will teach you how to create, publish, and distribute magic instructional videos and products to help get your name out there and even earn some extra cash! Check it out!
With all of the recent success of the new "Pokémon GO" game, people everywhere are finding themselves with the urge to "Catch Them All!" With all of this excitement, you can bet that magician Michael O'Brien will use the local "Pokestops" in the most amazing way! Find out how Michael will bring a little MAGIC to the wonderful world of Pokémon in this awesome video!
Whether it is Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.... You have to think how important the social media is in today's society. From social users interacting with friends to full blown corporations marketing themselves or their products to users all over the world. Learn a fun clever way to get MORE FOLLOWERS on any of your social media platforms anywhere you go... USING MAGIC!!!!