There are approximately 50 full time women magicians in the world. Women overall are a minority of the magicians who perform today. Of the 7,000 members of the Society of American Magicians, the largest magic organization in the country, 479 are women about 7.5 percent. In the organization’s 157-person New York chapter only two are women.
Historically, women have been the magician's assistant. Bringing props on and off stage, getting used in a myriad of torture devises, dancing, and often, making the magic work while the magician gets the applause.
Many magicians wives have done their share on stage, but almost always as assistants. Doug Henning, Mark Wilson and The Great Tomsoni, Johnny Thompson, all used their wives in their acts. Thompson's wife started to break the mold for ladies in magic. A former actress, she refused to be another prop. She developed her role as assistant in a character. Although still "an assistant," her gum-chewing and eyeball rolling were as much a part of the show as Johnny's incredible magic.
Today, husband and wife teams like the Pendragons, Jonathan and Charlotte, share the applause, working as a team to create some of the grandest of illusions.
As a professional magician, I love the art of magic. Magiciannes like Jade bring a new look to magic. Moving with grace, their feminine attributes add a beauty to the stage that hasn't existed in the past. Flowers, silk hankies and butterflies, used extensively by magicians in a variety of ways, appear so much more appropriate in the delicate hands of a lady then a man.
I encourage anyone with an interest in magic to head to the library, learn some tricks and start amazing their friends. It is a great hobby. But even more, I wish to encourage any lady with an interest in this art form to pursue it. We need more lady magicians, in our magic clubs and other stage.
Dancers, storytellers and clowns can add magic to their performances for a richer, more captivating program. Schoolteachers can use it to illustrate scientific principles. Mothers can use it to entertain and motivate their children.
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A list of several professional magiciannes; these women saw the guy in half!
Safire Performs an act based on the female Chinese warrior Mulan. Studied magic in China, now delighting American audiences.
Becky Blaney Becky Blaney holds the distinction of being the only woman in the world who is a professional comedian-magician. Her television appearances include HBO, An Evening at the Improv, Statler Brothers, Lois and Clark, Into the Night and Comedy Central.
Jania Jania's magic has been enjoyed by thousands of people throughout the Midwest.
Jenny Alexander She once worked in Bill Malone's Magic Bar, now an accomplished illusionist with a full show in Las Vegas.
Karen BerissWorking with her partner, Mark Phillips, Karen is one of the top working female magician in America.
Trixie BondFrom Houston, TX, Trixie is a magician for trade shows to kidshows and is currenly one of the house close-up magicians at Houston's five-star dinner club, Magic Island.
Julie EngBest described as a vivacious, enthusiastic, and entertaining performer who truly loves her craft.
Magic with animals, escapes, etc.
Maria GaraHere's a great site for Maria Gara, the SnakeBabe! As seen on Animal Planet, and the Jerry Springer Show.
JadeWinner of the I.B.M.'s Gold Medal of Magic and Best Female Magician of the Year!
Chérie KayFrom close-up strolling magic to Las Vegas grand-style Illusion shows. She also has a fantastic hypnosis show. A very versatile performer!
Diane LaneDiane is one of San Diego's finest family performers and holds the title of "Stand up Magician" of the year 2001. She has her own Magic TV show that airs weekly in San Diego.
Maritess Maritess is the star of "Girlie Magic: The Life of a Professional Female Magician."
Jayne Using coins, cards or other everyday objects Jayne will perform magic that will be talked about long after the event itself is over.
Beverly Suzan, author and magician.