Guest Author - Dennis Regling
C.J. Johnson is a professional magician and hypnotist.
He currently performs a variety programs including a full illusion show, a mind-reading show and a Hypnosis show. He also produces four different game shows for the college and corporate market.
C.J. has been a professional performer since the age of 20. He is the author of the exciting book "More Shows! More Money! Proven Techniques to Succeed in the Entertainment Business."
He has been seen on Showtime TV, CMT, CBS and FOX! He was a Featured Headliner at Houston's Magic Island & at Performing Arts Centers Nationwide! He also toured with the "Brooks & Dunn Neon Circus & Wild West Show."
I had some questions for C.J. and his answers were not only useful to me, but I think they will help any performer.
Q: Which magicians have influenced you the most and why?
A:My performing life changed when I sat in the audience at a show at Magic Island in Houston by Chip Romero.
It was watching Chip that made me realize that you could DEMAND that an audience take an interest in your show.
I went back in and watched Chip again a second time that night and from that point forward anytime an audience wasn't coming along with me during a show
I would "channel" Chip and insist that they participate in the show.
Q: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a magician?
A: To be able to make a good living doing something that I'd do for free anyway, if I could just find an audience to watch.
Q: What is your goal for the coming year?
A: To do more corporate speaking gigs, and to maintain the number of other shows that I'm currently doing. My real goal is to get the game shows out on the road more so that I can spend more time at home instead of on the road myself.
Q: What advise would you give upcoming magicians?
A: Work. Work. Work. Spend as much time in marketing yourself as you do learning the newest card move. It's the marketing that matters for without having a place to perform your magic, it's not really magic.
His advise to upcoming magicians is also pertinent to all performers, "It's not the best performer who gets the job the first time, it's the best marketer. The good performer AND marketer gets the job and keeps it for years and years. You've got to focus on the business end of your magic every bit as much, and possibly more, than the performance end. Get the job through hustle, and keep it through talent.
Thank you C.J. for taking the time to share. Information for this article was gathered through email conversations and from C.J.'s webapages.
If you are a professional magican, gospel magician or gospel clown, and you would like to be interviewed for a profile on this site, please contact Dennis Regling by email through this webpage.