When you hear the word “magician,” do you think of a wizardly guy in a tuxedo and a top hat? Or things like 3D printing and the Pythagorean Theorem? If the answer is more top hat and less angle formulas, it’s time you met Kayla Drescher. Drescher is a professional magician who’s also part scientist, part comedian, part bartender.
She has performed magic for the past 20 years to theaters of thousands (you can currently catch her on the Champions of Magic tour), clients like IBM and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and on shows like Penn & Teller: Fool Us and The Today Show. Drescher studied environmental science with a concentration in green energy before deciding to pursue a career in magic, and still weaves STEM concepts into her acts. FYI: She assembled her 3D printer herself.
Drescher tells us what being a full-time magician actually looks like: from the entrepreneurial side of rate negotiations and tour bookings, to developing her own unique voice, to finding continued support and mentorship. You’ll also hear how she’s taking a lead in creating resources for women and girls who want to pursue magic and can’t depend on things like pants pockets or that top hat you might have been thinking of.