Showtime Guides: Magician Career

Brave Sims who love the mysterious can perform illusions and daring escapes as a Magician.

Deep Concentration

Career Facts

Recommended Traits

  • Social Butterfly
  • Ambitious
  • Natural Born Performer


Not recommended Traits

  • Absent Minded
  • Clumsy
  • Coward
  • Loser



You do not need to build up any skills for the magician career, there is only the hidden magician/entertainment skill. This skill you build up naturally by performing for tips or on stage (or practicing the different songs yourself). If you cheat your way to the top, will not  be a good performer without practice.

However, it is recommended for all the performer careers to up your charisma skill, that way you can talk to the audience during a performance and get a nice performance boost.

Note: There is a nice quirk in Showtime, while performing for tips you get a LOT of friendship from all the Sims watching you. Great way to gain friends for the friendship requirement for the Charisma skill.


Work Location

Gigs: Park, Coffeehouse, Live show venue, Private venue and Big show venu

Play for tips: Can be done everywhere, but would recommend a busy location like a park.


How to get the job

Via newspaper or computer, use the ‘find a profession’ option. You can also find a proprieter on one of the community lots, you can get the career through them too.


Work Week


In the beginning you will spend a lot of time playing for tips.

At a higher level you can have a gig every night.

Do not forget about Simport, you Sim can get spend 12h of their Simday on tour too!



  • Perform for Tips
  • Perform Illusions
  • Get Gigs



Magicians get a weekly stipend, see this table, in the beginning the stipend helps but the most money they get from gigs and tips.

Magician Career Fact table

Level Title Weekly Stipend (§) XP Needed to Advance Outfit/Object Unlocks Trick Unlocks Interaction Unlocks
1 Novice Trickster 275 400 Outfit 1 Instant Cards, Wand Into Flowers Social: Coin From Ear
2 Newbie Illusionist 340 500 Outfit 2 Free Birds Social: Appearing Butterflies
3 Sim of Mystery 400 600 Outfit 3, Box of Mystery Box of Mystery: Swords of Destiny
4 Conjurer 532 800 Fireball Social: Hot Hands
5 Sleight-of-Hand Savant 640 1,000 Outfit 4
6 Illusionist 840 1,200 Box of Mystery: Vanishing Sim, Appearing Objects
7 Purveyor of Danger 1,160 1,500 Outfit 5, Box of Danger Box of Danger: Buried Alive
8 Spellcaster 1,480 1,800
9 Master Illusionist 2,000 2,100 Outfit 6 Box of Danger: Watery Grave, Levitate Self
10 Master Magician 3,600 2,500 Social: Levitate Sim


Specific Magician – Badges and Achievements

Badge Achievement Description
  Abracadabra Have a Magician perform 20 tricks
  Double Magic Legend Perform a Legendary Magician Show in a Big Show Venue as a Genie
  Kid Party Stuff Have a Magician perform the Free Birds, Wand into Flowers, and Instant Cards tricks 5 times each before becoming a Sim of Mystery
  Magic and Mystery Have your Magician WooHoo in the Box of Mystery 10 times
  Master of Illusion Have a Sim fulfill the Master Magician Lifetime Wish
  Rising Star Have a Magician Sim levitate themselves 20 times
  Sleeping with the Fish Have your Magician Sim perform the Watery Grave trick 30 times
  Stage Magic Have a Magician Sim perform at least once at each venue type
  The Magic of Money Earn §20,000 in tips as a Magician
  Vanishing Act Have your Magician Sim perform The Vanishing Sim trick 20 times
  Winner in the Park! Have your Singer, Magician, or Acrobat Sim win a SimFest in a Park

Performing for Tips

At the start of every performance career you first play for tips, Magician career is no different.  Find a busy location (Big Park for example) and start performing for tips! Do not be surprised if your Sim fails a bit at this in the beginning, but their skill increases!

Magician career takes a while to advance to level 2, making this the most difficult performance career to advance in.


Gigs are your main source of income, you can earn up to 27k per gig! Perfoming on stage with an magician is quite easy compared to the other careers, it is no problem to list all the actions in a row to create a varied full 2 hour show.


How to get a Gig

You have to be at least level 2 before you can audition for gigs.

Then you can audition for a gig, you can find the proprieter on the world map, he or she has an orange icon. You start with only be allowed to perform at the park, as your level increases you can open up more locations, see the following table.

Performance Locations

Career Level Location
level 2 Big Park
Level 3 Coffeehouse
Level 5 Live Show Venues
Level 7 Private Venues
Level 8 Big Show Venues

Tip: When you are a high level in your career, go to the world map and you will see many propieter icons, click them all and line up all the different auditions in a row to quickly get a lot of gigs.

Note: For Big Show Venues you cannot always line up the audition by clicking on the orange person icon from the world map. You will have to go to the lot itself and summon the propierter out of their building and then ask to to audition.


Stage Setup

When you are low on funds just use the venue setup, as you get more money it is worth investing into your own stage setup to increase your performance score. The higher the score the bigger the chance of a steady gig, steady gigs pay much better than One-off gigs.



At the start of the performance its best to pause the game, as a magician you can list all the actions you want to do that show immediately and fill the full two hours.

You have option to talk to the audience, only do this if your charisma is high otherwise you are just telling a boring story.


Gig Earnings

While you would think that steady gigs always earn you more than one-off gigs, read the following tables carefully. When you are a higher level you get less money at a steady gig at the ‘lower level’ locations (park/coffeehouse) than you do when you have a one-off gig, but you can earn astronomely more at the big venue location with a steady gig. So be careful what gigs you choose!

One-off Gig

Level Weekly Stipend (§) Park Coffee-House Live Show Private Big Show
1 275
2 340 170
3 400 200 400
4 532 266 532
5 640 350 700 1,225
6 840 450 900 1,575
7 1,160 700 14,000 2,450 3,850
8 1,480 1,110 2,220 3,885 6,105 9,990
9 2,000 1,300 2,600 4,550 7,150 11,700
10 3,600 2,000 4,000 7,000 11,000 18,000


Steady Gig

Level Weekly Stipend Park Coffee-House Live Show Private Big Show
1 275
2 340 255
3 400 300 600
4 532 399 798
5 640 525 1,050 1,838
6 840 675 1,350 2,363
7 1,160 1,050 2,100 3,675 5,775
8 1,480 1,665 3,330 5,828 9,158 14,985
9 2,000 1,950 3,900 6,825 10,725 17,550
10 3,600 3,000 6,000 10,500 16,500 27,000

Cheat Sheet to a Good Performance

This cheat sheet is made with a lvl 10 magician, but can be translated to earlier levels.

1: With the Magician set up your stage (use props!)
2: Pause game
3: Fully line up a lot of actions, but do not pick the same one twice in a row. I start with regular illusions > box of mystery > box of danger > talk to audience > illusions > etc
4: Let the performance play out, keep an eye that there always new actions lined up.

My Sim always gets an excellent or legendary performance.