While magic is real in the Harry Potter books and films, here in the Lou you can’t do your heavy lifting with a wand. You can, however, use the federal population census to figure out how many persons were making a living as stage magicians in a particular census year.
You can use the following search to locate stage magicians in most recent federal population censuses:
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: magician (Exact)
You’ll need to do a different search in the 1930 census (an Occupation search is not available):
SEARCH—KEYWORD: magician (Exact) 91 results
How can researchers access the federal population census? You may use Heritage Quest Online from home with a valid SLPL library card and PIN, or at Central Library or any of our branches.
You may use Ancestry Library Edition at Central Library or any of our branches.