I'm a professional magician. I will also admit to having been a clown. And (gulp) an accordionist.
About half my living comes from performing. The steadier part comes from teaching circus arts to kids in afterschool programs.
Disclosure: I am 4 years older than it says above. If that's a problem, fair enough.
Books: Hard to narrow down. Confederacy of Dunces, Wallace Stevens, Master and Margarita, Harpo Speaks, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders...can I come back to this question?
I spend hours poring over old magic publications.
Music: Beastie Boys. Brass bands, especially Balkan. Old mambo. Sydney Bechet. I like to play French songs and klezmer on my accordion. Excited about Missy Elliott's return.
I sometimes get messages saying "You seem too wild". I can see why, but I'm actually hardworking and bookish, and like a lot of performers, often kind of shy. Go figure.