Well I want a stage name because I want to be unique and easy to remember. I don't want something hard so people don't go "oh and that magician...whats his name?" I am close to turning pro and I want a name that would be recognizable to me. something unique for me.
Actually, your real name is perfect. Too, if you do take a "stage name" you will need to take out a DBA (Doing Business As) which will cost you about $250.00 to make the name/business legal. I point this out because this is the legal way of doing such a thing unless you go through the courts to legally change your identity. . . trust me, creating a business name is the better course.
Your real name actually has a decent ring to it, it flows and can be accented it you really wanted to, so that it sounds more exotic.
So I cant just take up a stage name by it self? I have to make it legal?
So would I have to do a DBA even if I am not making it a buisness. like if I was just using it as a name not the name of my buisness
@Samuel - A DBA would be ideal because people/venues that hire you could write checks to you under both your stage name or your legal name and when it comes time for taxes, you can work with both. It will just make conducting a legal business a lot easier.
Naming is definitely an important part of establishing a brand, especially in the magic world. It could take years of exploring different ideas until you settle on something that you want to stick with long term. As Ibimania pointed out, David Copperfield, for example, was objectively challenging to market because of the length, the opportunities to misspell it, and the fact that it was originally a wildly popular book from 1850 written over 100 years before (our) David Copperfield was born. But against the odds, he made the name work for him.
Another great example of a creative stage name is Justin Kredible. It's a common brand idea for anyone with that name (Justin Time, Justin Case, Justin Space, etc), but it worked perfectly for his demographic when he started. It's catchy, creative, and kool. Even in his case though, he eventually changed his brand back to his real name, Justin Willman. In the end, some could argue that there is no right or wrong way to name brand. Using your real name, like Luis does, will make life a lot easier. But, if you have a overly common name (John Smith), or you think you would be better off with a pseudonym, then be careful and take your time before committing to it. I know from personal experience that using a cheeky/funny name for your brand can get old really fast. I'm a designer by profession, and for the first 3 or 4 years, I went under the username "krazytim." I was 14 or 15 when I thought of it, so I didn't have the foresight to realize how unprofessional that was. I have used my real name ever since and still wish I started off with it.
Louis CK's real name is Louis Szekely.
Tom Cruise's real name is Thomas Mapother IV.
Olivia Wilde's name name is Olivia Jane Cockburn.
Clearly, we don't have the luxury of choosing our own names when we are born.
A list of 55 examples: http://thoughtcatalog.com/nico-lang/2013/08/55-celebrities-whose-real-names-will-surprise-you/
Another excellent resource/podcast on naming: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/title-tk/
I wish you the best of luck picking a brand/stage name, and of course, with the magic special!