Magician Kayla Drescher practises with gift cards before her performance at the Magic Castle, in Hollywood, California. Photo:  Valerie Macon/AFP
Magician Kayla Drescher practises with gift cards before her performance at the Magic Castle, in Hollywood, California. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP
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Female magicians struggle for respect in a male-dominated profession whose audiences are used to seeing women as the assistant to be sawn in half

  • Audiences are used to thinking of women as assistants to male magicians – not surprising when fewer than seven per cent of magicians are women
  • US magician Kayla Drescher’s career shows female magicians are no less of a draw, and she says the profession needs calling out for its old-fashioned attitudes

Magician Kayla Drescher practises with gift cards before her performance at the Magic Castle, in Hollywood, California. Photo:  Valerie Macon/AFP
Magician Kayla Drescher practises with gift cards before her performance at the Magic Castle, in Hollywood, California. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP
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