I heard that while public magic usage is generally banned and any trace cleaned up promptly, it's not always the case, such as when Muggle witnesses would attribute it to some more mundane explanations (eg. Lack of sleep, desert mirages etc.).

Accounting for such possible exceptions, have there been any real magic folk anywhere in the world who have openly used magic in the capacity of a performing magician, a Muggle entertainment act?

  • AFAIK, no mention in the books. But, that would be a damn good idea for the magical folk :) – Dawny33 Mar 14 '16 at 7:05
  • I thought that is what Penn Jillette really is, that's why he makes such efforts to hide his real magic (despite turning up on so many "magic-y spell" type shows, and why he so completely pretends to be a absolute muggle.... – mist42nz Mar 14 '16 at 10:36
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    I know that the Wikia is not canon, but we should check whether it is confirmed by canon that Indian "snake charmers" are actually wizards using Serpensortia. – A. Darwin Mar 14 '16 at 10:52
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    @A.Darwin The name "Snake Charmer" was given to them by the Muggles that they entertain. As their work is illicit for breaking the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, the Indian Ministry of Magic presumably punish them for their profession. It's from HP wikia as well. But they don't perform it anymore. – apollo Mar 14 '16 at 12:31
  • @apollo how do you know that they don't perform anymore? – A. Darwin Mar 16 '16 at 20:36

No, there aren't.

Because it is against to The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.

The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy (also known as International Statute of Secrecy) is a law in the wizarding world that was first signed in 1689, then established officially in 1692. The law was laid down by the International Confederation of Wizards to safeguard the wizarding community from Muggles and hide its presence from the world at large. - Source


In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Fred and George (Weasley) visit a girl who works in a paper shop. They go there to entertain the girl with magic tricks:

"We're off to the village, there's a very pretty girl working in the paper shop who thinks my card tricks are something marvelous... almost like real magic..." —George Weasley

This is the only mention of a real wizard performing magic tricks for a muggle (in the sense you are asking), which can be taken as a "performing magician", but not in the kind of performing magician who pulls a rabbit out of a hat.

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    What I'm looking for is an example of a real magician using spells in Muggle public space and Muggle witnesses thinking it's just "magic tricks" in the Muggle context. So there's no known instance in that sense? – thegreatjedi Mar 14 '16 at 8:34
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    @thegreatjedi No. Not that I know of. It is forbidden to perform real magic in front of muggles. – apollo Mar 14 '16 at 8:46
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    @chirlu Didn't think it would be crucial since everyone knows that. Done. – apollo Mar 14 '16 at 10:01
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    @CeesTimmerman it is, but apparently there are no examples of performing magicians using flying cars (at least in the Potterverse!). – A. Darwin Mar 14 '16 at 10:56
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    @apollo: For that matter, it's slightly ambiguous as to whether George is actually using magic. Given his interest in pranks and other trickery, he might very well have learned sleight of hand and/or "Muggle magic" for the fun of it. – FuzzyBoots Mar 14 '16 at 12:05

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