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Magician Logo Design: 6 Steps to Create a Spellbinding Brand (with Examples)

Updated: Jun 13

Do magicians need a logo? 81.4% of magicians we polled said “Yes.


No, but if you are working on your branding and interested in designing a logo, here’s a helpful guide with real-world examples.


Design elements such as color, shape, and typography are crucial in creating a memorable magician logo. These elements play a significant role in conveying brand identity, creating visual appeal, and differentiating your logo from competitors.




How to Design a Stunning Magician Logo (Step-by-Step)


Your magician logo is a visual representation of how you want others to view you and your brand.


Designing a logo for magicians or mentalists requires a specific tone that matches the performer. Most mentalists have a mysterious vibe, and magicians range from serious to comedic.


Should all magicians have a logo? Are there reasons a magician shouldn’t have a logo? What steps would a professional take to design a custom logo?


Professional designers can help create custom magician logos that stand out by accessing a library of logos created by designers worldwide. We will answer all these questions and provide the six steps to designing a logo that stands out. Something magical.


Six Steps to Designing a Killer Magician Logo:


First, we're walking you through the steps to creating a logo-- not a brand. A brand is not your logo.

Let's design a magical logo!


 
 

Step 1. Define Yourself


The first step in designing a creative magician logo is writing out what makes you unique.


What makes you different? What makes you stand out?


Your logo is the part of your personality that casts a shadow. Details have a significant influence; complexity does not.


This includes color choices, personality, and voice. Some of that is easy because YOU are the product. In our design example, it’s a logo for a magic show. Finding the perfect magician logo involves getting the design elements right.


 

Example:


In our example, we are creating a logo for a magic show called "Magician VS." We outlined the must-include items of this undeveloped brand:


Defining our brand for our sample Magician Vs Magic Show

The brand for Magician VS must:


  • Fun, bold, sporting tone

  • Simple, clean, bold font

  • Scream "magician" from across the room but not cheesy

  • implement a visual hook with something recognizably 'magical.'

  • Competition vibe to support VERSUS

  • Glitchy (I love the look but decided against it for my brand)

  • No rabbits. No wands. Ever.

  • No cheesiness.


These are the things I wanted to communicate in the Magician VS logo.


 

Step 2. Research What Magician and Non-Magician Logos. Get some inspiration.


Time to do some research.


Look for the magician’s designs you like but more importantly, look at the other brands and logos that draw your attention. Take inspiration from outside the magic industry. You can also find royalty-free illustrations and vectors for download to enhance your design process.


Please bookmark your favorite designs or store them in a folder.


Start asking yourself, “why do I like this brand?” There may be a great visual hook, but try understanding what the logo is projecting. Vectors can be particularly useful for creating high-quality logos that maintain their appearance across all formats and sizes.


It’s like cold-reading for your brand.


 

Step 3. Start Sketching


Design time! Pen, pencil, Photoshop, tablet, scroll, and quill– whatever! Just get everything out of you. Use illustrations to create a visually appealing logo.


This is idea-vomit.


Trust me– there’s going to be some terrible @&(! in there. It takes time to get your juices flowing. Spend more than twenty minutes and play around.


My initial design work: Magician VS Logo


If you create something you like– polish it into a much brighter diamond.


Part of that work is playing around with the design. The rest is decision-making.


Here’s something that came out of my first design session.


The first attempt at Magicians Vs Logo. Clean and simple but didn't match all our objectives.

After chatting with my buddy, this idea was abandoned. Why? It may be visually appealing, but it didn’t service the brand. Refining the design is crucial to making it perfect.


Back to the drawing board.


 

Step 4. Get Feedback on Your Design


Design and then sleep on it. Designers can provide valuable feedback to improve the logo, ensuring you are comfortable with the design. I returned to this design, and here was my next idea:


Magician VS Logo Design Attempt #2


In this last image, you can see the mistake that caused the design. I copied over the spade pip onto the design, and the story revealed itself to me.


I started with a purple background because I had pre-established this color for the brand. You don't need Photoshop for this process. Use whatever is available to you.

Canva is a great free option.


 

Step 5 - Refine Your Logo Design


This is where you add some final touches and changes from your feedback.



When designing-- keep your work and save the steps.


There's something mentally encouraging about seeing progress (it's called momentum), but more importantly, any opportunity to make a mistake is an opportunity for something extraordinary to happen.


Mistakes are the birthplace of creativity.


If you lack creativity, it's most likely lacking effort. Ask yourself what the very first step is, and then do that.


 

Step 6 - Publish Your Work


Your logo should be finished in black and white and, ideally, vector. It’s like hot sauce– you should be able to put it on anything.


Finishing your logo as a vector graphic is essential so you can scale it for any project, on any medium, or back tattoo.


Finally, after all this work, it’s time to publish. Put it to bed. Brands and logos evolve incrementally.

Final Design: Magician Vs Logo


 

Conclusion

Do magicians need a logo? No.


A logo isn't required for magicians to be successful. They should have a great act, offer something unique, and be consistent with their designs. Choose a nice font and stick with it.


If you want to create a brand, the first step is to get your ideas out on paper and start brainstorming.


Start designing and use the tools available to you. Define what makes you stand out and find ways to showcase them in your design. Select and refine. Make mistakes, and don't judge too early in the process.


Rinse and repeat.


You must actually do the work to make progress. Creativity is born from mistakes.


Ask for opinions from people you trust. Make tough decisions, and don't be afraid to start again. Commitment is the hardest part of creating your brand.

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2 Comments


Julia Davis
Julia Davis
Jul 13, 2023

I went through your article which was on creating logos. Creating a logo involves several steps to ensure the design effectively represents a brand or business. Here are the typical steps involved in the logo creation process:

1.Research and Planning

2.Design Brief

3.Concept Development

4.Refinement and Selection

5.Digital Rendering

6.Typography and Colors

7.Iconography and Imagery

8.Iteration and Feedback

9.Finalize and Prepare Files

These are some points which I wanted to include in your article. Readers, if you want to create a logo, you can visit an IT company like Alakmalak technologies. They have 17+ years of experience in this field.

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Richard Harrold
Richard Harrold
Nov 03, 2019

Great article, has given me a lot of food for thought. Cheers guys

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