British illusionist Katherine Mills, 31, was often mistaken for the pretty magician's assistant when she started out in the male-dominated profession.
She says: "I used to get that a lot. People would go, 'You mean you are an assistant.' I would say, 'No, no, I'm the magician.'" The attractive brunette has since proven she is not just a pretty face.
Mills, who is based in London, is a member of prestigious magicians' society Magic Circle, alongside famed illusionists David Copperfield and Steven Frayne, who is better known as Dynamo.
Female magicians are a minority in the 110-year-old Magic Circle. According to an article published in The Telegraph last year, the organisation opened up its membership to women only 23 years ago. It has fewer than 100 women among its 1,400 members.
Last year, Mills went on to helm her own magic show, Katherine Mills: Mind Games, on TV. It is currently showing in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Negotiations are under way to bring the show to cable TV here.
In town recently to promote her show, she tells Life! that she explores magic with people in their everyday lives.
In one instance, she joins a book club and gets members to randomly pick a word on a page. Amazingly, she guesses the word they each pick.
Mills, a sociology and psychology graduate from Loughborough University, is grateful for her family's support for her unconventional career path.
Speaking fondly of her 62-year-old podiatrist mother, she says: "If I didn't have a mother who is so supportive, I probably wouldn't be doing what I'm doing.
"My mum showed support right from the beginning, talking to me on the phone, giving me advice and letting me practise my magic tricks on her." Her father died when she was 17.