Roy Raphaeli, who is known professionally as Magic Roy, has video clips of magic tricks on Metacafe, a Web site that pays him if he attracts a lot of viewers.
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Published: February 15, 2007
AT lunchtime, or when he is walking the halls of his workplace, Roy Raphaeliâ€™s colleagues often beseech him to do a magic trick. Usually, he obliges. â€œI take the opportunity to show people my new stuff and see how they react,â€ said Mr. Raphaeli, 23, a Brooklynite who works for a mail-order camera retailer.
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While Mr. Raphaeli, known professionally as Magic Roy, has been entertaining people with card tricks and sleight-of-hand since he was 5, he does not perform at birthday parties or casino showrooms.
Instead, Mr. Raphaeliâ€™s stage of choice is the Internet, where he has posted 30 short video clips to Metacafe, a Web site that pays video creators based on how many viewers their work attracts. So far, Mr. Raphaeli has earned more than $13,000 from the site, where his most popular card trick has been seen 1.4 million times.
As video sites look for ways to attract higher-quality content, they are dangling cash, usually offering to cut creators in on the advertising revenue their work generates.