Sydney teenage TikTok star Ash Magic, 19, looking to buy house

Ash Magic,  View this post on Instagram

His magic tricks started as a nerdy obsession that saw him bullied in high school, but now this teen has enough money to enter Sydney’s property market.Source:Supplied

A TikTok sensation from Sydney is looking to buy his first home after raking in heaps of cash from his online stardom.

The enormous social media success of Ash Hodgkinson, better known by his moniker Ash Magic, has propelled him into the Sydney property market at the ripe age of 19.

His obsession with magic tricks caused him to be bullied in high school but his online audience were much more appreciative of his talents; Mr Hodgkinson has 6.5 million followers on TikTok.

“I was a kid with ADHD,” Mr Hodgkinson told news.com.au.

“I never had a passion or skill before I found magic or social media.”

It’s an unusual full-time career – and one that his bank had a hard time understanding when he went to take out a home loan.

Ash Magic,  View this post on Instagram

Sydney teen TikTok star Ash Hodgkinson can soon add homeowner onto his list of achievements.Source:Supplied

Ash Magic,  View this post on Instagram

Ash is only two years out of high school and already looking to b his own house in Sydney.Source:Supplied

Mr Hodgkinson says he works from 7am to 6pm, seven days a week.

“It’s been a lot of work. A lot of late nights and early mornings,” he said.

The aspiring homeowner was a well-known magician in Sydney’s performing scene when he was younger.

He originally busked on the streets and then broke into stage performances while still in high school, before turning his attention to social media.

He soon learned he had to be more interactive with his audience, and instead of just performing, he also teaches his followers magic tricks.

The internet sensation now makes his money in three ways – fans donate to him through his TikTok livestreams and he’s paid to promote products on his channels.

As a creator, YouTube also pays him a percentage of the number of views he gets on the platform.

TikTok is yet to introduce this in Australia, although TikTokers in the US are paid directly through the company the same way a YouTuber would.

As well as TikTok, Mr Hodgkinson has amassed 184,000 followers on Instagram and 1.05 million followers on YouTube.

“I’ve never had a proper job,” he said.

Ash Magic,  View this post on Instagram

Ash can do all sorts of card tricks.Source:Supplied

Ash Magic,  View this post on Instagram

Ash Hodgkinson, started out as a busker, then became a stage performer, and now he caters mostly to an online audience.Source:Supplied

The teenager is going to buy a house in Sydney, and is splitting costs with his older brother, who makes a full-time wage as an engineer.

“We went to the bank. Since my job is so obscure and so new, they were unsure,” he said.

“We went to one house viewing. (It) wasn’t quite what we were looking for.

“We hit the pause button when lockdown hit.”

However, they plan to buy a house once things settle down in the NSW capital.

Mr Hodgkinson wouldn’t say exactly how much he earned.

“It pays the bills, it’s a good income for a 19-year-old,” was all he would say.

For a benchmark, the average price of a Sydney property will hit $1.24 million by December, according to CoreLogic figures.

Ash Magic,  View this post on Instagram

Ash is making more money than his peers who did better than him in their final exam.Source:Supplied

Ash Magic,  View this post on Instagram

Ash’s online audience continued to grow during 2020.Source:Supplied

Mr Hodgkinson went to a private school in Sydney’s north but struggled to fit in because of his outside-the-box talents and his lack of interest in academia.

“At the school they were focused on academic stuff,” he recalled.

“(But I always knew) magic is going to be my thing.”

He remembers going to a school career counsellor on a briefing about his future, and telling the man what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“I went in there with a list of options: first option was magician, second actor, third was a TV presenter.

“None were academic.”

Because of relentless bullying, Mr Hodgkinson said there were times when he decided he was going to end his magic career.

“All you want to do is fit in. It was quite hard. I tried to quit magic but it was just so deep.”

Mr Hodgkinson moved to a performing arts school for his final years of education.

Mr Hodgkinson said he went into the Higher School Certificate (HSC) – NSW’s final year exam – with “reasonably low expectations” and was unsure whether he would finish school.

“My mum wanted me to stick school out, and get the certificate,” he added.

Eventually, he received an ATAR in the 60s.

His final mark was not helped by the fact that his TikTok account started to blow up while he was midway through his HSC exams.

“During the two weeks of the exams … (I) went from zero to a million followers,” Mr Hodgkinson said.

“I don’t think my emotions had ever been so high.

“I would post a video, do a live stream, study, do the exam, come home and do another video.”

It took about a year for him to get noticed, with him first creating his TikTok account in 2018, when he was in Year 11.

He remembers that he did an optical illusion video that went viral.

Mr Hodgkinson lives at home with his family while he saves up for a house.

“I’ve saved all of it (the money),” he said.

“A lot of it hasn’t really hit me mentally.

“I’m still living in my mindset of making $50 from busking along the street.”

He also studied for a year at drama school NIDA, turning his dreams of becoming an actor into reality.

Last year, he flew to Broken Hill in regional NSW to film a TV show, after scoring a role on RFDS, a new drama series that will premiere later this year.

Have a similar story? Continue the conversation | alex.turner-cohen@news.com.au | @AlexTurnerCohen

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Las lecciones que Angelina Jolie le da a sus hijas para criar mujeres fuertes y poderosas

© Instagram angelina jolie hijas Angelina Jolie es madre de 6 niños y adolescentes, entre los que se encuentran Zahara y Vivienne, sus dos hijas que están transformándose en mujeres ... Read more »

London Fashion Week Day 4: Noon by Noor, Roksanda, Osman and Simone Rocha dazzle

© Provided by The National London Fashion Week Day 4 Day four of London Fashion Week was a busy affair, filled with the likes of Simone Rocha, Roksanda and Bahraini ... Read more »

“Amate con tus defectos”: Sharis Cid deja ver su celulitis en bikini

Sharis Cid debutó en la televisión mexicana en la década de los 90 y desde ese entonces no ha parado de sorprender con su talento artístico e innegable belleza, pero ... Read more »

The Rolling Stones rinde homenaje a Charlie Watts en video de 'Living in the Heart of Love'

© Proporcionado por Milenio La canción será incluida en la reedición del disco “Tatto you” (Instagram). Los Rolling Stones homenajean al recientemente fallecido Charlie Watts en el video de la ... Read more »

¿'Las babys'? Estos serían los 4 posibles finalistas de ‘MasterChef Celebrity'

En redes sociales se filtró una foto aparentemente de la final del reality de cocina, donde se observan a los 4 posibles finalistas junto a los jurados. La imagen está ... Read more »

Kylie Jenner Rubs Her Bare Baby Bump in Cute Video

© Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for REVOLVE Kylie Jenner is loving her baby bump these days! The 24-year-old makeup mogul took to her Instagram Stories on Monday, sharing a mirror video ... Read more »

Cecilia Galliano deja ver su torneada figura en atractivo vestido rosa a sus casi 40 años

Cecilia Galliano es muy querida por los fans mexicanos a pesar de que ella no es originaria de este país, la famosa ha impresionado en múltiples ocasiones con su talento ... Read more »

Inside Jada Pinkett Smith's 1970's theme 50th birthday bash [watch]

© Provided by The South African American actress Jada Pinkett Smith celebrated her 50th birthday with a 1970’s skating rink bash on Friday night (17 September).  ‘ROLLING INTO MY 50’S’ ... Read more »

Geddy Lee's Upcoming Memoir Helped Him Cope With Neil Peart's Death

© Getty Images After years of anticipation, Geddy Lee will release a memoir slated for fall 2022. In an Instagram post, the bassist explained that the idea for a memoir ... Read more »

Padma Lakshmi, Julianne Hough Send Support to Amy Schumer After Her Endometriosis Surgery

© Provided by People Rich Fury/Getty Images; Noam Galai/WireImage; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images (L-R) Padma Lakshmi; Amy Schumer; Julianne Hough Amy Schumer is getting support from fellow endometriosis sufferers after ... Read more »

Los peinados más glamurosos del Festival de Cine de San Sebastián

© Getty Images (Getty Images) . Este fin de semana tuvo lugar la 69ª edición del Festival de Cine de San Sebastián en la que artistas nacionales e internacionales deslumbraron ... Read more »

'A Fazenda': Briga entre confinados agrada Tati Quebra Barraco. Entenda!

Na madrugada desta terça-feira (21), a funkeira Tati Quebra Barraco foi alvo de uma confusão  no reality show “A Fazenda”, da Record TV.  Na ocasião, Erik Schneider e Aline Mineiro ... Read more »

Cómo combinar el color rosa con estilo en 2021

© U.B.U El rosa ha vuelto pero que nadie se confunda. El tono más dulce de todos puede transformarse en el más cañero dependiendo de qué prenda tiña. En este ... Read more »

De dónde es y cuánto cuesta la sudadera que ya se han puesto Sara Carbonero y Pilar Rubio

© Proporcionado por El HuffPost Sara Carbonero y Pilar Rubio. Está hasta en la sopa y Sara Carbonero y Pilar Rubio son la prueba. Dos de las celebrities patrias por ... Read more »

Cómo preparar 'huevos-nube' para el desayuno más perfecto (e instagrameable)

© Proporcionado por ELLE La moda del ‘food porn’ ha alcanzado un nuevo nivel. Tenemos nuevo sustituto a las tostadas unicornio. Lo último en desayunos que es tan saludable como ... Read more »

Как новая девушка Харламова впервые узнала о знаменитой сестре

© Катерина и Анна Ковальчук. Фото: instagram.com/katerinakovalchyk/ Как новая девушка Харламова впервые узнала о знаменитой сестре Новая девушка Гарика Харламова, звезда сериалов «Крепостная» и «Гусар», Катерина Ковальчук рассказала Wday.ru о ... Read more »

Marine Lorphelin en manque de son amoureux : elle lui adresse une tendre déclaration (PHOTO)

© Matt Vinci / KCS PRESSE Marine Lorphelin en manque de son amoureux : elle lui adresse une tendre déclaration (PHOTO) Éloignée de son chéri, qui vit en Nouvelle-Calédonie, Marine ... Read more »

«Дружим и общаемся»: Шаляпин познакомил Копенкину с новой женой-миллионершей

© Прохор Шаляпин и Лариса Копенкина. Фото: Руслан Вороной/ «Дружим и общаемся»: Шаляпин познакомил Копенкину с новой женой-миллионершей Прохор Шаляпин является известным певцом. Он также не раз становился героем ток-шоу. ... Read more »

Mathieu et Alexandre (L'amour est dans le pré) bientôt parents ? Le couple annonce une grande nouvelle

© INSTAGRAM Mathieu et Alexandre (L’amour est dans le pré) bientôt parents ? Le couple annonce une grande nouvelle Mathieu et Alexandre, le célèbre couple formé grâce à l’Amour est ... Read more »

Disturbing photos & videos of US border patrol on horseback whipping Haitian migrants

© Provided by MamásLatinas u.s. border patrol haitian migrants On Monday, September 21, 2021, disturbing images of US border patrol agents apparently using horse reins to whip Haitian migrants attempting ... Read more »

Young Palestinian rap sensation MC Abdul returns with funky new track

© Empire Palestinian rapper MC Abdul, aged 12, features in Tamer Nafar’s new single ‘The Beat Never Goes Off’. Photo: Empire Two generations of Palestinian hip-hop have teamed up for ... Read more »

Γιώργος Χρανιώτης: Η τρυφερή επιστολή στον ενός έτους γιο του - Δείτε φωτογραφία

© Παρέχεται από: Protothema.gr xraniotisgios Μία τρυφερή ανάρτηση έκανε στον προσωπικό του λογαριασμό στο Instagram o Γιώργος Χρανιώτης. Ο νέος μπαμπάς είναι ενθουσιασμένος με τον γιο του και δεν διστάζει ... Read more »

Cécile Bois (Candice Renoir) partage un cliché avec son compagnon et lui fait une tendre déclaration d'amour pour son anniversaire (PHOTO)

© SIPA Cécile Bois (Candice Renoir) partage un cliché avec son compagnon et lui fait une tendre déclaration d’amour pour son anniversaire (PHOTO) Ce 21 septembre sur son compte Instagram, ... Read more »

James Middleton's Wife Walked Down the Aisle in MIL Carole Middleton's '80s Wedding Dress

© Provided by Mom.com James Middleton and Alizée Thevenet When Kate Middleton’s brother, James, tied the knot on Sept. 11, his new wife made a touching tribute to the Middleton ... Read more »

¿Se pasó? Maca Carriedo 'trolea' a Aleks Syntek; revive polémica sobre canción de 'La Costeña'

Aleks Syntek, famoso cantante mexicano, hace algunas semanas se volvió punto de ataques en las redes sociales por el simple hecho de haber revivido su composición de la canción publicitaria ... Read more »

Altair Jarabo da lección de elegancia posando en look dorado con pronunciado escote

Altair Jarabo siempre se ha caracterizado por ser una mujer de espectacular belleza, debutó inicialmente como modelo y poco a poco, gracias a su talento, también pudo participar de otras ... Read more »

Hermana de James Rodríguez mostró en redes al papá de su hijo con tierno mensaje

© Instagram @juanavalentina Juana Valentina James Rodríguez es uno de los futbolistas más comentados del país. Hermana de James Rodríguez mostró en redes al papá de su hijo con tierno ... Read more »

“Estábamos al borde del socialismo”: Jair Bolsonaro ante la ONU

© EDUARDO MUNOZ El presidente de Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro, se dirige a la 76.a sesión de la ONU. Asamblea General, martes, sept. 21 de febrero de 2021, en la sede ... Read more »

“Tiene que pedir disculpas”: la condición del Pibe Valderrama a James para regresar a la Selección Colombia

© Proporcionado por Semana El delantero colombiano habría hablado con Reinaldo Rueda. Cada vez falta menos para volver a ver a la Selección Colombia en acción por la Eliminatoria Conmebol ... Read more »

Netflix producirá serie biográfica de Vicente Fernández

© @vicentefernandezmx vicente_fernandez La vida del cantante Vicente Fernández quedará registrada en Netflix. Esta noticia alegró a los fans del “Charro de Huetitán” quienes esperan que muy pronto salga del ... Read more »

Tim McGraw's birthday message to wife Faith Hill is goals

Tim McGraw married a queen and he knows it. © Provided by RADIO.COM Tim McGraw and Faith Hill The 54-year-old Country music star took to social media this morning to ... Read more »

Formas de llevar los cortes que dominan en el otoño al estilo de las famosas

© Proporcionado por Nueva Mujer Formas de llevar los cortes que dominan en el otoño al estilo de las famosas Nuevos cortes de cabello han llegado este 2021 para convertirse en los preferidos por ... Read more »

Enrique Iglesias Shares Rare Video of His 3 Kids Driving Around While Playing Dad's Music

© Provided by People Anna Kournikova/Instagram; Inset: Kevin Winter/Getty Enrique Iglesias‘ kids are hitting the road! On Sunday, the singer’s partner Anna Kournikova posted an adorable video of their daughter ... Read more »

Kim Kardashian shared a rare glimpse into the Met Gala after-party

© Provided by ¡Hola! The much anticipated Met Gala took place last week and we’re still coming off of fashion cloud 9. Over the course of the past week, photos ... Read more »

Gloria Trevi responde en TikTok denuncia de la UIF: “Soy fuente de trabajo”

© Proporcionado por Fama Gloria Trevi se convirtió en tendencia tras darse a conocer que la Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera la denunció a ella, a su esposo Armando Gómez Martínez ... Read more »

Uñas decoradas que le darán belleza y elegancia a tus pies

© Pinterest uñas decoradas pies Los pies pueden ser una de las partes más bellas de tu cuerpo si le das los cuidados que requieren, lo que implica estar atenta ... Read more »

16 of the best wine subscription boxes, from Virgin Wines to Savage Vines

© Littlewine littlewine bottles.jpg The silver lining of the sad news that lockdown is here and pubs can’t even serve a takeaway pint?  You can spend all the cash you ... Read more »

Billboard Latin Music Awards 2021: Cuándo y dónde ver la premiación en vivo

© Proporcionado por Milenio Así puedes ver la premiación en vivo de los Billboard Latin Music Awards 2021 (Especial). Los Billboard Latin Music Awards 2021, que reconocen a lo mejor ... Read more »