Long before Jackman starred in The Prestige, he was a clown without any magic tricks. The children were about as tough as the critics of Les Misérables regarding his less-than-stellar performance. Jackman recalled, "I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying 'Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn't know any tricks'—and he was right."
For his mediocre clowning, Jackman took home about $50 per show. For that rate, we wouldn't have learned magic tricks either.