The Mark Leveridge December 2016 Podcast

November 30, 2016

The festive Podcast features discussion on the following topics:

  • I reflect that this completes exactly 4 years of the Podcast
  • December's shows put a strain on us and our props in a way that virtually no other month usually does
  • having used PR earlier this year, I consider whether it is a good way to handle self promotion
  • Deciding How Long To Perform For - listen for free to this marketed Mark's Monthly Message Audio File
  • I ponder on how it can take a long time often to become an 'overnight' success
  • what's the ideal time to arrive at a gig?
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The Mark Leveridge November 2016 Podcast

October 31, 2016

The November bag of topics includes:

  • Email or 'phone - which is your preferred method to receive show enquiries? I look at the pros and cons of both
  • I ponder on whether the very young and very old get a disproportionate amount of credit for the magic that they do
  • life on the road - I get a glimpse of what real itinerant performers have to cope with
  • MLM will be turning completely digital next year
  • the importance of video on magic websites cannot be underestimated
  • Dominic Reyes extols the virtues of correct methods of practice and I discuss why he's right to do so
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The Mark Leveridge October 2016 Podcast

September 30, 2016

Your October fest of comment and chat this month covers the following:

  • The Cumbrian Conjurers Collective meets again
  • a month proves a long time in magic for Stan Allen and Magic Magazine
  • barking up the wrong tree? - I discuss the merits or otherwise of an online magic 'agency'
  • putting new magic into your act may be nerve wracking sometimes but is it also hugely beneficial?
  • I consider whether live over-the-counter product dems have much importance in this online age
  • how to decide which group or table to approach first at a gig
  • observations on how exhibitors interract with potential customers at a wedding fair
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The Mark Leveridge September 2016 Podcast

August 31, 2016

The new magic season podcast contains the following:

  • Reflections on the new magic season
  • magicians tend to try to do everything in their magic lives rather than getting professionals to help with key areas of promotion and advertising
  • the end of Magic Magazine causes shock waves
  • what is your USP that will help you to get a good conversion rate of enquiries to bookings?
  • Dynamo's transition from the small TV screen to big arenas
  • I offer a sample recording of one of my It Could Only Happen Live stories
  • news of the release of a further six Audio File Downloads
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The Mark Leveridge August 2016 Podcast

July 31, 2016

This is what you can expect in the August edition...

  • Why we should all embrace the age we are and concentrate some of our marketing directly on those bookers who are attracted to performers of our particular age
  • how I have continued to cope with being a Jeremy Corbyn lookalike
  • I discuss a new event aimed at those who want to learn how to get to grips with marketing themselves
  • Public Domain - how do you define which tricks fall into this category and who makes the decision about it in the first place?
  • some Mark's Monthly Messages are now being made available as downloadable audio files
  • constant performance makes everything the performer does so slick that the way the magician handles his props can be as appealing as the magic itself
  • a lay person asks me why there aren't more women in magic
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The Mark Leveridge July 2016 Podcast

June 30, 2016

In July I am looking at the following topics:

  • I consider the luck involved in getting show bookings and how it is hard to predict when they will come along
  • here's a theory for why Richard Jones came first on BGT, and Jamie Raven only achieved a second place
  • being a creature of habit helps me to achieve long running features for magicians
  • I ask the question of whether, if the fee was right, you would take on any type of show?
  • crowdfunding - the future of magic project capitalisation?
  • sometimes we need perhaps to put the brakes on when performing to avoid putting our foot in it!
  • necessity is the mother of invention, especially for creative magicians
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The Mark Leveridge June 2016 Podcast

May 31, 2016

Here's what you'll find in the June offering:

  • I look back at my recent tour of the USA and reflect on what it was like
  • do you tend to get more shows at a distance from where you live rather than very locally, and if so, why do think that is?
  • I talk about a brand new release that I am excited about
  • I look at why pro performers are often so slick in the way that they perform
  • the problems that summer heat or general weather conditions can cause for you and your props
  • how we can harness lay people's perception of our magic to our benefit
  • exactly what is it that makes comedy funny? - I discuss the factors that need to come together for comedy to work
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The Mark Leveridge May 2016 Podcast

April 30, 2016

This month I have put together a 'gold' version of the Podcast in which I have collected together a selection of extracts from Podcasts that have been published over the last year or so. This is your chance to catch some of the discussions which you may have missed.....

  • how to get cost effective Public Liability Insurance and why you may need it
  • some of your spectators may suffer from Rhabdophobia - do you know what this is?
  • where have all the dedicated magic book suppliers gone?
  • how to turn business cards you collect into a truly valuable resource
  • do less magicians buy at conventions because they are buying all the time online?
  • having a sense of your own performance value helps when quoting show fees
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The Mark Leveridge April 2016 Podcast

March 31, 2016

You'd be an April Fool not to listen to the latest Podcast which covers...

  • I look ahead to my latest trip to the USA in April and anticipate the lectures and conventions that I will be present at
  • the demise of Paul Daniels leaves a huge gaping hole in the magic scene
  • my daughter experiences first hand an issue that table magicians have to contend with
  • I explain why it is impossible to ever organise the perfect magic event
  • announcing the latest release in the Classic Leveridge Range
  • have you ever considered just how important the event at which you are entertaining is for those present, or is it just your latest gig?
  • what is it that makes you buy a new magic trick, and do you need to be fooled by it first?
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The Mark Leveridge March 16 Podcast

February 29, 2016

The March melange of magical musings includes....

  • How I managed to make the Blackpool Convention relaxing!
  • the challenges of performing close up for two blind people
  • Magicseen is in its 12th year and now has a huge body of work to offer 
  • does it bother you when spectators are constantly fiddling with their phones while you are trying to entertain them?
  • the advantages of getting most show enquiries by email
  • the E-Club Pro 30 Day Pass
  • what is acceptable as performance clothing and does it really matter?
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