The Mark Leveridge February 2019 Podcast

January 31, 2019

The February 2019 Podcast offers the following content:

  • Reflections on The Event and The Session from last month
  • do mentalists have a more difficult job than magicians presenting their effects as strolling entertainers?
  • if you want to work your magic for local businesses, get involved in your local business community
  • why face-to-face conversation will stimulate and progress your magic quicker than anything else
  • when creating new magic, should you start with the effect or the method?
  • the biggest challenge for busy performers is maintaining a freshness and spontaneity of presentation
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The Mark Leveridge January 2019 Podcast

December 31, 2018

Get your New Year off to a flying start by listening to the following topics:

  • The launch of the new Mark Leveridge Magic website is getting closer and I give an update about what it will be like
  • I reflect on the latest Magic Clips get together and compare it to the traditional magic convention
  • why do some spectators think it is OK to rummage through the magician's clothing if they want to find out how a trick is done?
  • the sophistication of some modern dealers is amazing when compared to 30 years ago
  • if a spectator can come up with even a simplistic and inaccurate explanation for your magic, it diminishes the impact of it in their eyes
  • the true story of the lady spectator who found a way to get maximum value for money
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The Mark Leveridge December 2018 Podcast

November 30, 2018

The final Podcast of 2018 has the following topics:

  • How do you define the difference between a close up competition and a stand up magic competition?
  • changes in the average attention span of spectators can have an effect on the type of magic we need to present
  • it seems that some people are suffering from magic fatigue
  • I really enjoy spending some time with Paul Gordon putting the magic world to rights
  • is the Christmas rush still a rush?
  • I consider the John Bannon assertion that maybe the stereotypical close up worker may need to change what he does in order to remain bookable
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The Mark Leveridge November 2018 Podcast

October 31, 2018

Dark nights are brightened by the November Podcast contents which feature the following topics:

  • The CCC rebrands as the OCCC but the meeting provides the same great stimulus as always
  • online booking agencies make for lazy enquiries and encourage potentially unfair price comparisons
  • does it matter that explanations of many of our tricks are openly available on YouTube?
  • magicians sometimes get too hung up on moves and procedure and can easily forget what is far more important
  • online video instructions provide both the best and the worst type of trick explanation
  • do you feel a bit uncomfortable performing for people who know you very well, such as family and friends? I look at why this might be
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The Mark Leveridge October 2018 Podcast

September 30, 2018

An OctoberFest of magic opinion and comment featuring the following topics:

  • I reflect that it's not easy as a self employed business person to clear the desks before going on holiday
  • Wittus Witt asks whether close up magic really has any place at modern large conventions
  • creativity is all about making choices, but this can present you with a dilemma
  • Shin Lim brings a theatrical importance to his visual close up miracles in America's Got Talent
  • how much do you value magical advice?
  • cancellation clauses in performance contracts can cause more problems than they solve
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The Mark Leveridge September 2018 Podcast

August 31, 2018

The September Podcast will entertain you and get you thinking with the following topics:

  • I get the opportunity to experience Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk, and it's awesome!
  • what are the best and worst parts of being a magician?
  • the show format that helped me to gain invaluable performing experience in the early days of my magic career
  • I discuss whether social media ever really delivers in terms of creating actual bookings or whether we are simply deluding ourselves
  • the importance of how we respond to show enquiries is illustrated when my wife and I try to book some entertainment for our own party
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The Mark Leveridge August 2018 Podcast

July 31, 2018

The summery August Podcast contains the following topics:

  • Why on earth do so many of us get involved in magic in the first place? I suggest a whole load of reasons why we might get involved in the art
  • Duncan Trillo launches an interesting new initiative in which he invites fans of his MagicWeek website to become a MagicWeek Backer
  • the football World Cup is over, but maybe there are some lessons to be learned about how not to jump on a bandwagon when it comes to publicity
  • I finally release the 4th volume of my popular card magic series of E-Books
  • there are many things to cope with as a table hopping magician, and none of them are anything to do with the magic itself
  • download instructions are now all pervasive, a situation that has almost sneaked up on us all
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The Mark Leveridge July 2018 Podcast

June 30, 2018

A varied selection of topics this month looks like this:

  • Richy Roy suggests that most of us are charging far too little for our shows and I discuss whether he is right or not
  • I prove that no matter how long you have been in the magic business, there can still be things which happen to you which have never happened before
  • "Strolling magic is not an art, it's a service" says Paul Brook - but is he correct?
  • news of a new MLM release that is a terrific, practical version of a classic plot
  • the mobile phone has changed the way spectators want to experience our magic
  • why do lay people still fall back on cliched explanations for the magic that we do?
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The Mark Leveridge June 2018 Podcast

May 31, 2018

The early summer 2018 podcast has the following topics:

  • I reflect on my recent US lecture tour which included some dodgy weather and a traffic violation!
  • talking of lectures, I consider what magicians expect to get from a lecture that they attend
  • magical fame and fortune may not always be all it is cracked up to be
  • the Mark Leveridge Magic website is being re-designed and I give you some early teaser information about what it might be like when it launches later in the year
  • I reflect on why it can be difficult sometimes to entertain the people who have actually booked you
  • why offering advice to an inexperienced magician may not be the best thing to do
  • why does magic seem to attract such high levels of incompetence!?
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The Mark Leveridge May 2018 Podcast

April 30, 2018

Podcast Gold

Here are six of my favourite Podcast articles which I have collected together from Podcasts released over the last year. I hope you enjoy hearing them again, or if you missed them, for the first time!

  • Fee negotiation - do you allow your rates to be a subject of discussion with a potential booker?
  • I offer a theory about when you should hand write a prediction and when it is OK to have it pre-printed
  • I explain why I think going back to tables more than once is not a good idea
  • comedy is as much about consistently selecting appropriate lines to suit our performing personality as it is about the lines themselves
  • your credibility as a magician is important for potential bookers, so here's a way to ensure you get some
  • card to wallet - is it better to go down the palm-and-load route, or are the no-palm versions just as valid?
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