The Mark Leveridge February 2018 Podcast

January 31, 2018

This is what the February edition has in store for you

  • I attended The Session last month and I offer my observations about the annual close up convention organised by Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin
  • "If someone asks you to perform, you are not obliged to do so" - I explain why I agree with this assertion from Roberto Giobbi
  • Mike Close reveals how to take the sting out of strong magic to make it more acceptable to lay people
  • here's an important piece of advice that could make sure you get more enquiries from your website
  • listen to a Mark's Monthly Message Audio File on Developing A Performing Personality
  • Facebook gives you even less opportunity to get your message across via your posts
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The Mark Leveridge January 2018 Podcast

December 31, 2017

The first Podcast of a new year offers you the following topics:

  • I reflect on how the Podcast has developed since its inception in January 2013
  • what makes for the perfect opening trick? The current issue of Magicseen gives the views of 10 top pro close up magicians
  • how to turn yourself into a Business Magician and thus open up countless new working opportunities
  • attending a concert by the Bootleg Beatles leads me to wonder whether you could have 'tribute magicians' in the same way as the music industry has 'tribute bands'
  • never try to second guess what fee a potential booker can afford
  • with so many people wanting to get magic ideas marketed, what's the best way to get a product out there?
  • how to know whether your 2018 magical resolutions are likely to actually come about
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The Mark Leveridge December 2017 Podcast

November 30, 2017

The festive edition of the Podcast has the following topics:

  • I explain why presenting live club lectures is one of my favourite things to do
  • pros should give semi-pros a lot of respect
  • don't automatically assume that the method supplied with a marketed product is the best one possible
  • why using a logo could be a good thing for magicians
  • instant gratification with online purchases has changed the landscape for buying magic
  • 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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The Mark Leveridge November 2017 Podcast

October 31, 2017

The November Podcast covers the following topics:

  • I reflect on the mini explosion of magic online learning opportunities
  • have you noticed whether your regularly used props have become tatty?
  • I reveal my favourite way to create new magic
  • we all have to deal with the pressures of audience scrutiny every time that we perform
  • comedy is as much about consistently selecting appropriate lines to suit our performing personality as it is about the lines themselves
  • Safety Catch is back as a Premier E-Routine download
  • most magicians ignore one of the best ways to get corporate work
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The Mark Leveridge October 2017 Podcast

September 30, 2017

What can you expect from the October Podcast? Here's a run down

  • The stresses and strains of moving house and relocating two businesses
  • is it best to quote all inclusive show fees, or is it better to have a lower headline price and then go for added extras?
  • the latest annual Cumbrian Conjurers Collective session provides tangible help and advice
  • I highlight one of the most important aspects of performance that some entertainers tend to forget
  • a new online show agency gets my vote over Bark
  • take the online video tour of E-Club Pro and see exactly what benefits members receive
  • I explain why I think going back to tables more than once is not a good idea
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The Mark Leveridge September 2017 Podcast

August 31, 2017

The September Podcast covers the following topics:

  • I ponder on whether it is good for magic when celebrities are shown doing magic on TV
  • should children's entertainers be displaying their magic props to make an impression on the kids and on the booker?
  • one of my favourite parlour or large close up table tricks is reintroduced
  • things that you can do to help older people in your audience to fully appreciate what you do
  • the market for good magic books is not redundant, despite what some may say
  • do hecklers still exist and would you know one if you met one?
  • I discuss whether people still practise magic in the way magicians used to
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The Mark Leveridge August 2017 Podcast

July 31, 2017

The topics in the August podcast are:

  • Fee negotiation - do you allow your rates to be a subject of discussion with a potential booker?
  • TV magicians such as Troy and Dynamo are attracting a young crowd to magic
  • the magic business card is still one of the best and most used publicity tools
  • a new Premier E-Routine is released this month and is a fun effect for children's entertainers
  • when you present different types of shows, you need to be able to adapt your performance skills to suit each of them
  • does performing tricks repeatedly lead to a reduction in the quality of your technique, especially in bright lighting conditions?
  • we all have a performance mode which we need to be able to turn on or off at will
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The Mark Leveridge July 2017 Podcast

June 30, 2017

Here are the podcast topics to get you through the lazy days of summer

  • The power that Derren Brown brings to his performances bucks the accepted modern trend of how we should entertain lay people
  • I offer a theory about when you should hand write a prediction and when it is OK to have it pre-printed
  • nobody knows everything in magic, so surrounding yourself with knowledgeable people can be a huge help
  • most performers spend more time on the show than they do on the business of promoting that show
  • Mark Leveridge Magic does not sell fish, despite what UPS may think!
  • coming second on BGT could be a good thing for Issy Simpson
  • not getting a booking may be nothing to do with the fee
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The Mark Leveridge June 2017 Podcast

May 31, 2017

The early summer Podcast offers you the following topics:

  • Summer seems to have arrived, yet I for one am not that thrilled!
  • what constitutes a good trick? I look at some options
  • there are three different types of show enquiry that you may be getting and I explain how you might categorise them and what they each mean
  • lectures have changed in nature but my latest offering is more like they used to be
  • how music can be a real asset for a close up performer
  • your credibility as a magician is important for potential bookers, so here's a way to ensure you get some
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The Mark Leveridge May 2017 Podcast

April 30, 2017

For May we have a Podcast Special:

I like to ring the changes once a year with the Podcast content and so this edition features three Audio Files extracted from Mark's Monthly Message video presentations which were originally given to E-Club Pro members. Here you can listen to audio tracks which cover topics on how to approach a table, ways to get great reactions from spectators at those tables, and finally, how to judge the right length to stay at any given table.

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