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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The Mark Leveridge April 2017 Podcast

March 31, 2017

The April Podcast covers the following topics:

  • Putting yourself in the shoes of your close up spectators can be revealing
  • the Magic Circle ups the ante with its Dealers Day
  • protecting your website from the 'bad guys' is an ongoing problem
  • lay people often have misconceptions about the magic world
  • MLM has now officially become a digital magic hub
  • what does it mean if you claim to be a 'professional' magician?
  • long experience can be a double edged sword
  • the unique attribute that magic has
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The Mark Leveridge March 2017 Podcast

February 28, 2017

The March miscellany of musings from Mark include...

  • Does cramped dealer space reduce sales?
  • tracking where show enquiries come from and whether they turn into bookings is vital
  • what do you do when a trick goes wrong? - why this is really an unimportant question
  • no, not retiring, just a change of the way MLM products are delivered
  • a reflection on the 'explosion' of lecturers doing the rounds on the UK magic club circuit
  • why Bark are causing show fees to be pushed down
  • early influences can shape our magic future
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