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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?
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 extolls the virtues of correct methods of practice and I discuss why he's right to do so
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 interact with potential customers at a wedding fair
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
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 the props can be as appealing as the magic itself : a lay person asks me why there aren't more women in magic
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
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
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
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?
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?
The Blackpool Convention awaits but will have one small thing missing this year : do you adapt your presentation style according to who is in your audience? : why magicians are SO lucky to be able to involve spectators in their acts : I look at a number of reasons that may prevent you adding fresh material to your show : new release Six Appeal has got off to a strong start : the inhibiting factor for close up of the quiet, small performance room : I consider a response to one of the questions most commonly asked by spectators : I reveal my favourite type of booking and explain why it is so great
How looking back over 2015 can help you to plan and evaluate what you'd like or need to do in 2016 : if you pass a booking you can't do to a magic colleague, do you expect to get a cut of the fee? : creativity for the long haul needs a managed approach : new beginner magic workshops in 2016 at the Mark Leveridge Magic Academy : reflections on the current healthy state of live magic in the UK : show and self promotion requires constant attention these days : do you ever fall into the Charity trap?