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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The Mark Leveridge February 2017 Podcast

January 31, 2017

This month I discuss the following topics:

  • Reflections on the January 2017 Session Convention in London
  • Jamie Raven scores well with some radio magic and gives us all something to learn from the way he did it
  • how ill do you have to be before you will consider backing out of a show booking?
  • teaching total beginners magic skills in the MLM Academy makes me realise how basic the initial information may need to be
  • a magic conundrum for commercial close uppers at dinners is revealed
  • when is the right time to put up your show fees?
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The Mark Leveridge January 2017 Podcast

December 31, 2016

Start the new year with the following podcast topics:

  • Being a performer means we work when others aren't and prevents us from enjoying our own social lives
  • having the confidence to change your performing environment can be important to the success of your show
  • I reflect on the number of magical podcasts that are now available
  • where will the hand crafted wooden magic props come from in the future?
  • sometimes we can be unaware of how loud our music or voice amp needs to be
  • audio books provide an interesting way to learn
  • are the days of the general theatrical agent numbered as the internet provides bookers with all the info they need?
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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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