I can’t think of anything to post today so instead you can watch me doing a little magic trick with tiny balls made from aluminium foil. This is not a good trick for a magician to do at the dinner table but I think you will like it anyway. I have always called it Silver Sorcery and in fact I wrote a little book on it for magicians only.
In addition to being a magician I am also a stage hypnotist. This is a fascinating field and I once put out a course on stage hypnosis. Come to think of it the course is available here.
Anyway, here is a video of my work that might interest you.
Young magicians often ask me what is the most important part of being a good magician. I would say unhesitatingly that it is nothing to do with the trick. It is how you present the trick. I have always said that a trick is merely a peg to hang your personality on. In other words YOU are the magic not the trick!
It is not the trick that is important so much as the illusion you create about yourself. A good magician does not present magic. He presents HIMSELF doing magic! You can present what seems to be a weak trick and get tremendous reaction from it if you have the personality to put it across. In fact you can often put a magician who has stronger material into the shadows if your persona and character is an interesting one.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you should do bad tricks. In fact you are better off with strong material. All I am saying is that the personality of the performer should come first. His tricks are of secondary concern.
The legendary magician and mindreader Joseph Dunninger once stated, “Any trick will do. Even nail through finger (this is a cheap novelty item often performed by schoolboys) will suffice if you have some way of magnetising and hypnotising that audience.
I agree 100 percent with that.
The trick deck of cards I showed you in my last entry is a deck I have been associated with for years. I have a background as a magic pitchman although I do a lot less of it nowadays. The idea is that I set up in various venues such as consumer shows, fairs, department stores and demonstrate/sell magic tricks. The main item I have sold has been a trick deck known as the svengali deck and in fact I have actually written a book about it for magicians. It is called “The Long and the Short of It” authored by naturally, Mark Lewis. Edited by Lisa Moore and illustrated by Susan Kern.
The book would be of interest only to other magicians. You can obtain it from here:
Here is a video of me in my pitching days.
I feel a sudden urge to show a video of me doing a card trick. It is actually a trick deck and I sell them. If you wish to purchase this miracle of magic (which I am quite sure you don’t) then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org It will only cost you $10 plus shipping. Anyway here it is:
Oh, and I can do it in Russian too (or at least it looks like it)
It appears that I haven’t quite got the hang of this nonsense yet. In my last post I referred to the first post as “above”. It seems that in this strange land of the blog I should have said “below”. And the link to my website at first didn’t come out right then it did and then it didn’t again. I think I have it right now but just in case here it is again.
I even linked to the correct page this time. It appears that I am getting cleverer and cleverler.
I merely wish to complain before I leave you that I consider this computer age to be a blight on humanity and I don’t understand a word of it. I expect I am about to delete this post by accident instead of posting it.
The above post was not written by me. It was written by a renowned Scottish advisor on these matters. However, he probably does not want to be associated with me so I had better not name him. Furthermore he told me not to tell you that it was not written by me. The trouble is that I have a rebellious nature so I decided to ignore his instruction. The truth of the matter is that he told me that I should have one of these blog things so I could brag about how wonderful I am. He informed me that it would be good for business.
Alas however I hail from the age of the dinosaur and do not understand these things. I barely know what a computer is but of course that hasn’t stopped me from representing all sorts of computer software companies as a magician at various trade shows all over North America tying in their products to my presentation. Of course I have no idea what I am chattering about when I incorporate their features and benefits into the magic tricks I do but it doesn make a dime’s worth of difference to the size of the crowds I generate and the entertainment of the passing throngs.
Since I am a complete technophobe the aforementioned advisor set this whole thing up and posted the first post. In it he stated that I had written a best selling book entitled “The Lives of a Showman”. This is correct. The “best selling” bit is a trifle more debatable. It certainly sold very well when it first came out in 2011. Or at least it did to the community of magicians who purchased it all over the world. In fact it has only been sold to magicians. Nobody else has been the slightest bit interested in it. And I haven’t sold a single one in the last two years. Perhaps this is why my advisor suggested this blog which has given me a nervous breakdown trying to figure it all out.
Still, since I am here I might as well tell you where you can purchase my book. I have utterly no idea if the following link will come out properly since the last time I tried to put one of these awful blogs together, albeit with a different outfit, it most certainly didn’t. Still I will find out for sure in the next minute or two. The name of the website is http://www.marklewisentertainment.com
(and it doesn’t appear to have come out right as I predicted) and go to the “For Magicians Only” section since I have no idea how to link to the exact page. When you get there you will find the book advertised along with various other literary masterpieces written with magicians in mind. However, the “Lives of a Showman” book will have special appeal to anyone. It covers the world of the psychic reader, the magician and the pitchman and the hustle and bustle of a showman’s life.
So ignore the “For Magicians Only” name of the book section. You don’t have to be a magician. I can assure you that I will take anyone’s money.
I have been advised that I am supposed to write at least four times a week on this blog for reasons I know not what. However, I have been assured that it will be beneficial to me and make me terribly rich and famous so I suppose I had better do it.
See you next time.
In this blog I will be discussing all aspects of being a magician and pitchman. There will be excerpts from my best selling book “The Lives of a Showman'”, stories about my travels as a magician and the well known Mark Lewis wit and wisdom.