Month: November 2016
We launched a special offer to coincide with the Black Friday sale event; 50% off 1 yr Premium Membership of our online magic school www.marvinsmagicschool.com. If you wish to snap up this special offer, simply click here and enter the coupon code ‘makemagic’ (all lower case and one word) at the check-out and you’ll save £10. Being creative we have extended the special offer period throughout this weekend, finishing at 11:59pm on Magic Monday (OK, so it’s not that creative!). Many Christmas gifts claim to be magical and aren’t – like ‘celebrate a magical Christmas this year with a toothbrush!’ etc, whereas our online Marvin’s Magic School is truly magical. It’s created by magicians after all! And for only a tenner it keeps on giving as folks can log in and learn over 80 tricks online using everyday objects for the next 12 months. Less than 1 quid per month! Can’t be bad. Plus we add new tutorials periodically at no extra cost. And you get a special newsletter, extra free video hints and tips and… well, go forth and discover the magic at Marvin’s Magic School. Enjoy!
Mark Leveridge is a professional magician and has been a mentor and dear friend of mine since I was around 8 years young. One of the great perks of shooting new videos for Marvin’s Magic School is collaborating with Mark to devise new pieces of magic for beginners that embody the fundamental techniques that every good magician should begin with. This month our free trick was devised by Mark and features him performing and explaining a miracle matchbox piece of magic. Even at this beginners stage, it is still of paramount importance to practice, practice, practice, and begin to understand that to deceive an intelligent adult audience takes great skill and clever thinking.
I’ve often thought that a modern adult audience would perhaps be more impressed to see how the magician manages to create the appearance of magic, as the techniques, skills and psychology involved often far outweighs what appears to be a simple magic trick.
However, one of the tenets of magic is to never reveal the secret! Am I being hypocritical then by running an online magic school? I feel not, as without wannabe magicians having somewhere and someone knowledgeable to turn to to learn the basic skills of this fascinating craft, then they often resort to YouTube and pick-up bad habits and poor technique. So, if you want to learn the correct way to do magic, then join Marvin’s Magic School today and learn the free magic matchbox trick right now. Oh, and if you do, please keep the secret!
Great to be working with one of Europe’s most progressive magicians, Butzi, illustrating his forthcoming book about the magician’s creative process. This area is of particular interest to me, as I’ve created many projects outside of magic as entertainment, utilising the magicians unique knowledge and skills of problem-solving (after all, we have to think different from ‘normal’ folks in order to create magic that cannot be solved by everyday logical thinking, and therefore appear impossible). A book exploring techniques and theory on how magicians can develop this creative skill is extremely intriguing.
Right, off to sharpen the pencils!
Now being populated by yours truly, the Marvin’s Magic School channel offers free tips and advice for budding magicians everywhere. The latest Halloween video taught you how to make a real live Zombie hand burst through your chest to scare folk. Although, thinking about it, Zombie’s are actually dead aren’t they? So, it’s a real live dead hand… or something! Anyway, if you like magic, please do subscribe here.