Ideas and thoughts that might, just might, help you. Might. And other ramblings of a creative nature.
I took a moment the other day to realise just how varied my ‘job’ is. And yes, I say ‘job’ as it’s not really a chore. More ‘paid-play’. But I digress… In one day, I took a call re doing a series of magic workshops as part of my Magic Moments initiative for potentially 60 special need schools, then had a meeting re my Wundre furniture, spoke to a client re Jen Allen doing another live royal portrait, went cycling around a local nature reserve, finished the first draft of a short horror story which is one of many I’m thinking of compiling into a collection, began sketching a new piece of furniture for Wundre which is pretty awesome (even if I do say so myself… a-hem!), devised a new logo for a wellbeing centre in London’s famous Primrose Hill who I’m working with on their marketing, proof read a document for a new book by an established philosopher/author, held talks about a new conference I’m planning for Spring 2018, furthered discussions on a tour in 2018 and helped a magician work through a new magic trick. Phew! One of the benefits of risking new ventures and hoping that at the end of the day you’ve got money in the bank to continue to play is precisely that I never know what might present itself tomorrow. I never know who will call or what opportunities might come around. Not always good stuff, but on the rollercoaster of life it certainly keeps things interesting. Variety is indeed the spice of life. What do you do to shake up your reality on a daily basis?
Human dynamo? Not my words, but those of the editor of MagicSeen Magazine; ‘Jay is a multi-talented man who is equally at home designing high end ‘magic themed’ furniture as he is providing excellent drawings for magic books and trick instructions. We find out more about this human dynamo in the May issue.’
Thanks to them for this interview about my art skills used within the magic community for books, adverts and more.
Read the full article here; Jay Fortune Article Iss. 74
I recently shot a great mind-reading trick using a borrowed book for our Premium Members at Marvin’s Magic School. Coincidentally, 8 year old Issy Simpson did excellently on last week’s Britain’s Got Talent with a mind-reading book trick. Issy is the grand-daughter of a good magician friend of mine Russ Stevens – looks like the future of magic is in safe hands! See Issy’s audition here. Well done Russ and Issy!
After visiting for years now, I’ve set up home in the Mecca of UK Entertainment; Blackpool! Such an enthusiastic and creative community of artists, entertainers and the location for the world’s largest annual magic convention. Few weeks of making the new place a creative hub, then back out with new projects, launching my Wundre range of furniture and much more. Exciting times ahead.
And I can see this little baby from four different windows in the new home…
For the month of March 2017 our members at the magic school can learn this great bar trick. You make a straw move using just the power of your mind! Uri Geller does a version of this trick but he claims he’s using real mind power. Maybe he is! But you can do it far easier. Join the world’s biggest online magic school for free today www.marvinsmagicschool.com. You’ll be making magic in no time!
I was speaking with the hugely successful author John Lenahan recently about his amazing journey with his Shadowmagic novels. John has sold over 100,000 copies and has topped many book and podcast charts with his fantasy adventure series. I first met John back in 2005 when I was hosting Radio Magic (my hour long weekly radio broadcast from what was then Paradise FM in London) interviewing the world’s best magicians. John, a celebrated magician in his own right, told me that he was so impressed with Radio Magic he was inspired to record his new novel he’d written as a podcast. He went on to rack up tens of thousands of listeners and before long was getting offers from major publishers for his story. The rest, as they say, is history. Thanks John! Starting to write more in my spare time, it was a nice feeling to know I was the catalyst for helping someone enjoy success in a renowned difficult market. Oh, and if you’ve not read Shadowmagic, it’s available from all major retailers. Enjoy!
My latest published article in MagicSeen focuses on the brilliant work of magician David Elkin and his MagicAid project in the USA. Click the link and enjoy!
Nice interview and pics in the tenth anniversary edition of MagicSeen magazine all about Marvin’s Magic School. The piece discussed the journey of the online school just over a year after its online launch (Dec 2013). Check it out:
Shhh… don’t tell anyone. Here’s an advanced preview of my 50th article for MagicSeen magazine. It’s a satirical political piece (hence the title here!) from the forthcoming issue of MagicSeen published at the world’s biggest magic convention later this month. Now, if you’re not a magician, much won’t make sense to you… but a quick overview is that I have merged the titles of famous magic tricks with current famous politicians. I call it ‘PoliTricks’.
The tricks are:
The Farrow Shuffle – a magical shuffle with playing cards. Card in Walnut – a signed card appears inside a walnut. ACAAN – Any Card At Any Number; a freely chosen playing card appears at a freely chosen number in the deck. Silk to Egg – a silk handkerchief changes into an egg. Hamman Count – a special false count using cards. Vanishing Cola Bottle (self explanatory). Three Card trick AKA Find The Lady (self explanatory). Chameleon Cards – colour changing cards. Wrist Chopper – a persons wrist is magically penetrated by a steel blade. Ambitious Card – a card repeatedly rises to the top of the deck by magic. Dippy Duck – a classic magic prop made famous by Tommy Cooper. Zombie AKA The Floating Ball (self explanatory).
With that secret knowledge imparted, enjoy PoliTricks!
You know a magic trick is good when you show it to a few pro’s (our term for Professional Magicians, although am sure it applies to all manner of trades) and they scratch their heads and ask you, heaven forbid, to break the golden rule of magic and repeat it. Working with one of my close magic mentors, a spiffing chap called Mark Leveridge, we throw ideas back and forth regarding simple but effective magic tricks for our beginner audience of magicians to learn at the magic school. I read an idea in a book for a mind-reading trick. Mark played with the little tinker and came back with a new idea which fooled me badly. And we think we know it all! And now we’ve made it available for our members to learn. But here’s a link to a cheeky little demo if you want to know what all my fuss is about. (Trust me, after spending most of my waking life with magic, tricks and magicians, it is very rare to be fooled by something which appears so innocent.) OK, you probably will wonder just why the fuss… but should you like it and want to learn, then do join the magic school today. A new year’s hobby, even a career change, may await you.
But can you make money from being a magician? When I tell people I am a magician, they usually reply with the customary ‘Aw, how brave. Kids parties is it?’ Well, our current Magic-Hero in the UK is Dynamo who I believe netted (before tax etc) £18 million in 2015/16.
Maybe someone learning at our school will be the next Dynamo?! If so, and you need a manager…