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Ideas and thoughts that might, just might, help you. Might. And other ramblings of a creative nature.

 

Every Batman needs…

19756858_1401798489869031_3655569996234096968_n… a Robin actually. Someone to reflect and challenge your thoughts and ideas. Someone who compliments you.

But that’s for another time.

However, it does lead me nicely on to my partner-in-crime Jen Allen. Jen’s new print range is now available and can be viewed here; https://goo.gl/4E5BFV From Jen’s publishers DeMontfort Fine Art ‘Jen Allen has surpassed herself with her new releases – a pair of outstanding limited editions featuring iconic superhero Batman and his villainous nemesis, the Joker. Her ‘Silent Guardian’ offers a serious exploration of the dark romance of Bruce Wayne’s heroic alter-ego, while the Joker, who is often portrayed wearing a wicked smile, is shown as a genuinely menacing personality. Intensity of character and atmosphere seeps out of every brushstroke, demonstrating precisely why Jen has achieved her enormous worldwide success.’

Click here to view the collection brochure

Click here to purchase from this outstanding collection

I’ve an amazing idea… now what?

When inspiration strikes, what is the best way to proceed?

Write it down! The secret of the notebook. Not tapping it into a phone. No, no, no.

Why write it down? The actual process of writing your idea cements it into your thinking. But that’s only Step 1 in bringing ideas to life.

Shortly, we’ll look at Step 2. But for now, always, always carry a notebook and pen. Be like Columbo! (Except don’t always ask to borrow a pencil.) Keep a notebook by the bed, in the WC and in the car. And of course in your coat pocket, jacket pocket and jeans pocket.

Ideally, make it the same notebook. Saves money and time when it comes to Step 2:)

If you want to get things done and bring ideas to life; get a notebook (and pen).

I’m a L.A.

I’m a List Addict. There. It’s out. Phew.

Usually we all sit round in a circle and ‘come out’. Not pens or pads allowed.

Listers Anonymous.

The irony is us LA’s at LA have an ordered schedule of business (e.g. a list) so we can’t escape them completely.

And neither should we.

Make lists. A priority. In. Your. Life.

Fortune’s Formula; Make Lists = Get Things Done.

Join us. Become a List Addict. You’ll be glad you did.

Anything can happen…

Anything_Can_Happen_ThursOne of the things that brings a smile to my face over the Brexit debate (one of the few things given the dilemma of the topic!) is the constant line ‘we need certainty’. The ONLY certainty in life is uncertainty. Everything is uncertain. We often fall for the illusion of certainty. But it is just that. An illusion.

So, given things are uncertain, here’s a way to provide uncertainty in your everyday life. Inspired from The Big Bang Theory’s ‘Anything Can Happen Thursday’s’, my girlfriend Jen and I have created this as a permanent feature in our weekly schedule. Each Thursday morning we pick a slip from the ACHT jar (see photo) and whatever it says, we do.

So what’s on those slips? Anything! From going for a bike ride, to a full-on day activity; visiting an attraction, exploring new places and more. We add the ideas as they come to us (without telling each other) and drop them in the jar.

First one picked out last Thursday was to visit a palmist and have our fortune’s told! Ironic given my surname.

So, what can you do to embrace uncertainty and bring spontaneity into your life?

 

All in a day’s work

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

Magical_ArtistHuman 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

From BGT to MMS

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!

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New Home, New Location!

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…

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Uri Geller does this

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!

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Shadowmagic author lets me know I was his inspiration

I was speaking with the hugely successful author John Lenahan recently about his amazing journey with his Shadowmagic novimgresels. 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!