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Brian T. Lees

Brian T. Lees

#2 Patter, Plots & Scripts author
#3 Theory, Articles & Reviews author

Brian brings over 50 years of experience to the stage. His shows play to all ages and he has made his mark as a highly skilled entertainer. The music, comedy and storytelling in his "Mysteries of Magic" show will leave you talking about it for a very long time. He knows the secret of capturing an audience and leading them through a magical journey.

Through his training materials Brian introduces magicians to the craft, skills and tools needed to work in front of an audience. It makes no difference how expensive your magic is, how great you are with slight-of-hand or manipulations. Your entertainment factor rests entirely on the audience. If they are not entertained you will not be viewed well as a performer.

Brian has presented numerous lectures on performance, working with music and show development to various clubs and organizations. His helpful articles have been published in both clown and magic industry magazines. Endorsements he received echo his goal of meeting magicians where they are and providing training to help take their performance to the next level.

Brian has won first place in group competition (Felix Adler Days, Clinton, IA) He placed second in stage competition (2012) third in competition (2015), second in stage competition (2016) by IBM Ring # 11 (QCMC), and third in stage competition (2017) by IBM Ring # 11 (QCMC)

All Brian’s training materials are available as lectures. For more information, or to discuss lectures for your organization or convention feel free to email: magicwithbrian@yahoo.com

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Brian T. Lees
Productive Rehearsal by Brian T. Lees

Whether you spend an hour a day, or a few hours before your performance this ebook helps you get the most out of the time spent.

The materials in this ebook help you identify dead spots, problems with angles, poor manipulation and other elements that directly impact your performance. Materials are included that help you prepare for the unexpected. The performance factor rests entirely on the audience. This ebook helps sharpen your performance skills.

  • What is rehearsal
  • Tools
  • Evaluation
  • Documentation
  • Sample documentation forms
  • Trick/Routine form
  • Train wreck rehearsal
  • Wrapping it...
2016 / 4 / 21
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Show Documentation by Brian T. Lees

"I used to do that trick many years ago. I just cannot remember how it went but the audience loved it." Have you heard that before? Everyone has files. We keep records of bill payments, taxes, bank statements and a bunch of other important information. Why would your magic be any different?

This ebook identifies the importance of keeping back up information on your magic. It offers suggestions on a file system that includes text, binders and DVD sources. Armed with this system you could bring back any magic that you have done in the past. Use your files to determine what has changed, what...

2016 / 4 / 21
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Brian T. Lees
Sponge Ball Magic by Brian T. Lees

Sponge balls pack small and play as big as your imagination allows. Learn basic manipulations and routines. Use as close-up, walk around, with volunteers during your show or on the spot. This ebook gets you well on your way with some of the classic manipulations.

  • What makes magic work
  • Why sponge
  • Palm vanish
  • Place vanish
  • Complete the vanish
  • Classic pass
  • Color change
  • Pass through
  • Change bag
  • Classic 3 ball routine
  • No sponge
  • Wrapping it up

1st edition 2016, 22 pages.

2016 / 4 / 29
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What Do You Charge? by Brian T. Lees

There are things that need to be researched and many considerations to think about when setting your prices. This ebook is a basic guide to how to determine what you should be charging in your area.

  • Do Your Homework
  • Activities / Services
  • Market Values
  • Price Structure
  • Comparisons
  • Wrapping It Up

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 5 / 6
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Brian T. Lees
Working with Music by Brian T. Lees

Music is an element that can take a simple show and make it fantastic. This text will identify the various uses of music. I will go into detail on a simple "start up" system you can use. Sources for music will be identified as well as editing materials. A system you can control while on stage, using music that has been edited to fit your performance might already be near your fingertips.

  • Uses of Music
  • Legal Issues
  • Emotion
  • Getting Started
  • Background
  • Choreographed
  • Looping and Editing
  • Back Up
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2016, 22 pages.

2016 / 5 / 13
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Brian T. Lees
Performing as a Business by Brian T. Lees

A primer for entertainers wanting to go "full time" performing as a career.

  • Business Plan
  • Services / Products
  • Performance Costs
  • Administrative Costs
  • License / Insurance
  • Marketing Expenses
  • Business Documents
  • Growth Projections
  • Profit / Loss Statement
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2016, 25 pages.

2016 / 5 / 21
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Brian T. Lees
Safety Magic Show Primer by Brian T. Lees

A primer to help magicians get started with safety based magic, and shows.

  • Foundational Groundwork
  • Potential Markets
  • Sources for Material
  • Sample Routines
  • The Blend
  • Hand Out Materials
  • Wrapping it up

1st edition 2016, 18 pages.

2016 / 5 / 30
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Marketing for New Magicians by Brian T. Lees

Free and minimum cost marketing that help new magicians get started. This ebook helps you use those free sources to get your name out and start booking performances.

  • The Marketing Component
  • Research
  • The Blend (80/20 Rule)
  • The Message
  • Promotion Kit
  • Tracking
  • Wrapping It Up

1st edition 2016, 19 pages.

2016 / 6 / 3
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Brian T. Lees
Working on Stage by Brian T. Lees

From the Preface:

An actor who has always been an inspiration to me once said:

"There are plenty of $400 magicians out there who are only worth $75 and there are plenty of $75 magicians out there that should charge $400."

That is a harsh, cold but very true fact. They all have the skills and potential. Still some do not take their performances up to the levels they should. The ending result is an audience that only gets parts of their show. The cheap $400 magicians shut out part of their audience. They do not allow the entire audience to listen to what they say. And they have serious...

2016 / 6 / 13
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Brian T. Lees
Abraca-Poof June 2016 by Brian T. Lees
  • Donating Your Talent
  • What Makes Magic Work?
  • Working with a Signer
  • Train Wreck Rehearsal
  • Make It Perform It Filler
  • Lectures
  • DVD Marketing Materials
  • What Type Are You?

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 6 / 23
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Abraca-Poof July 2016 by Brian T. Lees
  • Everything Old Is ...
  • DVD Marketing
  • Gold Mine in Store Displays
  • Magic Shop Differences
  • Unknown Market
  • 3 Magicians Walk Into a Bar
  • Magic Without Your Stuff
  • Modern Technology, Great If It Works
  • Trivia to Select Volunteers

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 6 / 23
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Brian T. Lees
Show Development by Brian T. Lees

A primer to help organize clusters of magic into a professional show. Rate your magic in terms of entertainment factor and establish a flow that moves your performance from show opening to close. Learn the reasons larger and smaller magic are blended into a performance. Then learn how to use these various waves to slowly build your audience to that big "wow" finish successful magicians close with.

  • Show Components
  • Mechanics
  • Inventory
  • Flow
  • Music
  • Produce Your Show
  • Specialty Shows
  • Documentation/Backup
  • Wrapping It Up

1st edition 2016, 27 pages.

2016 / 6 / 23
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Brian T. Lees
Thinking of an Assistant by Brian T. Lees

Bringing on an assistant to work with you does not have to be expensive. But it does need to be planned out. From adding the employee, to work costumes and through performance this ebook sets the foundation to get started. Begin with the magic you already own and with increased marketing watch your shows evolve to larger venues/audiences.

  • Selection
  • Payroll
  • Sources
  • Appearance
  • Performance
  • After the Show
  • Train Wreck Performance
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2016, 23 pages.

2016 / 6 / 30
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Abraca-Poof August 2016 by Brian T. Lees
  • Working Equipment
  • Undercut
  • Competition
  • The Internet
  • Facial Expression
  • Haunting Experiences Good/Bad
  • Customer's Investment

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 7 / 18
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Performance Investment by Brian T. Lees

Ever wonder why some magicians always seem to get hired over others? Do you want to get your quote higher in the piles of those being considered? If you position your quote with a return on investment approach you will have more success. Skills and performance content is important. But those who suggest better returns in terms of value are those who get hired. This ebook identifies the “value add” elements that, if included in your quote, helps push your information to the top of the list.

  • Preface
  • The Buyers Side
  • Disqualified Proposals
  • Value by Definition
  • Value Adds
  • Structure the...
2016 / 7 / 18
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Free Money by Brian T. Lees

Working on tips, fund raising and ticket sales are sources to generate free money. The term free identifies no contract/invoice. But it doesn't mean you do not have to work for it. This text gets you started with these approaches. It is nice to have the guaranteed income of a contract. However, in the proper situations, locations and with a professional touch the income with these activities is unlimited.

  • Everything old still around
  • Fear
  • Apply yourself
  • Working for tips
  • Working on tickets
  • Taking it to those in need
  • Wrapping it up

1st edition 2016, 20 pages.

2016 / 7 / 21
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Transitioning by Brian T. Lees

Now for my next trick..... Ladies and gentlemen watch as I take this silk...... And now, right before your eyes I will...... For my next trick......

Announcing each and every trick you do during your show gets boring to the audience. Nothing makes you sound more generic then constant repetition. For that reason, magicians have come up with methods to create flow through their performance. The methods they use between their magic is referred to as transitions.

The three basic transition tools are: announce, lead and connect. This text identifies the three transitions and helps you use...

2016 / 7 / 29
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Abraca-Poof September 2016 by Brian T. Lees
  • Entertainment Factor
  • Train Wreck Rehearsal
  • Lectures Available
  • 3 Magicians Walk Into a Bar
  • Endorsements
  • Looking for Sales Table/Display Materials?
  • Yellow Bird
  • Change Things Up

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 8 / 12
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Brian T. Lees
Working with a Partner by Brian T. Lees

A primer for working with a partner. This text addresses such questions as: why work with a partner, what do look for in a magician you want to work with, documents that both partners need to consider, the basics of putting a performance together and other information.

  • Why a partnership
  • What to look for In partner
  • The partner agreement
  • Partnered performance
  • Transitioning
  • Accent the positive
  • Wrapping it up

1st edition 2016, 21 pages.

2016 / 8 / 14
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Entertainment Factor by Brian T. Lees

Two magicians do a show. At the end one audience leaves the show walking out like students changing classes at high school. The other comes out excited, talking about some of the "WOW" moments of the show. The difference between the two magicians is the entertainment factor.

You can have the best equipment, do the latest/greatest magic and still fail. The true unit of measure for magicians is the entertainment factor. That factor is controlled entirely by the audience. This text identifies elements that impact the entertainment factor.

  • The Entertainment Factor
  • Entertainment Factor Impacts ...
2016 / 8 / 20
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Setting the Environment by Brian T. Lees

A major portion of the audience's experience involves the environment. Their enjoyment can be pleasurable or highly distracted by the area they are given to watch you. This text covers the importance of the performing environment from both the stage and audience perspectives. It goes into details that need to be discussed before the room is set up. It covers many areas most magicians take for granted.

  • Seating
  • Staff
  • Performance Area
  • Sound
  • Flow Path
  • Emergencies
  • Get Ahead of Set Up
  • Meet and Greet
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2016, 20 pages.

2016 / 9 / 17
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Brian T. Lees
Sell the Sizzle by Brian T. Lees

The climax of a magic trick can only last a few minutes. But the build up can take a lot more time. The "sizzle" created by the magician adds drama, mystery and builds the element of surprise. This ebook covers sizzle. What it is, when it is needed, when to use it, and how to work with it.

  • What is sizzle?
  • When to use sizzle
  • Creating sizzle
  • Automate yourself
  • Timing
  • Wrapping it up

1st edition 2016, 15 pages.

2016 / 9 / 18
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Brian T. Lees
Abraca-Poof October 2016 by Brian T. Lees
  • Performance Contract/Agreement
  • A Trip Through the Vendors Room
  • Basic Instructions
  • Bar Code
  • Your Show / Your Responsibility
  • Work the Sizzle
  • Micro Cassette
  • "On" in Public's Eyes
  • Magic Without Your Stuff

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 9 / 24
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Brian T. Lees
Tool Box Show by Brian T. Lees

A call comes in and their magician cancelled. They need a magic show in the next half hour. Can you be packed and ready to go? Maybe you are at an event and one of the sponsors comes up to you and says they need to fill a thirty-minute gap in their schedule. Are you ready to step on stage and go to work? The answer rests in what this text refers to as a tool box show. When the phone rings, if the money is right, all you need to do is grab your tool box and go to work. This ebook will help you take advantage of those "short notice" performance opportunities.

  • Real world
  • Tool box show purpose ...
2016 / 10 / 1
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Brian T. Lees
Gospel Magic: performing as a business by Brian T. Lees

Gospel magic can be done as a business. But there are steps in the planning process, research needed in the market place and calculations that have to be done first. There are times we can make the decision. Then there are others where the decision is made for us. This ebook will give you a strong foundation approach. It will identify how you determine expenses, project income and how to plan for your net profits. If you do your homework this book will identify if making an income is practical in your area.

Magicians perform Gospel magic for free, some charge to recover their expenses and...

2016 / 10 / 8
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Brian T. Lees
Same Show Over and Over by Brian T. Lees

Magicians do the same basic show over and over. This text will help you prepare for a second, third or fourth show that same day. It covers the need to decompress from the first performance, relax, and reset. Then it identifies ways to pump yourself back up.

Every time you step on stage the audience should feel they are experiencing a premier performance. They don't care if we have done the same magic 100 times already. They want to see a fresh, energetic show each and every time.

This text will cover some of the things professionals do between shows. They follow steps that help them...

2016 / 10 / 15
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Patter: The Story Behind the Magic by Brian T. Lees

As magicians we do the same range of magic over and over again. What makes it different is our character, presentation and patter. We all put our own twist on the routines. Patter is the glue that identifies the magic to us personally. It is our personal signature. If we don't take time to create new or updated patter then our performance begins to sound routine or "follow the motions". This ebook identifies different types of patter, offers some suggestions and provides a few examples.

  • What's in the box
  • Purpose of patter
  • Story patter
  • Instructional patter
  • Narration patter
  • Situation patter ...
2016 / 10 / 22
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Abraca-Poof November 2016 by Brian T. Lees
  • Winter Projects
  • Invoice Donated Performances?
  • Role Models
  • Writing
  • Insurance
  • Winging It
  • Political Magic
  • Self-contained, Clean-Up

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 10 / 30
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Brian T. Lees
Paperwork by Brian T. Lees

The paperwork associated with being a magician.

We may think the world is going paperless and in a few industries it is. But we still have a document close by to print as needed. Many times, receipts have been printed out to correct charges on statements. People do not hire maintenance work to be done without some form of contract. The magic industry is the same.

This text covers the basic documents used. These documents range from a simple query letter to proposals/quotes and contracts. Nestled within this ebook are the basics used to form the paper trail of our performances. Though...

2016 / 11 / 6
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Magician's Journals by Brian T. Lees

A primer on when, what, where and why a magician would keep a series of personal journals.

  • Journals
  • Magicians Journal
  • Daily Planners
  • Daily Journal
  • Creative Journal
  • Magic Files
  • Dreams
  • Inspiration
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2016, 25 pages.

2016 / 11 / 11
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Brian T. Lees
Abraca-Poof December 2016 by Brian T. Lees
  • End of Year Clean Out
  • Holiday Cards
  • Failed Card Trick
  • Set the Environment
  • Don't Let Them Take It With Them
  • Goals
  • What? Did He Just Say "Wow My Neck Is Really Thick"

1st edition 2016, 10 pages.

2016 / 11 / 27
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Brian T. Lees
Oops. Now What? by Brian T. Lees

Audience is on the edge of their seats. Every trick is working fantastic. Getting more applause then ever before on your routines. Then BOOM!!! Music cuts out, microphone starts to feedback and the mechanism on the change bag broke while you were trying to use it. Now you are front stage holding a bag you cannot manipulate with no music or microphone ... Now what?

This ebook helps you identify potential problems. A different form of rehearsal is introduced to help you work through these situations. Good magicians smooth over problems, work through situations and still leave their audience...

2016 / 11 / 27
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Create Your Own Marketing Materials by Brian T. Lees

Create your own flyers, brochures and promotional DVD. This text takes you through a word processor, to image programs onto publishing. From publishing it teaches you how to build a slide show and finally converts that show to a DVD.

Written referencing Microsoft Word, Paint, Publisher and Power Point you can produce your own materials using your computer and printer. For those bigger duplications, you can provide "print/copy ready" materials saving set up and production charges.

  • Word Processing
  • Paint Program
  • Publication
  • Images
  • Brochures/Flyers
  • Power Point
  • DVD
  • Documentation/Media...
2016 / 12 / 18
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Brian T. Lees
Abraca-Poof January 2017 by Brian T. Lees
  • What did he just say?
  • Your Name in Print
  • I have a Funeral Tuesday - I need to practice ?????
  • Magic Attire
  • Untouchable
  • Performance Investment

1st edition 2017, 10 pages.

2016 / 12 / 22
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Abraca-Poof February 2017 by Brian T. Lees
  • Meet and Greet
  • What's He Doing?
  • Knock knock ...
  • Command Performance
  • Why?
  • Create Your Own Marketing Materials
  • Yard Sale Gold
  • Two Minute Commercial

1st edition 2017, 10 pages.

2017 / 1 / 19
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Brian T. Lees
Working With A Clown by Brian T. Lees

There is something special about a magician and clown working as a team. Many years ago Mark Wilson, his assistant Nani Darnel and a clown named Rebo brought the Magic Land of Alakazam to life. It was a smash television hit. This ebook identifies the benefits of a clown/magician team. It also helps identify the ways a performance can be produced.

  • A Clown’s World
  • A Magician’s World
  • Working Together
  • Individual Segments
  • Working with Volunteers
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2017, 19 pages.

2017 / 1 / 19
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