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The Strolling Magician
by Mark Leveridge

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(1 review, 3 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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The Strolling Magician by Mark Leveridge

Mark has been working close up commercially for over 25 years and in that time he has gradually amassed experience of working in a huge variety of venues and working situations. Exactly how to cope with everything that the modern day close up worker encounters requires thought, planning and expertise if you really wish to do it well, and in this book he has tried to give as much real world advice as he can to help make your job that much easier.

There are 8 chapters of highly detailed advice on all aspects of commercial close up, the chapter headings being:

  • Is Strolling Magic Right For You?
  • First Things First - The Approach
  • Table Manners
  • Nuts And Bolts
  • Special Events/Venues
  • The Tricks
  • The Pro Magician
  • The Final Word
Mark has gone into great detail about the many aspects of the strolling magic ‘job’ and everything he has said comes directly from his own experiences - it may not be the only way, but it works very well for him and we hope it will for you too.

Interspersed amongst this goldmine of advice are 18 strolling routines to add to your repertoire:

  • Spin Out
  • A Bite To Eat
  • Intuition
  • The Hypnotised Coin
  • My Card Sir
  • Badgered
  • The Department Store
  • Paper Money
  • The Magic Ring
  • Beer Money
  • A ‘Groan’ Man
  • Aces Under Control
  • Name Dropper
  • Copy Ring
  • The Caught Card
  • The Acrobatic Coin
  • Credit Scare
  • Simplex Hopping Halves
Every single routine is fully described and is obviously suitable for this type of work.

The Strolling Magician is based on and now supersedes the highly successful Art Of Hopping Tables. All the advice chapters have been completely re-written from scratch and the magic itself collects together many of Mark's strongest and most practical commercial routines. Mark believes this ebook will provide all readers with a rich vein of advice and information and will be a worthy addition to any magic ebookshelf.

1st edition 2003; 121 pages.
word count: 61662 which is equivalent to 246 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Peter Vattimo (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 16 March, 2023

Lots of info - Magical effects: A wide variety with some great ideas which can be utilized in multiple genres (cards, coins, close-up, parlor) - Performance and theory: solid discussion and suggestions plus dealing with many different types of situations. Major value here - I definitely feel like I got "bang for my buck" !!! (I've been into magic for over 50 years and a serious hobbyist for over 30). Theory, performance tips, actual magic effects - I will re-read this one. Very pleased with this purchase.