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I am down to my last few physical copies of Marketing Magic, Everything I know about being a Children's Entertainer and SWYS At the Movies books; and once sold out I will not be producing any more. Only PDF's will be available after that.

Marketing Magic: A Guide to Getting the Gigs

723 Page Book

This book examines all the markets, promotional material, S.E.O., advertising methods and business strategies in finding, getting and keeping work as a professional magician. 

It includes the full 723 page book, as an A4 size hardback book and a DVD lasting 2 hours, 25 minutes discussing some of the various chapters within the book that Stephen feels are the most important.

He reveals everything from how much performers are paid, how to get the elusive jobs, links to the relevant websites and agents responsible for recruiting along with a yearly breakdown on what months to market to particular groups and societies to maximize getting the gigs.   

In the 20 years he has been performing professionally. He has been an illusionist, close-up magician, children's entertainer, bar magician, cabaret artist, agent and public speaker. He has almost done it all and he is now ready to reveal all his secrets so that you too can make a living as an entertainer in any facet of the entertainment industry. 

The physical book is only available from this website while stocks last.
Promotional Material
1.     The Marketing Map
2.     Stage Name
3.     Logos
4.     Leaflets
5.     Colour Branding & Costume
6.     Business Cards
7.     Roller Banners
8.     Branded Giveaways
9.     Free Party Invitations
10.  A-Frame Boards
11.  Brochure / Flyer
12.  Party Tips Flyer
13.  £10 Discount Voucher
14.  Sign Writing Your Car
15.  Personalised License Plates
16.  Profile Photos
17.  Show Pictures
18.  Celebrity Photographs
19.  Promo Videos
20.  Colouring Page of Yourself
21.  Branded Clothing
22.  Unique Selling Points
 
Your Website
23.  Building a Website
24.  Mobile Websites
25.  Prices on your Website
26.  Written and Video Testimonials
27.  Availability Calendars
28.  Venue Hire Web Page
29.  Entertainers Database Software
30.  Email Bulk Messaging Software
31.  Money Back Guarantee
 
Online Presence
32.  S.E.O. (Search Engine Optimisation)
33.  Google Adwords
34.  Bing
35.  Netmums & Google Businesses
36.  Free Listing Websites
37.  Getting Reviews
38.  Facebook Fan Pages
39.  Facebook Pay to Advertise
40.  Twitter / Instagram etc.
41.  LinkedIn
42.  Google Alerts
43.  Using Social Media
 
Advertising
44.  Leaflet Drops
45.  Wall Planners, Posters & Magazines
46.  Newspapers
47.  Local Magazines
48.  National Magazines
49.  Parenting & School Magazines
50.  Free Telephone Directories
51.  Yellow Pages
52.  Yell.com
53.  Party Pop and others
54.  Text Enquiries via a Website
55.  Telephone Number Blocking
56.  Adverting on Television
57.  Advertising on the Radio
58.  Post Office Screens
59.  Giant Roadside Billboards
60.  Advertising on Buses
61.  Religious Holidays
62.  E-mails & Letters to Schools
63.  Library Shows
64.  Letters to Pubs
65.  Advertising to Hotels
66.  Department Stores & Supermarkets
67.  Advertising to Sport Clubs
68.  Websites at ToysRUs
 
Ways to Get the Work
69.  Recommendations
70.  Getting a Referral
71.  Wedding Fairs & Bridal Shops
72.  Shopping Centre Busking
73.  Charity Shows
74.  Network Meetings
75.  Cold Calling
76.  Staying Behind to Network
77.  Hair Salons
78.  Host your own Funday
79.  Agents
80.  Beware of the Agency Scam
81.  Magic Gigs Websites
82.  Talent Agencies
83.  Hot Leads through Hired Venues
84.  Setting up a Competition
85.  Personalised Tricks for Clients
86.  Party & Event Planners
87.  Free Phone Numbers
88.  Call Divert
89.  Follow-Up Telephone Calls
90.  Handling Telephone Enquiries
91.  Handling E-Mail Enquiries
92.  Publicity Stunts
93.  Using Public Venue Shows
94.  Facebook Group Posting
95.  Referrals from Entertainers
96.  Breaking into Television
97.  Networking in Church
98.  The Job Centre
99.  Letters to Restaurants
 
The Markets
 
Close-Up
100.                Residencies: What to Charge
101.                Residencies: Finding the work
102.                Residencies: Keeping the Gig
103.                Premier League Football Clubs
104.                Mobile Stationary Magic Bar
105.                Hen and Stag Nights
106.                Bar Hustling
107.                Working a Nightclub
108.                Bar Magic
109.                Graduations, Proms & Colleges
110.                Cruise Ship Close-Up
 
Tuition
111.                One on One Magic Tuition
112.                Going into Schools
113.                Full Day Enrichment Class
114.                After School Clubs
115.                Over 60's Clubs
116.                Magic Workshop Lecture Notes
117.                Summer Camps
118.                Scout and Brownie Camps
 
Public Speaking
119.                Women Institutes & Rotary Clubs
120.                Speaking on Cruise Ship
121.                Magic Club Lectures
 
Children's Show
122.                Children's Birthday Parties
123.                Ferry Entertainment
124.                Working with Photographers
125.                Theme Park Shows
126.                Cruise Ships
127.                Summer Camps
128.                Caravan Parks
129.                Agricultural, Animal & Flower Shows
130.                Park Events
131.                Hospital Giggle Doctors
132.                Being Santa
133.                Santa's Grotto Entertainment
134.                Lapland Flight to Meet Santa
135.                Cinema Kids Club
136.                Blue Coat Holiday Parks
137.                Circus Skills Clubs
138.                Party Host at Food Restaurant 
139.                TV Show Warm-Up
140.                Halloween Safety Show
141.                Car Dealerships
 
Staff Training
142.                Balloon Modelling Training
143.                Team Building Sessions
144.                Persuasion Seminars
145.                Towel Folding Classes
146.                Magician Master-Classes
147.                Magician's UK Lecture Tour
148.                Magician's US Lecture Tour
 
Adult Cabaret
149.                Rural Touring Booking Agents
150.                The Casino Circuit
151.                Edinburgh Festival
152.                Comedy Festivals
153.                Corporate Magic
154.                Rehearsal Opportunities
155.                Hiring a Theatre
156.                Club Med Working Holiday
157.                Trade Shows
158.                Cruise Ship Cabaret
159.                Comedy Clubs
160.                Weddings
161.                Adult Birthday Parties
162.                Cocktail Evenings / Retirement Parties
163.                Gospel Magic
164.                Christmas Light Switch On
165.                Magic Festivals
166.                Disability Groups
167.                Retirement Homes
168.                Holiday Park Circuit
169.                Hotel Parlour Shows
170.                Golf, Conservatives & Pubs
171.                Magic Club Dinners
172.                Busking with Adult Magic
173.                Ghost Walks
174.                Séances / Ghost Spirit Shows
175.                Touring the UK with your Show
176.                The Illusionist Super Show
177.                Being an Illusionist
 
Side Selling
178.                Opening a Magic Shop
179.                Face-Painting
180.                Bouncy Castle Hire
181.                Toastmaster
182.                Magic Bus Parties
183.                Quiz Master at a Wedding
184.                Sell Quiz Pack
185.                Buying and Selling Magic
186.                Becoming an Agency
187.                YouTube Video Series
188.                Opening a Magic Bar
189.                Psychic & Palm Readings
190.                Punch and Judy
191.                Selling Balloons
192.                Party Bags
193.                Selling Your DVD
194.                BOR Back-of-the-Room Selling
195.                Taking on an Apprentice
196.                Wedding Add-Ons
197.                Writing and Selling Books
198.                Convention Circuit
 
Specialised Shows
199.                Lost Luggage Show
200.                Educational Magic
201.                Reading Show
202.                Summer Reading Themes
203.                Safety Show
204.                Healthy Eating Show
205.                Recycling Show
206.                Applying for a Grant or Sponsorship
 
The Plunge
207.                Part Time Limitations
208.                Quitting Your Job
209.                Time Spent Marketing
210.                Increase your Age Range
211.                Inner City Parking
212.                Remembering your Name
213.                The Group Photograph
214.                Standing Ovations
215.                After-Show Giveaways
216.                Thank-You E-Mails
217.                Surveys & Feedback Questionnaires
 
Pricing and Business
218.                Adult Cabaret Prices
219.                Children's Entertainers Prices
220.                Adult Close-Up Prices
221.                Looking At Our Competitors
222.                $100,000 Magic Show
223.                Deposits
224.                Repeat Customers
225.                Midweek Show Prices
226.                Working on Christmas Day
227.                Confirmations / Invoices
228.                CRB, DBS & PL Insurance
229.                PAT Testing
230.                Risk Assessment
231.                Limiting Travel Distance
232.                Milking your Clients
 
Life Lessons
233.                How Long to Fill the Diary
234.                Telling the World
235.                Think positive
236.                Taking a Holiday and Burnout
237.                Magic Competitions
238.                Joining a Magic Club
239.                Changing the Tricks
 
240.                Conclusion
241.                Other Marketing Resources
242.                Free Podcasts

723 Pages, A4 size. Ariel 12 font, Single line spacing with narrow margins - so jammed packed with no padding!

 

Marketing Magic - A Guide to Getting the Gigs - £70
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Everything I know about being a Children's Entertainer

363 Page Book

This 363 page book in A4 size answers over 438 questions on the business of being a professional children's entertainer. Over 26 chapters, we explore everything from what tricks to perform to show structure, child control to character. Its a marketing system, reference guide and encyclopaedia all rolled into one!

Presented in Q & A format with a complete hyperlinked index of questions to navigate to any part of the book immediately. This is the ultimate resource for information on the real business of performing professionally.

This book is an accumulation of all my knowledge from the last twenty years of performing. It is suitable for everyone from a complete beginner wishing to start out in magic to the professional wishing to expand the business to new markets. I discuss many points including the secrets of getting celebrity clients to showing examples of my leaflets and colouring book competition.

Most of this book was released previously as a PDF called "The Children's Entertainers Guidebook" but has been updated, reformatted and remodelled in 2015 as this new physical book.

Only available from this website while stocks last.

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Business Management
Chapter 3 – Getting the Booking
Chapter 4 – Pricing
Chapter 5 – Putting Your Show Together
Chapter 6 – Tricks
Chapter 7 – Show Structure
Chapter 8 – Character / Costume
Chapter 9 – Things to Consider Before Starting
Chapter 10 – Before the Event
Chapter 11 – Before the Show
Chapter 12 – Starting the Show
Chapter 13 – During the Show
Chapter 14 – The Show Contents
Chapter 15 – Finishing the Show
Chapter 16 – After the Show
Chapter 17 – Working with Puppets
Chapter 18 – Balloon Modelling
Chapter 19 – Other Performing Situations
Chapter 20 – Child Control
Chapter 21 – The Disco
Chapter 22 – The Two-Hour Show
Chapter 23 – Other Questions
Index of Questions

 

Everything I know about being a Children's Entertainer - £25
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Stories From The Life Of A Magician

200 Page Book

 
This book contains 50 amusing, educational & interesting stories from Stephen's career as a professional magician. Read about his experiences on Britain's Got Talent, what it was like working on the ferries and on the cruise ships. His shows at celebrity parties and the political scandals behind magic competitions. He holds nothing back in hope that you will find some amusement in his ramblings. Sit back and enjoy these amusing antidotes from the life of a magician.
 
1. Alarming Nightmare
2. Big Babies
3. My First Secret Celebrity Party
4. The Bouncing Arm Chopper
5. Rise and Fall of Jester’s Magic Shop
6. Theatre School Scandal
7. Play Area Supervisor Robbery
8. Close-Up Residencies
9. Magic at the Movies
10. Life on the Ferries
11. The Six Hour Long Shows
12. 40th Birthday DJ Fiasco
13. My First Television Appearance
14. A Blade On The Magicians Head
15. Troubled Waters
16. The Slow Death Of A Singing Magician
17. The Diwali Magic Show
18. Teaching Magic in America
19. When I Saved a Life
20. The Impromptu Children’s Show
21. Appearing on Britain's Got Talent
22. Secret Party Cancellations
23. Dream Job on the High Seas
24. Becoming a YouTube Star
25. The Political Scandal
26. When Tricks Go Wrong
27. Lawyers and Bad Children
28. Ignoring the Facts
29. A Spontaneous Lecture
30. Going To War With A Client
31. Good Deed Of The Day
32. Busking in the Streets
33. The Teaching Profession
34. The Magic Competitions
35. Helping A Competitor Magician
36. Troublesome Clients
37. The Performing Monkey
38. Magic in the Snow
39. Lecturing for Magicians
40. Backseat Party Planners
41. Stealing my Laughter
42. Performing when you're not wanted
43. Party for Champions
44. Test of Patience
45. Working with a Photographer
46. A Show without a Voice
47. Testing the Limits of Endurance
48. Political Correctness in Magic
49. Big Stages for Big Stars
50. The Magician with Tape over His Mouth

 

Stories From the Life of a Magician - £7
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This book contains a new 37 amusing, educational & interesting stories from Stephen's career as a professional magician. 
 
1.    A Crazy Weekend of Shows
2.    A Spy Amongst Us
3.    Alton Towers Audition
4.    At war with the Magic Circle
5.    Don't Step on the Grass
6.    Filming a Magic Workshop
7.    First Dealer Stand
8.    Over a Lifetime Ago
9.    Taking Liberties
10. When the Client Dictates your Show
11. Embarrassing Moments In Magic
12. Commission Insults
13. How I Became a Magician
14. Learning & Adapting
15. On Writing My First Book
16. Dating a magician
17. Tele-marketers and Paying to Advertise
18. The Impromptu Competition Act
19. Lecturing For the Junior Club
20. Inner City Parking
21. Rise & Fall of the Magic Bar
22. The Self Destruction of a Magic Club
23. You are Banned Letter
24. The Dwarfism Convention
25. Magician Vs. iPhone
26. Video Shop Wars
27. Venue Problems
28. Modern Security
29. Performing in the Rain
30. Losing my Hair
31. Cruise Ship Balloon Twisting
32. Blackpool Magic Convention
33. Apple Jacks Theme Park
34. Speakers Showcase
35. Cruise Ship Musical Audition
36. Halloween Madness
37. Family Entertainer of the Year
More Stories From the Life of a Magician - £5
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Amazing Bar Bets

32 Page Book

 

This book contains bets, puzzles, games and challenges that you can use to entertain, amuse and be the life of the party. Learn how to make metal float on water. How to turn a drink upside down without spilling a drop. How to balance a glass on a note. How to lift a bottle with a straw. How to inflate a bag in one breath. Along with many, many more!

 

Amazing Bar Bets - £4
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Carnival Games Exposed

64 Page Book

  

Have you ever wanted to win that stuffed toy at the fair? Would you like to impress that special someone with your skills? This book contains the secrets to many of the most popular carnival, midway and arcade games, along with advice on how to beat them. From the Basketball Toss to Hoopla. Cover the Spot to High Striker. The answers are all here! This book is in full colour, with 60 games exposed with photos for them all.  

 

Carnival Games Exposed - £4
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Amazing Magic

32 Page Book

 

Behold a book on magic it teaches you what to do. Throughout its many pages you’ll find tricks and that is true.

Learn to read people’s mind and predict the combination of a lock. Push your thumb through your ear and melt away a knot.

Read its powerful secrets and master skills within the art. For with knowledge comes great power and this book is where you start.

 

Amazing Magic - £4
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Amazing Puzzles

32 Page Book

This book features hundreds of picture based puzzles and quizzes where the solution is thinking laterally, rather than logically. They are great fun for children, adults and grandparents alike and will keep you entertained for hours.

What is a logic picture puzzle? Is it
it a test of higher intelligence or
or is it a game of skill and wits to
to see who's smarter; reader or the
the writer? This book will test all
all your senses and challenge you
you to constantly pay attention. If
if you can always think laterally, you
you will probably work out some of
of the tricks and principles that are
are in play. Like this one you are
are reading right now... Good Luck!

 

Amazing Puzzles - £4
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Say What You See - At The Movies

44 Page Book

This sequel book to Amazing Puzzles (above) features hundreds of picture based puzzles and quizzes where the solution is thinking laterally, rather than logically. They are great fun for children, adults and grandparents alike and we keep you entertained for hours. Each page contains 12 movies from 1990 to 2016, along with the 80s, Oscars Films, James Bond and Superheroes.  

Say What You See: At the Movies - PDF Download - £8

 

 
Simply Amazing

59 Page Book

In 2011-2012, I lectured to numerous magic clubs on all the tricks in this book. Included is my latest Story-Deck routine as performed in the British Championships of Magic, my Champagne Compass, Love has great Power, Swings and Circles and Furious Bird Trick all retail separately at more than the cost of the book! The Dream Prediction is my currently closing trick in my adult stage Mentalism show and is a sure-fire knockout with any audience. There are two effects with an iPhone included which I perform when stopped in the street and basically every trick in this book I have performed for years.
 
1) Champagne Compass
A Champagne bottle continuously changes direction, until being opened up to reveal two comical endings.
 
2) Heart Paddles & Sponges
The hearts on two paddles jump all over the place, before emerging out of the paddles and turning into a giant heart.
 
3) Love Has Great Power
Ten picture cards are shown, mixed, and dealt into pair but when they are turned over, they all magically match.
 
4) Playing Cards Match
The four Kings & Queens are mixed up and dealt into pairs, but when they are turned over, they all mysteriously match.
 
5) Jack Spade: Private Detective
All 52 playing cards are produced in-time to a narrative about a detective finding a stolen ring. This is the old routine I use to perform before it many updates before its tuition DVD was filmed.
 
6) Swings & Circles
A pendant routine where the spectator gets to control the actions of a small object using the power of their mind.
 
7) Magic List
A list of objects is read out and two people are asked to think of one each. Yet somehow, you are able to read their minds.
 
8) Impromptu Find The Lady
Three Card Monte - Using just three normal cards, no table, no gimmicks or extra cards and all the bad gags included.
 
9) Spelling Packet
Eight cards are mixed up, yet the magician can spell to any card he wishes then transpose the last card with magic!
 
10) The Furious Bird Trick
Four cards with birds on them are shown. One by one the birds vanish, only to reappear on the spectator’s card.
 
11) Guess Who
A game of Guess Who is played where all but one piece is eliminated, that matches your prediction.
 
12) Dream Prediction
A book is chosen, a page and a word. Yet all three matches your prediction made before the show even started.

Simply Amazing - PDF Download - £8

 

A Journey Through Space - An Educational Magic Show

90 Page Book

This booklet contains the complete routines for an educational magic show based around astronomy and Space.  The entire show is narrative based, with a story that runs throughout the entire show. It starts at Space camp, where the children undergo special astronaut training. They then learn a little about how we left earth and the first monkey that went into space.

We leave the earth and take a trip to the moon, before moving onto the planet Saturn. We then finally return back home which concludes the show.  

At each part of the mission, there are magical effects that help tell the educational message. Each trick has a number of scientific facts that build on the teachings of astronomy.

Most of the tricks can either be made or bought and help fill an entire stage or the corner of the classroom.

An educational show such as this one can be utilised to promote yourself during the school year, as it teaches the curriculum. It can help obtain more work, and promote your name for other shows down the line.

A Journey Through Space - PDF Download - £8

 

Body Tricks

182 Page Book

This is the complete 182 pages A4 version of Body Tricks. It contains over 100 magic tricks, jokes and effects. Compiled in April 2007 it includes several new effects, performance rhymes and trick credits. 
 
Almost all of the tricks can be performed without additional props, and many can even be performed naked! This collection has taken years of research and development. Featuring many old-time classic effects that have been updated for the book, along with many brand-new tricks created just for this book. Each trick is fully detailed with a selection of photographs to show the moves in each effect. There are hundreds of full colour photographs, and each trick is divided by effect, method and performance.  
 
The book was originally compiled as a resource of tricks for those rare occasions when you are asked to perform, but have no props to hand. It was also utilized to compile a complete stage show on a cruise-ship, when the suitcase with the props in it went missing! It consist of close-up, cabaret and stage effects.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Tricks with your Thumb
Chapter 3: Tricks with your Fingers
Chapter 4: Tricks with your Hands
Chapter 5: Tricks with your Arms
Chapter 6: Tricks with your Nose
Chapter 7: Tricks with your Eyes
Chapter 8: Tricks with your Legs
Chapter 9: Tricks with your Mind
Chapter 10: Tricks of Strength
Chapter 11: Tricks with other Body Parts
Chapter 12: Party Games
Chapter 13: Jokes
Chapter 14: Puns
Chapter 15: The Routines

Body Tricks - PDF Download - £8

 

Funny Adventures of Mr Grimm

572 Page Novel

Mr Grimm is a Reaper who has not spoken a word in over a thousand years (probably because he has nothing interesting to say). He has just retired from the profession and moved into a flat in England. Now he wants to get a job, fall in love, drive a car and pay taxes (maybe not that last one). His adventures will see him experiencing the best and worst that our world has to offer - from taking a glorious holiday in rainy Blackpool to speed-dating. Mr Grimm is about to experience it all. Prepare to the meet the life of the after-party!

It was very useful when I ran out of toilet paper - Gavin Dust

This book is the cure for insomnia - Paige Turner

It makes Fifty Shades seem well-written - I.P. Freely

Reading this book took hours of my life that I will never get back - Uri Gonner

This is an exclusive book to this website. Each copy can be personalised and signed upon request.

Funny Adventures of Mr Grimm - Paperpack - £10

 

Conspiracies Explored

259 Page Book

This book examines numerous conspiracies, the evidence and stories behind them.

This is an exclusive book to this website. Each copy can be personalised and signed upon request.

Conspiracies Explored - Paperback - £10

 

The Snowman and the Robin

28 Page Picture Book

          

An illustrated children's book, written in haiku format. Each page is a haiku poem and together they tell a narrative about a snowman that meets a robin and journeys to the North Pole.
This is an exclusive book to this website. Each copy can be personalised and signed upon request.

The Snowman and the Robin - Paperback - £10

 

Cheeky Monkey Goes to School

28 Page Picture Book

          

An illustrated children's picture book written in haiku format. Each page is a haiku poem that together form a narrative about a monkey and his day at school.
 
This is an exclusive book to this website. Each copy can be personalised and signed upon request.

Cheeky Monkey Goes to School - Paperback - £10

 

 

This book is basically my lecture for the speakers circuit. I perform a lecture called 'Don't believe Your Eyes' which looks at human perception and how our eyes are fooled into making assumptions that are different to what we are actually seeing. These are my notes tidied up into a book, with a couple of added examples for each category along with my social commentary throughout the book making it a thoroughly entertaining read.

Within the pages we look at optical illusions, perception tricks, blind-spots, common presumptions along with tricks in advertising. We explore the early history of camouflage and how illusions played a pivotal part in both World War 1 and 2. Along with popular illusions of today that include fashion and make-up.

Don't Believe Your Eyes - PDF £10

 

Basic Macromedia Flash 8: Teaching Tutorials

160 Page Book

Macromedia Flash is an ICT software program. This book is intended for a school or college who wishes to teach animation with Macromedia Flash 8. It includes tutorials for all the main skill techniques used in Flash with pictures to demonstrate each step of the process. Most of these step-by-steps tutorials are written to last one lesson each, and teach all the necessary tools needed to create an animation.

Macromedia Flash 8 Tutorials - PDF £10