Mark Lewis The Lives of a Showman

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The Lives of a Showman

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These are the memoirs of a magician, psychic consultant, hypnotist and trick card salesman who has operated in different countries and experienced all sorts of mischief and adventures. Mark Lewis is an experienced, professional entertainer, having been a performer for over 40 years. He has worked in the U.K., Holland, Germany Ireland, the USA and Canada. While working in Ireland he virtually became a household name as a psychic, with masses of media publicity. He is recognised as one of the top sleight-of-hand magicians in the world. If you think that biographies and memoirs are dull, boring and stuffy, this book will change your mind. The author is a magician but you’ll find no tricks here — instead, you’ll find a delightful, sometimes touching, and often hilarious account of the life of a professional entertainer. Mark Lewis is a close-up and cabaret magician, a children’s performer, a pitchman, a psychic and a hypnotist — and now, a writer. In this wonderfully engaging memoir, you will follow him from his early beginnings in posh London nightclubs to selling trick decks of cards in Blackpool, England, from being the most famous psychic in Dublin to becoming a hypnotist in Toronto, from performing for drunks to performing for royalty, and much, much more. Along the way, you will find a cast of colourful and often remarkable people, none more so than the author himself.

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"You're quite slow," the magician comments. "Do you work for the post office?" The man finally chooses a card, keeping it hidden from the trickster. He reveals the card to the rest of the audience. The magician interrupts. "Just make sure you remember that nine of hearts, sir". The man smiles and returns the card. Indeed, it was a nine of hearts. "Yes, we British are rather clever," says the UK magician. "That's how we won the Empire. I don't quite know why we lost it".

"Now, I know what you're thinking," he continues. "You're thinking that all the cards were nine of hearts. Well, you're wrong". He flips through the entire deck of cards, revealing each card to be different. "I told you. They're all different. If they were all nine of hearts, it would look like this". He quickly fans the same deck of cards across the table, revealing them now to be all nine of hearts. A bewildered woman grabs her partner's arm and hides her face in his sleeve. "Don't worry, though," says the magician. "They're not all nine of hearts because like I told you, they're all different". He collects the deck and flips through it once more, revealing all the cards to be different again. Some audience members look at each other in astonishment. Some simply gaze at the cards. A teenager stares intently at the deck, rubbing his chin, trying to figure out how the trick was done. The bewildered woman and her partner are impressed.

"How much is it for those cards?" asks the woman's partner. The snake is $5. The magic cards with instructions are $10. A cup-and-ball trick is $5 and the three-card trick is $3. "You can have the entire package, which comes with a book of 102 tricks, for just $20, but you can have my mother-in-law for free". The audience laughs. "This entire package comes with a money back guarantee," says the salesman / magician. "Providing you can find me."

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"I am an avid reader and this is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Please note that I did not restrict my comment to 'magic books.' There is a rawness and honesty to Mark's book that I have very rarely seen. I frequently found myself reading a chapter, chuckling away to myself and then without warning I would realize I was reading something quite dark and powerful. I have never read a description of live performance that comes close to the vividness of Mark's prose."
--James Munton, author of The Con, (Rowan and Littlefield 2011)
past president, International Brotherhood of Magicians

"Once I started reading it, I couldn't put The Lives of a Showman down. Mark Lewis has had a fascinating life, and tells it well. I laughed out loud at some of the stories, and almost cried at others.  This book contained a number of surprises, too. I didn't expect to read an extremely unusual and sad love story, for instance. It must have been hard for Mark to write about this, and it shows how kind and compassionate he is. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."

--Richard Webster, best-selling New age author  

"Mark Lewis' book Lives of a Showman is very good. Lewis is a real character and his stories are wonderful. Highly recommended.
"I  really enjoyed the book. It's full of great stories from Mr. Lewis' unique perspective. I was entertained throughout and learned a great deal about the author and his work.
"The book is worth buying. I wasn't disappointed."

--R. Paul Wilson, broadcaster, magician and author

"Lewis is an engaging writer and shares his early history and experiences in magic. His writing is very evocative and one can thoroughly envision the clubs he worked in, the challenging audiences he faced and the other "working" performers trying to find their place in the world he observed. When Lewis traveled to Belfast to pitch Svengali Decks, he describes a divided Ireland at war with itself from the perspective of a salesman simply trying to make a living.

 
I found that  each couple of paragraphs encouraged self-reflection. I enjoyed the journey."

Andrew Pinard--Magicol Magazine

"I enjoyed this book and was very taken with Mark Lewis's story. It's not the typical magic biography. Magic has taken him along an unlikely path, packed with incident. He is a superb pitchman. I've met many people over the years who have a Mark Lewis story because he is that kind of guy, a pitchman, magician, psychic, and hypnotist.

It's the uncommon life that many magicians have and I'm pleased that Mark has taken the trouble to share it with us."

Genii Magazine.

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