by Mark Lewis
With a foreword by Richard Webster
136 pages, 35 colour images
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A different approach to Tarot readings
There are literally hundreds of books written on the Tarot, but this is probably the only one with a “streetwise” approach. This unorthodox system describes a more realistic, down-to-earth attitude to the Tarot, based on practicality rather than the more common metaphysical theories.
This is not to say that there is no spiritual element to this method. It encourages an attitude of empathy and compassion, which the author believes is essential for a Tarot reader. There is an entire chapter on the ethics of Tarot reading, a topic that is rarely, if ever, discussed in other books on the subject.
Another area that is rarely covered in books on the Tarot is how to make money once you have learned how to do it. There is an entire chapter on this mercenary subject.
A unique feature of this book is the memorization system it describes. You will be able to remember the meanings of all 78 cards in a week or two, rather than the months of practice this usually requires.
If you want a quick, practical guide to learn to do Tarot readings, satisfy your clients and earn some money in the process, Streetwise Tarot is the book for you.
Mark Lewis became an expert in Tarot, palmistry, astrology and other reading methods by working “down in the trenches”, interacting with people for many years. He works in a variety of settings, including psychic fairs, flea markets, and corporate events. He also has a thriving private practice. In this book, he shares his unique approach to Tarot readings, giving you the benefit of his versatility and over thirty years of experience.
Royal Road to Card Magic
by Jean Hugard, Frederick Braue,
and new material by Mark Lewis
381 pages, 75 colour photographs
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My name is Mark Lewis. This is the book that changed my life. In fact, I suspect it changed the life of a lot of other card magicians too. The Royal Road to Card Magic was first published in 1949, and 70 years later it is still considered the standard work in card magic.
A terrific study plan which, if you follow carefully (as I did), you cannot possibly fail to achieve proficiency as a card magician. You can start the book knowing nothing about card tricks but by the time you get to the end you will become an expert.
Of course, a lot of things have happened in card magic over the last 70 years since the book was first published, so I decided to add some of my own ideas, variations and improvements to the material, which I have performed for decades. I must have done something right, since legendary card magician and memory expert Harry Lorayne wrote this after reading my manuscript:
"It has been a long time since I couldn't sleep when I'd just acquired a new magic book – had to finish reading it before I turned off the bedside lamp and closed my eyes! This book did it!
I don't know what price Mark will put on this book, but whatever that price I assure you that it will be worth much, much, more for you than that amount! (Aside from learning some terrific new ideas it brought back wonderful memories for me. I knew Jean Hugard and Fred Braue personally. I know that they'd be very pleased with what he's accomplished here.)
What a job he's done! His annotations, updates, wonderfully clear and explicit photos, new ideas, and more, make this an absolute must-have.
I don't want to get specific – mentioning the many items that I found to be so great. It's better for you to come across all of them as you read, decide for yourself."
Around 40 or so years ago, I decided to write my own book for beginners in card magic. It was inspired and based on the Royal Road To Card Magic. I managed to write four chapters, then halfway through the fifth, procrastination set in, life got in the way and it was never completed.
I always meant to continue with it but I procrastinated over it for decade after decade. To be frank, I know perfectly well that I will never complete the proposed book, so I have therefore decided that, rather than waste the effort and work of 40 years ago, I might as well include it in these annotations as an appendix, thus adding another 54 pages.
New!! The Lives of a Showman
by Mark Lewis
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Mark Lewis has made a living as a magician, a pitchman, a psychic reader, a hypnotist, a children’s entertainer, and an author, and he’s hustled for every dime (or farthing or whatever the local currency of whatever country he was in) that he’s made. Mr. Lewis has recorded his exploits in a new book titled The Lives of a Showman. 322 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. $40 shipped in the US and UK. ($10 surcharge for shipping and handling to Canada and all other countries)
"The Lives of a Showman is not just a self-portrait
of a magician, grafter and seer, but it
is also a portrait of a landscape-one spread
across several countries and continents. From
night clubs in London, to hustling in Blackpool,
to upheaval in Ireland during "The Troubles",
and the open space of the new world. We are
richer for it." —David Ben
"Mark is one of the truly interesting characters in
the world of showbusiness. He has a brilliant yet
wicked sense of humour, and is often misunderstood
by his peers. As someone who has known
him for much of his life, I consider him to be a
man of incredible talent as both a performer
and grafter [demonstrator]' He is extremely
resourceful, and is a walking encyclopedia when
it comes to magic and other branches of entertainment.
His life is truly one of mystery and
intrigue, and he is a wonderful raconteur as will
be seen in the pages of this masterpiece. I would
consider Mark to be a true showman, and his
personality is indeed multi-faceted. I know you
will love reading The Lives of a Showman." —Roger Blakiston (Jolly Roger)
"What thoughts enter my mind when I hear the name Mark Lewis? I
presume that for many who have met him a collage of images enter
their thoughts. Images that include pitchman, hypnotist, close-up
magician, children’s entertainer, and psychic. Combine those images
with his personality and you have the unforgettable Mark Lewis.
I operate a magic shop in Toronto, Canada and I have known this
character for about sixteen years. Over those years I have had
countless dinners and conversations with him. I have also done
business with him. I consider Mark a very good friend and I am
very thankful that he asked me to write something for his book.
He is so talented in many areas but at least for me I most enjoy his
close-up magic; or perhaps I should write close-up experience?
I have seen him do close-up magic for laymen and magicians
hundreds of times. There are very few others who perform closeup
magic who would want to follow this master performer. For
real people it is more than just watching Mark Lewis—it is an
EXPERIENCE! An experience they will not soon forget. And that
is Mark’s goal. He has told me and others countless times that although
he certainly wants his magic to be strong, it is HE, that he
wants laymen to walk away remembering—and they do!
For those of us in the magic community and for others with whom
he has had more than just fleeting moments, Mark Lewis is a
character. And I am certain that I will never meet in my life another
"I am pleased to say the book exceeded my earlier
expectations. I think it is absolutely brilliant. ...
I think you have a wonderful gift of expressing
yourself through the written word. At times, I
really felt like I was in your shoes. The tales of
your London club gigs made my palms sweat
and I felt performance nerves until I reminded
myself this was your experience and I didn’t
actually have to go on stage myself!"
“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
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
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.”
—Mai Nguyen, award winner,
Jerry Gladman Memorial Scholarship (journalism)
THE WONDER MOUSE
Author: Mark Lewis
Illustrations: Paul Pacific
US (Postpaid Worldwide)
This is the pocket trick of the universe!
And this is the best book ever written
You may have seen this performed by
a carnival pitchman or magic demonstrator
at a fair or exhibition. Briefly the
effect is that a tiny little mouse
scampers all over the place! It walks
along the hand, it turns left, right
and even rolls over! It will scamper
out of a glass and hop from one deck
of cards to another. It is a sensation!!!
LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT
The Greatest Svengali Routine in Existence
Author: Mark Lewis
Illustrations: Susan Kern
Foreword: Ariel Frailich
$25.00 US (Postpaid Worldwide)
This book details the best Svengali
routine and handling that has ever
Full of anecdotes about the world
of the trick card pitchman and a description
of a routine that has been under fire
for over 30 years. It has amazed and
is still amazing thousands and thousands
of people at consumer and trade shows.
Described therein are new moves and
handlings which have never seen print.
Here are just a few: The Svengali
riffle shuffle, the Svengali Overhand
Shuffle, The Fan, The Jackie Cook
Spread, The Lambert Spread, The Hand
Spread, The Spread and Turnover, the
Stuthard Drop and many more.
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