"Mark Elsdon is on a very short list of magic and mentalism's most creative innovators. When Mark let's me in on what he's working on, I'm ALWAYS fooled badly and find something to add to my own work." -Bill Abbott
"Mark Elsdon is a renaissance man in magic. He is equally adept at inventing, performing, creating, and theorizing about magic. He consults for television, lectures, and performs, all with equal proficiency. And, he's one of my favorite guys to watch." -Joshua Jay
"I've known Mark for over 15 years, he is a fantastic magician in his own right, his effects are clear of clutter or too much process, something he taught me to reduce years ago. He always has a fresh angle on classics and creates some of the best commercial effects I've seen. I love his creations but also love watching him perform. We are in for a treat." -Marc Spelmann
“Mark has plenty of first-hand knowledge and practical performing experience to share, and he genuinely loves teaching, demonstrating and sharing his passion for what’s possible in the worlds of magic and mentalism." -Ian Rowland
"Mark gives one of the most inspiring lectures I’ve ever seen. I envy you seeing him for the first time." -Marc Oberon
"Mark Elsdon is my secret weapon. Well, he was until I told you about him. He's the first, and usually only, person I turn to when I get stuck. Why? Because he constantly finds unique and practical solutions to creating astonishing magic. The man's brain is a goldmine of quality ideas and material. And when not solving Rubik's cubes, one handed... whilst wearing a blindfold, he's out in the real world presenting this stuff live on stage and for performers on TV. It's rare for Mark to give away so much in a lecture like this. So bring a notepad and pay attention." -Colin McLeod
"Mark is one of the most creative magicians I know, with a depth of knowledge and an inherent understanding of what can turn a simple trick into a powerful mind-f!@# for laymen." -Quentin Reynolds
What will he teach?
The perfect opener, super-visual fooling magic that sets the bar high.
A practical, any-deck, any-time, on-the-fly four card coincidence. A Bill Goodwin favorite!
No Way! Two-way
An impossible prediction that WILL fool you.
This is the trick that Mark uses to close every private party. Paul Vigil said: "One of the strongest and most clever uses of The Invisible Deck I've ever
witnessed. It went directly into my performance repertoire."
The full work on Mark's incredible blind-folded Rubik Cube solve, the closer in his stand-up show.
A great pocket trick for when you don't have a Cube with you.
A worker of a book test, that can be done with ANY book. Perfect for cabaret/stand-up.
Memorise a shuffled deck, and a participants voice patterns in under 10 seconds. Clean, direct mentalism.
Straight mind-reading with playing cards. Not all mentalists like this kind of thing, but all audiences do!
Mark gets to eat his favorite chocolate bar, and no one can stop him!
A perfect anytime, anywhere triple prediction using whatever is to hand... and some cunning linguistics.
The perfect way to hand out your business card.
Background and suggested reading. Theoretical basis plus practical approach. Tips for learning to become an expert.
Conversation As Mentalism
Six killer mentalism effects that you can perform anytime, anyplace and without any props! These effects and more have been designed with one outcome in mind – to amaze whoever you are talking to without the aid of any gadgets, gizmos or gimmicks.
Plus practical tips on how to make yourself much more memorable, opinion about why most mentalism is so terrible (and what to do about it!), a bona fide unpublished Peter Kane trick and 6 tools that WILL make you more creative. AND, against better advice, he will explain how several of his marketed effects are done!
Who is he?
Mark Elsdon has been performing magic and mentalism professionally for 25 years. Recently, he's started to get quite good! He has authored dozen books and many, many more single-release tricks and has been a popular lecturer throughout Europe and the USA for the last 15 years. He focuses his creativity on devising powerful and memorable material that is designed to end up in your repertoire, not in your junk drawer. More recently he has been writing magic for TV and thus has finally found his true calling: indulging the demands of people who have even bigger egos than magicians!
If you could ask ONE question to one of the world's most creative professional magicians, what would it be?
If you've never been to a magic lecture, theres never been a better time. Sunday February 2nd at 7:00pm, were live-streaming Mark Elsdon LIVE in a spectacular 2-hour interactive online lecture. Watch, ask questions and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.
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