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petekoloz
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Mr Lewis- how much of your newest book "The Livers of A Showman" do you consider to be strictly factual and how much would you say is embellishment?
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With regard to embellishment your version of the title amuses me greatly. I wonder if would sell more if I call the book "The Livers of a Showman" It reminds me of the time that poor James Alan got severely reprimanded by David Ben (who is actually responsible for the very idea of the book) for suggesting the the letter "V" in "Lives" should be omitted.

But to answer your question I can honestly say that the book and all the incidents therein are 95% accurate. The odd 5% discrepancy would not be embellishment but a slight mistake or a failing in memory. But I have no idea what that odd 5% might be. And it should be remembered that there are many, many witnesses to the events in question who are still alive and kicking.

The later chapters were painful to write and I hated doing them especially as I knew magicians were going to read them. And in fact the chapters in question were none of anybody's business. The magic community is quite small and I didn't really want people to know these things. However, my intention at the very beginning has been to somehow get the book out to a wider market. I want the book to be read by regular members of the public and the tome has been written with that in mind. And I believe the later chapters are the most powerful for public consumption.

My plan is to sell as many as I can to the magician's market (and sales are going well) but once that is exhausted I really want to get it out to the public. That means I shall have to find a mainstream publisher or a literary agent somehow and I have no idea how to do it. But I know that many, many people read the magic Café and I suppose there is someone out there who might be able to put life into this project. If I can spark interest somehow I can possibly get this going into the public market.

James Munton has been very supportive over my book and even suggested on the Genii forum that it would make a good movie. With all due immodesty I believe in my heart he is right. If anyone has actually read it I would invite their honest comments regarding this.
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Oh, and since I am a pitchman I suppose I had better post a link to my book.

Click Here!
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On 2011-05-29 19:40, Mark Lewis wrote:
The later chapters were painful to write and I hated doing them especially as I knew magicians were going to read them.


That's what I thought as I read it. For all the people who have an ax to grind with you, that was very brave thing to put out there, but your bared your soul and why your book was very powerful indeed.

The thought of people bringing that up makes ME cringe for you Smile

-A
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Yes, but in order for them to bring it up they have to find out what it says. And to find out what it says they have to give me money either directly or indirectly. So there is a silver lining to the cloud.
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Mark, I thought you book was wonderful and the thing that many people will find shocking is that from cover to cover it is all about the great loves in your life, it is a book filled with love. That single four letter word that is about the only four letter word that no one ever associates with Mark Lewis! Smile

It is a great story, and unlike some other magical memoirs, this one reads like a breeze.

Best,

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Mr Lewis, thank you for excusing my egregious typo.
How perceptive of you to have spotted that liver...
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Is there anything you left out of the book that you later wished you had included?
Also, are there any brick and mortar stores in the US where I could walk in and buy it?
(I'm not very well equipped for this internet-purchase type of deal.)
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Mr. Lewis,
Have you considered offering an audible version of your BOOK? It could open a whole new market. I own a couple hundred audible books and enjoy the ability to listen/learn whilst doing other things. Don't get me wrong, I'm buying your book and highly suggest others to do so as well.
We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness...
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I don't like the sound of that. No pun intended. I will investigate it though.
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I believe my testimonial is on your website, but it does deserve repeating that this is one of my favorite books I have ever read.
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I suppose I had better answer Pete. There are many things I left out of the book but I did so deliberately otherwise the book would be mired in misery. As for where you purchase the book I would naturally prefer you to do so from me since I make more money that way. However, I am so delighted to find someone who is as technologically challenged as I am that I am will be pleased to advise you that your local magic shop can order it from Murphy's Magic if they do not already have it stock anyway.

Yes indeed. James has said wonderful things about my book and not all of it on my website. He was brave enough to post it on unfriendly territor in the Genii Forum. Here is what he said:
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.

"I honestly feel that this book is a masterpiece. Just like the author, it is flawed, fascinating, hilarious, infuriating and just when you think you know where it is heading, it takes an incredible turn into the deepest levels of human experience. You realize that a man who has spent his life deceiving people has just been more brutally honest than you could ever imagine.

"I obviously feel the book is fantastic."

But since I am on an advertising kick here is a review on a mentalism site by Richard Webster the noted mentalist and author who has sold TEN MILLION books of his own. I value what he said because of his track record since you can find his books in virtually every bookshop in the world.


"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. I've been fortunate enough to spend a bit of time with Mark, and had heard some of the stories before. Reading them brought those memories back, and I could hear Mark's voice as I read. 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, psychic entertainer and best-selling author

There. I think I have done enough advertising. I don't want people to think I am the same par as Jolly Roger. However, I do expect the money to start rolling in from this moment forth. I would add my signature to the bottom of every post if I were a hotshot marketer like Munton but cannot figure out how to do it yet. When I was banned here I did certain things to circumvent the system but have now discovered that I have circumvented myself by accident so Steve Brooks has won in the end.

For the moment though until I figure it all out here is my website address so that you can all give me pots and pots of money.

Click Here!

There Roger. That is how you blatantly plug your products.
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If I mailed you a check (cheque?) directly, would you send me an autographed copy?
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The answer is yes but alas there are a couple of problems with that. Bear in mind I couldn't even send an autgraphed copy to Steve Brooks who has promised to review it on here if he ever finishes it. He is a slow reader and is up to Chapter Four. I will be dead and gone before he finishes it so I will have to read the review from the spirit world.

The books are printed in the Excited States of America and drop shipped to the customer from within the country. I can offer free shipping to US customers because of this. But alas I cannot autograph them since I never see them. Unless I mail a gummed label with my autograph on that they can stick inside the book but nobody seems terribly excited about that option which is fine with me because I can't be bothered doing it anyway.

The main problem is that I live in Canada and even Canadian customers cannot have them autographed unless they live in Toronto itself where it can be personally delivered to them. And customers outside the USA and the UK where they are also printed are the only ones who get free shipping. Even Canadian customers have to pay extra to get them shipped and they don't understand why since I live here. Only Toronto customers get the book for $40. Everyone else in Canada has to pay extra to cover shipping and customs charges.

What I am trying to say is that if you mail me a cheque and I send you one of my own stock (which can indeed be autographed) it is going to cost you $15 extra because it is going across an International border. The price goes up because the book is shipped from the USA to Canada and then again the other way. That puts the price up. And don't forget that you will be paying in US funds which I have to change back into Canadian dollars and lose money on the transaction. That is because your dollar is like monopoly money up here and doesn't have the same value any more. That is because the Socialist Republic of Canada (I said that to annoy Danny Doyle) has a far better economy than the US does.

Anyway the bottom line is that if you want an autographed copy it will cost you $55 instead of $40 and it will take you longer to receive it. And just to complicate matters there is a threatened postal strike up here that could happen any day. Orders that are drop shipped within the United States will not be affected by this and will arrive quicker anyway. And best of all will only cost $40 plus free shipping. No autograph though unless you want to go the gummed label route.

Here is the bottom line. You can either mail me a cheque for $40 or $55. If it is the former you will get the book very quickly and it will not be autographed. If it is the latter the book will take longer to arrive, if it ever does with this threatened postal strike, but it will be autographed. The only other alternative is that you get your local magic shop to order it from Murphys if they don't have it already. No autograph there either.

It really is about time you mastered Paypal you know. It would save us both a load of aggravation. You don't have to do a single thing except give me your e-mail address and Paypal will contact you and set your account up. It is all credit card based. That is what I recommend.
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Anyway the bottom line is that if you want an autographed copy it will cost you $55 instead of $40 and it will take you longer to receive it. And just to complicate matters there is a threatened postal strike up here that could happen any day. Orders that are drop shipped within the United States will not be affected by this and will arrive quicker anyway. And best of all will only cost $40 plus free shipping. No autograph though unless you want to go the gummed label route.

Here is the bottom line. You can either mail me a cheque for $40 or $55. If it is the former you will get the book very quickly and it will not be autographed. If it is the latter the book will take longer to arrive, if it ever does with this threatened postal strike, but it will be autographed. The only other alternative is that you get your local magic shop to order it from Murphys if they don't have it already. No autograph there either.


You appear to have two bottom lines. Why do you keep repeating yourself?

The bottom line is that I am going to start charging you for the amount of my time you are wasting by constantly repeating yourself.
And the other bottom line is that I am going to start charging you for the amount of my time you are wasting by constantly repeating yourself.
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Is this the correct physical address to send payment for your new book?:

Mark Lewis
Box 232, 123 Queen St. West.
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3M9 CANADA
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Munton. You are beginning to irritate me. Go away or I shall tell the world all about the devious plots you are devising elsewhere to capitalise on my appearance here. You are trying to organise your fellow scoundrels to wind me up "in a most merciless way" to see me struggling to be polite but in reality getting more and more annoyed. It won't work and I shall remain polite and courteous to you no matter the provocation.

Now bugger off!
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Yes Pete. It is indeed. On your own head be it. Be careful of that impending threatened postal strike though. If that happens your money may never arrive. Check out things with google searches of "Canada post" and put the word "strike" in there somewhere.
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I say you should go the $40 route and save some money. When you eventually meet Mark in person at a lecture or what have you, bring the book along and Mark will sign it then.

If you wish, I will also be happy to sign the three photographs of myself as well.

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Paul that is exactly what I was thinking.
You must be psychic!
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