As part of our special interview series with the founders of The Leicester Magicians Network, our fourth and final interview is with Scot Jerram.
Originally posted earlier this year on a magic review site.
Within this interview, Scot shares his passion for classic card magic, how he first gained an interest in magic and his future plans beyond the Leicester Magicians Network.
Within the Leicester Magicians Network, Scot is the go-to magician for anything card related, offering mentorship and advice in all areas of card magic.
He is also an author, with his first book 'Scot Free' which is a journey into classically inspired card magic.
Scot is an experienced performer who is able to perform magic at private parties, birthdays, weddings, restaurants, special events and even close up/parlour magic. Scot will help to make it extra special and chats today about his passion for card magic.
Q - What was it that sparked your interest and passion to learn magic and in particular, classic card magic?
Scot - Yes, I had known David Leeson for a number of years before I was aware of his interest in magic. Fortunately one evening with David I witnessed a truly wonderful version of a classic card effect called Out of This World and this is one of the key moments that drew me to really learn card magic.
With regards to card magic I was early on very fortunate to attend lectures which made reference to classic card effects and their origins; this really sparked my interest particularly with regards to the lineage of sleights, plots and routines. This is when I started to hear of names like Vernon, Marlo, Jennings etc. and thus ignited my passion to learn and research classic card magic.
Q - I understand that part of that passion lead to you writing your first book, "Scot Free". It is quite an undertaking to write a book and is a massive accomplishment.
What was your motivation to write and create/document effects?
Scot - Thank you, really the book came about by accident in some way. It was back in early 2019 that I was requested to provide a lecture for my local Magic Society. What began as an effort to create a small, but professionally produced set of notes to accompany the lecture morphed into the book “Scot Free”.
The original intention for the lecture was just to share my passion for card magic and present some classic effects but after a while I realised that I had a few original ideas / presentations of my own. It was actually Pete Whitmore (one Leicester Magician’s Network Founding Members) who encouraged me to expand the Lecture Notes into the Book “Scot Free” something of which I shall be eternally grateful for.
Q - You are now famed for running workshops for magic clubs. After running the session for Leicester Magic Circle, you have now run many workshops for the Leicester Magicians Network on subjects related to card handling and associated effects.
What advice would you give others when preparing such a workshop for magic clubs?
Scot - Thank you for the kind words regarding the workshops. With regards to preparing workshops the key thing for me is that your passion for whatever the subject matter shines through in your presentation. Also, which I learned from my first workshop/lecture, is pacing and not trying to cram too much content in, which could overwhelm the audience.
I also endeavour to familiarise myself with the workshop participants beforehand so the breadth of material appeals to all. The key thing overall is preparation and ensuring that you can clearly articulate your message so that the technique and/or effect is understood.
Q - I would agree that you always balance your workshops to account for all skill levels. I have of course been lucky to attend a few and anyone joining cannot help but notice your passion for collecting books related to card magic.
Which books are your most treasured? Whether rare or perhaps the most informative for instruction and learning?
Scot - I’ve been very lucky to acquire a fairly sizeable library of books/material relating to card magic. In terms of my most treasured possessions it would have to be a number of items by Edward Marlo. For those who are aware Marlo released a number of privately issued manuscripts of which I have been fortunate to acquire, such as Advanced Fingertip Control and Marlo’s Magazine Volumes 3 to 6. With regards to the most informative for instruction of learning I would wholeheartedly recommend the Card College Series by Roberto Giobbi which has a wealth of high-quality instructional material and wonderful effects from many famous magicians.
Q - What’s next – what are your future plans? Anything that you can share.
Scot - I can announce that Scot Free Volume 2 is in the works; I am currently a quarter of the way through and I hope to share and publish this later on in the year. Concurrently with the writing of the book I am developing a card based parlour show that I also hope to showcase late summer early / autumn of this year.
Q - As one of the four founders of the Leicester Magician’s Network, you all carry out individual roles with unique areas of responsibility. Can you tell us a little about your unique contribution to the running of the club?
Scot - Although we are assigned official roles as required by clubs and societies we pretty much share the responsibilities of running the club. The aspiration when setting up Leicester Magician’s Network was the make the running of the organisation as democratic as possible. Experience in other organisations has taught us that although committees exist the running of the club was pretty much down to one person and this is something we wanted to avoid: it’s was always going to be very much a collaborative effort by all. And we hope that message comes through to the members of the club in how our events are hosted.
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