MAGIC by Mike Russell front cover


Does magic exist? Charlie Watson thinks it does and he wants to tell you all about it. Before he was famous, Charlie Watson decided to write a book to share with the world everything he knew about magic. This is that book. You will discover why Charlie always wears a top hat, why his house is full of rabbits, how magic wands are made, how the universe began, and much, much more. Plus, for the first time, Charlie tells of the strange events that led him from England to the Arctic, to perform the extraordinary feat that made him famous, and he finally reveals whether that extraordinary feat was magic or whether it was just a trick.

Magic is a magic novel by Mike Russell. (Suitable for adults of all ages.)



“Incredibly unique book! I have genuinely never read anything like this before… I’m absolutely in love with this strange, magical book. Charlie is maybe the most endearing protagonist I’ve ever read about… A simple title but there’s nothing that could better summarise this view on the mysteries of the universe.” Into New Realms Reviews

“In Mike Russell’s Magic, Charlie Watson recounts the events leading up to his great magical feat. As the sinister Magic Elimination Company gains influence in the world, and more people throw themselves into a hole through the earth, Charlie must discover if magic is real, and convince the entire world… Magic is a charming story with a refreshingly optimistic outlook—with everything happening in the world, couldn’t we all use a little bit more magic?” Aurealis-The Australian Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Do you believe in magic? If you don’t, then you certainly will by the end of this book.” NS Ford Reviews

“Magic is the kind of book you read when you need to feel happy. It will whisk you away to a strange world so much like our own, but also so different… The novel has a fabulous ending.” Sav’s Reviews

“I’m not sure how the author does it, but he just makes all his books feel so special. There’s just something about reading them that makes me feel so happy. This book was fun! It was whimsical and magical and made me question all of reality! I have always loved Mike Russell’s books! They’re so uniquely wonderful and bizarre at the same time.” A Bibliophile’s Book Blog

“As a magician, I can say I have never read anything like this before. I have read many books about magic, but this one was very different. An EXCELLENT different – It was funny, strange, and thought provoking all at the same time… This book was truly magical.” Miles Holmes (a magician from Colorado)

“I’ve read almost all of Mike Russell’s books, and I have to say that this one is my favourite – Charlie was silly and sweet, and I fell in love with him and his quest for magic. Really heart-warming.” ThisIsOneForTheBooksBlog

“Magic was a magical book for me and I feel like I came back from it a much better person. I plan to reread this book during times when I’m feeling down the most, or more stressed and easy to upset. I know it will help me find the balance I’m missing. Fantastic.” Books&Shadows

“As if written with a pen doubling as magic wand, Magic bursts forth with a newness and strange energy that will keep any reader gladly turning the pages. Magic is magic!” Glenn at Goodreads

“Charlie Watson regales the reader with tales of the first magician, an upside down top-hat, and a glimpse behind the scenes in a wand factory… There are various twists and turns throughout, and Charlie is a handy guide – he’s a hugely engaging character, and his distinct voice rings clear throughout. Strangeness is combined with heart and humour – quirky characterisation and an intriguing plot ensure that “Magic” is certainly strange – but also hugely readable and extremely enjoyable.” The Page Is Printed

“Magic is a strange yet funny and heart-warming story that will make you think about magic and the world, and will make you wonder just how real magic is… I found myself enamoured by the strange characters and the even stranger world! I was able to fully connect and understand Charlie as a character… He goes through many changes and the readers are right there with him. At the end of the book, I loved his character arc! I recommend it to those who are looking for a little magic!” Enthralled Bookworm Reviews

“Charlie, though a series of encounters, finds himself questioning whether magic is, in fact, real or just a lot of trickery. There are many twists and turns in his life before he finds the answer. This book, through different perspectives, will challenge you to think about what is magic or not and might even make you wonder about the nature of existence itself.” Jeff Barnes (Amazon customer)

“An entertaining and light-hearted little story, with plenty of surreal weirdness going on… What really is magic? Cheap parlour tricks? Creation? Life? Death? Consciousness? Mike Russell has found a good trick here – he has balanced a big weighty subject with a whimsical style which manages to keep things relatively light but get us thinking at the same time – This is a great book.” Ignoring Life Blog

“It is so interactive, fun and easy to read – There is so much mystery in the book. So many twists are added to every next chapter that you end up devouring the book in a few hours… The book sheds light on things that are right in front of our eyes but we are failing to notice. This is one of those books that turn out to be enchanting or “magic” because of the sheer simplicity of it. An amazing author.” Aakriti at Books & Travel Forever

“If there is one thing this book will make you do it’s think… Plenty of twists and turns, magic and strangeness… and THAT ending! Perfect for young adults and fans of magical fantasy.” TheYorkshireBookworm

“More than just a story.” AniReads

“I really appreciated reading ‘Magic’, and I think that people would love this story filled with unexpected twists and turns!!” WovenFromWordsReviews

“Highly recommended for anyone who wants a fresh, imaginative look at the magic of the world and the depth of the human soul.” Gordon Long, Airborn Press

“Life changing book on the magically heart-warming, child-like, metaphysical nature of reality!” Martim, Goodreads

“I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see the world from a different perspective, and maybe discover a little magic along the way.” Paper&Quills

“Prepare to be dazzled and step into a world bursting with magic. You will see and hear things you daren’t think possible. Russell’s writing is bold and out there, pushing the boundaries and taking risks where most writers wouldn’t dare. He enchants you and draws you into a world like no other. It’s interesting, different and simply breath-taking.” Bunny’s Pause Reviews

“Engaging, bizarre, warm, novel, entertaining.” BooksTheUniverseAndEverything

“If you’re looking for a refreshing read with an unexpected twist I truly recommend this book! Magic is a novel which deals with some much deeper themes than the title might first suggest. Russell really manages to tell a wonderful story in this novel… I think Charlie is a truly amazing character and what he does at the end of the novel is not something I would have ever expected. A truly refreshing read.” ReviewedbyAlli BlogSpot

“Looking for an uplifting read in these challenging times? Here you go… I found myself gripped from the very first page… Russell provides a truly refreshing view of the world, powerfully re-framing the things we take for granted each and every day.  This book made me laugh, it made me cry and most of all it made me grateful for just being alive – and right now, I can’t ask for more than that.” BookaholicBex Reviews

“5 stars. Magic is bursting with magical, wonderful things. I can’t recommend this enough as an escape from the dreary reality of our times. Russell reawakened the love I had for magic as a kid, and I hope it will spark that love in anyone who reads it.” The Faerie Review

“Different from anything I have ever read before, and I’m glad to have widened my horizons. I think it would be difficult NOT to enjoy this book. I will be adding Mike Russell’s other books to my ‘to be read’ list!” This Brilliant Day

“MAGICAL. It is a happy read and will definitely uplift your mood. The cover is so attractive. I really love this and will recommend this book to everyone. Looking forward to reading more books by the author.” Bibliophilic World

“Having already read and experienced Mike Russell’s stories, I knew before I started reading that this would be like nothing I have read before and I can say it is unique. This book sheds light on things that are right in front of our eyes but we are failing to notice. Magic is a magical book.” ReadersEnjoyAuthors’Dreams

“A really heart-warming (albeit definitely strange) journey to a magic wand factory and the Arctic. Charlie is an extraordinary boy with an extraordinary sense of hope and kindness. I think we can all learn a thing or two from Charlie. Magic is so much more than just a story…” ToriTalksBooks

“Amazingly written… Charlie is a lovely character with a quirky personality. There were many twists in the book but it ended in such a heart-warming way.” BooksWithRaven

“Magic by Mike Russell is a mind boggling novel that takes readers on an interesting adventure… The concept is quite bizarre but in a good way. It is different… with copious amounts of humor scattered in, however it also has a slightly deeper and surprisingly darker side to it as well. A surprisingly enjoyable read. I would highly suggest picking this novel up.” Ink&MagicReviews

“A fun book to get you through hard times. Magic takes a magical view of the world in the most literal sense. I hope you check it out as well as other works by the author. Russell is one of the best surrealist writers.” Geek Declassified

“Everyone needs to read this. A very clever book… I highly recommend you pick this one up. Russell has created something very special here, his ability to tell a story and provoke such raw vivid thoughts and emotions in the reader is absolutely remarkable. I could literally talk forever about this book but I don’t want to spoil it for those who are still to stumble across this work of art!” The Bookish Hermit