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Make It! Magic Tricks with Mario the Magician

Make It! Magic Tricks with Mario the Magician

When we heard about Mario the Magician, a wandering traveller, a gadget-tinkerer and charmer to all who see him perform, we knew we would be perfect for our Imagination Creation issue. We were charmed ourselves to learn a little bit more Mario the Magician, and even more so when he let us in on a few of his tricks!

 

Mario “the Magician” Marchese is a full-time performer for the young and young-at-heart in New York City. With his slapstick character and classic look, he pays homage to the vaudeville of ages past. But with his painstakingly handcrafted props, he always brings a decidedly modern spin. He incorporates cutting-edge technology like 3D printing and microcontrollers, although those elements are rarely obvious! Mario makes imagination come to life.

We caught up with Mario to learn a little bit more about his magical life as a magician.

How did you BECOME A MAGICIAN?

I quit college. I quit my day job. I left NYC completely to find something I could be truly passionate about. I tried finding it through people. I tried finding it by going to different places. I tried to be what other people were becoming, but nothing fit. Eventually, I found passion in street performing and living without any worries for tomorrow. That is where I found magic. I don't even like saying I found magic, because I didn't. Magic was on the bench I sat on when I gave everything up.

How does imagination come into play with magic for you?

Imagination is everything for me. My whole existence is based on being able to physically create what my imagination can think up. Thatʼs why I am obsessed with sewing, electronics, woodworking, painting, 3D printing. I want to master every art form myself, so I can be free to create without spending tons of money or depending on other people.

What is your favorite magic trick?

My mechanical monkey Marcel. He is a new addition to my show this year. He picks things up, knocks things over, I can talk to him, and he responds to me. He was completely custom designed on my computer. I 3D-printed every working piece from my home. I custom built the electronics and sewed all his clothes from scratch. We have a three-minute routine together, and the kids really enjoy seeing a robotic sidekick that causes me to go bananas!

Why is magic for kids SO SPECIAL to you?

Entertainment for children is an art form that is often regarded as second rate or not as important as other entertainment. I donʼt see it that way. My whole heart is geared toward trying to master and create the most powerful and inspiring performance I can give. Even if a child only sees me for forty minutes of their life, if I can get them to laugh even for a few moments, get them to see something fresh and new, then I did my job. Kids are all giant sponges trying to find passionate memories and ideas that will guide them to what they will become in the future. I know that the kids watching my show right now are the adults who will be leading the world tomorrow.

WHAT MAGICAL THINGS do you do WITH youR daughter?

We tape poster board to the floor, draw giant animals, play lots of music and dance in circles. She is the reason I work so hard to make new magic routines. My dream is for her to grow up in a house where being a magician as a career is an absolutely normal thing.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR YOUng ASPIRING MAGICIANS?

The number one tip I have for any budding magician is to not get discouraged. The first time you perform any magic you will be nervous and you might even mess up. Itʼs OK! Don't give up! Keep doing the trick to different people. Practice in front of a mirror. Watch your moves and smooth out the parts where you are nervous. Make up some silly magic words to use, like my own personal favorite, “Baked Beans and Tuna Fish!” Remember, the reason you perform a magic trick is to bring smiles and giggles to people. So even if you make a mistake, turn it into a silly mistake, and make someone laugh. Thatʼs real magic!

MARIO TOLD US A FEW OF HIS TRICKS. budding MAGICIANS, TRY THESE OUT AT HOME!

TRICK ONE: THE MAGIC CAMERA

FOLD an index card in half.

HAVE the open end of the folded card facing toward you.

  

CUT two vertical parallel lines, about two inches long and two inches apart.

OPEN the card and cut two more lines to create two windows that open in the same direction.

 

FOLD the card back in half but this time, tuck one of the flaps under the other so itʼs hidden within the card.

COLOR a dark border around the flap that faces the open end of the card to help disguise the cut lines.

MAKE the square into a camera, and decorate it however you please.

 

OPEN the card so the flap that was folded in pops out and DRAW a face!

  

FOLD the flap with the face on it back under the other flap, as before.

HOLD the end of the card at the bottom, POINT the camera at your subject and with a QUICK open/close movement, "take a picture" with your camera. The quicker the better so as not to reveal the secret!

 

TRICK TWO: THE TRAVELING PAPERCLIP

CUT a piece of paper into about the size of a dollar bill.

DECORATE it however youʼd like. I did an “M” for Moomah, for Mario the Magician, and for MAGIC.

PLACE a rubber band around the paper, in the middle.

BEND the paper in half, hamburger-style, without creasing it.

 

PLACE a paperclip on it, over both sides of the paper.

OPEN UP the paper again.

  

VOILA! The paperclip will magically link itself onto the rubberband!

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE
MARIO THE MAGICIAN'S WEBSITE >>

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE
MARIO PERFORM HIS MAGIC LIVE >>

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