Inspired by his surroundings: Mario the Magician let magic find him

January 4th, 2013 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

Sometimes you gotta leave before you see the magic all around you.

Mario Marchese, who performs as Mario the Magician, says in a mini-documentary that he traveled to a bunch of artistic places that were supposed to inspire, enervate and infuse. But he ended up finding his greatest magic back home in New York City.

Now he is becoming known for his quirky, ingenious creations and his ability to pack a big show into things he can carry while skateboarding. He has written a book of card tricks for kids and had his devices on display at the legendary Tannen’s Magic Store. He’s performed for thousands upon thousands, and appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

The documentary shown below premiered in December at the David Rubenstein Atrium of the Lincoln Center. Director KAL captured Mario’s love of performance and willingness to let the art inspire him at home. Someone contacted our customer service department thinking that we would love this video, and they were right.

Where are you at? Same ol’ city? Some boring small town? It doesn’t matter where you are. Inspiration surrounds you. The only reason it eludes you is that your surroundings are so familiar that you see right past them, the way the human eye “ignores” things that don’t move.

Time to look again.

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