Mario Marchese had no idea that a hitchhiking trip would lead to a career in magic. He had all the essentials for himself and his dog packed in a guitar case — the ability to pack that way became an art form. On that trip, he went to all the places that were supposed to inspire creativity.
But nothing inspired him like his home, New York City. And nothing inspired his magic like that trip.
Now, Mario the Magician is performing a unique colorful show that fits inside a suitcase. A whiz with electronics, Mario has handcrafted all his props, including a suitcase that turns his act into a Buster Keaton-like flurry of activity.
And for the first time in seven years, he finally feels like he has some comfort with his creations.
Mario will perform live in the Metropolitan Room over the next few Saturdays. Before his first Saturday show, he talked with us about exactly how rigged his coat is, his unique path to magic (spoiler: he didn’t get a magic kit as a kid) and what some of the experts taught him about the basics.