There are few kid shows that I’d claim to be “worth every penny,” but I watched a children’s magician perform the other day that had the parents laughing as hard as the kids. Meet Mario the Magician, a young hipster dad who doubles as an over the top traveling showman. This isn’t just a man who bought some tricks at the magic store and borrowed some jokes from a magician’s manual. His whole shtick is about what a lousy magician he is, like when the kids catch him “failing” to make, say, a shoelace disappear, and then it appears on his back.
Which isn’t to say there isn’t magic in the show. There’s plenty of “how did he do that” moments to keep the kids guessing. The magic starts from behind an old fashioned suitcase. Flowers popped up like they had a mind of their own, flags appeared and disappeared on command. The kids went wild. Mario interacted with the kids like a pro, thanks to his experience as a special education teacher’s aid, his slapstick humor and silly faces had everyone laughing. When he asked one little boy what his name was, he called him “ninja” before the boy could say his name, which had the kids in stitches.
His show was so fresh, it felt like he was doing it for the first time just for us. And I laughed. A lot. Like when he told the kids, “You’re driving me bananas!” and when he said a certain prop (which was supposedly malfunctioning) was “freaking me out.” In his finale, he pulls a real life dove out of his top hat.
And at the end of the show, I was not the only mom who asked for his card.
Mario’s shows are between 45-50 minutes long ($600) and an add-on option of a 10 minute magic lesson (for ages 5 & up) is available. The shows are for kids ages 4-10 years old. If you would like to hire him, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-605-0662.
You can also see Mario’s show by visiting his website and checking out the calendar of venues he’ll be performing in the near future. The next date is Tuesday, June 25 at 6pm at Mostly Music at Memorial Park (53 Piermont Ave, Nyack). The show is free. While you’re on his website, take a look at a video of Mario performing plus see him skateboarding through the streets of NYC with his magician’s props under one arm! Mario also wrote a magic book for kids, Magic Card Tricks.