Mark Calabrese – Penguin Live Online Lecture 2 (2020, September 13th)
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“Mark Calabrese is the real deal. Sure, he’s been putting out clever and original commercial releases for years. Yeah, he has killer sleight-of-hand chops, particularly when it comes to card table artifice (you have to see him do false deals to truly appreciate what you won’t see). But what really impresses me about Mark is that he is a real-world working entertainer: polished and professional, charming and funny, I love watching him perform for the public. Put it all together and you see why I mean it when I say: Mark Calabrese is the real deal.” -Jamy Ian Swiss
“Mark is every bit as cleaver and skilled as he is tattooed. An Illustrated Man of Mystery. Whose work and knowledge is worth your attention.” -Jon Armstrong
“Mark Calabrese is one of my favorite creators. His ideas are fully thought out, practical, and completely ingenious. If you want magic that absolutely destroys people, Mark is your guy. I purchase very little magic these days, but when Mark releases something, I get it immediately. I’m honestly not sure why he continues to publish. I would keep ideas like these to myself. If you’re looking for magic that is guaranteed to rock peoples’ world, Calabrese is your guy. He is truly one of the best.If you like high-impact material that is guaranteed to deliver astonishment, look no further.If I had a nickel for every time Mark fooled me, I would pay off my house. Then I would hire Mark to keep breaking my brain.” -Ben Seidman
“Mark is devious and miraculous…and awesome!” -Ricky Smith
“Mark creates direct, astonishing and highly creative magic. His technical ability combined with his natural talent for performance make him a fascinating and engaging magician.” -Luke Jermay
What will he teach?
Rounders Routine- A gambling demonstration that shows how card Cheats use their methods to make their money at the card table. Learn false deals, how to cut to any named card from a shuffled deck, as well as one of the cleanest ways to lose and retrieve a signed card. Also how to make gambling effects entertaining for the general public.
Cara o Corona- Two methods for an impromptu magician fooler that will allows you to control the outcome of a coin toss.
Head Games- The magician and spectator play a game of “blind man’s bluff” in which they both place a card sight unseen on their forehead. The magician tries to guess what card is on his head by reading the spectators face, and the spectator does the same. the magician uses a little sneakiness to get the card but the spectator guesses correctly with no outside help!
Ultra Easy Deck Switch- Mark’s clever way of switching out a deck of cards that anyone can do! Very funny and very easy!
Who is he?
Performing professionally for 15 years, Mark Calabrese has made a name for himself in the world of close-up magic. Armed with cunning sleight-of-hand and a charming personality, Mark dazzles his audiences with his digital dexterity. He uses these tools to deceive and entertain his audiences while keeping them laughing out of their seats.
Ordinary, everyday items become objects of fancy as Mark delicately handles them with feats of prestidigitation. Coins multiply, cards fly, and audiences cheer. Mark’s brand of magic has been honed over the past few years all over the country.
Mark forms a special bond with his audiences, creating intimate miracles, often taking place in your hands! Mark is also an established Street performer in New York City’s South Street Seaport with many acts in his repertoire. Mark has been lucky enough to perform for stars suchs as Mike Epps (Next Friday, The Hangover), Rosie O’Donnell, Rob Schneider and Gilbert Gottfried, just to name a few.
Corporate clients include Meryl Lynch, MTV, and Morgan Chase Bank. In 2012, Mark was commissioned to consult for Las Vegas magician Criss Angel for television and stage magic. Mark has been featured on Television shows on MTV, FOX, The SYFY Channel and on CW as a contestant on the hit television show Penn and Teller Fool Us.
Mark has his own one man comedy magic show at the Levity Live Comedy Club that he has performed over 15 times to sold-out crowds in the New Jersey/New York area.
Mark is also an established magic creator and consultant. His best-selling work “DVS” and “The Seer” has sold thousands of copies worldwide.
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