“The best kid’s magician in the world!” -David Blaine
What will he teach?
Shoelace- A shoelace from one of Mario’s shoe vanishes, changes color, flies across the stage, and reappears tied back on the shoe.
Bottle Cap Award Ribbon- An award medal travels from my hand to my pocket and back. All the small bits are there to create big arguments between Mario and the kids watching. When revealing the secret, the award medal returns to the ribbon on his vest where it started. This is more than just a small trick. It’s the symbol of Mario’s whole show and philosophy. Accessibility. That kids can go home and build what they see.
Torn and Restored Streamer- Mario walks around the audience waving a beautiful crepe paper streamer yelling “Whatever you do, DON’T pull the streamer!” The streamer gets pulled and torn. He cries and then restore it all.
Then Mario will share performance peices featuring some of his most unique creations to illustrate how you can use electronics and robotics to create magic and theater:
The Suitcase Machine- 14 servos inside of his suitcase reveal a series of banners and flags that all open up one by one in fanfare, choreographed to music. After they reveal, they all fall apart one by one. He tries to fix each sign and flag but they ultimately fall again all at once.
Mr. Lamp- A robotic lamp routine!
Marcel the Mechanical Monkey- A theater piece with a robotic monkey!
Other core topics of the lecture:
- 3D Design
- 3D Printing
- Animating your Creations / Programming
- Maker Inspiration
Who is he?
Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese is a NY-based, touring performer with an all-ages theater show full of homespun magic, diy robotics, and punk rock slapstick. it’s magic through the lens of the maker movement! Mario has appeared on Sesame Street, Universal Kids, and live on tour with David Blaine, who calls him “the best kids magician in the world!!” Mario also creates innovative virtual experiences and an online show series called “The Mario Show.”