In episode 63 of the podcast we sit down wit Mark Calabrese to talk about what it takes to make it in magic. Mark is an incredibly accomplished performer. With multiple baffling card effects released on the magic market, as well as appearances on Wizard Wars and Penn and Teller Fool us.

In this episode we broke down just that. We broke down his journey into full time magic, and his journey on those fantastic magic shows.

We started with his Penn and Teller Fool Us performance. What looked like a really cool act was secretly a directional nightmare. Without spoiling what happens all I can say is the finished product on video is NOTHING like what actually happened in the studio that day.

We’ve had a few guests walk us through the behind the scenes of some of the shows that they’ve been on but this was probably the most surprising.

He also walked us through his Wizard Wars performance. We learned once again that there’s more than what we see on the final product. Mark wasn’t entirely pleased with what happened behind the curtain and you can hear all about it in the episode.

Finally we chat about what it takes to make it as a magician through word of mouth. It takes quality, it takes not cutting corners, it takes being awesome, and going the extra mile.

As a magician it’s not that hard to go the extra mile. Stay an extra hour at the event you’re performing at, or make sure that every last table sees you do magic. It’s little things like that which go a long way.

Anyways, I’m not going to spoil the whole episode. You have to listen to it to find out!

If you do, let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

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