The patriarch of todays magic enthusiasts is Mark Wilson. Most of us have been exposed to his magic on television through our formative years. The Inside Story series in Genii has focused on yet another talent of Mr. Wilson. He is a fine and imaginative writer. Marks ability to explain the intricacies and experiences of his career is captivating. From wide-angle to macro, the detail he delivers is as entertaining as his performing abilities.
In the September 2005 installment called,
Performing Tour of China, he relates his first meeting with the Chinese official at the Business Affairs division of the Chinese Mission in Washington, D.C. At the end of their productive meeting, Mark brought a smile to the gentleman's face by performing several close up magic effects he always carried in his pockets (and still does today). Some of the popular Magic Forums feature a thread on Magic At A Moments Notice. The popular question being, What do you carry with you when asked to do magic on the spot? For the benefit of his magic progeny, will Mark divulge the list of close up magic he carries in future editions? Knowing what he considers to be the best categories in close up magic would set a high standard of expectation for us. If not, will our influential editor, Richard, put on a little pressure?