Magician Mark Clearview performs regularly at the hottest venues in New York City as well as internationally, venturing as far as Vegas, Qatar, France, Singapore and China, with clientele ranging from celebrities like Seth Rogen, Michael J. Fox and Rami Malek, to high-profile executives at Google, Nestle and KPMG. But he’s also available to put on a show in your living room. With the pandemic making it more important than ever to bring a little magic to people’s lives, Mark has taken his act to the Internet, to bring joy to people around the world, virtually. We chatted with Mark to find out more. —Vita Daily
You are quite the accomplished magician! From Times Square to Michelin restaurants to Penn & Teller, what has been your favourite venue or show to perform?
Some say I’m the MOST accomplished magician. But they’re very incorrect. I’ve been lucky enough to perform in plenty of bucket list venues. My favourite place to perform in terms of audiences and history is the historic Magic Castle in Hollywood. It’s the most magical place on earth, not Disney. My favourite place to perform in terms of trying new material is Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC. Something about a dark comedy club that gets my stomach all a flutter. And I don’t think it’s just the food in Times Square.
Do you have an all-time favourite or signature magic trick?
I was first known as that guy who spent two weeks in a straitjacket (setting a world record for the longest time in a straitjacket), but now I’m known for my stupider effects. Turning an egg into a rotisserie chicken or teleporting a signed business card into an urn of my grandfather’s ashes.
What services do you currently provide, and what makes them unique?
I do plenty of in person magic shows for companies and colleges, but I also offer corporate virtual shows. Everyone is sick of gathering on Zoom so now you can have a magician pop into your meeting, or annual event gone virtual and actually entertain you.
How has the pandemic changed the way you bring magic to the people? Also, what is/are the difference/s between your at-home and virtual shows?
The virtual thing is the biggest change for sure. It’s pretty cool because magic actually happens in viewers’ hands on the other side of the screen. I also do pay what you can public virtual shows for everyone trapped inside. They happen monthly and you can find the schedule on my website. I’ve seen the show over 150 times and I’m still into it!
Is magic just for the kids? Or do adults love it, too? Have you observed any extra benefits gained by your audiences from being entertained in this way, during COVID?
The magic is for everyone! I’m not a children’s entertainer but children love the show! I’m also not an adult entertainer because that’s a different thing. It’s like a Pixar movie, everyone will laugh at different things and leave the theatre with their lives changed irrevocably.
Any new tricks up your sleeve?
Remember how I casually mentioned that I wore a straitjacket for two weeks? Well I did it to raise money for Parkinson’s Research. Then I wrote a book about it. That book comes out in March and proceeds will directly benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. That and I’m almost finished my aquarium themed adult coloring book. Like colouring it … not creating one.