Mark Presley

My love of magic began at an early age.  Entertaining already at 10 years old, I not only received my first “paycheck” but also experienced the thrill of my first “live” audience.  Hearing their laughter and applause and seeing the smiles on their faces was enough for me to know that I had found my niche in life.  Magic.  I set out to learn everything I could about the art.  I began by researching Harry Houdini, the master of all magicians.  It was because of his book, that I was able to use one of his most popular escape tricks and avoided becoming a victim of an armed robbery.  In 1995, I entered the Society of American Magicians competition for close-up magic and came home with an award.  In addition to performance, I have taken on the challenge of teaching magic for park district programs and just recently, at Harper College as part of their cultural enrichment program.