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Palisades Park Man Makes Life Magical

Mark Calabrese baffled the hosts on CBS "The Couch" in 2013.
Mark Calabrese baffled the hosts on CBS "The Couch" in 2013. Video Credit: Mark Calabrese YouTube

PALISADES PARK, N.J. -- Mark Calabrese of Palisades Park has the pleasure of calling magic his day job -- even if it's sometimes at night.

A Texas native who has spent most of his life in Bergen County, Calabrese has performed on national television and even devised tricks for other magicians.

While his childhood peers played video games, Calabrese worked on his sleight of hand.

"I was around 7 years old, when I saw a magician on TV," he told Daily Voice. "And I was hooked."

Calabrese has appeared on MTV and CBS, as well as "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and "Wizard Wars."

He was a creative consultant to Criss Angel in 2012-13, in Las Vegas, creating tricks for Angel's TV and Vegas show. Folks can buy Calabrese's magic lectures online, here.

Calabrese now performs his "comedy magic" in his own New Jersey, Rockland County and New York City shows.

A lot of the allure of magic, for Calabrese, is the contrast it offers.

We live in a world where everything is instant gratification. We know how everything works, we can immediately go to Google and get our questions answered. But with magic, it kind of takes things back to a more primitive level. There's a vulnerability, when we don't know how it's done.

And it makes it worthwhile if he can make folks' days a bit better. "I've made the toughest guys laugh like little kids," he added.

To find out more about Calabrese's work, visit his website, and to keep up with him, you can follow on Facebook or Twitter.

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