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"If more magicians knew what Mark Zacharia knows about restaurant magic, more magicians would be in business.  Mark's lecture clearly reflects the years of experience he's had performing close-up magic at restaurants. You'll learn some great magic and get great advice from a pro." –Kostya Kimlat
 
"Mark Zacharia's lecture offers some of the best advice to approaching presenting magic as a close-up magician as you are going to find." -Garrett Thomas
 
"Mark Zacharia is an excellent performer who has analyzed, re-worked and optimized his magic effects over hundreds of performances." -David Corsaro
 
"Your work on the 'Anniversary Lambada' is too good ... this is great work." -Doc Eason
 
"The best version of 'Anniversary Waltz' is by Mark Zacharia in his lecture notes." -Paul Hallas
 
"I used to perform a very different appraoch to 'Anniversary' ... your routine is absolutely great and I will be using your improvement from now on. You truly are one of those people who really love magic." -Alexander de Cova
 
"Mark Zacharia's lecture is filled with proven ideas from an experienced worker and as such deserves your serious consideration." -Jim Sisti
 

What will he teach?

This is the real work on material that doesn’t require knuckle-busting skill but has high impact. Most of this material plays up high, off the table, and resets almost immediately. 
 
Sobriety Test- A 'you-can't-do-as-I-do' effect, but at any time you can make any spectator the star in the performance. It requires no sleight of hand and utilizes a gaff you probably already have but have never used.
 
Out to Lunch- a quick, fun picture of the spectator on the back of your business card. Despite their signing the card, the ink magically transforms on the picture leaving them with an indelible memento … and your contact information.
 
Bucktooth Tear- A center-tear-style peek that allows you, in real time, to see what a spectator has written and folded on a piece of paper. There are no switches, and it is nearly angle-proof.
 
Drawing His Sword- A pick-a-card effect that has not one, not two, but three climaxes. You've never seen another effect quit like this. It leaves a fun memento with your spectator and, yes, it resets almost immediately. First, you intuit a spectator's selection by drawing it on the back of your business card. The freehand style of your drawing may even get a little laugh until you turn over their card selection to reveal the professionally printed playing card has morphed into a freehand drawing of their original, matching your drawing! But that's not all, you explain your drawing had to match their choice of card because if they had selected any other card, you would have drawn a blank. At this point, you reveal that every other card is blank.
 
5-Card Monte- This effect won "Best New Effect" at the 2014 TRICS Convention. A Wild Card routine where the cards magically change despite the fairness of the handling. Mark teaches a beginner and intermediate-level handling. Unlike other Wild Card effects, this one requires no gaffed cards! Everything can be examined and it resets immediately. Mark teaches both beginner and intermediate skill level methods.
 
Order Out of Chaos- Mark's handling of Jim Swain's Airmail Card effect. A memorable card-to-wallet effect. You open by showing a "postcard" you received -a red-backed card that your mentor has addressed to you on the face of which has written the directions. This card is secured in your wallet and you take out a blue-backed deck to have a card selected, signed, and returned to the pack. Despite the cards being shuffled face-up into face-down, because you’re following the directions, you magically get all the cards to turn over except their signed card. When you double-check the directions on the red-backed card in your wallet … it turns out IT IS THE SPECTATOR’S SIGNED CARD. You leave this with them as a souvenir. This is one of the most requested pieces Mark performs.
 
Who Wants to Be A Millionaire- You offer the spectator the chance to participate in a promotion that you are doing here at the venue, and if he selects the right card, he could win ONE MILLION DOLLARS. You give him a free selection of any card from a deck--no force. Before he turns the card over to read the random dollar amount written on the back, you run through the rest of the deck to show every card has a different dollar amount on it. You get all Mark's patter and jokes. Unfortunately, everyone notices, he did not pick the card that reads “One Million Dollars.” You guarantee him he is going to win whatever amount is written on the back of his card … and it reads “One Wooden Nickel.”  You give him a wooden nickel with your contact information as a souvenir and everyone is a winner. This requires NO SLEIGHT OF HAND, WORKS EVERY TIME, PROVIDES A SOUVENIR FOR YOUR SPECTATOR, AND RESETS IMMEDIATELY. 
 
Bookless Book Test- This uses a common magician's tool in an uncommon way to allow you to get a peek at hidden information the spectator writes down. The reveal alone on this is amazing and unique because you text a voicemail message to your spectator before the start of the effect: she listens to it on her phone, and your voice … NOT A COMPUTER-GENERATED VOICE … tells her the word she merely thought of. No apps to download. No codes to remember. You can do this with your phone immediately. 
 
Anniversary Lambada- An off-the-table handling of an effect popularized by famed bar magician Doc Eason, in which two signed cards from two separate parts of the pack fuse together into one card, which they get to keep. When Doc saw this, he said this handling was “too good” to release. 
 
Let Me Spell This Out for You- A card is lost in the pack that is shuffled face-up into face-down. You explain that you train the cards and reveal that all the cards have turned over except the selected one. Then you offer to teach them the trick. You perform the same effect in slow motion. They see the cards face-up into face-down until the last moment. This time, upon spreading the cards, instead of one card being reversed, all the cards necessary to SPELL OUT  the name of the card are reversed! E-I-G-H-T O-F S-P-A-D-E-S! They have never seen a finale like this. You can even customize the finale to spell out a birthday message or a corporate phrase. 
 
Any Card at Any Number- This plays close-up and for the stage. Mark teaches beginner and intermediate-level methods. And the best news is it requires no memorization work!
 
Crash & Burn- Combines all the whimsy of a story deck with the spectator-involvement of finding a selected card. The spectator's card becomes an integral part of the story, so everyone is engaged in hearing how many times and where his card is going to turn up. And, yes, it resets immediately! 
 

Who is he?

Mark Zacharia is a mentalist, magician and hypnotist with more than 25 years' experience entertaining for corporations and colleges, theaters and private events all across the country. New Jersey Monthly Magazine calls Mark a "total bogglement."
 
Mark has performed for legendary baseball great Bobby Thomson as well as in a command performance for the New York State Legislature. He has performed at Mohegan Sun Casino, Monday Night Magic (New York's longest-running off-Broadway show), the Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater (PA), Dickens Parlour (DE), Wizardz Theater (FL), South Street Magic (PA), Grasso's Magic Theater (PA), and the Parlor of Mystery (NY). His recent full-evening show, "reMARKable", sold out the EastLine Theatre in New York in under 72 hours and interest demanded a second show.

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The spectators are awesome, the tips he gives about preparing your pockets, making sure your cards don't get ruined, and cold reading are amazing, and the tricks. The tricks are super awesome, fooling and can reset immediately!

Sobriety test: a cool opener that makes your spectators confused.

Out to lunch: every magician knows this, but mark teaches you a way to make a drawing of the spectator read their mind!

Drawing his sword: what an amazing trick, the spectator picks a card, they put their hand on it. Then on a business card you draw some weird lines and to their surprise and confusion, it kinda looks like their card, but then they take a look on the card and the cards looks exactly as your drawing, and the big finish, every other card is blank!!!!

5 card monte: the classic 3 card monte, but with 5 cards and a twist.

Order out of chaos: a signed card is lost, the deck gets shuffled face up to face down and their card ends up being the only face up card. And the big finish is that the card was from the beginning in your wallet, signed, but with a different back!

Who wants to be a millionare: just awesome. The spectator picks a random card and you predicted what was written on its back.

Bookless book test: 1 spectator thinks of a random word, the other thinks of a random word from a random book from their imagination, and you read the 2nd spectator's mind, and the 1st word the 1st spectator thought about is in a recording you recorded before the trick started!

Anniversary lambada: a cool version of anniversary waltz

Let me spell it out for you: a spectator picks a card, it gets lost and the cards are shuffled face up to face down, the card ends up the only fave up card. You do the same again but this time, when you spread your cards, the cards face up spell out the spectator's card ( buy the letter deck from card shark to do this )

Crash and burn: a cool variation of a story telling deck.

Acaan: a good and fooling version of the classic acaan, this fooled eric!
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If you are looking for material that has been honed in front of real people, look no further! Mark has a number of great touches on classics (Anniversary Lambada, Crash and Burn) and shares some great ideas about how to amplify audience reaction. For me, the stand out effect was Bookless Book Test. It’s an absolute miracle!! Highly Recommended.
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Many of these could fool other magicians (even Erik was fooled by the ACAAN performance)! These are excellent routines performed and explained in detail that will stun your spectators. Mark even includes a few beginner tips if you want to keep things really easy if you are not confident enough for a performance that requires extra finesse.

Some of the best material here was in the little details: creating your own persona, bonding with your audience members and helping anchor the reactions you need to succeed.

Mark featured some incredible twists on classics and creative tweaks that create multiple climaxes which really wow the audience. His "postcard" effect alone was priceless.

Thanks Mark for the wonderful lecture!
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Mark is so charming, it's hard not to love him. Really enjoyed watching this lecture. Thanks penguin!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 16th, 2022
I really appreciate when real workers share their material!

Some hghlights for me were:

I started using 5-Card Monte right away. Quick and engaging for the spectaor with a surprising climax.

Anniversary Lambada is an in the hand handling and an improvement over the original.

I love Crash & Burn and this will definitely find a place in my repertoire. I've always been a fan of the storytelling deck concept and this takes it to the next level.

This was time well spent.
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I loved this lecture and I learned a lot.
There were a lot of strong effects taught in this lecture that are impressive on their own, but most experienced magicians would know their basic workings already.
What makes this lecture stand out is the variations that Mark has created to strengthen the effect along with the great performance tips that Mark provides.
This is one of my favourite lectures so far.
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Disclosure...Mark's an old buddy. Performed together, shared a restaurant gig, brainstormed in a group...for many years. He's that guy that takes the temperature of the situation and picks great tricks for the moment...and he books so many gigs I'm jealous...he just GETS IT. He's done strolling for so long, which enables his superpower....which is dreaming up the kinds of effects that he knows will engage, fool, and ENTERTAIN laymen...and then he busts his butt to engineer REAL WORLD solutions to them that are eminently practical while not fracturing fingers. To wit...his ACCAN: a dramatic a direct performance piece...and you can do it TOMORROW, even without a memory, if you get me. Over the years I've watched him constantly hone, test, work, and improve his wares. Obviously, I'm a fan...there's SO much strong, workable, practical stuff here...several things I've never seen that I'm now dying to play with. Don't miss the Bookless Book Test...man...I want to do it 10 years ago, it's that good. The Sobriety Test and 5 Card Monte (especially) are practical killers I've worked often...OK...you get it...just get it. You have my word, Mark's the real deal and so is this material.
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Many of these could fool other magicians (even Erik was fooled by the ACAAN performance)! These are excellent routines performed and explained in detail that will stun your spectators. Mark even includes a few beginner tips if you want to keep things really easy if you are not confident enough for a performance that requires extra finesse.

Some of the best material here was in the little details: creating your own persona, bonding with your audience members and helping anchor the reactions you need to succeed.

Mark featured some incredible twists on classics and creative tweaks that create multiple climaxes which really wow the audience. His "postcard" effect alone was priceless.

Thanks Mark for the wonderful lecture!
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