Magic Circus shows feature internationally renowned magician
Mark Wilson, his lovely partner Nani
Darnell Wilson, their son budding illusionist Greg
Wilson, Bev Bergeron as Rebo the Clown,
announcer Paul Frees, and “Poppin’
Fresh,” the famous Pillsbury Doughboy,
who interacts with Mark in especially produced wrap-around
on these DVDs, you will see the complete acts of SHIMADA,
CARL BALLANTINE, DAI VERNON, ART METRANO, RICO and JAY MARSHALL.
(The guest circus acts have been edited out so that each
show is a magical spectacular.)
opener on this first MAGIC CIRCUS Show
is THE GILDED CAGE, in which three beautiful
girls magically appear in a golden cage high above the studio
we see Mark performs his renowned SUCKER EGG TRICK,
and Rebo rides in on a live ELEPHANT, which
Mark impossibly causes to VANISH in full
view of the cameras and the audience.
lovely Nani Darnell joins Mark for their rendition of Mark’s
version of the
impossible NANI DIVIDED IN HALF.
This is preceded by the first and only television presentation
of Alan Wakeling’s incredible GORILLA CRUSHING,
featuring Nani on the flying trapeze, who inexplicably vanishes
as she is being crushed by a 400 pound gorilla!
Mark follows with several sleight of hand effects performed
with the audience all around, followed by a beautiful ASRAH
LEVITATION with Nani vanishing in mid-air and then
magically reappearing in the STACK OF BOXES!
The grand finale is the classic SHOOTING A GIRL
FROM A CANNON to an empty base drum suspended high
in air incorperating several improvements by Alan Wakeling
and John Gaughan.
second MAGIC CIRCUS begins with MARK
WILSON’S parts being assembled from a collection
of boxes stacked individually, while completely surrounded
by the audience.
Having appeared, Mark performs several sleight of hand
effects, leading into the classic LADY TO LEOPARD
illusion. Still surrounded, Mark and Nani present what
was then the first US performance of Robert Harbin’s
it’s A RECIPE FOR BEAUTY,
an original illusion featuring an ENCHANTED OVEN
on which Mark magically combines the ingredients beauty,
love and just a touch of jealousy to create the enchanting
performs his version of the Split Deck and a fast-paced
series of DOVE PRODUCTIONS and VANISHES,
which leads in to the program’s climactic finish,
the début performance of Alan Wakeling’s creation,
the dangerous, “underwater” AQUARIAN
ILLUSION. This spectacular mystery was later used
to close Mark’s Las Vegas shows in the giant showroom
at the Hilton Hotel to standing room only audiences.
CIRCUS Show #3 opens with Mark’s original
FLYING CRYSTAL BOX, which produces the
equally magical Nani Darnell.
Mark performs a clever color silk transposition, and Rebo
assists Mark and Nani in the first US televised
performance of Robert Harbin’s puzzling TOPSY-TURVEY
a close-up card effect is seen from a unique overhead perspective
and Mark performs THE PROFESSOR’S NIGHTMARE
with a volunteer from the studio audience.
Everyone is amazed when the lovely Nani is divided into
four parts in Alan Wakeling’s revolutionary version
of a classic illusion, which Mark calls THE
WORLD’S LARGEST CARD TRICK. There
are many laughs as Mark performs the EGG BAG with
two children from the audience.
we witness the only televised performance of another new
illusion, the remarkable MOTLEY MAN, in
which a comic character is instantly costumed in four comically
contrasting types of wardrobe, all selected by members of
finale of the show, THE ENCHANTED PRINCESS ,
is a spectacular presentation of Mark’s SCIMITAR
SUSPENSION never seen before and now featured in
Jim Steinmeyer book “The Magic of Alan Wakeling.”
MAGIC CIRCUS show #4 Mark Wilson, surrounded by
the audience, magically brings a large DOLL TO LIFE
by assembling the Irish Washer Woman’s parts
and winding her up with a giant key. Then the cast dances
with the now animated toy lady and then she is taken apart
to show that their is no one inside to make her move!
see how Mark makes easy money by turning PAPER TO
he performs several BUNNY and DUCK
the next illusion, lovely Nani Darnell is penetrated by
more than 30 electric light bulbs in the classic PANEL
OF LIGHT. Now Mark and son Greg Wilson perform
a delightful tandem BILLIARD BALL MANIPULATION;
which is 6-year-old Greg’s first television appearance!
Next in the WALL OF GLASS , a baffling
mystery created by Alan Wakeling, Nani amazingly penetrates
a fully-examined sheet of glass while surrounded by the
Then is Mark’s RISING CARDS and GIANT
CARD FOUNTAIN. Later this was taught by Mark to
Bill Bixby for the “Magician” series.
Next, Mark and Nani début, for the first time on
television, Robert Harbin’s ASSISTANT’S
Mark and Nani present one of magic’s most baffling
illusions, originally created by Carl Owen, first performed
by Howard Thurston and later improved by James Aubrey,
THE GIRL WITHOUT A MIDDLE.
Fifth MAGIC CIRCUS Special is titled “MAGIC
WITH A PAST” and features magic history though
the ages. In the first dazzling mystery, Master Magician
Mark Wilson performs his legendary transposition, WHERE
IS MARK?, in which he instantly vanishes from the
stage and reappears watching the show from the audience!
Following some excellent sleight-of-hand, the Wilsons then
present their most famous illusion, the ALLAKAZAM
TRAIN. Here we see the impossible, as engineer
Nani is divided into two parts in a miniature steam engine,
and then happily restored.
Equally amazing is “SUSPENSION DIMENSION,”
an exquisite version of the Harbin Levitation,
as Mark floats the mesmerized Nani high in the air in full
view of the audience. Based on Dante’s original mystery,
apparently explaining an illusion, young Greg Wilson and
Mark take the viewers BACKSTAGE WITH A MAGICIAN,
with a surprising climax.
the grand finale, Mark and Nani present their famed
CANVAS COVERED PACKING CASE ESCAPE, in which, whiled
surrounded by the audience, a wooden box is built on stage
by two union carpenters and enclosed in a tight canvas cover.
Then comes an amazing “TRANSFIGURATION,”
which you must see to believe.
this Magic Circus are three of the world’s greatest
magicians as guest stars:
hilarious AMAZING CARL BALLANTINE, “every
move a picture”
•the mysterious SHIMADA performing
his exquisite parasol act
•“THE PROFESSOR” DAI
VERNON presenting his legendary
Cups and Balls and his rarely seen Symphony
of the Rings.
Final MAGIC CIRCUS Special opens with the
television debut of the puzzling
GROWING ILLUSION, in which son Greg Wilson opens
the show and then
magically “grows up” and becomes Mark.
comes Mark’s famous BILL IN LEMON
routine, as he has performed it throughout the world. This
precedes the charming Nani being mysteriously “misfiled,”
which is the first US performance of Robert Harbin’s
LITTLE BY LITTLE illusion, which has evolved
into Mark’s baffling MAGICIAN’S FILE
DOVE and SWORD PRODUCTIONS
follow, and then
Mark’s son Greg returns to the center ring to perform
his first solo illusion on television, a miniature version
of the DOLL HOUSE with a surprising finish.
Now comes magical guest RICO performing
elegant magic with silks and candles. Then Mark and Nani
present the miraculous COSTUME TRUNK, featuring
one of the most beautiful magic props ever made, designed
by Alan Wakeling and built by John Gaughan.
sleight of hand highlights his COLOR-CHANGING KNIFE
routine, which Mark has carried in his pocket since he was
13 years old, shot from many impossible angles.
And now we are treated to a powerful mystery designed by
Alan Wakeling, the sensational “COSMIC RAY
ILLUSION” in which Nani Darnell vanishes
instantly from between two sets of sharp spikes. After showing
the device completely empty, just as amazingly Nani reappears
for her final bow.
on Magic Circus show #6 you will see comedy magician
ART METRANO complete act and the now classic, legendary
world-renowned ventriloquial performance of JAY
MARSHALL AND LEFTY, which appeared for over half
a century in theaters around the world.
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