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Saturday, March 21, 2015

McBride Mystery School. Gets A+

Okay, I love Vegas, but I really miss my wife and my son. I can't wait to come home and give them both a kiss and a hug. On my off times of magic mystery school, I've been reading and in deep though of where I want to take my art. The most important thing is family. They come first, my love for magic second. I have learned so much at the Mystery School that I attended.

When I first entered the school. I knew immediately it was magic before I even entered the school. The door alone is magical. As I walk into the school I'm overwhelmed with incense burning, candles flickering, magic books galore and magic props scattered throughout.

 I was greeted by the teachers that are know to be the best in the world. I met people in my class from all over the world. One man from Germany, He told a story of his recent service in the military. He experienced  a solider, his friend right next to him get shot and killed. It was a eye jerking moment as the whole class learned each of our stories on a personal level. Here is this young magician, a soldier, here at the Mystery School going for his dream after all of that.

At this school we all had something in common. The love of magic and being able to take our gift and make it into a more meaningful art where we can hopefully use our gift to move and inspire others. I feel like a different person.

In Las Vegas things can literally be a life of deception. As I was walking through the strip. I was overwhelmed by how many homeless people were on the streets begging for money, people handing out business cards of woman on them saying "Would like  a woman for tonight" I decline the offer and as I'm walking past I say "No! I'm too expensive"

I'm really thankful that being in the heart of SIN CITY that I'm sharp and have a clear head. With that being said. There are people that can be very successful here in Las Vegas and not fall into the trap of deception.

The second day of class we went to the Underground and I was luck enough to be asked to perform close up magic before the main show started. I performed my butterfly in a BOX effect right there only feet away. I got such a great response from everything I did.

Jeff opened up the Wonderground as Clyde McBride, a St Patricks Day themed character. It was a awesome show. The great Cody Clark did some wonderful close up magic and got rave reviews.

Overall my experience for the Jeff McBride Mystery School has been nothing, but a moving and positive experience. It's not all about learning as much magic and getting as much magic as you can. It's about finding your soul and finding out who you really are. Some magicians really don't know what the schools is all about and some people get wrong or misconstrued information on things that people don't even know what they are talking. Fir those that want to raise the bar of their performance and make your art life changing. I highly recommend the McBride Mystery School. The teachers, McBride, Tobias, Larry and Eugen all get a A+. Way to go! You can't appreciate what the school is all about unless you experience it yourself. When you join the clouds will part, the sun will shine through. Just like it will help you shine though and your eyes will open to a new kind of magic. THE MAGIC OF GIVING!
-Mark Presley-
AKA- Imaginator

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My first Toastmasters class

Tonight I decided to join "Toastmasters" for those of you who may not know what Toastmasters is. It's an organization, a club where you join and practice public speaking. I thought it would be great for my magic because I really want to be able to have both strong magic as well as a presentation.

Well here are my thoughts on the first day of class. I was quite impressed. "Toastmasters" is well thought out and organized. Tonight I got a chance to hear and see three speakers in the class. The first speaker talked about the poor people in Brazil where they live in a place called "Favela" which is a fancy word fro slums. 

Only a few hundred feet away are high rises with huge balconies. Each balcony has it's own pool The people in "Favela" don't pay taxes . They actually have their own grocery stores. They made their own little city made out of whatever material they can find. Wood, metal, tarp. Another speaker talked about the high taxes in Illinois and came up with a solution of the high taxes using an example of a layered cake and how each layer represents a income bracket. The last speaker talked about immigration and the positives that we don't hear about. Why immigration is good and how they help drive the economy. Overall I thought the speeches were good and it really gave me a clear perspective of what Toastmasters is all about. At the end of the class the Toastmaster panel gives you a rundown on what was good, strong, needs work and the "Ands" and "Ums"

My first assignment that I had to do tonight was to pick a index card from the toastmaster. On each card was written an animal . The toastmaster set up a scenario. The scenario was that Noah was boarding animals and he only had room for one more animal I had to talk and convince Noah why he should pick me and not the other animals. It was designed to be improve so it will help us think fast I picked the card that said "Snake" and so it went something like this. "Helooooow ahhh Noahhhhh. I think you shoulddddd pick meeeeee...ssssssssssss, because I'mmmmmm a snakeeee.....ssssssssand I'm slitheryyyyyyy and if you don'tttt pickkkk meeeeee. I willlll squeezeeeee youuuuu. sssssssss, so think about it....." I was told that I did pretty good for my first time. 

As magicians I think that our props are sometimes our security blanket. We let our props speak. When our props are gone. It's a different story. My first assignment is to speak about myself. I will start video taping and posting them on the social media and this blog. Each video will be numbered so you can follow up on my progress. One day! Mark my words! I'll be on "Ted Talks"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

facebook Magic Competition Directory- OPEN NOW!

I have always had a passion for magic competitions. I think they benefit in many ways. It's not all about winning an award. It's about perfecting your art and learning about what your strengths and weaknesses are. Through the years I found it quite challenging to keep up with upcoming magic competitions. People have a hard enough time remembering what they did yesterday let alone remembering details of an upcoming contest.

After some thought I decided "Why not start a facebook group for magic competitions"? a few days later the "Magic Competition Directory" was born. February 19th, 2015.
The reason I created this group was so that it could be a little more easy for magicians to join and look at any upcoming magic competitions coming up. Anyone that is having a magic competition. Whether it be a club, organization or private contest can join the group and post their magic competition info.
Magic Competition Directory

Now for some people. They might ask. "Why would I direct people to your group and not my website or facebook group?" Well that's a good question and here is my answer. You can do both. If you are having a convention where you are hosting a magic competition. Why not make it easy for people to find your info. Besides, networking outside your social network can benefit you in reaching new audiences and potential customers.You will also of course be able to link to your website and facebook group. So it's a ALL WIN SITUATION!

This group will one day be an established and well known group for all your magic competition info.
Group members will not only be able to view upcoming magic competitions, but they will also be able to post pictures, videos of magic competitions that they  have participated in.

This group will also eventually have downloadable magic competition applications that you can download and fill out and then send back. Anyone that is having a magic competition can upload a pdf flyer or application for anyone interested in participating in your contest. 

I will also have files you can download such as "Contest Scoring Sheets" as well as some advice on how to win a contest.

The sky is the limit! I hope you will join my facebook group as well as share my group, "Magic Competition Directory" with your friends and spread the word. Right now the group is in the early stages, but you can join and look over some of the pictures and videos posted of magicians showing off their PRIZED POSSESSIONS.

Thanks again for your support. Please visit the facebook group and read the description for more info. 

Mark Presley

Monday, February 16, 2015


Do you have what it takes to make a magic video? If so this may be your magic calling. I'm looking for a magician that would be interested in performing a magic routine that I have choreographed. The routine has two different magic effects incorporated in it. The magician I'm looking for most have strong stage presence and have experience with a "Losander  FT" having your own is a plus. The other effect is a effect I created which I will tell you what it is once I feel that I have found the right candidate. The right candidate will get my effect I created, performing rights to my routine, brag rights and will be credited and promoted on my websites, blog any social media.

The magician I'm looking for can be either a male or female magician. They must be able to tap into the feel that I'm trying to portray in the magic effect performance. The magic candidate most be outgoing and be able to share ideas. Artistic freedom is open depending on if it fits into the story of the effect. If interested please fill out the form below. I have a goal of getting this project complete within 8 months. If you are a magician and you live in Las Vagas. I will be out in Las Vegas in the middle of March and if you're selected. I could possible film your performance of my effect during the duration that I will  be out there.

Again please fill out the form if intereted and I will contact you and fill you in with more info.
Thanks! and have a magical day!
Mark Presley


Magician Wanted




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Making inventions out of TRASH!

 I really think it's amazing how people can come up with creative ways to invent things with simple everyday objects. Recreating a purpose or new idea is where the magic lies. I remember as a kid. I had to learn to be creative on my own. In my time era as a child. I didn't have computers, electronic games, internet and social media where the imagination and creativity was actually in the electronic devices, not my brain.. I believe this is what helped me develop my creativity. It wasn't till much latter in life that I discovered my full potential of actually creating and developing magic inventions to sell to the magic community.

When I was a kid and I was bored. I would find myself looking around the neighborhood and trying to find whatever I could to pr-occupy my mind and take myself to another place. One day I found a shopping cart. I stripped the frame and made a go-kart out of it. My friends and I would take turns pushing each other in it. It was a great way to pass time.

On another occasion, I found a empty refrigerator box. My friend and I would cut out windows in the box and pretend we were in a spaceship. Some of the best times were simply using whatever we could find around us and use it in a world of inventing and make believe.

I often wonder how the youth today is able to tap into their creativity. Do they take their creativity for granted? is the age of electronics and social media making a distraction where they can't or don't even know how to tap into their creativity?

Or have they evolved way pass the go-karts and cardboard boxes?
In the age of youtube,  magic and young kids not having any clue about being loyal to the art of magic secrets. I wonder where does our art lie? What kind of future does magic have? Thousands of years from now will the advanced people be looking and laughing at us and saying "They used to do what?" Will it come to one day future archaeologists digging up lost states and countries and finding TT, cups & balls and chop cups and trying to make sense with our ancestors who have primitive drawings that were drawn on slate? Will all the books, dvd and vhs make it through to the future?

Will magic survive? as long as we have IMAGINATION! Our ability to create and invent will continue to grow and become more advanced then ever, but in order to do so I think we also have to think simple and "Out of the BOX"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tapping into Creativity with Mark Presley

 Sometimes as adults we loose touch of the magic around us. From experience I've learned that I need to learn to relax, chill out, be silly and be a kid. Remember your first magical experience when you were a kid? maybe your magical experience was believing in Santa, or finding out that you're going to Disney World. What ever it may be. The magic is inside of you and as adults we have to learn to hold on and embrace that magic. It's not only good for your creativity and imagination, but it's alos good for your health.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Facing your Fears

Facing our fears can be one of the most hardest things to do. Especially when you have people trying to bring you down and tear apart your dreams. Evil doesn't want you to succeed. Evil wants you to break down and become what evil is. In order to change you have to first realize that you have to change and then take ACTION! Deep down inside is a HERO waiting to get out. Go for your DREAM and LIVE to INSPIRE others to do the same.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Where are the Bullies NOW?

This morning when I woke up and was scrolling though my facebook. I came across this video. I thought it had such a strong message and was so thought provoking that I had to share it with you.
Now many of you who have suffered though you school life can relate to the hurtfulness as well as the aftermath of how bullying can effect your entire life. People who didn't have to go through such a horrible, depressed and self worth felling don't understand. To put it in a picture clear understanding. It's like a bulldozer running over your house and smashing it to the ground. The bulldozer leaves and now you're stuck the rest of your life trying to re-build, re-construct and find all the broken pieces and put them back together.

Some pieces we can't even recognize. We pick them up and try to find a place that fits. We grow up and still struggle with the flash backs and echoes of all the hurtful things said and done to us. Some people may say "Get over it!" or t"That was a long time ago. Move on!" these words really don't help or have any motivation to us. It just makes it worse.

The thing that many victims of bullying don't realize is that their are people who love you, and one thing that is hardly ever done is simply telling your mom, dad, brother or sister, or most important your teacher I think these days schools a more pro active when it comes to bullying, but children still have the fear or reporting it because they think it will get worse.

 I had bitter felling toward my high school way after I graduated. Most of my bullying that I endured was do to having ADD and being  a slow learner. I struggled so hard with my academics. It would get frustrating trying to study and not understand a word your reading. Through my elementary and high school life I was going through special edd classes so that they I could get extra help. I hated going there everyday. Imagine all the students in 5th grade being lined up to go to gym. Everyone is walking in a straight line down the school hall. At the end of the hall is a gym, and to the left is another hallway and while everyone is heading down to the gym I have to suddenly veer off to the left to go to the ADD room to get extra help. As I'm leaving the line, kids wonder where I'm going. It doesn't take long before they put the pieces together and realize where I'm going. The rest of the year I now have to deal with chuckles and rude comments as I make that left down the hall. 

In third grade I was in Mrs Schumacher's class, my home room. I was talking to some kid, I can't recollect what it was, but I know I wasn't goofing off. Mrs Scumacher saw that I was talking and so she had me get in front of the class and had me stand inside a garbage can. I will never forget that. I remember my mom (Really my mom was my sister who was my guardian, I call her mom) getting so pissed when she found that out. She gave the teacher an earful and than reported her to the principal. I think that was one of the monumental triumphs that I got to experience in that class.

Looking back now I reflect on that teacher and I wonder how horrible of a teacher she was to even put a student through that. Their is something wrong up there. My sister was a hero. Always there with her fists out and ready to kick some ass. Still, when it comes to bullying people can't be by your side 24/7. So many times we have to just endure the bullying and just deal with what ever comes to us.

I'll never forget my first day in high school. Boy was that scary. I just moved in the northwest suburbs from Chicago. I didn't know a soul. It didn't take long to figure out who the good guys were and who was the assholes. I remember one classmate in particular. His name was Larry Vanhorback. (Not sure if the spelling is right) He was like the leader and the perfect craftsman in BULLY-MANSHIP. He was a real winner! Through my whole life I had to deal with this ass-whole. I had to endure almost for years of not wanting to go to school. Each year when i got my class schedule and think "I hope Larry isn't going to be in my glass this time!" I enter the classroom slowly, I loom around, "Ah! no Larry! I go to my next class, "Dam Larry is in my gym class" Larry walks up and smack me aside my head, walks away laughing and chuckling and feeling like he's on top of the world. GO LARRY!

I'll never forget senior year. Larry and I were yet in another class. We sat next to each other. It was such a invigorating time. One day I came to class with a cold. I was miserable as hell. It was the type of cold where you feel constantly tired and you don't want to talk to anyone. I had my head rested on the desk. Larry said "Oh poor baby! are you sick?" All the sudden my whole entire elementary, high school life of enduring bullying came to a halt. I finally snapped after all these years.

I stood up, looked at Larry, pushed his books off his desk and said "I going to kick your fucking ass! why do you always have to mess with people?" at that moment the teacher interrupted and said. "I wish he would kick your fucking ass!" with that the rest of the class all started to cheer and clap for me. It was a moment that I was proud of myself. I faced my fears and finally stood up for myself. I will never forget that day.

Years later after high school I still had bitterness toward the school and classmates. It wasn't just Larry. I had to deal with two, three dozen Larry's. I never had the desire to go to any of my high school reunions. Until the one year. It was the same year that I made an appearance on WGN TV performing some magic. I went to the class reunion and had a few people approach me, telling me they saw me on tv. It was a great feeling, but at the same time I was still holding in some bitter memories of high school. I guess I thought that if I went to the reunion that it would be some great therapy for me.

The thing that I found interesting was that at the reunion all the same classmates were hanging with the same cliques in high school. I felt like I was literally in high school again. There were groups, cliques of classmates separated from one another and although some made an effort to talk. Many still had the same arrogant personality as in high school. One in particular.  Robbert Libbit, science class 1993-1995. What an asshole that guy was. I contemplated my own life due to that fat ass just to get away. Everyday calling me names. He finally stopped after one day calling him on his own game. Robbert sat behind me, again I snapped after some obscene name calling. I turned around and said "Lets go right now! he looked at me in shock. I never had another problem with Robbert again.

I saw Robberts at the reunion that night and despite my hard feelings. I approached him an introduced myself. The conversation was about as short and cold as running outside the house naked and then running back in. I felt the same presence and asswholemanship as I felt in high school. What's even more interesting is that for years he was coming into the restaurant with his wife and kids where I perform close up magic. I had no idea it was him until I went to the re-union and then recognized him. It's funny the times that I was performing for him and I was picking up on something not right. He didn't even know it was me as well.

So now here I am years later. I do reflect back often, but in a different way. It took me a long time to grow away from those harsh, hurtful, bullying times in my school life. When I look back I feel so grateful that I wasn't one of those bullies. What a horrible feeling that must be. I'm so proud of myself now. I have accomplish so much in my life and I'm so grateful that I have a good head on my shoulders. I have a wonderful family, awesome brothers and sisters and friends who have helped and supported me through the years.

So where are the bullies now. Well hopefully they grew up from their insecurities and diversion of having to bully others so that they can feel better about themselves. I would say that some end up as drug users and in prison. the others may be the ones driving like ass-wholes on the road. tailgating, speeding, cutting people off and even though they are in the wrong they look at you like you're the problem and they are right. It's kind of a disturbing and psychological don;t you think? Other bullies might of some how bullied their way up the workplace and are managers and bosses. These are the ones that really don't give a crap about you. It's all about them looking good and having control. Thank goodness I only had a few of those bosses and managers in my life. The rest of them were very good bosses and managers with a good head on their shoulders.

I feel that for some people that were victims of bullying become even stronger and better people in the long run and hopefully the ones that were bullied don't become the bullier.
We all have our lessons and challenges in life and we have to learn from them. Thank goodness that I had magic through most of my life. It was defiantly a outlet for me. I have climbed so many mountains and now here I am doing remarkable things. I'm leaving in a few months to go to Las Vegas for the "Jeff McBrides Magic Mystery School"  I got a scholarship to attend one of the worlds most prestige magic classes in the world. this will help me hone in on my art and become a even better magician, performer and artist. I can tell you one thing. There won't be any bullying here! just MAGIC!

Here is a video a friend of mine posted. When I watched this video I couldn't help to think of the terrible life this lady must of had growing up.  When people are pounded throughout their life of how the are worthless and no good and that they won't amount to anything, they start to think that and live their lives that way. They live through their lives second guessing themselves and feeling like they are never good enough. When we doubt ourselves we destroy the inside belief of ourselves. The sad thing is many people are very gifted and talented and they don't even know it. I think we as people have to really embrace each other and give support to one another. The chef in this video did just that. Please watch! you will be inspired.

As for the bullies and where are you now? Well all I can say is I'm sorry for you for what ever caused to to act and lash out to people. maybe you gad something in your life that caused to to act that way. We have things in our life that are beyond our control and sometimes as children we are victims of all sorts of horrible things. The very people that we should trust are sometimes the very people that hurt you. You don't have to be a bully. You have a choice to change, love and inspire people.
The change comes within you.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mark Presley gets scholarship to "McBride Mystery School" asks for help! GET MARK TO LAS VEGAS!

Hi I’m Mark Presley and I am a magician.
Before I get into my "Donate Pitch" I would like you to get to know me better. 
if it helps, you can watch my video trailer of the characters I developed overtime. 
After you look at the video. please read my story of how I came to discover and love magic.

 I  recently got notified that I got a scholarship to one of the world's most prestige magic schools.  The "McBride Magic Mystery School" Although I got a scholarship. I still need to raise funds to get there as well as lodging, car rental, food...... I estimate that I will have to raise about $750.00 to get me to Las Vegas.

What put me in this situation of asking for help? well due to medical costs that my wife is going through and on top of that not working do to medical challenges that I don't want to get into right now. It can be quite challenging trying to support a family. Not to mention my son and mother - in law. Yes, I'm taking care of her as well. With that being said. I have to come up with creative ways to get things done sometimes. So this is just a quick glimpse at who I am, where I've been and where I'm going. This! This is my story! If you feel like you want to donate for my cause please click on the "Donate paypal button"

I got interested in magic at the age of six when my dad took me to a magic shop.
I came home with a simple magic trick and was hooked.
My brother also contributed to my interest in magic. He worked at Bozo circus, a popular children’s TV show where they had clowns and magicians perform comedy and magic. One day he brought home some “Marshall Brodien TV Magic Cards” I got into magic even more.   A few years later my dad passed away, but his memory of him taking me to my first magic shop lives on. 

I went into isolation feeling lonely and different. I would spend most of my time practicing and fantasizing of one day becoming a famous magician.  One day I checked out a book at the Library. It was a book on Houdini’s famous escapes. Little did I know that that book would one day play a very important role in my life.

In high school I signed up for a talent show.  In the middle of my show I realized that some classmates were throwing pennies at me. I reached to the floor and picked one up and magically enlarged the size. The audience gave a thunderous clap as I had a face and smile that said "oh ya! That's not going to stop me! now I'm going to try three times as hard" I guess I got the last laugh. The next day when I arrived at school there were classmates lined up in the hallway, clapping and cheering.  I knew then that magic was what I wanted to do.

Now let’s speed things up a bit. In 1995 I was working late at night cleaning a restaurant when 4 masked robbers broke in and handcuffed me to a bar while they went to work on the safe. Remember that “Houdini’s Greatest Escapes” that I said would one day come into play? Well it did, and I used one of Houdini’s escapes I learned from the book, and broke out from those handcuffs.

Through the years I’ve created many original, and unique presentations, faces and characters in magic. Attending the “Mystery School OfMagic” will help me hone in on my skills, presentation and characters and help me reach my full potential. Let’s take a look at what I created so far.

When I escaped from those cuffs that night.  I felt that I was actually also breaking free from the hardships and challenges that I was holding inside. I realized that life is short and that I needed to pursue my dreams.
In 2012 I had the privilege of seeing one of my favorite magicians, Jeff McBride, at the conclusion of his show he made paper butterflies magically come out of his hand. Jeff then said “You can be the world’s Greatest Magician if you want” those words stuck in my head and he not only inspired me to go for my dream, but in his lecture he encouraged magicians to invent magic products to help gain exposure in the magic world. In just a little more than 13 months I have over 6 products on the market that I manufactured, made video, logo and marketed myself. 

It is because of Jeff McBride’s help, support and inspiration that gave me the motivation to be the best I can be. By attending the “Jeff McBride Mystery School of Magic” I will be able to further my skills in magic and education.
Most people that try to raise money such as kickstarter have a product that they are trying to get off the ground. sell. I do not, my product is me. I’m the product. What you’re investing in is my gift and talent. How many of you have seen a play, musical or concert and you were moved or inspired by what you saw or heard and you suddenly felt inspired to go for your dreams? That is what I want to create.
With the proper help, guidance and training. I will be able to use my magic as a way to move and inspire people to go after their dreams.