In this Magic Circus are some of the world’s greatest magicians as guest stars:
•“THE PROFESSOR” DAI VERNON presenting his legendary
Cups and Balls and his rarely seen Symphony of the Rings.
• the mysterious SHIMADA performing his exquisite parasol act
The 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 audience.
Then 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.
The 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.
The 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 ZIG-ZAG Illusion.
Now 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 Nani .
Mark 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.
As are all Magic Circus shows, these are first-generation transfers from master broadcast tapes, which feature Mark, Nani and all their magical guest stars performing their timeless bits of wonder in sparkling color and scored by equally legendary Hollywood musicians with a full orchestra in the studio.
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