MAGIC FOR THE CITY THAT THINKS IT HAS SEEN IT ALL
New York City is the cultural capital of the world, and New Yorkers wouldn’t have it any other way. For the city boasting the planet’s best museums, sports venues, theaters, restaurants, and concerts, holding someone’s attention requires a special kind of magic.
When you are staging an event, be it a corporate function, private party, or charity gala, you rely on other people to keep things running smoothly. No one can be everywhere at once. Worse, other than the host, no one can help direct the party so guests have a good time, unaware of when you are hustling behind the scenes to keep the wheels turning. I mean, someone would need magic powers to do that.
That’s my job.
MY NAME IS MARK PHILIP LICHTENSTEIN.
I’m a second generation magician. My father brought me into the community of magicians, who have been very generous with me over the years. I believe magic is a powerful tool, but only when you apply it to specific ends.
When performing in a social situation, a magician can be incredibly beneficial, however, the style, content, and staging of the magic need to be specific to your event. The magician should know at least as much about parties as he or she does about magic. I made it a point to study the available literature and work with prolific hosts who taught me how to work to make any party better.
Though I am based in New York, I spend a significant amount of time in the UK. When there, I can be found at The Magic Circle, the most exclusive magic society in the world, of which I am a member.
There are different styles of magic, different types of performances based on the venue, and different occasions for which one might modify one’s performance as a magician. You’ll find the whole process much simplified, below:
STROLLING OR WALK-AROUND MAGIC
Strolling magic is magic performed up close for about five to fifteen minutes, for small groups of people. This type of magic is very well suited to most parties, from the biggest galas, to backyard barbecues. This is because it does not interrupt the party with the announcement “Hey, stop having your lovely conversation and pay attention to this stranger!” Performing strolling magic, I perform for people who would like to see magic, but not others, and I use my performance to support the host by thinning out the crowd gathered at the bar, stalling while the kitchen plays catch-up, spreading party guests to other rooms, or separating unpleasant elements while someone calls them a taxi. This is the most versatile kind of magic, and often the most interesting because the audience gets to see things happen right in front of them, rather than thirty or more feet away, on a stage. It is ideal for weddings, company parties, or any occasion when people who don’t know each other, or who aren’t used to socializing together. A magician in this setting can help make new connections and memories that are never forgotten.
PARLOR/STAGE MAGIC SHOW
Parlor and stage magic are really the same thing, but in different venues. In this type of presentation, the magic routine is scripted specifically for the stage, to be performed for an audience who will sit through the whole show. Obviously, this isn’t right for a cocktail party, since the two social situations are antithetical, but if you want to throw a party that begins with a show, this might be right for you. This type of presentation is not, however, recommended for later in the evening, because a tired audience may not have the energy for it.
If an event has several types of stationary entertainment, table magic may suit it very well. In this style of performance, the magician sits at a table and guests may approach and see a performance if they like. The only word of caution I have for this style is that some people who may love to see magic may feel intimidated about approaching to ask to see it, and thus will not. In this case, I recommend you think about your guests before settling on this style.
“Brilliant. F***ing brilliant.”
- PAUL HAGGIS, ACADEMY AWARD WINNING SCREENWRITER AND DIRECTOR
“His close-up magic is astounding, and creates a memorable experience for your guests. I believe that Mark’s rate is very reasonable, considering how much value he can add to an event, and would strongly encourage you to consider him for your next party.”
— JULIE CHEN, ACTIVITIES MANAGER, THE YALE CLUB NYC
“Working with Mark was great as he was able to develop a new concept for an artwork which I would have not been able to embark on before.”
— YINKA SHONIBARE, MBE, RA
“Mark Philip Lichtenstein completely rocks.”
— KYLIE EDMOND, ROCK & RAWHIDE
“Mark Lichtenstein performed at our wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Several months later our friends still get excited talking about his magic. Many wedding guests commented in their thank you letters that they were blown away by his memorable metal bending and mind reading. We found Mark professional and charming, and would recommend him to anyone. He would certainly be a highlight of any party where he performs.”
— BRIAN M. FENTY, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, TODAYTIX.COM
“We’re still scratching our heads as to how he seemed to defy the laws of nature right in front of us. Having a magician is a really great talking point at a party, creating a lasting memory. Mark is a great guy and we certainly look forward to our next opportunity to see him in action.”
— MRS. JUDY HAMILTON & MR. DOUGLAS A. P. HAMILTON, MANAGING PARTNER, HAMILTON INVESTMENT PARTNERS
|Technical & Setup Requirements||Technical setup depends on the venue and occasion.|
|Guidance on # of staff needed||The suggested number of guests for my services are ballpark figures for the number of people I can adequately perform for in the time bracket listed. It should be said that I have performed a two hour show for two people, and a fifteen minute stage set for two hundred. As a rule though, follow the brackets listed.|