Mario's late teens and early twenties were spent traveling around the country, hitch-hiking, exploring, building friendships, building a treehouse, herding sheep, street performing, and so much more. Eventually, he found himself back in his hometown in New York and decided to pursue his greatest passion, magic, professionally. At first it was only a weekend gig, and Mario's weekdays were spent as a special education teacher aide for an inspiring group of kids. Eventually, in 2006, with his now-wife Katie by his side as his business director, the magic business became a full-time venture.
In addition to the hundreds of private performances he does every year, many opportunities have come their way, including the publication of a children's magic card tricks book for Barnes & Noble, several feature performances for Lincoln Center, a run at NYC's Metropolitan Room, and so much more.
Mario is known for his upbeat, slapstick character and the beautiful hand-crafted quality of every detail of his show.
In 2012, filmmaker Kal created a short film about Mario, entitled Building Magic. In August of 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign secured funding to extend Building Magic into a feature length film. Filming is currently underway, and the film is expected to be complete and ready for the film festival circuit in early 2014. www.buildingmagicfilm.com