It all began with $50. That’s how magician and mentalist Mark Toland remembers his start in magic: a $50 magic kit that started him down the path that would become his career. From that familiar beginning, he tells GeniiOnline how his childhood and a fateful decision in college helped him turn from a hobbyist to a professional.

For the rest of our interviews with Mark, check out the links here:

Part two: Mark Toland defines the ever-evolving Chicago-style magic

Part three: Mark Toland’s theatrical approach to mentalism finds freedom within limitations

Part four: Mark Toland shares why the Magic Penthouse is a treat for performers and audience alike

Part five: Mark Toland tells the tale of his accidental TEDx talk

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