A Chubby Lad
Like many of today’s great magicians, Mike Maione, The Silly Magician became interested in magic as a young boy. At the early age of nine, Mike made a trip to Tannen’s Magic Shop. There he purchased his first bit of magic, an expensive coin trick. Unfortunately, Mike was a chubby lad who favored frozen treats and accidentally used the coin to buy ice cream. He was so distraught when he discovered his mistake he vowed not to do a magic show until he could control his appetite.
Years of therapy and many diets later, Mike shed his huskie-sized clothes and dove into the mysteries of magic with renewed passion finally to emerge as one of Long Island’s favorite family magicians.
Professional Background and Associations
Mike has been performing as the Silly Magician for over 20 years. He is a past president of the Long Island Mystics, the local chapter of the Society of American Magicians and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Mike is also a member of the invitation-only 4F magic society and England’s Magic Circle.
In addition, Mike teaches magic and writes about performing magic in several Internet publications for magicians. He has produced several magic effects marketed to the magic community and has lectured magicians in the US and England.
The Parlor of Mystery
Mike is also the founder, main producer and often performs at the Parlor of Mystery in Lindenhurst Long Island. The Parlor of Mystery is a monthly parlor magic show. Magic performed at the Parlor of Mystery does not require expensive, large-scale stage equipment. It is magic performed close to the audience and without a stage. The setting and the magic are intimate. And all shows are modern, funny, grown-up and for grown-up audiences.