A few weeks before my son turned four, he expressed the wish of having a magician at his party. We had Looney Louie the year before, so I felt challenged to find a new magician. So, down I went a Google rabbit hole. Let me tell you, there are *a lot* of frightening magician websites out there. (someone’s gotta tell them about Squarespace) And then, I stumbled on Mario.
My son’s magician dreams came true when Mario showed up at our house on February 14th. He was fantastic, a magician at heart. Magic is his labor of love and it shines through in his performance.
I’ve learned that in addition to the hundreds of private performances he does every year, he is involved in a publication of a children’s magic card tricks book for Barnes & Noble and is performing for Lincoln Center. I am not surprised by his Magician success.
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 2014. Here’s the trailer:
If you’re ever thinking of hiring a magician in NYC, consider Mario. Tilo and Ella couldn’t stop talking about his performance. And look at me, I am writing about it. He’s truly magic.
The paradox of feeling lonely in a city of 8 million. A visual monologue by Paul Riccio and Molly Finley.
I am honored to be part of next weeks Designers Debate Club. It is taking place on October 1st at the Fashion Institute of Technology here in NYC.
What’s your thought on the topic? Should designers take on the role as CEO?
New York City Ballet filmed NEW BEGINNINGS at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan. This stunning short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home.
Make sure to watch in full screen mode!
(Thank you Joao Unzer)
On A Wednesday is a project by my studiomates Dave Dawson and Bekka Palmer. The idea behind the site is charmingly simple: Bekka and Dave ask people what they’re doing. On Wednesdays. The results are beautiful and varied portraits of random New Yorkers, telling us about their day. Beautiful.
Thomas Rhiel created this stunning, colorful map of all of Brooklyn’s 320,000+ buildings. He plotted and shaded each of them according to its year of construction. The result is a snapshot of Brooklyn’s evolution, revealing how development has rippled across certain neighborhoods while leaving some pockets unchanged for decades, even centuries.
Do you run a digital company in NYC, a co-working space or are you an investor? If yes, did you add yourself on the Made In NY Digital Map? I just did.
Brandon takes photos of strangers in New York and then posts the images on Humans of New York. Simply wonderful.
The New York Transit Museum is my son’s favorite place in Brooklyn. Lucky us, it’s just down the street from our apartment. The museum is in an actual subway stop and allows you to go back in time in subway history. It’s totally worth a visit, not just for kids. I give it two swissmiss thumbs up!
UPDATE: Help directly by shipping goods (Amazon.com/diapers.com) to the following address:
The New York Communities For Change (NYCC)
2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Fl,
Brooklyn NY 11217
They are collecting donations and transporting them to Far Rockaway twice a day. Or you can stop by between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m and drop off your donations.
Last week I launched a SmallKnot Fundraiser to help Robert Elmes, owner of Galapagos Art Space. Hurricane Sandy has devastated his interiors and the damages are over $100K. Galapagos has been our incredibly generous CreativeMornings host for the past few years. Have you attended an event at Galapagos? Then please consider helping them get back on their feet with a small donation.
One Girl Cookies across the street was also hit hard and if you’re in the DUMBO area, please consider visiting their pop up store which is hosted by PowerHouse Arena from 9am-3pm.