Magic Marc Dunston announces the publication of his new children’s book, “The Magic of Giving” (Pelican).
It recounts the story of how Dunston, as an elementary school student, became interested in magic to enter a talent contest, won it and gave the prize money to a friend whose father had lost his job so they could buy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
“That was the best trick of all,” Marc recalls. “I made a turkey appear on their Thanksgiving table that year.”
After winning the talent contest, Marc practiced his magic skills on his three brothers, his sister and his parents. As a teenager, he spent most of his time at a hometown magic store, where he executed countless tricks on customers. In exchange for payment, the store’s owners allowed Marc select items from their inventory.
Eventually, Marc waved his magic wand and turned his passion into a career appealing to children and adults. His act has opened for Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, Robert Klein and Grover Washington, among others. He has entertained at private parties for celebrities such as Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington and Oprah Winfrey. Television appearances include the first episode of Paula’s Home Cooking with
Paula Deen, as well as shows on BET and HGTV. Corporate clients have included Gulfstream, General Mills, Rubbermaid, Burger King and Wendy’s, to name a few.
For children, Marc focuses on “magication,” his word for combining magic and education. He is the host and executive producer of The Magic Marc Show, a family-oriented children’s show on WTOC-TV that serves as a teaching opportunity for topics such as manners, kindness and giving.
“The show offers kids a safe place to get together, have fun and learn,” Marc says.
Marc is actively involved in Camp Sunshine, an annual gathering for children with terminal illnesses, as well as with local hospitals. He also presents shows at no charge to many nonprofit organizations each year.
“Bringing energy and happiness to kids means everything to me and I use every opportunity I have to volunteer my time to help out,” he says.
“The Magic of Giving” is available at Barnes & Noble and Books A Million.
For more information, visit www.magication.com.