The magic of giving inspired Marc Dunston, better known as Magic Marc, as a young boy in Philadelphia. He saw the movie Houdini and begged for a magic kit. After winning his elementary school’s talent competition with his very first magic show, he used the $25 prize to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner for a friend whose father had lost his job.
“That was the best trick of all,” Marc recalls. “I made a turkey appear on their Thanksgiving table that year.”
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. 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 own 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 in Savannah 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 cancer, as well as with local hospitals. He also presents shows at no charge to many non-profit 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.
Author was added to Marc’s accomplishments in 2010 with the publication of The Magic of Giving (Pelican), a children’s book that recounts his personal story.
Marc is a father of two, to son Julian and daughter Chloe, and husband of Dr. Kyrin Dunston, a Savannah physician.