Author Archives: Mio

I had the honor of performing for the manager of the NY Yankees!

I was working a party in the private room in Arturos, a fine restaurant in Boca. When I was done the owner asked, “there’s a Yankee at one of my regular tables, would you like to go over there?” I asked if it was a player and she said she thought it might be a coach. She took me over to the table and it was no coach; it was the manager, Joe Girardi!

Mr. Girardi was having dinner with his wife, Kim and another couple. I asked Kim to name her favorite card and the instant she named the seven of hearts, I reached over and pulled it from Joe’s collar.

I performed “Card to Wallet”, showing my favorite Met, Tom Seaver, as Tom’s picture came out of my wallet ahead of the signed card. After I pulled Mr. Girardi’s signed card from a sealed envelope, I showed him my Game Cards collection from my website and said I’d like to add his card to my collection. Mr. Girardi said of course, so I pulled a “copy” of the signed card from my pocket for him, then another “copy” from my jacket as I said to Kim, “if Joe loses that one here’s the original”, then I pulled a third signed card out and gave it to his friend. When I turned the three cards over they were all random cards! I pulled his real, signed card from the empty envelope and said, “I’ll keep it after all!”

I performed the “Real Dice”, reading all their minds, then the “Invisible Deck”, and I borrowed a dollar from Joe and floated it. I ended the performance with his cell phone as I asked him to search for anything on Wikipedia. I said “Joe is well traveled, he wouldn’t search for a place, he’s been all over. It’s something close to his heart”. Joe smiled uneasily, and I continued, “Something dear to you”. Joe shook his head in disbelief. “Did you search for your son, Danti?“

Yes! He had searched for Danti Girardi, his son! They all blew up! His wife said everything else was great, but when I knew what Joe had searched for, it sent chills down her spine and that was the most amazing thing!

Mr. Girardi asked for my card and said his daughter would love this. Maybe the team will too!

Performing at the Mario Lemieux Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament

I first talked about my performances for the Mario Lemieux Foundation, and how important it was to me in this post.

After the 18th hole and the days round was finished, the players would slowly gather four by four in the clubhouse. The only ones in there beside the players were the staff and me.

After entertaining for several hours, I had gathered a collection of cards that were stuck to the ceiling of the clubhouse, and the manager looked up and noticed the four signed cards : Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Recci, and Lynn Swann!

He took the cards down, framed them , and then put them back up on the ceiling in exactly the spots they had been in!

Please pardon theses these slightly blurred photos.

Framed cards - Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Recci, Lynn Swann

What is like to be a Magician on a Cruise Ship?

Working on cruise ships has afforded me the special opportunity to see and visit parts of the world I otherwise may never have!

Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the French Riviera, the Mexican Riviera, The Amazon, Venice, Europe, and a host of other destinations have all been the sights of my performances and adventures!

I was able to swim with dolphins in Cozumel, cuddle with stingrays in the Caymans and fulfilled one of my life dreams, to catch King Salmon and Halibut in Alaska, which I did while performing on board Regents’ ship, Seven Seas Mariner, for the summer season.

On the ships I often worked close up in the lounges, and here a group of passengers is about to see my unique version of card to ceiling!

Signed Cards Collection Growing: Mario Lemieux, Johnny Bench and Michael Jordan!

It was while performing for the Mario Lemieux Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament that I had the pleasure and honor of performing for three gentlemen whose careers represented the very pinnacle of their respective sports when they played: Mario Lemieux, in his prime, arguably the best hockey player ever; Johnny Bench, perhaps the best catcher ever to play baseball; and Michael Jordan, well there is no argument, the best basketball player ever. These three greats all signed cards that appeared unexpectedly, some said impossibly, in a sealed envelope, in a zippered compartment of my wallet!

I was honored to be asked back by Mario the next year to perform, to again be able to contribute to the success of this great cause.

The Mario Lemieux Foundation was created in 1993. In that year, Mario was enjoying the greatest season of his brilliant career and on pace to establish a new NHL scoring record. Then he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.

For me, Mario’s story goes to show the fragility of life, and also the will to persevere, and in turn to help others; just as I love to share my magic with others, to give them a glimpse that says the impossible is possible!

Mio the Magician and Mario LemieuxMio the Magician and Johnny Bench
Mario Lemieux's iconic "66" (the number of his jersey)
Johnny Bench's signature in one of Mio's Game Cards
Michael Jordan's signature in one of Mio's Game Cards

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Performance

I had the pleasure of performing for the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass during their annual collectors trip to Tacoma and Seattle, where they also visited the home of Dale Chihuly, the foremost glass sculptor of our time.

Coincidentally I performed for Dale on several occasions in Florida, and here is a photo from one of them.

Mio the magician performing to sculptor Dale Chihuly

I entertained all 95 collectors at the Tacoma Art Museum with my stand up Mentalism Show, “Extraordinary Moments “.

I was thrilled to receive a standing ovation!

I had a chance to visit the Seattle Space Needle, awesome views of the city and the Bay!

Mio at the Space Needle, Seattle
Tacoma Art Museum

The views from my hotel room of the Space Needle at night:

The Space Needle Seattle

The Space Needdle