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An indie documentary about a wandering traveler turned full-time maker magician. Monkeybots, suitcase machines, and more.
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    BEHIND THE SCENES! • access to our private behind-the-scenes Instagram account, where you'll get to see exclusive photos every step of the way. Who doesn't love a good Mario Insta-face?

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    WOODEN NICKEL! • a custom Mario the Magician wooden nickel, redeemable for one magic trick, live, on the spot, if presented to Mario in person anywhere (except for at one of his magic shows) + a handwritten thank you postcard suitable for your fridge door

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    MARIO PORTRAIT! • a print signed by Mario of the spectacular Mario the Magician portrait created by artist Johanna Goodman • PARENTS: get one to hang on your child's bedroom wall! (www.johannagoodman.com)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + THANK YOU TWEET! • a digital download of the completed feature length film and Mario tweets a thank you with your name

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    SIGNED DVD! • the fruit of our labor, a DVD of the completed, feature-length film, signed by Mario

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    DVD + PORTRAIT COMBO! • a DVD of the completed, feature-length film AND a print of the Mario the Magician portrait by artist Johanna Goodman, both signed

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    DVD + HEADLOCKS ALBUM COMBO! • a DVD of the completed, feature-length film AND a digital download of "Cuckoo Bird" album by The Headlocks, who will be providing Building Magic's original soundtrack

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    A TWITTER FOLLOW! • Mario the Magician follows YOU on Twitter for at least one year. He reads your tweets. Who knows, maybe he'll even RT, reply, or DM every now and again. (And as if that weren't enough, we'll send you a DVD of the completed film, too.)

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    TICKETS TO SEE MARIO THE MAGICIAN LIVE! • four (4) tickets to an NYC live children's/family performance by Mario the Magician (date(s)/location TBA via email)

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    TICKETS TO NYC SCREENING • two (2) tickets to a private NYC screening of the completed film, followed by a Meet & Greet with the filmmakers and our star! Mario the Magician (available date(s)/location TBA via email)

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    3D PRINTED THREE SHELL GAME • custom designed by Mario, this classic of street performers everywhere, the three shell game, will be printed for you on his own personal MakerBot Replicator 2

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    DVD + PERSONALIZED VIDEO! • a DVD of the completed, feature-length film AND an approx. short personalized cell phone video by Mario the Magician for your self/child/friend/relative/coworker/whoever (delivered via email)

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    15-MIN GOOGLE LIVE HANGOUT! • a live 15-minute web hangout with Mario the Magician for you and whoever you want to invite - he'll show what he's been working on lately, and answer your questions

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    3D PRINTED ASTOR PLACE CUBE • Mario designed this miniature desktop model of "the Alamo," the famous spinning cube sculpture in NYC's Astor Place, as seen in our film! Mario will print the miniature for you on his own personal MakerBot Replicator 2

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    CHILDREN'S NON-SPEAKING ROLE IN THE MOVIE • our film about a children's performer wouldn't be complete without children themselves. This reward offers your child (ages 4-10) a non-speaking role in the film as well as a chance to work and meet with Mario in person (must be able to travel to NYC area for filming)

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    YOUR CHILD ON THE BIG SCREEN! • our film about a children's performer wouldn't be complete without the perspective of children themselves. This reward offers your child (ages 4-10) an on-screen interview in the film + the chance to be selected for a larger role! (must be able to travel to NYC area for filming)

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    PRIVATE MAGIC LESSON • (NYC metro only) a private one-hour children's DIY magic lesson by Mario for up to 10 kids of a similar age between 5 and 10 years old at the location of your choice in the NYC metro area

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    LEVITATION • (NYC metro only) Mario + Katie will perform a classic levitation at your event, a beautiful display of ages-old street performing, inspired by buskers in India, a country that magic owes so much to

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    BRING MARIO TO SHOW & TELL! (NYC metro only) • your child gets to bring Mario the Magician and Marcel the Mechanical Monkey to their school for show and tell + you receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit for the film (solely in title, no monetary returns or other involvement)

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    PRIVATE SHOW OR CONCERT • (NYC metro only) a private children's performance by Mario the Magician (ages 4-10) OR a private performance by The Headlocks in your home/venue + you receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit for the film

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    SHORT FILM STARRING YOUR CHILD • you get a live birthday party performance by Mario the Magician AND filmmaker Kal films the party and creates a 5-minute "short film" for you starring the birthday child (NYC metro only)

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    DELUXE THANK YOU • we cry tears of gratitude + a send you a deluxe thank you package with the signed DVD, portrait, wooden nickel AND an assortment of inspiring vintage magic ephemera AND an object designed and 3D printed especially for you by Mario + you receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT for the film

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    EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL! • access to bonus footage via digital download, because we know you all can't get enough of Mario and his antics - ALSO... wooden nickel + behind-the-scenes Instagram access + digital download of photo introductions to some of Mario's inventions that don't make it into the film

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    MARIO-MADE MAGIC WAND • limited edition handcrafted natural wooden oak magic wand, finished with all natural oils, made by Mario himself, perfect for the street performer in you

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    30-MIN VIRTUAL MAGIC SHOW • a 30-minute virtual children's performance by Mario the Magician broadcast live via Google+ or Skype, perfect for your non-NYC area birthday parties! Great for those of you who are Mario fans but don't live in the NYC area

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