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Austin magician competes on Syfy show

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 12, 2014

Look for local magician Marcus Eddie at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the Syfy network’s “Wizard Wars,” a magic competition.

Eddie, 35, says he’s been hooked on magic since he was a child.

When he’s not on primetime TV, Eddie can be found performing at private events and restaurants around town.

“My love of magic goes back to when I received a magic kit at 5 years old,” he said. “In first grade, the principal of my school made a rock disappear right in front of my eyes, and from that moment, I knew I was going to be a magician. I would study from books in the school library, making my own props out of toy boxes and duct tape.

“Eventually, I won several awards competing in magic competitions. Now, I’m creating original magic and consulting for other magicians, but soon I hope to present my show to the world.”

The winners of “Wizard Wars” will be crowned Sept. 23, with the top team walking away with $10,000.

“The experience of competing on ‘Wizard Wars,’ was amazing,” Eddie said. “I’ve been waiting for this type of platform to showcase the creativity that goes into making the impossible happen. I’ve been creating and performing magic for over 20 years, so when the opportunity came, I was ready.”