Mario the Maker Magician, veteran of the New York City family entertainment circuit and award-winning maker and vaudevillian, will bring his magic experience to Opry Mills on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of his “Get Lost and Find Yourself” tour.
He will also be joined by Yohannes “Yo Yo Magic” Aguayo, a 13-year-old magician from Franklin, Tenn. Yohannes performs at various events in the Franklin and Nashville communities, including street shows and birthday parties.
Mario has performed to full houses at iconic venues such as Brooklyn Bowl, the Domain in Austin, the Bell House and beyond. His vaudeville performance emphasizes homegrown, handmade, DIY, imagination-enhancing artistic expression for all ages. He is also considered the “the best kids magician in the world” by internationally acclaimed magician, illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mario back this year,” said Paula Hankins, director of marketing and business development at Opry Mills. “His performance with local magician Yohannes is the perfect kickoff to the back-to-school season at Opry Mills. The day will be full of magic and creativity for all families and visitors to enjoy.”
Attendees can also take advantage of special offers at family-friendly restaurants and enjoy a face painter during the afternoon.
Special offers from restaurants include:
- Aquarium Restaurant – $1.99 kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée and 15% off retail purchase at the Treasure Chest gift shop *excludes clearance
- Bavarian Bierhaus – Half-priced kids meals
- Rainforest Cafe – $1.99 kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée
The show will take place at the Entertainment Stage near Madame Tussauds and the Aquarium Restaurant. The best option for parking is near Entry 5. The Happy Racers, a local band, will open the show with a musical performance.
About Mario “the Magician” Marchese
Mario is a performer and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for dedication to the maker movement and STEAM/STEM initiatives and his clever and refreshing integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. Despite his use of cutting-edge technology, he never sacrifices the old-school slapstick vibe that audiences so love. It is vintage meets the future. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age. Mario has appeared on “Sesame Street” and live at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, World Maker Faire New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and more. He is also the subject of indie documentary film “Building Magic.”
About Opry Mills
Opry Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee, features a great collection of fashion-forward stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Coach Factory Store, Cole Haan, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, kate spade new york outlet, Forever 21, Nike Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Lucky Brand Outlet, H&M, and Bass Pro Shops. Shoppers can also enjoy quality dining and entertainment at Madame Tussauds Nashville, Bavarian Bierhaus, Rainforest Cafe, Aquarium Restaurant, Dave & Buster’s, and Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX. Opry Mills’ famous Entertainment Stage and Tennessee Treasures play area further enhance the family shopping experience.
Opry Mills is conveniently located 7 miles from downtown Nashville, in Opryland off Briley Parkway at exit 11, and is within walking distance of the Grand Ole Opry and the 2,800-room Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Opry Mills, please call 615-514-1000 or visit www.oprymills.com. Like Opry Mills on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OpryMills, and follow us on Twitter @shOpryMills and on Instagram @shOpryMills.
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