The Finalists for Mindfulness Magician of the Year!

At a time when the world seems more divisive than ever, it’s important to remember that there is still good in the world. That’s why we’d like to take a moment to recognize the mindfulness magicians of the year: sensitive, social-aware individuals who are making a difference in the lives of others. These special people can be found in all walks of life, from educators to mental health professionals to, yes, even professional magicians.


Magnifico The Magnificent

Real Name: Dave The Magnificent

Signature Illusion: Coaxing a small rabbit out of the magic hat using kind words and statements of validation.

The Amazing Carl Abernathy

Real Name: Karl Abernathy

Signature Illusion: Cutting a woman in half, but only with her prior consent or when in need of an autopsy.

The Great Laverne

Real Name: Etherea Sparkle

Signature Illusion: Escaping a toxic relationship.

Explozo The Human Terror!

Real Name: Explozo Johnson

Signature Illusion: Transforming a dirty, littered, vacant lot into a basketball court for disadvantaged youth using only local municipal funds.

Countess Nefaria

Real Name: Debbie Sue Lynn Nefaria

Signature Illusion: Places a coin behind an audience member’s ear, and is able to make the coin mysteriously disappear! In actuality, the coin has been donated to one of several local charities.

Presto Chango 

Real Name: Preston Chang

Signature Illusion: Levitating above the audience, while at the same time explaining to the crowd that no person is ever truly above another.



digital illustration by Marty Dundics

by Kit Lively

Kit Lively

Kit has been a regular contributor to MAD magazine for over ten years, and has also been regularly published by National Lampoon, Playboy, The American Bystander, Funny Or Die, SpongeBob Squarepants Comics, Points In Case and many others. His work has been called “sort of like ‘The Far Side’, but more offbeat and often much funnier” by people who should clearly know better. He lives with his wife and two dogs, all of whom do their best to tolerate his presence