You may have never heard of Mark Wilson, but in the sixties he was a household name. In the early days of television, Mark Wilson created and starred in a series of magical television shows, most notably The Magic Land of Allakazam, which ran from 1960 to 1964 and brought magic into living rooms across the country.
Although he also had a successful career outside of television—performing in Las Vegas and around the world—Mark Wilson will always be remembered as the man who paved the way for all of the TV magicians who have followed him—and who made magic accessible to children across America.
When Mark Wilson was young, before he was famous, he demonstrated magic tricks at Douglas Magicland, a local magic store in Dallas, Texas. When The Amazing Max’s dad was a kid he would go to the magic store to see Mark perform! Mark Wilson is a huge direct influence on The Amazing Max!
Here’s a Douglas Magicland ad from 1956!