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Magician Mark Doetsch especially likes performing magic for the kids at Gators in Palatine.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Shuffling the deck or showing off? Magician Mark Doetsch says he first thought about performing regularly for audiences after watching a video on card tricks called "Easy to Master Card Miracles."

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Magician Mark Doetsch interacts with patrons while performing magic at Gators in Palatine.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Doetsch claims he was once shy, but performing magic has changed him greatly.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Mark's mechanical monkey sits nearby and applauds each successful trick.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Magician Mark Doetsch clowns around with patrons while performing magic at Gators in Palatine.

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Magician Mark Doetsch of Island Lake used to be shy. But performing magic has brought him out of his shell, and brought smiles to the faces of countless people in the process. "Half of it is the magic, the other half is the presentation. That's a lot of fun for me, to watch their faces when I do a trick and they're amazed and laughing at the same time, that is very cool, very rewarding," Doetsch said.
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    • Magician Mark Doetsch especially likes performing magic for the kids at Gators in Palatine.
    • Shuffling the deck or showing off? Magician Mark Doetsch says he first thought about performing regularly for audiences after watching a video on card tricks called “Easy to Master Card Miracles.”
    • Magician Mark Doetsch interacts with patrons while performing magic at Gators in Palatine.
    • Doetsch claims he was once shy, but performing magic has changed him greatly.
    • Mark’s mechanical monkey sits nearby and applauds each successful trick.
    • Magician Mark Doetsch clowns around with patrons while performing magic at Gators in Palatine.
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