Yan Markson

Yan Markson

Yan Markson is one of Canada’s top professional mentalists, magicians, and speakers.

Magic Smiles Shared Around the World.


A smile is Universal! Our video goes viral, and we make people laugh & smile with magic in 177 countries around the world!

For me magic has always been about making people forget about their problems, challenges, or any other negative thoughts, and just for a moment become uplifted, happy, and relaxed. 

Sometimes the simplest magic trick in the world is the most fun. 

Magic is the best kind of distraction, or as we magicians like to call it, “misdirection.” So to illustrate this point, I went out with my friends (Victor & Ilya) in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal to do a very simple trick involving sponge balls to as many random people as possible. 

The reactions that we got were priceless. Any age, gender, or race, everyone had the exact same reaction. (see the video below) Our video got over 144,000 views in just under 2 weeks. 

Now, although it may sound pretty normal to some people who post videos on YouTube, what struck me was how we had views coming from around the entire world. At some point we were getting 20,000 views a day from around the world.

So many people watched the video and commented that it made them smile too, and then shared these smiles with their friends. It felt kind of cool knowing that this simple magic trick continued to make people smile on the other side of the planet, even when I was sleeping 🙂

We were making people smile in: 

Russia, US, Macedonia, Ukraine, Spain, Canada, Brazil, Japan, UK, Germany, Belarus, Australia, Netherlands, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Israel, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, France, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Moldova (where I was born), Philippines, Serbia, Switzerland, New Zeland, India, Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal, Norway, Ireland, Poland, Malaysia, Lithuania, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Singapore, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Thailand, UAE, Taiwan, Croatia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Vietnam, Argentina, Georgia, Hungry, Turkey, Colombia, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Chile, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Peru, Costa Rica, Iceland, Cyprus, Morocco, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Ecuador, Uzbekistan, Montenegro, Egypt, Kuwait, Malta, Dominican Republic, Andorra, Tunisia, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Albania, Kenya, Cambodia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Bolivia, Uruguay, Trinidad, Jamaica, Panama, Guam, Algeria, Mongolia, Cayman Island, Guatemala, Grenada, Iraq, El Salvador, Oman, Nepal, Bahrain, Barbados, Afghanistan, Honduras, Bahamas, Iran, China, Ghana, Tanzania, Figi, Ethiopia, Libya, Maldives, Palestine, Sudan, Mozambique, Pakistan, Paraguay, Senegal, Namibia, Suriname, Haiti, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Syria, Uganda, Bhutan, Mali, Madagascar, Congo, Somalia, Liberia, Yemen, Anguilla, Laos, 

and a few more that I’ve never even heard of before!

Here’s the video, take a look for yourself: