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Mark Rose-Christie

Multi-talented Mark Rose-Christie, is academically a sociologist & psychologist, a professional TV/film-maker, theatrical producer/director/actor, South Africa's leading magician & illusionist (hailed by the media as "The David Copperfield of South Africa"), and the country's only university-degreed parapsychologist (paranormalist).

His work appears in several books on the topic of ghosts in South Africa, and him acting as an expert for the country's paranormal Websites & Facebook groups, Paranormal Investigation Teams, Book Authors, Television Programmes, and the Media.

Mark also deals with the world's leading parapsychologists such as Dean Radin, Bruce Greyson, Rupert Sheldrake, Kenneth Ring and Loyd Auerbach, to name a few.

As a sociologist he lectured at the University of Port Elizabeth (today NMU), and continued studying at Rhodes University towards a Master of Arts degree, whilst also producing the shark movie “White Death” (a parody of the movie “Jaws”), plus magazine programmes for the launch of the SATV-2 Xhosa-Zulu channel back in its day in South Africa, under the mentorship of the late Bill Faure.

In the theatre, having been grounded in classical theatrical productions such as Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" from an early age, he went on to stage rock opera’s, where he produced, directed & starred in the singing role of 'Judas' in his award-winning and national media-acclaimed South African National Premiere of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Mark is also an accomplished pianist & dancer.

As an illusionist he launched the first-ever illusion spectaculars for South Africa of the same epic scale as those of David Copperfield overseas, having been invited to perform for presidents such as George Bush Sr. overseas, and Thabo Mbeki in South Africa. The media hailed Mark's illusion spectaculars as "Sheer Las Vegas".

When he was at the early age of 24 he had already won international acclaim with his autographed photograph being hung in 'The Hall of Fame' at Hollywood's "Magic Castle" (the international home to magicians), and his name being entered into the world's original magic circle's - The London Magic Circle's, book "Who's Who of Magic in the World".

Mark brought about many changes to the art of magic, making him the only illusionist worldwide to date to be able to claim the title “Illusionist of the 21st Century”, where he gave the art a long-awaited facelift with his multi-dimensional shows, with entirely new illusions (which he invented), both of which appealed to a more broad & modern audience than David Copperfield. A video clip of his last illusion spectacular “Magic Of The Future” can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrd61J_EyCE


The famous international ghost hunter of his day, Peter Underwood, said that to properly investigate the paranormal, one has to be a "detective" (with a knowledge of science), a "magicianr" (to detect hoaxes), and a degreed "psychologist" (in order to tell the difference between hallucinations and real psi phenomena). Mark happens to be all three, and more. As stated above he is an entertainer (allowing for dramatic story-telling), and a quantum physics enthusiast (which has greatly assisted his understanding of the many different types of ghosts, and other aspects of parapsychology).


During a near-fatal road traffic accident in 1999, Mark suffered some spinal injuries, which prevented him from pursuing his mainstay career of illusion, but the spinal injuries don't affect his ghostly productions. Due to the accident, Mark prematurely launched the "Mystery Ghost Bus of South Africa" in 2001 - a concept which he had devised in 1988 when he, his cousin & some friends boarded the original London Ghost Bus in that year.

Today Mark owns and runs the nationwide company "SA's Mystery Ghost Tours", plus spin-off productions which are known as ghost dinners.

Due to Mark's early pioneering efforts dating back years ago, he has inspired many magicians & illusionists to perform professionally, whilst his work in parapsychology has seen many paranormal investigator groups, paranormal social media groups, and ghost tours spring up around the country over the years - and he tries to assist all of them.

Mark has contributed to several books regarding ghosts in South Africa (eg: "Ghosts of South Africa" by Pat Hopkins), and the Mystery Ghost Tours have become such a household name that they have featured in SA TV soap operas like "7de Laan".

The ghost tours have also received international awards, such as the Luxury Global Travel Award on several occasions. He has been featured in over 50 TV programmes in SA and overseas, clocked up over 200 radio hours, and been featured in nearly all of SA's major newspapers, and several major magazines (including overseas).

"There is more in heaven and on earth than is dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio" - Hamlet to Horatio in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"