Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on local television. In recent years, “Flabbergast” has embraced the Mid-Atlantic region fan convention scene, performing at Awesome Con DC, Balticon, MystiCon, Farpoint, Shore Leave, ConGregate, MarsCon, and adding more appearances all the time!
Mark has performed puppets for such companies as Knott’s Berry Farm, Keebler, and Kaiser-Permanente. In the early 1990’s, he produced his own children’s series, Tinker’s Toybox, for public access television. His stage acting credits span numerous community theatre productions, children’s theatre, comedy improv, and murder mystery dinner theatre. Other interests include cartooning, playing rhythm guitar and bass, songwriting, as well as costume and prop making.
When he's not dressing up in costumes and playing with his toys, Mark is an elementary school special education teacher in Northern Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the University of Southern California, and an MEd in Special Education from George Mason University.