Michael Turco – Magic Spade T-Shirt Design

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This summer, I had the pleasure of designing a new magic themed t-shirt for my good friend Michael Turco.

This summer, Michael was headlining at Six Flags Magic Mountain with his illusion show “Magic & Mayhem.” The show, which ran three times daily, featured large-scale illusions as well as audience participation tricks. Since most of the audience were kids and teenagers, Michael wanted to have a cool and hip t-shirt that would say magic, but the design would be cool enough that even if you weren’t the biggest magic fan, you would still be a fan of the shirt.

Stylistically, Michael has always loved brands like, Affliction, Rebel Spirit, and Monarchy. With that in mind, I set out to design a shirt that could be worn by skateboards as well as kids into rock and roll, and of course people who love magic. The central theme I decided on was a splatter paint Ace Of Spade playing card. The word MAGIC would be prominent across the middle of the t-shirt, and to keep up with trends in social media, Michael’s name would appear #michaelturco. After about 10 different variations, we finally settled on a one color design, that would appear on a grey t-shirt and white t-shirt. The Michael Turco Magic Spade t-shirt was such a success, that he almost sold out his first order in two weeks!

Michael Turco fell in love with the mystery of magic when he was just 5 years old. Spending his summers just miles from the strip in Atlantic City, Michael saw every magic show in the area and was intent to master each trick and illusion on his own. Turco knew it was just a matter of time before his name would be on the marquis of some of the most luxurious casinos in the world.

Michael spent the past year headlining in his own show in Las Vegas. Michael Turco’s MAGIC & MAYHEM at Planet Hollywood casino. Turco has brought a little bit of Jersey to the strip. He has created new illusions specifically for this stage and collaborated with ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Pro Lacey Schwimmer to bring some fantastic cutting edge choreography to his show. The press describes Turco as “a natural born talent… a true success story.”


Douglas has worked on many shows up and down the Las Vegas strip. He has worn many different hats, from being a creative director, lighting designer, set designer, and production / technical director having worked with Wayne Newton, Frank Marino, Human Nature, and Recycled Percussion to name a few.