Mark with "Haddy" commerating the discovery of the First Nearly Complete Dinosaur in Haddonfield, NJ
The World's First Dinosaur Tracks in recorded history on exhibit at Amherst College, MA
The most complete Acrocanthosaurus discovered is on display at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC
No Dinosaurs, just an ultra cool, and active fossil dig site in the center of bustling LA!
So maybe it's not big enough to swallow a T-Rex whole as in Jurassic World, however, the Mosaurus could gobble almost anything else.
At the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Tami and Mark with Blue the raptor from Jurassic World. Blue was made with just under one million legos at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Mark Daniel grew up loving dinosaurs, comic books, magic tricks, and reading! His passion for dinosaurs has never waned with a life long fascination and study. A little over 30 years ago he started not only collecting the literature but also the amazing fossils. The collection has grown, with his travels and networking, and continues to grow through today.
He and his wife Tami for years have developed programming for schools, libraries, festivals, presented at trade shows, and directed conferences around the country garnering the unique expertise to produce The Traveling Dinos Museum Experience.
Wait, there's more to Mark's story:
Over the past 20 plus years, Mark has been a special guest to schools throughout the US. Year after year he beats the drums for great children's books day in and day out as a Reading Ambassador. Indeed, his passion for reading, interest, and knowledge of children's books is genuine and infectious.
The thousands of school visits started modestly at the Davie County Library in Mocksville, NC where a wonderful children's librarian, Olivia Husk, took an interest in a young Mark supplying him for years with an unbelievable treasure trove of books on his topic of interest at the time, magic tricks (through interlibrary loans from all over the state).
Mark was invited and has twice performed at The White House for The Easter Egg Roll. As this traditional event is for families with young children, this "Command Performance" is considered a high honor for children's performers.
For the past Twenty-five plus.. summers, Mark has annually written and developed new, original presentations for the Public Library Summer Reading Program.
Mark coined the term "magical storyteller" for his unique approach to "Bringing Books Magically to Life" which has brought worldwide acclaim by peers as a mentor, consultant and guru on the topic.
Mark and Tami, are the directors and producers of KIDabra International, conferences that each August in Pigeon Forge, TN and January in Los Angeles, CA which attract hundreds of children's and family performers who gather from around the world for educational seminars and shows. Learn more at www.kidabra.org.
Through years of performing, Mark has studied, developed, and refined techniques for entertaining and motivating children, which have garnered praise throughout the educational community. Mark's original series of performances, Those Magical Dinosaurs! and the READasaurus Programs have been seen by over three million elementary school students during the past 20 plus years.
Mark and Tami reside out in the countryside near Mocksville, NC. Their identical twin sons and Eagle Scouts, Robert and Stephen attend college and live in Boone, NC. Plus, a bunny named Kenny Chestnut lives with them.
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