Marcus Alexei Razvan Karavan started, his fire spinning adventure in 2002 in front of Demarest Hall while attending college at Rutgers College in New Jersey. Initially exposed to the art of poi through glowsticks in Manhattan nightclubs, M.A.R.K. spent most of his free time practicing with homemade chain wicks and performing at small college events.

After graduating with a degree in psychology and experience with writing about himself in third person, M.A.R.K. moved to Durham, North Carolina and promptly fell in love with the local fire spinning community. He has since performed in Maximus Circus and SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh, Paperhand Puppet Intervention at Forest Theater in Chapel Hill, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots festival, and PEX fest. He is also the second place winner of Fire Idol, Burning Man's annual fire performance competition, and has taught at WildFire, the Boston-based east coast fire performance retreat.

In his spare time, M.A.R.K. is an event coordinator and web designer by trade, and enjoys studying computer science, history, and economics.