The Key That Opens Any Lock



One of the greatest magicians of the 20th century was Harry Houdini. His escapes were symbols of hope and freedom — a reminder to us all that the human spirit cannot be chained. I remember Houdini’s quote above whenever I feel trapped or at a dead end.

“My mind is the key that sets me free!”

We all have the keys within us. 

Spooky Facts:

Harry Houdini died on Halloween, 1926. Every year, even to this day, seances are held around the world to contact his spirit. Seances are a unique form of theater.  

Our beloved Eugene Burger was a master of this rare form of spirit theater magic. 

Now Eugene is on “the other side of the veil,” and perhaps seance mediums will invoke his spirit at the seance table… I’m sure Eugene would amuse, startle and delight the sitters in the darkened parlor room… I can hear his wonderful heartwarming laughter right now. Can you?

Keeping the Tradition of Spirit Theater Alive

We just finished a mysterious weekend workshop of Seance & Sprit Theater here at Mystery School. Seance Master John Ferrentino held us spellbound as he manifested sprits from beyond the grave. 

Our mission at Mystery School is to explore all branches of the magical arts and help turn our students into great performers! Perhaps one of our new students – maybe you – will become the next Houdini!

How Do Magical People Celebrate Halloween?

FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, Abigail and I have met up with 300 new and old friends and gone out to the middle of the desert for an all-night drum and dance ceremony called BONEDANCE! This is a Samhain/Halloween celebration – an alchemical fire circle ritual of drumming, dance, voice and sound. We honor the ancestors, the turning of the wheel, the balance of shadow and light, and journeying through the darkness into the beauty of the morning. Fueled by magic and led by mystery, Desert Moon Circle will present the opening for our Circle, and this magic is not to be missed!

We love to drum and dance and make magic around the bonfire. Every year we host BONEDANCE, an all-night dance in the Nevada desert

How Do Witches and Wizards Celebrate Halloween?


Thursday October 31st, 2019

8:00 PM – 11 PM @ The Olive, 3850 E Sunset, Las Vegas, NV 89120 * Phone: (702) 451-8805

Don your masks and finery as we ride the sonic waves. Shake out the cobwebs, and see who takes the prize at the costume contest! This is a special community co-creative art installation.

With DJ Mystery, the New World Rhythmatism Featured Dancers, Spiral Dance and Community Ritual, Interactive art, Costume Contest for awesome prizes, the Mystery School Magicians, The Psychic Sideshow, big surprises and much more! Creative and festive costumes and masks are wholeheartedly encouraged but not required.

Go here to learn more:

“Never before has so much magic content been available in one place for people to learn and enjoy magic for such a low price.”

– Jeff McBride

MY NEW PROJECT… is really happening!

And I want you to help me test this new platform:

It is AMAZING! Over 600 videos and growing!

Take a look at this astonishing video!

MAGICFLIX is collecting the proven masters, and at the same time, we are cultivating the up-and-coming young magicians that are innovators, and are creating new magic for new generations. 

A Special Gift for You!

The team gave me a private promo code for my friends. You get 1 month free of charge! 

Go to MAGICFLIX.COM, register, and put in the code   MCBRIDE

Las Vegas Magic News

The Las Vegas Magic Stars will be touring in 2020. Shows in the USA, as well as a China tour are in the planning stages. 

Mat Franco’s show continues to sell out at THE LINQ. Mat mentioned to me that he has many new items in his notebooks just waiting for the green light to get to the stage!

Kevin Lepine opens his new show called “Seance” at Binion’s Casino:   

Tommy Wind will open his new show at the OYO hotel and Casino. We wish Tommy the best of luck! 

Penn & Teller’s FOOL US is renewed for another season. This show is a “career maker” for many magicians willing and able to take a shot at mystifying the masters…. good luck guys!

Congratulations are in order for one of the world’s top magical entertainers, Gazzo! Gazzo has a new residency in Las Vegas. He will tell us all about it at WONDERGROUND!

Wonderground News

The BIGGEST MAGIC PARTY in Las Vegas just got better– 3 great shows – never to be repeated!

More info at:

October 2019

8pm — Tim Wise is your Host
     Iam Creed – Lights up the night!
     Eric Stevens – Curator of Unusual Moments
     Jay Jay – He Can Steal your heart!
     David Frost – Tech-No-Magic!
     Luna Shimada – Feminine Mystique

9pm – Close-up Theater
     Will Bradshaw- is your host
     Eric Stevens Close Up Curator of Unusual Moments at The WonderBar

     Special One-Man Show!
     GAZZO- Living Legend of magic! 

10pm — Jeff McBride is your Master of Ceremonies
     Luna Shimada – Dynamic Dynasty 
     Bizzaro – Direct from Spain!
     Jay Jay – You’ve not seen him yet!
     David Frost – Grand Illusions

All the above plus: 

Photography by Sheryl Garrett. Bar Magic-Brian Apollo, Scott Steelfyre & Maggie, Corey Rubino, New World Rhythmatism Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests

I hope to see you over at the site, at one of my shows in Vegas, or on the road!

Be inspired,


Community of the Like-Minded

Dear Friends:

Tobias here – my turn to write to you all. As I write this, I’ve just returned from Pennsylvania, where I was blessed to help my mother celebrate her 90th Birthday. Amazing!

Something happened while I was there, that I think is just as amazing. I got to meet with some of the local magicians, who, when they found out I would be in town, invited me for coffee at their local meeting place. This is something that happens over and over again, and one of the ways I’ve made many, many friends over the years. Magicians reach out to others in our magical community, even when we don’t know one another.

I’ll never forget going to Hong Kong for the first time, and communicating with Albert Tam, who had a magic shop (or two) there at that time. He wanted to know all the details of our schedule – and I had no idea why. Until we disembarked from our plane, at the end of over 20 hours of travel, and were greeted by a group of about 30 magicians right there at the foot of the steps leading down from the airplane. The magicians showered us with flowers and streamers, followed us to our hotel, and then took us out to their favorite restaurant. We’re still friends with Albert and several others from that group some 25 years later!

It happened again when I first moved to the Bay Area – actually a little town called Boulder Creek, which is up in the redwoods between Santa Cruz and Cupertino. I was feeling very isolated, when two magicians from Silicon Valley got in touch by e-mail, saying “I hear you’ve moved to the Bay Area…let’s have lunch!” I was quickly welcomed into the Silicon Valley S.A.M., The Magic Garage, and other Bay Area magical communities. I no longer felt “all alone.”

This next paragraph may seem like a tangent, but bear with me.

When I started working with Jeff McBride, Jeff had just returned from his first time headlining a show in Las Vegas. He had more success before he turned 25 than most magicians ever do…and yet he couldn’t find real happiness. Why? Because he had a thirst for “real magic,” and felt like a fake every time he “pretended” to be one…even though audiences loved him and he was at the top of his game as a performer.

As Jeff likes to say, “you can’t give a gift you don’t have yourself,” and the magician’s job is to give the gift of a magical experience. But what does that really mean? Probably something a little different to each of us…but something important, nevertheless.

Jeff went on a quest to discover “real magic.” He visited occult stores, native American sweat lodges, ashrams, fire circles…anywhere he thought he might find someone who could clue him in to the secrets of real magic. He went anywhere he might experience magic outside of tricks and illusions, and he found several varieties. Probably the largest and most consistent form of real magic he found – and later introduced me to – was the community that formed around fire and drum circles. This was a community of individuals who were conscious about creating conscious community and community-centered events.

It was Jeff’s experience with these groups which lead to the creation of our very first “Mystery School” retreats back in the 1990’s. If magicians needed to have a magical experience that felt real to them before they could give that experience to others…well, we were going to provide them with the basis for that.

The first Mystery School retreat was made up of an invited group, asked to pay only the bare minimum to cover the cost of food and lodging. It was made of magicians who Jeff felt might be “ready” for the experience…and the group proved to be more than ready. Most were thirsty for something that felt authentic. They were open to experience something new and different…and they plunged into our drum, dance, ritual theater, discussions, and other elements (many still a secret, if you weren’t there). Together, this group of amazing individuals created something that I think is probably unique in the history of performing magicians, and something I still feel lucky to have taken part in.

Here’s one of the first groups to attend Mystery School. It’s not the very first one, as I can’t find that just now…but see how many people you recognize here:

Well…the Mystery School has evolved. Many aspects of that first set of retreats, (which we did for 10 years!) have either fallen away or moved to other kinds of events in which we sponsor or participate. One of the things that has survived, though, is the part I think of as the most powerful, and most magical – and that is the wonderful community that assembles and re-assembles, year after year, at our Magic & Meaning Conference to share company, wisdom and knowledge of our unique art. A community who recognizes magic as something more than just “light entertainment.” A community of truly caring, deep-thinking and feeling individuals who love magic as much as we do.

It has taken me a long time to fully appreciate the “real magic” that comes from this magic of community. It’s not big or flashy magic, but it IS a magic that can transform lives, and add richness and value for many, many individuals. All magic is about transformation, and I know this community has transformed my life in many wonderful ways, and I’ve seen it change others as well.

You might be thinking this sounds all well and good, but that you haven’t attended one of our events, and so aren’t a part of the community. Not true. If you’re reading this, you’re connected. The group is one of the most welcoming, warm groups it’s been my good fortune to encounter, and if you love magic, you’re already “one of us.” We have performers, philosophers, fans, and teachers. As Eugene Burger used to tell us, “The house of magic has many rooms,” and all are welcome. I know of nowhere that is truer than at Magic & Meaning.

But time is running out for attending this year’s gathering. Our cut-off date for hotel reservations at our discounted rate is Oct. 8. We have only a  half dozen or so spots left (72 is our maximum number). We already have talks booked from many of our favorite participants…and we’re all looking forward to spending time with our special guest, Mac King.

So…if you’re teetering there on the fence, trying to decide whether this is your year to attend, then now is the time to act. Go to, grab one of those spots, then reserve your room at the hotel (instructions are available when you register), and plan to be with us for another magic experience!

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I know conferences aren’t for everyone. However, if you’re reading this and thinking you would really just like to learn some magic, there’s another event just before Magic & Meaning that may be of interest. That’s Jeff’s Fall Training class, coming up this next week. You can register for just one day, or all four (with a hefty discount)…or anything in between. Each day is devoted to a single kind of magic: Mentalism and mental magic, Storytelling Magic, Séance and Bizarre Magic, and Stage Illusions. If you attend, you’re going to be amazed at how much you can learn in a single day!

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Finally, I want to let you all know I’m going to be offering my online workshop on marketing & management for magicians, based on my latest book, Beyond Applause. The class is very much like a college seminar: 12 sessions over 6 weeks, with homework in the form of worksheets to be done between each session. Before we’re finished, you’ll have actually done and received feedback on most of the things you need to do in order to run your own business as a performer.

I’ve booked and managed about $15 million in engagements for Jeff and Marco Tempest in all different kinds of venues over the years—if you want to find out how, this class will let you in on my secrets!

Dates aren’t set yet, but if you’re interested, please send me an e-mail, and I’ll let you know when the next set of sessions will begin.

That’s all for now…we’ll be back here in a couple of weeks…and hope to see you in the Monday Night classroom, at Magic & Meaning, or at one of our other events soon!


Tobias Beckwith

Help Me – I’m Drowning!

“No great artist, dancer or opera singer has ever learned their craft from YouTube! The great masters of magic are certainly not teaching there.
MagicFlix is collecting material from people who have been in the business for years, and are not just those seeking hits and clicks on their YouTube sites. MagicFlix is not going to be the indiscriminate hatcheting of people’s material that is thrown up on YouTube.
I think that is over…. MAGICFLIX is the antidote to YouTube.

                                       -Jeff McBride in VANISH MAGAZINE

Greetings my friends,

Like many of you, I often feel like I’m drowning in information. Today, more than ever, we need experienced guides and mentors to help us navigate the overwhelming inflow of information. I am so blessed to have some of the most inspirational friends and teachers!

I stay away from negative people and many of them seem to be on YouTube. I find watching magic on YouTube soul crushing. I want a quiet place to learn and study great magic, old and new. We have created that place now. It is real. It is MagicFlix.

NOW you can get an idea of the scope of this project… it is amazing!

New School Magic Meets The Old School Masters!

Our teachers already include Eugene Burger, John Carney, Rich Ferguson, Franz Harary, Kenton Knepper, Amazing Johnathan, Justin Miller, Jeff McBride, Rocco, Dan Sperry, Michael Trixx, Stephane Vanel, Jason Ladayne, Fielding West, Larry Becker, and Paul Gordon…. We have over 500 videos online now, and the numbers are growing every day!

MAGICFLIX also features THE GREATER MAGIC LIBRARY in its entirety!

It’s all included with your subscription to MAGICFLIX, and features such masters as Karrell Fox, Shimada, Michael Ammar, John Carney, Sylvan, Johnny Paul, Larry Becker, Charlie Miller, Tom Mullica, Johnny Thompson, J.B. Bobo, Billy McComb, Mr. Electric and Daryl. This collection is already an impressive one, and it is getting bigger and better every day.

CLICK HERE to watch the video

YES to having all your favorite magic videos in one place, accessible from any device, anywhere in the world!

Content on MagicFlix is presented in carefully structured levels, including “Beginner’s Magic,” “Favorites,” “Most Popular,” “New Releases,” “Coin Magic,” “Grand Illusion,” “Impromptu Magic,” “History,” “Gambling Magic,” “Ice Breakers,” “Performance,” “Philosophy,” “Interviews With The Stars,” “Street Magic,” “Manipulation,” “Lectures” etc. In other words, if you browse the “Card Magic” category, you can learn everything from how to do a pinkie count to how to back palm cards.

There is a great deal of magic on the Internet, but few safe and sane places to learn magic from the great masters of our art. That’s why MagicFlix was created.


Go to MAGICFLIX.COM, register, and put in the code “MCBRIDE” to get a free month on me!

Go take a look and tell me what you think! I would appreciate your feedback.

Abigail McBride On NBC TV!

“Abigail McBride, with Cuba’s leading lady of magic, Circe seen sharing their magic at the recent “SISTERS OF MYSTERY,” an annual gathering at Mystery School for women who love and perform the art of magic.”


For many years men have dominated the art of magic. Now, that is changing! I am so proud of my wife Abigail for being featured in the recent TV story covering “Women In Magic.”  We are all impressed with this feature segment. It seems the world is opening to the idea of women in magic…about time!

Do You Need Some Help?

When I’m not touring, I am offering SKYPE sessions, so if you need some help with your act or career, just drop us an email, and we’ll be happy to help you get started. or

Vegas Buzz

Tim Wise is happy to announce that his Hollywood Stars of Magic has a new home at The Las Vegas Magic Theater.

The show runs at 2 and 4 pm every Saturday. Recent headliners included, Paul Vigil, Allan Ackerman, Joan DuKore and FISM winner Johnny Ace Palmer.

Rocco, Hans Klok and Criss Angel were recently seen sharing magic ideas and talking about Shin Lim’s new show, at the recent WONDERGROUND. Hans has a new show at the EXCALIBUR hotel. Shin Lim has a new show with Colin Cloud at the MIRAGE.

We all wish Hans and Shin Lim the best of luck with their new shows! Vegas continues to rock as the Magic Capital of the World!

Rocco, Hans Klok and Shin Lim celebrating old friendships and new shows in Las Vegas.

Masters of Illusion star Tommy Wind has just signed a one-year contract at the OYO Hotel and Casino (formerly Hooters).Tommy is creating a new show to fit the showroom that will feature many of his best-loved pieces, as well as new creations.

Join Jeff McBride for his birthday party at WONDERGROUND!

The Biggest Magic Party In Las Vegas–And You Are Invited!

September 2019

8pm  – Comedy and Variety show: Tim Wise is your Host
     David Frost – High Tech Deceptions And Multimedia Magic!
     ET Molgen – Feats Of Delight! (You can’t even imagine!)
     Jeff McBride – “The Art Of Imagination” (1st time on stage!)
     Boob-Zilla – This Might Be “Sword-A-Hard To Swallow!”

9pm  – Will Bradshaw is your Host
     Jimmy Ichihana – From Penn & Teller FOOL US!
     (Jimmy appeared on 2 episodes of FOOL US and he will  
             present his full close up show.)
     Jeff McBride – From Alter Boy to Altered Boy!
     Always something new!

9pm  – At the WONDERBAR
     Brian Apollo
     Kent Axell
     Tim Wise

10pm  –  Stage Extravaganza!  Jeff McBride is your Master of Ceremonies
     ET Molgen –  Leg-Erdamain! Outstanding Juggling With A

     David Frost – Multimedia-Mage, Beyond Imagination!
     Boob-Zilla – She’s A Killa & A Thrilla!
     Xavier Mortimer – The #1 Magician In France Comes To

All the Above Plus:

Photography by Sheryl Garrett. Bar Magic–Brian Apollo, Scott Steelfyre & Maggie, Corey Rubino, Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow with Eliza and Morganne–and many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

See you at my birthday bash at WONDERGROUND! for directions and info. OR…

Come visit every Monday night in the Mystery School Monday classroom!

Be inspired,


Like Calls to Like

Dear Friends,

Today our guest writer is Will Bradshaw. Will appeared in our lives about 7 years ago, first as a student, then apprentice…and now he’s so busy with his own performing career and his work for David Copperfield and MagicFlix, that we don’t get to see nearly as much of him as we would like. He has been working directly with our students for the Last 7 years, has consulted for award-winning Vegas magic shows on the Strip, and worked directly for the largest names in the magic world.

As a young and talented magician, “on the rise,” Will has a perspective on our art and profession that may be of special interest to you. Enjoy!

Like Calls to Like
By Will Bradshaw

As I move forward in my career as an entertainer, I find myself pondering more and more often this question: if I had to choose, do I want to be liked or respected.
As a performing artist, I am naturally drawn to the stage out of a desire to be liked. The applause, validation of our peers and mentors, that shake of the hand and hearing “That was incredible.”
I want to be liked… no, more than that I want to be loved and the stage is the place I found that.

However, there is a sinister trap looming beyond the shiny facade of validation, thrown roses, and the standing ovation. When our desire for a wisp of a moment of love is more important than our sense of self, we fall into a place where our art, passions, and lives suffer.

Over the last 5 years I have lived in Las Vegas I have met more and more famous magicians, entertainers, and powerhouses of business–and I have found, time after time, that being respected is more important by far to them than being liked. This is why I think that is.

It comes down to value.

By demanding respect, you are telling the world your Art, your Magic, YOU provide Value. And when you provide value, you are no longer willing to receive less than that value for your services. It takes courage to say, “I provide this much value to you, and for that I require X,” and if the people you are interacting with aren’t willing to provide that, then you are willing to walk because you know what you are doing and what you are worth, and that matters. People will only respect you and your show as much as you do.


So be willing to set boundaries in your show,and ask for what you need. Respect yourself and you will find others will respect you as well, because you will remove those who do not show you respect out of your life.

But how do we show respect for our show? Well these are the things I do to respect my performance; I hope you find them helpful, and if there are more things you think of, reach out to me on the forums. Open the discussion, share your feelings and experiences, because when we start talking about how to show respect, we are more likely to ask for it.

Know what your needs are: I, the performer who crafted the show that the client is about to purchase, and who has performed it hundreds if not thousands of times, know what makes my show work better than someone who is purchasing my services the first time. I know what will make it highly successful, and what will cause it to tank. So ask yourself… what do you need to perform at your BEST–and start from there. Ask yourself…

  • How much space do you need?
  • Does your performance work better on a stage, if so, how high?
  • Do you need a Mic?
  • If performing for birthdays, does your show work better before or after cake?
  • Do you need a space to set up?

The list goes on and on. Asking yourself these questions and having the answers WRITTEN DOWN is the first step in being treated with respect. All these items won’t be available for each show, but by starting with what will make your show the best and working down from there, instead of fighting for every scrap of help, you will get more respect because you are fighting for the best show possible. Know the difference between what you NEED, and what you would LIKE. Being willing to ask for what you need, and being willing to turn down a gig if it is not given, will mean you are performing at your best, and will give yourself that edge that will move your show to the next level.

Treat your props/Venue well: This is the idea of giving respect to get respect. If you treat the world around you with respect people learn that that is the type of behavior that is appropriate when dealing with you. The same works in reverse. When you arrive at the venue and your costume looks trashed and your props are falling apart, you’re telling the world that you don’t give your show respect, so you will be less likely to receive it. In addition, if you leave junk around backstage, make messes, and don’t have a way to make cleanup easy, you show the person hiring you that you don’t respect them, and suddenly you will no longer get called to perform there again.

Arrive on time/Deal honestly: This is the same giving of respect to get respect as above, but much more direct in action. When you arrive on time you are telling the people who are meeting you that you respect their time, and time is ultimately the most valuable resource we have. Dealing honestly and directly with the people you interact with shows that you are not trying to pull a fast one over them,and that you desire clear communication. The best way to get it is to give it.

We all crave being liked–the applause, the “Thank you so much”–but getting that is a trade for performing at your best. In spaces where your work is sub-par, if you lack respect for your show and yourself, you will eventually drain yourself, and that will lead to unsatisfying gig after unsatisfying gig–and ultimately an unsatisfactory life. So go out and get respect, because each and every one of you deserve it.

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