Homecoming 2015

Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
–Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Homesick in Heaven

From Lawrence Hass, Associate Dean

Homecoming 2015 

Larry and Doll

In the fall, most every school has a Homecoming weekend: alums come back, games are played, significant events are held, old friends get together, and parties abound. The Magic & Mystery School is no exception to this great, grand tradition. Our Homecoming weekend is called the Magic and Meaning Conference, and it was held at the Sunset Station Casino in Las Vegas on October 21-24, 2015.

Indeed, the Magic and Meaning Conference isn’t just an “event” or a “conference.” It is a time and place when people from all over the world come to connect with the Mystery School’s special community and reconnect with friends from other School events and classes. It is a time and place to be with people—magicians and non-magicians alike—who love magic and care about connecting the art with larger things that matter in human life.

At the heart of the Conference are 20-minute presentations from attendees on fascinating topics related to magic. Patterned on the famous TED Talks, these are our ever-popular P-E-P Talks (Performance-Entertainment-Philosophy). This year, the Conference featured 17 PEP Talks, plus interviews with Eugene Burger, Stan Allen, and Bob Neale. In addition, our special Guest of Honor was the legendary Max Maven, who delivered a 60-minute Keynote Presentation, and who was the subject of an illuminating, playful interview with Eugene Burger and myself.

Beyond the presentations and interviews, the Conference featured very strong ensemble shows hosted by Jordan Wright, Bill Cook, and Abigail McBride. It also included special magic teaching units from Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, and myself. Evening events included an opening night party at Jeff’s and Abigail’s House of Mystery and a grand closing party at the house of Simone Marron (the School’s Social Coordinator), with many Las Vegas magic luminaries in attendance. On Friday night, conference participants were invited to the Las Vegas Witch’s and Wizard’s Ball—a harvest season costume party and magic show event at the Olive restaurant. Before the Ball, our community came together for a Broken Wand Ceremony in memory of two departed friends, Larry Heil and Andy Paik.

By clicking HERE you can see the full schedule of our 2015 Homecoming Weekend.

One last thing to mention is that this year’s Conference inaugurated a new Magic & Mystery School award. Titled the “Eugenie Award,” it recognizes great service and friendship to the School, and its first two recipients were Max Maven and (I blush) myself. I was completely and entirely surprised! The team kept it from me, and that is pretty hard to do!

Larry's Eugenie

The awards themselves—shaped like gnomes with an uncanny resemblance to Eugene Burger—are hollow, and over the course of the Conference, attendees wrote notes of appreciation for the recipients and placed them inside. I am deeply honored to receive this award and by all the warm expressions of appreciation. Thank you!

The whole team is already at work on Homecoming weekend for 2016! Since next year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Magic & Mystery School, our theme will be “Honoring Eugene Burger,” who was the guest of honor at the very first Mystery School, and our special Keynote Speaker will be Bob Fitch, the extraordinary magic director and teacher.

The 2016 Magic and Meaning Conference will be held October 19-22, 2016, in Las Vegas (at a location yet to be announced). Registration has already opened for the event, and we are extending the deadline to receive a discount off the registration cost. If you sign up by December 15, you will save $30.00 off the regular registration rate of $425.00. (Please register at www.magicalwisdom.com.)

I hope you have enjoyed this brief look at our most recent Homecoming celebration! Our deep thanks to all our friends and alums who made the pilgrimage back home . . . and some of them for the very first time! We hope that you will consider joining us next year at our Silver Anniversary celebration, which promises to be “off the hook”!

Best wishes,

Larry Hass

McBride’s World Tour News-Muse

Jeff McBride Kabuki

McBride’s World Tour News-Muse!

All is well in Las Vegas. I’m home from the China leg of my world tour and getting ready for some corporate gigs here in town. There are more magic shows opening here in Vegas soon.  David Copperfield is inventing new “top-secret illusions” that will be added to his new show. AGT star and Mystery School student, Mat Franco is packing them in at the LINQ, Piff the Magic Dragon just opened his new show, and there are more show openings to come! Over at Mystery School we are scheduling our next season of classes and a major tour.

25 Anniversary 

25 years of McBride’s Magic & Mystery School

The World tour begins in January at The Magic Castle, then on to the UK for a tour.


(contact us if you want us to travel to YOUR country!)

Take a look at this GREAT article written by our friend Jay fortune:


Have You Seen This Masked Man?

Jesk Mask Face Off

The magic of “THE MASK” transformed my life! When I began my career, I was just a typical magician…until I found the power and mystery of “THE MASK!”

THE MASK made me different.

THE MASK helped me stand out.

THE MASK opened up a new world of dramatic possibilities!

I’ve studied and trained with masters of mask theater all over the world. I have invented many original mask-magic effects and character pieces.

Now I will share a lifetime of experience with you.

Wall of Masks

Mask, Mime & Magic

with Jeff McBride & Enrico Pezzoli

We only host this workshop once every few years….so this will be the last time we offer it for a while. Enrico is one of the Italian masters of the mask and he will share his wisdom with us. I will share many never-revealed-before techniques, and mask magic secrets.


2 day workshop with ” The Master of Masks” 

Who is this class for?

*Magicians who want to add mime, movement and mask work to their performances.

*Masked performers, mimes and movement artists who want to add magic skills to their performances.

*Anyone who is an enthusiast of magic, mime and mask work, who wants to explore and deepen their understanding of these magical art forms.

A VERY SPECIAL 2 day workshop:

In this workshop we will explore the basic elements of working with masks onstage. We begin with basic techniques and move toward classical Commedia Dell’Arte masks and characters that date back to the XIV Century, as well as some traditional elements that performing masks have in common between different cultures, (from Antique Greece till modern days, passing through China, India, and Indonesia)…we will explore them all!


Your tuition includes:

  • A white neutral mask that you will work with over the 2 days and may keep after the workshop.
  • A Certificate of Participation in this class.
  • A Mystery School Workbook

Instructors: Enrico Pezzoli & Jeff McBride

Wonderground New

WONDERGROUND Thursday Nov 19, 2015 – One Night Only! Never to be Repeated!

You are invited to the biggest magic party in Las Vegas!

ALL INFO AT www.vegaswonderground.com

7:30pm – Strolling Magic with Will Bradshaw

8:00pm – COMEDY STAGE MAGIC SHOW- Host – Tim Wise

Luis Vega – Magic of he Mind

William Carter – A Magical Guitar song

Vinny Grosso –  Presenting something you and he have never seen

Barry Rice – Magic with a giant balloon & the yoga card trick.

9:00pm – DIAMOND PARLOR SHOW – Host – Christian Diamond

Luis Vega – Unusual secrets!

Paul Draper – Master of Mentalism

Shocker – from P&T’s FOOL US!

10:00pm – THE STAGE EXTRAVAGANZA – Host – Jeff McBride

Jeff McBride – Mask Manipulation

RJ Owens – A very funny Comedy Mentalist

Anastasia – Our favorite Femme Fatal

Niels Duinker – The MOST Awesome Juggler

Xavier Mortimer – Shadows and Light

Plus a very special Tawney Bubbles – Balloon fashion show

PLUS: Bar Magic with Zack Pattee and Scott Steelfyre, Iam Creed, and Randilyn

The NWR-Tribal Belly Dance Troupe, Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya and many more surprises and special celebrity guests!!

Remember friends…

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” — often attributed to Groucho Marx; but the true originator is Anthony G. Oettinger

Yours in better magic,

Jeff McBride

A Lesson in Radical Responsibility

Dear Friends:

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to my next book, which will be all about building and marketing your business as a magician or other independent performer. I hope you enjoy it, and look forward to any feedback you might have. Among other things, I’m searching for a title. I think I want it to be a “Wizard’s Way” book…and I’d love your help in coming up with the title. If you happen to be the person to send me the one I ultimately choose, I’ll send you a free, signed copy of the book when it’s ready.

Tobias and Jeff

OK… now from the book:

Your #1 Lesson – Responsibility
A few years ago I was introduced to the idea that, if you take full responsibility for everything in your world, it will change your life drastically and for the better.  The minute you shift responsibility outside yourself – by blaming a co-worker, a particular situation, the market – or anything else – you give up control of your fate.  When you take responsibility – even for things you think you couldn’t possibly be responsible for – you gain the ability to control your own reality, your own relationship to the world – and your own fate in business.


Only You are Responsible
This may sound radical, but the attitude to take is this: In your business, as in your life, only you are responsible for success and happiness. I’m not suggesting you won’t face challenges coming from outside yourself. You will. But if you take full responsibility, you’ll find your way around or through those challenges. If you have created a clear vision of where you want to go, you’ll be completely capable of getting there – even if you have to take a dozen detours in order to make it there. On the other hand…if you haven’t created a clear vision, and have no passion, you may not get anywhere.

You Can Have Help
Accepting ultimate responsibility for your business does not mean that you have to “do it all” yourself. The more help you get, the faster you are likely to get where you want to go. However, as the team leader, you must remember that you are responsible for everything your team does. You need to inspire them and communicate clearly about exactly what you need from each of them. When they fail, and they will, remember to take responsibility for their failure. Either you chose someone not up to the task, or you failed to communicate the exact nature and importance of that task. These are both things you have the ability to change – so change them, and don’t blame the team member!

# # #

So, how much do YOU love to perform? Are you serious about building a career in magic, but have no idea how you’ll do that? Have you always wished you could put everything else aside and just do the thing you love, and still make a decent living? It’s not as simple as just developing a set of great tricks, or even building a show. But it’s not rocket science, either. I’m betting, if it’s your passion, you do have what it takes. All you need is a bit of guidance and special knowledge. So, what’s holding you back? Take a moment and answer that.

If you came up with something outside yourself—not enough money, not enough time, the opinions of others—you either don’t have the passion you need to make it, or you’re failing to take responsibility for your fate. You can change that, right here and now. It won’t be comfortable, but it will change the rest of your life.

As some of you might be aware, Jeff McBride and I have wanted to offer a “professionals” course, teaching the basic principles of building a magic business, for quite some time. As it turns out, we have a short break in both our schedules between November 19 and 22nd, so we thought we would take another shot at it. The course will include feedback from both of us on your performances (if you choose to show them), based on just what you need to do to make them more commercial, more saleable… more in concert with the market where you want to offer them. We’ll also cover every major aspect of running and managing your business, from finances to communications, with a strong emphasis on marketing—in ways you might not expect.

We’ve asked our good friend Richard Faverty, photographer extraordinaire to include a photo shoot as part of the package. As you’re already aware, a day of coaching with Jeff alone is worth over $1200. My own rates for a full day come in around $800, and Richard’s shoots run anywhere from $500 on up, depending on the amount of time and complexity of the shoot. We’ve decided to offer the whole package, just this one time, for $1,650, which we calculate to be about 35% off what it would normally cost. Participants will also receive a pre-release copy of the new book, notebooks of their own with additional materials, and more.

We can handle up to 12 students for this class, but no more. We’ll only offer it once at this price and with this set-up… so if you want what we’re offering, now is the time to sign up and get started on that career right now. If you’re serious about your career, why wait? Register now: http://www.magicalwisdom.com/events#496

Perhaps you’re one of our readers already firmly on the path to success with your business, but have always wanted to know the secrets to Jeff’s work with masks. This is a lucky time for you, because on January 9 and 10, Jeff will be joined by Enrico Pezzoli for Mask, Mime and Magic, right here at The House of Mystery in Las Vegas. Learn more and sign up while there are still spots left: http://www.magicalwisdom.com/events#498

Jeff Mask Flame

I hope you’ve found this to be informative. I know, even when I’m not thinking of building a new business, I’m fascinated by learning how it’s done. Apologies for ending with my little “sales pitch.” I hate using this Museletter to sell, but sometimes we find ourselves “down to the wire” with a class, and this is one of those times.

You’re all such great supporters of our school and our continuing cause, I’d hate for you to feel we’re using this just to sell you our wares. That’s why we go out of our way to offer content each month that we think will deepen your thinking about our amazing art. Just now I’m feeling filled to the brim with just such thinking, largely because we’ve just wound up our best “Magic & Meaning” ever, and each and every talk inspired me to think in new and deeper ways. We’ll be posting some of the talks so those of you who couldn’t make it in can share them.

Till next time, then.


Tobias Beckwith

YOUR Mind is the KEY That Can Set You FREE!

YOUR mind is the KEY that can set you FREE!
   – Houdini

Magicians are masters of metaphor.

Every time an illusionist breaks free from his chains, or vanishes a tiger, they are reminding us that we can “escape reality” or that  we can “make our fear disappear.”

Remember my friends, YOU are the alchemist and can transform your FEAR into POWER!
  -Jeff McBride

 Fear Dice

Did you know that learning magic can help many people overcome life’s challenges?

The study and performance of magic can help you

  • MANAGE your emotions.
  • REDUCE stress.
  • HAVE higher self-esteem.
  • ENHANCE your communication skills.
  • OVERCOME social awkwardness.
  • CONTROL “stage fright” and fear of speaking in front of strangers.

Emotions, stress and fear are the great chains that hold us back from succeeding. Today I will share with you the secrets and the wisdom of great teachers on how you can break these chains that hold you back for getting ahead in life.

1. How to Overcome Fear

  • CONFRONT your fears head on to reduce their power.
  • IMAGINE dealing with the fear to make it less daunting.
  • REMEMBER that fear is just excitement in disguise.
  • USE fear to spawn the energy you need to perform well.


Houdini was more than an illusionist. His ESCAPES were a symbol of hope and freedom. Houdini reminded us that fear and the chains that hold us back can be broken. Houdini was famous for the saying: ” The mind is the key that will set us free!”


How to Become More Optimistic

  • EXPECT something wonderful to happen every day.
  • TREAT people as you’d want to be treated.
  • DON’T waste your breath fighting about things you can’t change.
  • CONCENTRATE on the job at hand, not the results you seek.
  • ASSUME other people mean well.
  • AVOID depressing people and  negative conversations.
  • EAT something delicious every day.
  • TURN OFF the background television.
  • ADOPT an attitude of gratitude.
  • REMEMBER that the best is yet to come.

3. How to Eliminate Stress

  • CULTIVATE the patience and perspective to let go of your results.
  • FOCUS on what you’re doing now rather than the results.
  • IF you’re overworked, negotiate a more reasonable workload.
  • CUT your hours to the “sweet spot,” which is about 40 hours a week.
  • AVOID people who won’t or can’t control their own stress.
  • FIND a place where you can work quietly away from distractions.
  • TURN OFF news programming that’s designed to rile you up.
  • TURN DOWN projects that you can’t do well.
  • STOP arguing with fools and strangers online.
  • ARRANGE tasks consecutively rather than trying to multitask.

The above listing was collected from Geoffrey James recently published book, Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.

 25 Year 

For the past 25 years, we have had a few magic students step up to take the next step in their careers. We are now the worlds leading magic education facility.


YOU are invited to join us at the Mystery School in Las Vegas for our most magical offering.


The inside scoop is here:



Thursday Oct 15th – You are invited to the BIGGEST  magic party in Vegas! One night only! Never to be repeated – 3 BIG shows!

8PM – COMEDY MAGIC SHOW – Host: Abigail McBride

Eugene Burger – America’s Master Magician

Larry Hass – The Magical Philosopher

Joan DuKore – Comedy Magic

Stan Sieler – The Mind Hacker

Joe Atmore – Modern Mind Reader

Jeff McBride – Heroes of magic

9PM – PARLOR OF MYSTERY – Host: Christian Diamond

Stan Sieler – The Mind Hacker

Matt Black – Bad Boy of Comedy

Elliott Hitchcock- His Amazing New Haunted House

10PM – STAGE EXTRAVAGANZA – Host: Jeff McBride

Circe – Cuba’s Favorite Female Magician

Jeff McBride – A new work:”The Last Mask”

Joan DuKore – Comedy and Magic

Luna Shimada – Sensual Sorcery

Xavier Mortimer – The Great Artist From France

Plus: The New World Rhythmatism Dancers, Bar Magic, Scott Steelfyre, Iam Creed, and Randilyn. Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya and many more surprises and special celebrity guests!!

Abbi and I hope to see you in Las Vegas very soon…hey, life is short! What are you waiting for?


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