What is Meditainment?




Like many magicians, I am passionate about the “practice of magic.”It is not something I “must do” to be polished in my art… Practice is what I LOVE to do. I practice almost all of the day, and am interrupted by the mundane things in life, like phone calls, business meetings, and other odd tasks.



Magic is my Meditation

Magic is my entertainment.. I perform and spend more time  “doing magic” for myself than for any of the audiences I entertain! Yes…far more hours are spent in solitude practicing than I ever get to perform for other people.. and I perform almost every day!

That would also make me my most frequent (if solo) audience! I am also my harshest critic!  But, I don’t believe my own reviews! The truth is… my magic is my meditation and my favorite entertaining pastime…and I am not alone in this passion.


Kenton Bowls


Music & Magic Meet

Kenton is a magician who combines his passion for entertainment with his crystal singing bowl meditations.

Recently Kenton was a guest speaker at our Magic & Meaning conference here in Las Vegas. As part of his contribution to our magical community, he sent this gift as a thank you to all of the participants and YOU!

Here is the URL to the page with magic gifts for you



Every month I get to bring out my new “magical meditations” to our monthly showcase, Wonderground! We are going on 10 years in January – yes 10 years, of bringing fresh magical performers and seasoned professionals to the magic-loving community of Las Vegas.


Jeff MC


Wonderground news!

Thursday Nov 16th – 3 great shows, close-up magic, parlor magic, stage magic and more! One show only! Never to be repeated. Last month was a complete sell out! 


 8pm – Tim Wise is Your MC

           Joe Atmore – Modern Mentalism

            Ian Galloway

            David Shareef – Art & Magic Meet

            Professor Phelyx – Convivial Conjuring


            Will Bradshaw – New Wonders

            Joe Atmore – Mysteries of the Mind

            Louie Foxx- Comedy Magic

            David Shareef – Forces Unseen


Tim Wise & Steelfyre at the WONDER-BAR


10pm – Jeff McBride is your MC

            Ian Galloway – Post Modern Magic


            Professor Phelyx – Messenger of Mirth & Mystery

            Christian Doleshall – the Award-Winning Microphone Act

            Louie Foxx – Whiplash!



Our fabulous host Simone Marron – “Queen Bee of the Las Vegas Magic Scene!” Photography by Sheryl Garrett, Bar Magic with Scott Steelfyre, Corey Rubino, Taylor Lloyd, New World Rhythmatism Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

That’s it for this week.

I look forward to seeing you at Wonderground, on Mystery School Monday (at http://www.mcbridemagic.tv), or at one of our events here in Las Vegas soon!

Darkness & Light

Greetings magical friends,

Abigail here, writing from the safe sanctuary of the Library of Secrets here at the House of Mystery. Here and now, at this moment, with this breath and this heartbeat, all is well.

I am still wrapping my head and my heart around the tragic events in Las Vegas on October 1st. It’s an awful mystery, of why people act the way they do, why they think harming so many innocents is a good idea, why this happened at all… and there are no answers. There is no sense to be made. No way to understand, and so, the mind spins on….

Eugene would speak of the philosophy of India. I have been learning that, according to one school of Indian thought, we are now in the middle of the Kali Yuga, the period of time when everything falls apart and is destroyed, so that it can be created again. This age supposedly started about 5,000 years ago, and is supposed to last 432,000 years. It leads one to think that things may be challenging and chaotic for some time to come.


And so, we have a choice to make.

We can either give in to the despair of the time and give up, or, we can recognize that we, as bringers of light and delight, of magic and mystery, are here now for a reason. And we can double down and rise up, recommitting ourselves to our practices, whether we practice magic, music, art, or something else entirely. We dive deep and reach way in, and find the spark of consciousness that burns in each one of us, and we can remember.

We can remember those who lost their lives on that terrible day, and on all the other terrible days before that one. We can remember the courage and the strength of all those who helped in those minutes, hours and days right afterwards. We can remember the families of all those affected. And in the act of remembering, we can re-member. We can begin to put it all back together again. Like the phoenix, we rise.

Abbi silk

And that’s where the real magic can happen.

In these times of challenge, we need, more than ever, to tap into our own light within, to grow our roots down and branches up, connecting with the other trees in our forest, with the other people in our communities, with those who need us now.

May we turn the difficulties into compost and mulch to help us grow, to get us through the dark Winter ahead. May we hold fast to the light as it fades, knowing it will return in the Spring. May we not be afraid of the dark, for in the dark, there is mystery, power and magic…

Yours in the shadow and the light,

Life & Death – Fear & Courage

Eugene Lamp

“You are the magician in your own life.

You are the agent of transformation, your own transformation.”

— Eugene Burger

In this month’s MuseLetter you will see what I consider the best video of Eugene I’ve seen in recent years.

Eugene will inspire you to move beyond your Fear and summon your Courage. This is Eugene at his most inspirational.

Eugene Julian Video

Thank you to Julian James for this inspired video.

Thank you “Animated Conjuror” for the Eugene images.

People are asking, “How can we help keep Eugene’s magic and his memory alive for future students of the art?” Here is one easy way:

The Eugene Burger Legacy Fund

Go here: http://www.magicalwisdom.com/eugene

Master Magician Eugene Burger touched the lives of thousands of people — and his teachings have reached countless more. You can preserve Eugene’s legacy while helping talented magicians learn the art and craft of magic at the school Eugene most loved.

The Estate of Eugene Burger — administered by Michael Burke and Robert Charles in Chicago, and following Eugene’s wishes — has founded a special Eugene Burger Legacy Fund at the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas.

Every dollar of your gift will help talented magicians carry forth Eugene’s legacy by creating opportunities for them to study and learn with Eugene’s friends and co-teachers:  Jeff McBride, Lawrence Hass, Tobias Beckwith, and the rest of the teaching team at the Magic & Mystery School.

On behalf of the Estate of Eugene Burger and on behalf of the Faculty and Staff of the Magic & Mystery School, thank you for honoring Eugene in this way — and for making a big difference in the life of a deserving magician who will “grow in the art of magic” because of your generosity.

Michael Burke and Robert Charles

The Estate of Eugene Burger

Lawrence Hass, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Magic & Mystery School

Eugene Heart


Thursday Oct 19th

3 GREAT shows! One night only!


WG 2016

I think we might set a world record for the most magicians performing in one area on one special night!

Over 70 magicians from our McBride Magic & Mystery School will attend this month’s show! It will be beyond imagination!

WG Video

October 19th, 2017

7:30 PM  –    Strolling Magic & Close up

8:00 PM  –    Tim Wise is your MC

Jeff McBride – Manipulations Supreme

Chris Funk – Progressive Magic Theater

Cody Clark – Fringe Magic!

Payne – Always a Mystery to Remember!

Will Bradshaw – A Great way to Escape Reality

9:00 PM  –   Close-up & Strolling Magic Show

Will Bradshaw is your MC

Tim Wise – At the WONDER-BAR

Chris Funk – Brings it on!

Mysto – Delightful Deceptions

Cody – Charming Conjuring

Payne – Mirthful Mysteries – MONEY MAKER

Plus 70 of the Mystery School Magicians!

10:00 PM  –   Jeff McBride IS YOUR MC

Stephanie and Mylissa – Mind & Body Benders!

Chris Funk – Bring on the Funk!

Circe – The Enchantress from Cuba!

Tim Wise – Ready, Aim & Fire!

Mysto – Flights of Fancy

Xavier Mortimer! – Las Vegas Star!



Our fabulous host Simone Marron – “Queen Bee of the Las Vegas magic scene!” Photography by Sheryl Garrett, Bar Magic with Scott Steelfyre, Corey Rubino, Taylor Lloyd, New World Rhythmatism Belly Dancers, Guest Belly Dance Stars, Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

That’s it for this week.

I look forward to seeing you at Wonderground, on Mystery School Monday ( at http://www.mcbridemagic.tv), or at one of our events here in Las Vegas soon!

Best wishes for a magical October.


Jeff McBride

Eugene’s Legacy

Eugene’s Legacy

Lawrence Hass, Ph.D., Associate Dean

As I write this, the sunny heat of August has become the cool air and vibrant colors of late September. It is a refreshing time—the threshold of my favorite season.

And this year early autumn brings something extra to my spirit: profound appreciation for our recently departed friend, Eugene Burger. For me, the shock of his death (in early August) has passed. The deep pain of personal loss is lessening. What is in my heart, above all, are the gifts and memories, the joy of having known him.

What I would like to do in this Museletter is put some of this joy into words by expressing my sense of Eugene’s legacy. Or to be precise, his legacies, because I believe there are (at least) five truly special, distinctive gifts Eugene left for us and for magicians of the future. You might have others to add, but at this time here are the ones on my mind. Eugene gave us:

A Legacy of Excellent Magic

From the very beginning, Eugene’s vision was to perform magic that had great impact upon his audiences, and he achieved this quality over and over again. He was a world-class performer, especially in the area of close-up magic. He achieved this through a highly disciplined approach to preparation and delivery: impeccable taste in material, rigorous practice and rehearsal, no empty patter-blather, and not inflicting his magic on people until it was really ready. As Eugene taught, “When you finally think you are ready to perform something for people . . . wait another month.

A Legacy of Friendship

Part of Eugene’s distinctive magic is that he made everyone feel special and connected to him. He sincerely liked nearly everyone he met, and one of his super-powers was his ability to put people in contact who needed to meet or know one another. Further, Eugene created countless opportunities for many magicians, young and old alike. In his later years, he passionately talked and taught about this aspect of his great success in terms of David Devant’s saying (and poster), “All Done by Kindness.”

A Legacy of Simplicity

Eugene lived with Zen simplicity and clarity. His apartment was lean and clean. Material things came into his life and passed out of them, usually as gifts to others. His clothing was simple and elegant. All his performing material fit in his carry-on luggage. (When I once asked how he managed this, he said, “Larry, remember: everything weighs something.”) Eugene avoided gossip, conflict, and ego struggle. He was keenly centered “in the moment,” present and aware. When difficulties emerged, he communicated quickly and directly, going for the win-win. Yet those encounters were rare because Eugene had genuine compassion for other people’s perspectives and foibles.

A Legacy of Words

Eugene left us with an incredible literature: books, essays, columns, and video blogs—in great quantity and of exceptional quality. He was one of the bestselling magic authors of the past thirty years, and his writings were, and continue to be, utterly transformational for magicians. Now that Eugene has died, most of us find ourselves going back to his words. To guide you to some of my favorite writings, allow me to recommend my P-E-P Talk from the 2016 Magic and Meaning Conference titled “Eugene Burger: Hidden Treasures.” Since the time of that presentation I have discovered an additional one for that list: “Notes on the Metaphysics of Magic,” the penultimate chapter of Strange Ceremonies.

Eugene Teaching

A Legacy of Teaching

Eugene was a beloved teacher—a master teacher of magic. He has students all over the world, including some of the most famous names in magic. But also, starting in 1991 he worked closely and continually with Jeff McBride to found, develop, and build the Magic & Mystery School, now in its twenty-sixth year. Eugene was absolutely devoted to the School’s mission: to advance the art of magic by working with students through kindness (not cruelty) and by encouraging their personal self-expression. Indeed, Eugene’s perpetual question for all of his students was: “What do you want your magic to be?” The good news is that he left us one final book on this very topic, Teaching Magic: A Book for Students and Teachers of the Art, which will be released on October 23rd by my Theory and Art of Magic Press.

Teaching Magic

Eugene Burger: what a remarkable person he was! How lucky we are to have known him! And rest assured: the McBride Magic & Mystery School is plunging forward in the direction Eugene helped define—making changes to adapt to his loss and making many plans for new growth.

Eugene wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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