Food for Thought

Many years ago a very wise man named Bernard Baruch took me aside and put his arm around my shoulder. “Harpo, my boy,” he said, “I’m going to give you three pieces of advice, three things you should always remember.” My heart jumped and I glowed with expectation. I was going to hear the magic password to a rich, full life from the master himself. “Yes, sir” I said. And he told me the three things. I regret that I’ve forgotten what they were.
–Arthur ‘Harpo’ Marx

It’s our time to remember. The above quote made us reflect onJeff & Abbi McBride what we consider to be the three important keys to a rich, full life.

1. Gratitude — Jeff says that Abbi is a continual reminder of how important an “attitude of gratitude” is in daily life. Whenever Jeff gets into a stuck or tense place, Abbi reminds him to ask himself what he is grateful for. This is a magical formula that can dissolve even the most corrosive elements that block our daily lives.

2. Inspiration — To be inspired means to be “filled with spirit.” Seeking the highest quality experiences in life, learning from the wisest people, and experiencing the many gifts this world offers us, we can be inspired to create artistic expressions of our interactions with the cosmos. We are closest to the Creator when we are creating.

3. Mystery — and it will remain a mystery until we share it with you when we see you next…. We love mystery, and that is our passion, and our profession, here at the McBride Magic and Mystery School. If you’ve never been to one of our events, perhaps it’s time for you to consider pushing beyond your comfort zone and journeying into the heart of our mystery.

Q. Where has Jeff left his heart?

A. In San Francisco!Magic at the Edge

And yes, Jeff will be sharing the heart, soul and spirit of his magic in a unique two day event… It’s the Jeff McBride Magic & Mystery Experience, live, in San Francisco! On November 29th and 30th, Jeff will be performing his show, lecture and Master Class seminar for a few select magicians and their friends… Yes, you can attend, too, by contacting


Jeff has two new DVDs ready for you! JEFF MCBRIDE, A MAGICKAL LIFE, is an extraordinary documentary of Jeff’s life, work and his quest to discover real magic. Here is a short clip that our friends Jordan Wright & Paul Draper put together:

Also, JEFF MCBRIDE’S REVOLUTION, the Evolution of the Double Dancing Cane is now available. You can learn the insider tips on the dancing cane, and all about the new dancing light canes! This has been one of Jeff’s pet secrets for many years.

You can get these and others of our latest items at:


Jeff will be making a guest appearance at the Orleans Hotel, as part of the John Calvert gala on December 3rd. This event will be hosted by our friend Roger Dreyer from Fantasma Magic. Jeff will be appearing with Johnny Thompson, Jeff Hobson, and the legendary Carl Ballantine. For more info on how you can attend this historic event, contact Joey King,

See you in December!

Jeff & Abbi McBride

Asia – Fire of Creation – More!

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
–Dale Carnegie

CD Cover - Fire of CreationGreetings Magical Friends,

Abbi here, checking in from the House of Mystery… I am thrilled to announce that my new CD project, Fire of Creation has returned from the printer and has officially been completed. I’m exceedingly grateful to everyone who helped with the kindling of
this fire. I have had a limited number of Fire of Creation CDs printed, and they’re now available on our website. My music, as many of you know, is a techno-tribal revival of drumming, chanting, lush synth beds and trance grooves. I hope you’ll enjoy it!


Tao Te Ching, chapter 11
Abbi in Rose Garden
Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;

It is the center hole that makes it useful.

Shape clay into a vessel;

It is the space within that makes it useful.

Cut doors and windows for a room;

It is the holes which make it useful.

Therefore profit comes from what is there;

Usefulness from what is not there.

Sometimes it’s the space that is in between the days of our busy schedule that I find most productive and useful.

Today, I’m sitting here, reflecting in our home while Jeff is currently in Japan. I’ve been enjoying spending time cultivating the rose garden, and have been diving into my music practice. I will rendezvous with Jeff for a tour of Taiwan later this month, for a big international magic conference and television show he’s shooting over there. We will be performing our full evening show: JEFF MCBRIDE: MAGIC AT THE EDGE. After our time in Taiwan, Jeff will continue on to Malaysia for another week, and will be home just after Thanksgiving.


November 29th and 30th
Jeff at a Festival
Jeff will be sharing his magic with all of our friends in San Francisco, sponsored by Misdirections Magic Shop. You can find information at: or by writing to Misdirections’ proprietor, Joe Pon: Jeff will be doing a show / lecture and a one day Master Class.

We’ll look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming classes, lectures or shows! Until then, I send you my very best magical wishes!

Abbi McBride


Thanks to all of you who have signed up for pre-orders of Beyond Deception! I expect delivery from the printer on Monday, November 19, and will be signing and sending out the pre-orders then. This means that if you want a personalized signed copy, you still have 4-5 days to get your order in by going to

While you’re there, why not do some holiday shopping for your favorite magician. Jeff has several new products available, and more going up all the time!

With magical best wishes,

Tobias Beckwith (