Greetings from Italy!

Greetings Magical Friends!

This is Tobias, writing while Jeff is off in the UK, winding up his short tour there, following what may have been truly the world’s greatest magic show in Blackpool, produced by Derek Lever. Here’s a photo of Jeff with local magicians at his lecture in Manchester last night. We’ve already had several delightful e-mail letters from those who attended … it appears to have been a smashing success.

Speaking of the UK: I understand the classes scheduled in April — both the Master Class in Cornwall and the 2 Secret Sessions in Brighton, are filling fast. You can now find links to both events from magicalwisdom.com, as well as from Jeff’s main tour calendar. If you think you might want to attend, I highly recommend getting yourself registered as soon as possible!

Before I go any further, we wanted to share with you the following report from our good friend Ferdinando, who recently hosted a wonderful tour by Eugene Burger through Italy.


“All of the buildings, all of the cars,
were once just a dream,
in somebody’s head”

– Peter Gabriel

Dear Friends,

It’s a very exciting time, over here in Italy!

After the recent translation into Italian of his wonderful book The Experience of Magic , Eugene just spent 10 days here in Italy for a lecture tour, which has been an huge success!

(in photo attached, Eugene is with Anna, Ferdinando and the world famous quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti)

Another great book is now available in Italian: David Jay Brown’s Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, in which Jeff is interviewed, along with such people as: George Carlin, Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, Alex Grey, Rupert Sheldrake, Robert Anton Wilson and many others! A MUST reading!!

The last bit of information: please keep an eye on the Master Class schedules… for a possible Master Class in Torino (Italy), in 2009!!!

We are working to turn the idea into reality.

Greetings from Italy!

ferdinando (ferdinando.biz)


For those of you in the North East (of the US), don’t miss Jeff’s appearance as part of the Twist & Shout Balloon Twisters Convention in Boston next week (Feb. 22nd). The convention is for balloon twisters — but the show if open to anyone, and will include not only the pieces Jeff is best known for, but several new items he has just recently developed. You can find detailed information at http://www.balloonconvention.com/index.html. Be sure to scroll down the page, as the detailed show information is a ways down.

Also, do note there are a couple of spaces still available for the March Extended Master Class here in Las Vegas. This is our first extended class of the New Year, and we have lots of new experiences in store for you, including new video presentation facilities, a special session with web-guru Bryce Kuhlman (Jeff’s site, Lance Burton’s… and dozens of others). I’ll be doing a streamlined version of my business & career session, and a new lecture taking you through the basics of my book “Beyond Deception” and giving you further creativity exercises not included in the book.

Oh — I nearly forgot. We’ve also just posted all of the classes available through the end of November. For those of you just waiting to sign up for this year’s “Magic & Meaning,” registration is now open! We’re also finally ready to ship the DVDs some of you ordered from last year’s conference… so watch your mailbox if you signed up for one!

One final bit of late-breaking news. We’ve just received the following press release from our friends at VH-1:

In development news, VH1 has given the green light to “Celebracadabra” — Seven TV and film stars vie for the title of “Best Celebrity Magician” when they gather at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, the world’s most famous club for magicians, and attempt to learn and perform tricks normally left to the professionals. Guided by veteran magicians, the competitors face tough crowds and a master panel of judges (including Jeff McBride) who determine which celebrities get to advance to the next round and a shot at a grand prize. Executive producers are Michael Hirschorn, Shelly Tatro, Karla Hidalgo and Chris Martin.

This is their official press release information, and we’re not permitted to give out anything further — except that Jeff will be seen judging every episode, and that we’ve seen bits and pieces… and this promises to be a very good series for the art of magic!

Best wishes for a magical month,

Tobias

Introducing Jordan Wright

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”
– Oscar Wilde

Greetings from sunny Las Vegas! Jeff & Abbi here. It seems like we’re skipping stones on a giant ocean. We just skipped back to Las Vegas from China, and this week, Jeff is off to England for a show and a lecture tour. So, here’s a shout out to all of our UK friends and fans; Jeff will see you soon! Here is a photo of Jeff and Eugene sharing a glorious sunrise at Stonehenge during a visit last year.

All of us here at McBride Magic would like to formally introduce you to the newest member of our team, Jordan Wright. Jordan began studying with us here at the Magic and Mystery School several years ago and now is touring with us as our opening act. Jordan is a perfect example of someone who has applied his passion to his art and is making great progress! He is also an accomplished film-maker, and I will include a link to one of his recent pieces.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTjUzEO09hQ

Here are a few words from Jordan:

Greetings Museletter friends,

Jordan here, saying hello and sharing with you one of my favorite inspirational quotes:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
– Henry David Thoreau

I work toward that everyday, especially on my recent trip to China. Jeff, Abbi, and I have just returned from performing Jeff’s full evening illusion show in beautiful Sanya, China. Sanya is located on the island of Hainan, which happens to be China’s smallest province. It was there that we provided the evening’s special entertainment for the executives of Viasystems. While on the long plane ride to Sanya, I had time to reflect on my journey to this point in my career. I cannot believe that only five years ago I moved to Las Vegas to start college and enrolled in my first Master Class. I look back and realize that I have come a long way from that first class having now opened for Jeff’s show in Atlantic City, Taiwan, and China. Of course I am also busy creating my own material and performing my own show in various venues. I attribute a lot of my growth thus far to continually observing a man whom I consider to be a master of the art. As Virgil once said, “Follow an expert.” If we want to be excellent at what we do, I truly believe we must learn from those who are the best at what they do.

Thank you Jordan! And, thank all of you that keep in touch with us through these Museletters. It’s great to stay connected with you, and I enjoy getting your feedback emails. We are exploring new ways to bring our magic to you, and to create a source of inspiration and magic for all of our friends, like you! In the next few months, we hope to be giving you more news from our friends and faculty here at the school. Tobias, Eugene, Bryce, Abbi, and Jordan will be sharing more of their magical insights and inspirations with us!

Yours in mystery…

Jeff, Abbi, and all of your friends here at the McBride Magic and Mystery School

NEWS FROM TOBIAS:

Not only is Jeff on his way to the UK this week, but he and Eugene will be traveling there again in April to conduct another special performance (April 3) and master class in Cornwall (April 4, 5 & 6), followed by two one-day Intensives in Brighton (April 9 & 10). The classes are filling fast, so be sure and register early. You can find further information on the Cornwall classes now at http://www.magicmasterclass.co.uk, or by contacting Kenny at Kernow Magic: maverick7@tiscali.co.uk, or, for further information on the Brighton classes, contact Romany at romany@romanymagic.com.

This will just be the first leg of a tour in Europe for Jeff — more on that in an upcoming Museletter!

We’ve just completed our first classes of the New Year here in Las Vegas. Jeff’s “Focus on Manipulation” was well attended, as was our first 3-Day Master class of the year. We’re experimenting with a new schedule for the 3-Day classes, as well as making use of Jeff’s newly installed home-theatre / lecture space that allows us to use Powerpoint and Video to enhance some of our presentations. What’s more, Bryce Kuhlman, our Internet Wizard joined the class again for the first time in quite a long time, and delivered a terrific presentation on web-sites for magicians. Bryce intends to be at all our future classes, as his schedule permits. We’re very excited to be able to include what he has to offer to our students once again!

That said: We still have a few spots available in our March classes — but they won’t last much longer! If you’re a serious student of magic, now is the time to register: MagicalWisdom.com. If you’re new to the Magic & Mystery School, we’ve recently added some videos to the site to give you a better idea of just what you can expect.

Best wishes for a magical February!

Tobias Beckwith