Friday, February 15th, 2008
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
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!
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,