Late Breaking News:
McBRIDE STUDENT CHOSEN AS THE NEXT URI GELLER!
Our friend and Magic & Meaning student RAMANA won the TV competition to find “THE NEXT URI GELLER!” in Europe.
RAMANA wrote to us last night:
“The highest art in any medium can only emerge from a spiritual background. This applies particularly to the art of magic”.
— S.H. Sharpe
Dear Jeff, Eugene, and Tobias,
The last 3 months were the most lucrative in my life as a performing mystery entertainer. I joined the Dutch version of PHENOMENON (THE NEXT URI GELLER) and I won the series! In my performances I tried to mix true magic/mystery with performance mentalism. Every time, I tried to give something more to the audience than just nicely presented effects. I always put hidden, mostly spiritual, empowering messages in my performances. I believe to create true mystery one should have one hand in the ‘real’ world and the other in the ‘other’ world.
I am inspired by my little life experience, travels to India and other strange places, knowledge from books but also by my great teachers Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger. Especially their vision to put MEANING!!!! in your magic/mentalism.
Thank you Jeff for the advice and inspiration you gave me for this show. I feel proud to be your student.
I highly recommend everybody to visit the MAGIC AND MEANING in Las Vegas and other of their classes and don’t forget to believe in your self, follow your heart and a passion…
Your student in the mystic arts,
Thank you Ramana for making us proud to be a part of your growing success! If you want to see a bit of RAMANA check out the video at http://www.myvideo.nl/watch/3508522.
And now, on to our regularly scheduled Museletter!
“We can escape the prison of our own beliefs and enter the Palace of Possibilities when we allow ourselves to be astonished by everything.”
— Gary Craig
Abbi and I have escaped. We took a week off from traveling to, guess what? TRAVEL! We escaped to Zion National Park, in Utah, for a few days of hiking the majestic peaks and experiencing the breath-taking vistas. Hey, it’s only three hours from Las Vegas. Abbi drove the van, while I sat shotgun, practicing a new card routine that I’ll show you next time I see you.
GET OUT OF JAIL, FREE!
Heather Rogers, a recent Master Class attendee did, using the skills she learned at the Magic and Mystery School to win her freedom… Heather writes:
Dear Jeff & Abbi,
It’s 1:30 a.m. and I just arrived home from going to the gym. On my way home I was stopped by a policeman for “rolling through a stop sign”. I handed him the license with the clown nose on it and quickly put mine on. He was only mildly impressed.
Then I tried my first hand at my newest effect from Mystery School: B’wave… and Wammo! I got an “I’m impressed and I won’t write you a ticket this time.
Ya gotta love magic!
P.S. Have you read “The Science of Getting Rich?” It is an amazing book written by Wallace D. Wattles in 1910 that is blowing my mind. You can print it out for free from wikipeda, because it is now in the public domain. Below is the link to get to that page.
MCBRIDE ON TELEVISION: VH-1 CELEBRACADABRA
We’re just about to send out our souvenir postcard commemorating the first season of CELEBRACADBRA. If you don’t receive our regular mailings, please email Abbi your snail mail address – Spinner@mcbridemagic.com – and we’ll make sure that you get our upcoming special edition postcard mailing.
Stan Allen at MAGIC Magazine ran an article on Celebracadabra, VH1’s magic reality series, in the March issue. Some updated info for you: The kick-off to the series has moved back a week, now April 20th, 9 p.m. The show airs every Sunday evening, with the exception of June 1st, wrapping up on June 22nd. And we’re now able to release the names of the celebrities who will be competing for the $100,000 grand prize: singers Carnie Wilson, Kimberly Wyatt, and Chris ‘Kid’ Reed; comedians Hal Sparks and Ant; and actors C. Thomas Howell and Lisa Ann Walter. We’ll post the full running schedule in April.
MCBRIDE ON TOUR, ISTANBUL AND BEYOND!!
Last Call for Euro-Master Class 2008! We still have a few spaces for our upcoming class in Cornwall, England. Contact Kenny, email@example.com for more information.
Istanbul, Turkey, and beyond! Jeff will be on tour with Magic Stars Festival with Abbi, and with his friend Kevin James and many other magic stars. For more information email Lee Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Friends in Magic:
Our friend Romany, from the UK, will be saying hello to you this issue! Romany is a long time student at the Magic and Mystery School and recently won the prestigious MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR from the Magic Circle in England. This is the world oldest magic club and Romany was the first woman ever to win!
And now from Romany…
Ciao! Romany, Diva of Magic signing in…
I’d like to share with you all, a favourite quote that I have right before my eyes stuck on the practice mirror:
“What we vividly imagine, ardently desire, enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.” — Colin P Sisson
Which leaves us to question, exactly WHAT is it that I ardently desire etc… or rather WHAT, WHO, WHEN?????
If we look at our paths in magic in terms of a Sat Nav (that’s GPS for us here in the US…surely the most magical bit of technology to aid our paths to the gig!), if we know where we are and precisely where we want to be, then it is easier to move forward in the right direction and know what we need to focus on to arrive in the place of our best dreams.
For myself, for magic, my desire is to create finely polished pieces of magic that invite the audience to a point of childlike wonder and pleasure. I would like to entrance them with colour, soften their hearts with music, win a smile with eccentric comedy and put myself on stage before them, heart open with the spirit of that lovely line from the Irish poet Yeats, “I have spread my dreams under your feet…”.
In all this, I take great inspiration from Eugene’s teaching on scripting, John Carney’s dedication to exquisite magic, the eccentricity and flamboyance of Jeff Hobson, Topaz’s stagecraft and from Jeff’s life & charisma and especially his teaching on “pack small, play big!”
So I need to turn off the computer, get in the studio more, dare to experiment with new magic, finally choreograph the silent act etc… lots of things, but at least moving forward with patience and optimism that all is possible. And…! I don’t know about you, but I really waste a lot of time in despair about not having learnt that new trick or worked on the new act. That doesn’t take us anywhere! So my New Year’s Resolution is ONLY to ENJOY magic! What’s yours?
I love meeting up with you my fellow magi around the world, here’s looking forward to the next time!
Romany – Diva of Magic
We’re very excited about the classes and events coming up in the UK in April. I understand that Kenny has opened up a few more for the Cornwall classes and show, as well. Go to http://www.magicmasterclass.co.uk/ to learn more and reserve your space for the class or the show in Cornwall. Don’t wait to the last minute — these events sold out early last time we did them!
Just after the events in the U.K. Jeff will be traveling to Istanbul, where our friend Lee Alex is sponsoring a 2 day class on April 12 & 13 (also filling up fast!), and performances of “Stars of Magic – 2008” from April 16-20. For more information on the Istanbul events, write to Lee at: email@example.com.
We’re also excited about the upcoming airing of the 8 episodes of “Celebracabra!” on VH1, starting April 20. We’ll include a detailed schedule of airings in our Museletter a week or so before the first episode airs. In the meantime, MAGIC magazine just ran a fascinating article on the show in the issue that just came out. Pick up a copy and read it — and don’t miss Jeff’s “Ask the Show Doctor” in this month’s issue, either!
As I write this, we’re wrapping up our first Extended Master Class of 2008. I really love these longer classes, as they give us time to go into more depth with all the students, and give all of us a chance to get to know one another better. And in just another couple of weeks (March 25-27) we have the class for Balloon Twisters. We’re lucky to have both Don Caldwell and Todd Neufeld offering sessions during the class this year, and we’re excited about that. For those of you who think balloon twisting is just for kids — well, this is a rapidly expanding and growing branch of our entertainment arts, and you’ll be amazed at the things these folks are doing. I understand we still have one or two slots open – if you’ve every thought about adding balloon twisting to your repertoire, sign up and have your mind blown by the things you’ll see at this class!
Thanks for bearing with us all the way to the end on this one. We look forward to sharing more exciting news and views in just a couple of weeks!
Best to all,