Make Your Work Your Play!

“I slept and dreamed that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was duty, I acted and, behold, duty was joy.”
–Rabindranath Tagore

Abbi and I love Tagore’s writings, and they inspire us as we weave our work, play and passions together into our magic. My friend, Scott Hitchcock, often reminds me: “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” This sounds like something the late, great Walt Disney would say. Abbi and I love creating new projects. Over the past few years, we’ve been creating new events because YOU ask for them! At the end of every class or event, we hand out feedback forms, and we ask our friends and students “how can we make this even better?” Here are a few of the new events we have been brewing up…. 

MYSTERIUM – January 30 through February 1st
If you live around Las Vegas, or plan to visit, you may want to join us for one of our most progressive experiences. The Vegas Vortex presents an opportunity to play, to create, to learn, make music, art, share stories and magic… More info, including registration at

Featured Mysterium events include:

  • Community Feast
  • CandleDance: a techno-tribal dance party!
  • Dream Alchemy
  • Alchemical Ritual Theater
  • Indoor All Night Sacred Fire Circle

I have been learning some new technologies by participating in an online magic community called STREET OF CARDS. Each night, after work, I share ideas and magic with online friends and students at

Now we can talk to our friends all over the world! This is a great new magic community that I encourage you to explore. Many of the Las Vegas pros are there, talking shop and sharing ideas. This is a very interesting way to study magic. There are a lot of great magic videos, both modern and classic. Make sure you explore the “on demand” part of the site. It’s sort of like MTV for magic! It also has a chat room and a “cam-chat” section too. I have my camera on, and can visit with small groups of friends, to share ideas and stories. See you on the Street of Cards, friends!

The next few weeks will take me to Peru, and Blackpool, England. I will be doing a special three-day Master Class as part of the Blackpool convention. Blackpool is one of the most amazing magic events in the world, and I would love to see you, my friends. If you would like to attend my special class, contact Derek Lever

Our Museletter readers are the first ones to know about new classes. Most of our events we keep to about one dozen students. This creates real intimacy and allows for hands-on attention. Here is a list of new classes that have just gone up on our online schedule today. First dibs are yours! Call Abbi for more information at 702-450-0021. 

Focus on Quick Change Costumes, with Lee Alex: August 12, 13
Extended Master Class: August 19 – 25
Sisters of Mystery, a Magical Conference for Women: September 7, 8, 9
Magic & Martial Arts: September 22, 23, 24
Master Class: September 25, 26, 27
Focus on Street Magic: October 9, 10, 11
MAGIC AND MEANING: October 21, 22, 23, 24
Magic and Medicine: November 6, 7, 8
Master Class for Mentalists: November 11, 12, 13

When I’m back from tour, I will be holding a few private sessions here at the House of Mystery. So, when you come to Las Vegas, make sure to set up your session a few weeks early. You can do this easily by emailing Abbi, or by phone: 702 450-0021. 

Your friend,

January Museletter

One of my favorite quotes is from Higher Magic, by Oscar Teale, subtitled Magic for the Artist. It was written in 1912. This quote has given me courage when I have been accused of being “too flamboyant,” in speech, action, or costume.

“The feather that adorns the royal bird supports his flight. Strip him of his plumage and you fix him to the earth.”

Greetings All,

Recently, we’ve had a royal visitor at the McBride House of Mystery. No, we’re not just talking about Eugene being here for the past week. Lord Peacock arrived the other day, and we now have a peacock in our backyard! He just showed up, and is probably an escapee from one of the neighborhood mansions near the House of Mystery. He’s made a home in our backyard, roosting just above our waterfall.

Abbi opened the front door one day, and he was standing directly in front of her, so she gave him some birdseed. He has become a very friendly neighbor, and the unofficial mascot of the Magic and Mystery School.

Masters of Illusion: Mondays at 9pm, MyNetworkTV
Monday night, January 19th with the third of thirteen episodes, featuring Jeff McBride, Arian Black, Ed Alonzo, Kyle Eschen, Ai & Yuki, Mark Kalin & Jinger

On January 26th, Magic and Mystery School Alumni and Friends Chris Randall, Fielding West, Jonathan Levit, Kevin James, Krystyn Lambert will all be on the show. Be sure to catch it!


McBride Magic at the Edge is coming to Ithaca, NY! On Friday January 23, 2009 Abbi and I will be doing our full-evening show from 7:30 – 10:00 pm. Cost is $25.

On Saturday January 24, 2009 2-6pm, I will be offering a “Secret Session” workshop.

All the information is online at

If you are interested in signing up for the Secret Session, please contact Bruce Purdy ( and he’ll get you into this very special 4-hour Master Class.

MYSTERIUM LAS VEGAS: Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2009

…an in-gathering of old and new friends, in the darkest time of the year, a point in time where we can reflect, as individuals and a community, the light that shines within each and every one of us.

Featured events include:

  • Community Feast
  • CandleDance – Techno-Tribal Dance Party
  • Ritual Drum Ceremonies
  • Alchemical Ritual Theater
  • Indoor All Night Sacred Fire Circle

Please note, this event has been growing each year, and due to spatial limitations, we have to limit the number of registrants for the playshops and overnight ceremonies.

For more info and to register go to


Jeff will be holding a special three day series of Secret Session workshops at the upcoming Blackpool Magic Convention in the UK. For more information on this event, contact Derek Lever (

Jeff McBride & Eugene Burger
Sunrise at StoneHenge
Mystery School Workshop, 2006

Peru, England, Spain and many new dates appear on our World Tour Schedule. If you would like to see our show, take a look and see if we’re going to be near you.

We encourage you, dear friends, to show your royal colors, and take flight!! See you one day soon, and introduce you to our feathered friend!

Jeff McBride