New Magic in Las Vegas!

Greetings Magical Friends,

Here’s the hot news from the sizzling hot Summer streets of Las Vegas….

Street Magic in Las Vegas!

We’re hearing lots of buzz in the news about the current political situation in Vegas concerning civil liberties and street performing. The ACLU is involved with protecting the rights of street performers to perform in public spaces, as part of our first Amendment rights.

ACLU Backs Street Performers in Las Vegas

Some of our students here in Vegas have taken action and are demonstrating with their magic on the streets. One of our WONDERGROUND players can be seen nightly weaving magic into the tapestry of Las Vegas night life:

Tim Wise is working on Fremont Street as “Wise, the Good Luck Genie.” Tim is doing a very interesting show where he gifts people with magical objects. People come up to him and “make a wish;” as the genie, he grants their wish by making a magical gemstone appear. Tim’s approach to “gift magic” reflects some of the philosophy of our Magic and Mystery School. Learn more about Tim Wise.

If you’d like to really take a deeper look into Gift Magic, enjoy Dr. Larry Hass’ talk “Giving and Magic” from a recent Magic and Meaning conference in our PEP Talks Online.

What is the Secret of Street Magic?

Watch this video and learn the real secrets behind this timeless style of conjuring.

England’s top street busker, Mario Morris will be a guest teacher at our Focus on Street Magic class, which runs October 8-10. We will take all the students out on the streets of Vegas to watch the pros work and learn the inner secrets of the trade.

More New Magic in Vegas

Paul Vigil is at KING INK at the THE MIRAGE hotel doing his formal close-up magic show. Paul is one of the finest sleight of hand workers on the planet. See his show when you get to Vegas.

Paul Vigil at King Ink

Getting Back to My Roots

I’m just back from my High School reunion, where I did a show for my schoolmates and a show for family and friends near my hometown in Goshen, NY. I won the “he still has the most hair” contest for my class!

Don’t forget to drop by The Wonderground this week. See you this week at our fantastic new show, either in person, if you’re in Vegas, or on if you’re not!

Your friend in the art of magic,


The Process of Maturing is an Art to be Learned

“The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.”
— Marya Mannes

Greetings Magical Friends,

I feel like I’ve just completed an epic cycle. Turning fifty turned many things over in my mind and in my life this year. Some men who turn fifty buy a sports car. I built a library and a movement studio onto my house. I feel that many more people can take turns “driving their inspiration,” in the new Magic School rooms, than could take turns behind the wheel of a “lambie.” Besides, my library gets better mileage than any car, and can take our students to the edges of the universe at the speed of light.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” … Stephen King

At fifty, I feel it is my halfway point in life, (yeah, I’ll take a hundred years, thank you). At this halfway point, I can reflect on fifty years of past experience, and project fifty more years of extraordinary magical living. I hope you will join me on the next fifty year ride!

At fifty, I’m learning what’s really important in my magical work. It’s not about buying a new big prop; it’s more about using my talents to prop up other people who have dreams and visions that need help. I find great joy in mentoring magic students of all ages, and the more I give, the more I seem to get out of life.

Touring the world with my magic show has given me many rare experiences that I can now pass along to you, my friends. I am blessed to have the faculty at our School to help spread our magical visions in new ways.

McBride Magic School Students in the News
Bill Koch has been studying at our school for many years, and his appearance in the new documentary MAKE BELIEVE is outstanding. This film won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival! Here is a video profile about Bill’s magical work:

I will be home for most of the month of August, working with students both here at the House of Mystery and worldwide, via Skype. I hope to see you here in Las Vegas, or online soon!


Photo by Anthony Muir

P.S. For any you that may have missed the recent media blitz about our magic school and WONDERGROUND, here are the links:

Vegas Seven Magazine on Wonderground