As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
—C.G. Jung

I have a very strange feeling, being here in Japan during these challenging times. It is a mixed pleasure to be making magic for so many people living on the edge of grief and loss.  Today I write you from Nagasaki Japan.
I am making magic at a venue called “MOON SHOWER” a beautiful theater that seats 150 people. If you ever get a chance to perform for Japanese audiences you will feel the love that they express when they experience magic.
Also, the Japanese audience have a curious way of all chorusing the word “Whooooo!”  at the moment of astonishment,during a magic effect. I am truly blessed to be able to travel the world and share my magical gifts with people from many lands.
I will perform over 120 shows this month in Japan!  Astonishing! But the fact is that I grew up doing 6 shows a day for many years at the Orange County Fair in upstate NY… performing shows this often sharpens my performance edge and stimulates my creativity.
Lance Burton and Jeff McBride
Lance Burton was at a recent Master Class, and shared his performing philosophy with our students.

“The way to get great at magic is to do as many shows as you can for as many different audiences, in as many different settings as you can.”  So my advice to you, dear magi, is to get out in the world and start doing more shows; impromptu shows, informal shows and what I call “commando shows”  These are shows that can be done “anytime and anywhere”…the magician that does the most shows wins! Just ask Lance! He is now a multi-millionaire, living in a hill-top castle, and officially retired from magic at 51 years old!

Here is the trailer to a new DVD Las Vegas film maker Andrei Jikh.
For the past few months, Andrei and I have been sharing ideas about pop culture, media and magic…take a look at his new offering

Jeff McBride
Photo Credit: Raul Olguin

WONDERGROUND: Exotic Mysteries from the East- April 21
I get back to Vegas just in time for the next WONDERGROUND. I will show you many of the new magic pieces that I have been developing in Japan.
We have NEW dates set in Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, New Mexico, Canada and France!..and more coming this week!
Will I be in YOUR town? Check the Tour Schedule for dates or book me in your area for a 2 day event by contacting Tobias.
Want to get ahead of the pack or sharpen your game?
Magic SUMMER SCHOOL… what are you waiting for? Study with your favorite magic teachers in a fun and relaxed setting. Let us help plan your Summer magic vacation.. Email Abbi McBride at Spinner@mcbridemagic.com.  She can help you get all the info you need or take a look at ALL the NEW classes.
Heads up!…only a few spaces remain for the summer Master Classes!
McBride’s Mystery School Monday MONDAY AT 7 PM Pacific Time LIVE magic, reviews, celebrity interviews & reports from around the world with Jeff McBride and the Mystery School faculty.
See you in Vegas or on the internet!


World Championships

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential … these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

— Baseball great, Eddie Robinson
Greetings friends,
Question: How many years does it take to become a world champion?
Answer: 14 years…That’s how long I have been working with Romany, Diva of Magic. When she first arrived at Mystery School, she had a big dream and plenty of enthusiasm. Now, fourteen years later, she has won many of the world’s top honors, including The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, the International Brotherhood of Magicians “British Shield” and most recently, first place at the World Magic Seminar International Stage Competition. The world is watching Romany. She is one of the brightest shining stars in magic. Below is a picture of Abbi and Romany with me, taken backstage at the World Magic Seminar last week.
Abigail McBride, Romany and Jeff McBride
In addition, two of my students, Eric Gilliam and Reuben Moreland, won top honors in the teen competitions. It takes years of hard work and dedication. It is good to see our students succeed.
Asia Tour
I will be returning to Japan as part of a “Magic Castle All-Stars” show with many top performers from around the world, sponsored by Hollywood’s Magic Castle. I have been performing in Japan for thirty years and have a fascination with their magical culture that is reflected in my work.
Jeff McBride
McBride’s Mystery School Monday TV
Our new program is a hit and we are building a larger audience every week.  Don’t miss an episode!
Tune in for LIVE magic, reviews, celebrity interviews & news reports from around the world with Jeff McBride and the Mystery School faculty every Monday at 7pm Pacific Time:
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Mystery Photo of the Month
How many of these celebrity magicians can you name? Hint: they all appeared on the WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC series, produced by Gary Pudney. He’s the one holding the plaque in the center.
Mystery Magicians
East Coast News
I will be performing at the It’s Magic show at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, and then making an appearance at Yale University hosted by my friend Cyril May, between April 24 – 28. Then I’m off to Lille, France for a festival and teaching sessions. Check out the details from my calendar at www.mcbridemagic.com/calendar.php.
Let us help you plan your vacation
The remaining summer sessions are filling rapidly. You can reserve your spot for an upcoming Master Class by going to http://www.magicalwisdom.com
See you soon!
Jeff McBride