“It’s impossible,” said pride.
“It’s risky,” said experience.
“It’s pointless,” said reason.
“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.
Hey, it’s Jeff McBride here in Las Vegas, writing you from the House of Mystery. I love quotes that bring me inspiration and motivate me to take on new challenges. When I look back on some of the recent projects that we’ve been creating here at the Magic and Mystery School, I realize how much incredible help I have, and how grateful I am for the team. You can meet many of them on our new web-shows. You can even interact with us online now. You’ll quickly see why I feel so blessed, to have these people in my life. Each month, we take turns writing you, sharing our experiences and our magic. Here’s a bit of what’s going on for me these days.
World Tour News
The League of Extraordinary Magicians
What an amazing day I had yesterday at the photo shoot for the new world tour THE ILLUSIONISTS! This summer I will be touring Mexico, and perhaps South America! Take a look at the current line-up and just imagine me in the show. They’re cutting a new commercial with me in it; I play the part of “The Shaman!”
You can see the last version of the commercial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-rhvUIY5fY
Masters of Magic in Italy
I’m really excited to return to Italy and join so many friends at the Masters of Magic Convention! It’s really an all-star line-up: Uri Geller, René Lavand, Juan Tamariz, The Great Tomsoni, Franz Harary, Topas, Danny Cole, Dani DaOrtiz, Double Fantasy, Dean Gunnarson, Jabba, Eric Jones, Xavier Mortimer, Fielding West, Asi Wind…
Locked Room Project
We’ve been trying out a new way of getting the Magic & Mystery School offerings to you. If you’ve not taken a peek into our new project called THE LOCKED ROOM, you will want to see what we’re offering you now! Here’s the place:
New Secret Art Journal Essay: “Scriptwriting for Magicians”
We are actors playing the part of a great magician and we need great scripts to keep us focused and theatrically potent.
Read more: http://www.secretartjournal.com/
On the set of the film shoot for The Show Doctor
How Prepared Are You?
The more you perform for people the better your magic will become. I am always ready to perform my show, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn some of my tips and tricks to be ready to make magic anytime and anywhere:
“Magic is the shadow cast by the fire of the soul.”
– Michael Fraughton
MAYFIRE: Five days of Peace, Love, Magick & Fire
A desert vision quest or an initiation into the magic of alchemy & fire? May 2nd-6th
A Diamond Found at Wonderground!
When you visit the WONDERGROUND, you will meet one of the sparkling characters of Las Vegas: Christian Diamond. He is easy to spot; he is, by far, the best-dressed person in the room… always! Diamond is known as “the Gem of Sin City,” and has been one of the Wonderground players since the very beginning. He helps many performers in Las Vegas to create their dream shows. I’ve found Mr. Diamond’s advice and expertise to be a great addition to our productions. You can learn more about the mysterious Mr. Diamond here: http://www.christiandiamond.com/
Take a look at our new video “The McBride Stage Magic Trilogies”
Do you like Stage Magic?
Here is a “must see” episode recently aired on MondayNightMysterySchool, with magician inventor Kevin James.
Remember, Monday is a School Night!
I’ll see you on: McBrideMagic.tv
Magic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee,
And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.
~Robert Frost, “Cluster of Faith,” 1962
While there are several stories of how April Fool’s Day came into being, I like to think it is a successor to the medieval “Feast of Fools,” which, in its turn was successor to the Romany Saturnalia fests. At the Feast of Fools, the social order was inverted, for a single day. A “Lord of Misrule” or “Pope of Fools” – often a beggar — replaced the reigning bishop for the day, and the traditional rulers of both church and secular society were widely ridiculed. Society was, for a single day, turned topsy-turvy, with those normally at the top of the social network now at the bottom, and those normally at the bottom – beggars, thieves and cripples – suddenly at the top. Originally celebrated around the first of January, the Feast of Fools apparently traded place with “New Years,” with the advent of the Gregorian Calendar, which shifted the “First of the Year” from March 25 to January 1 in the year 1582.
Today, we celebrate April Fools by playing pranks…tricks and practical jokes that serve to puncture our complacency about the “reality” of our world. And so the trickster magician has long adopted April Fool’s Day as his or her own. For the Trickster, every day is a “fool’s” day, meant for doing and playing tricks that will cause the rest of society to think twice about the “reality” they accept so easily….but April Fool’s Day celebrates the acts of the trickster!
I don’t know about anyone else…but I’m not particularly fond of tricksters. They make me uncomfortable. You never know when they’re serious about something, or when you should be expecting the unexpected. I suspect the real Tricksters among us are quite comfortable with that. Causing discomfort is their job. Leaving people off-balance and questioning the status quo is their prime function.
No one I know does this better than our friend Bob Neale. Bob creates and writes up magic pieces that don’t have a nice, neatly tied up ending. He dares to puncture our smug bubbles of comfortable belief, and to question things we think of as unquestionable. He dares to be dark – not in the blood and gore theatrical or the “romantic spooky” ways of so many bizarre magicians – but by being unafraid to deal with the social and psychological issues that make us all a bit uncomfortable. Issues like making the decision of who gets to live, and who will die. Issues like what happens when we make bad decisions and must live with the consequences. Issues like, what if there is no happy ending at the end of my story?
We like to think of the Trickster as a “merry prankster,” happily oblivious to the reality of what goes on in the world, or the consequences of their indiscretions. I suppose that, on one level, that is the role of a certain kind of fool…the innocent who treads, blissfully unaware, through life. I have to say, I find Bob Neale’s kind of Trickster to be far more potent – and, to tell the truth – fun, than those blissful innocents. Bob’s trickery often does make you laugh – but it never lets you off the hook to forget about the subjects it mocks. Instead of distancing us from our troubles, this kind of tricksterism helps us experience life directly and honestly. He’s really my favorite kind of Fool!
And so, on this April Fool’s Day, I salute Bob Neale…and urge those of you who don’t know his works already to do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of any of Bob’s books. At first, you may find yourself distraught by the magic he presents there. If you do…well, dig a little deeper. Try performing some of the pieces and watch what happens. Pay attention to the intensity of the experience for your audiences and the discussions you find yourself having afterwards. If you have the courage to really engage with Bob’s magic, I think you will find it to be a truly life enriching, deepening experience.
Bob is truly “my kind of Fool,” and I’ll bet he’ll be yours, too.
So: Happy April Fool’s Day, Bob!
And on to business:
April and May will find Jeff McBride on the road…possibly to a venue near you. We are particularly excited that he will be featured at this year’s Saint-Vincent Magic Convention from April 19th to April 22th. In addition to Jeff, this year’s convention will Juan Tamariz, René Lavand, The Great Tomsoni, Xavier Mortimer, Dean Gunnarson, Fielding West, Eric Jones, Danny Cole, Andrew Mayne, Mark Mason, Dani Da Ortiz and more. And, if you’ll be there, you can attend one of the Jeff McBride Super Sessions (find here more information: http://www.mastersofmagic.it/2011/12/jeff-mc-bride-super-session-2011/).
Wishing you all a delightful and trick-filled April!
PS: You can buy several of Bob Neale’s books at our http://shop.yourmagic.com.