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The McBride Magic Experience

Dear Friends:

I hope you’ll forgive us for sending this “extra” Museletter – but we really wanted to make sure all of you on the East Coast had full information about Jeff’s upcoming tour of his “McBride Magic Experience.”

The “Experience” consists of three events: Show, lecture and special “Super Session” workshop.

The 90-minute show is Jeff’s “Many Faces of Magic,” and is open to everyone and anyone…please send your friends and family! All his greatest pieces with masks, cards, coins, water bowls, Kabuki magic and more…in a single package, right there in your community. Few will have a chance to see a magic show on this level anywhere outside Las Vegas today – so if you are a magic fan, this your opportunity to turn others on to the wonders of our art!

The lecture is “for magicians only.” Jeff continually updates and improves his lecture, so even if you’ve seen it before, don’t miss the latest version! At the lecture, he also offers special deals on some of his latest effects – deals not available anywhere else.

Finally: The “Super Session.” This is a “mini” version of what many pay many times the same amount for at our McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas – but at a vastly discounted price, and without the necessity of paying for travel and hotel on top of it. A warning, though: many students who first encounter Jeff’s teaching in this workshop have gone on to attend classes in Las Vegas…and subsequent awards at top competitions and careers in magic. What I’m saying is…this is a great experience, but it can be habit forming.

Here’s where he’ll be:

Rumford, Maine – May 26th & 27th

49 Franklin Reception HallThe 49 Franklin Reception Hall and Mystic Theater is a recently renovated turn of the century wood framed (former) church. It is located in Rumford, in the Western mountains of Maine. Proprietors Scot and Cindy Grassette welcome you to their 7-year renovation project, and hope you enjoy the intimate setting in the 130 seat Mystic Theater. On May 26th, doors open at 6:00 pm for seating, pub food and drinks. Show starts at 7:00 pm with Jeff’s lecture following at 9:00 pm. Sunday’s Super Session Master Class will be held at 1:00 p.m. followed by an optional dinner of Homemade Baked Stuffed Shells, Garden Salad, Dessert, Fresh Baked Bread, Coffee, Tea, Soda/Milk tax and gratuity included for $17.00 please call 207-369-0129 (reservations only). Tickets for show, lecture and Super Session available at www.49franklin.com.


Baltimore – Denny & Lee’s Magic Studio on May 29 & 30

Denny and Lee Magic Studio in Baltimore is proud to sponsor the Jeff McBride Experience on May 29 and 30.

What better way is there to experience Jeff McBride than on a stage in our 100 seat theater?  Great lighting, great sound, and spacious seating makes this the perfect atmosphere to see Jeff McBride perform.

For those spending the night, the Country Inn and Suites is only 1000 feet from the studio.  Perfect!

The shop will also be open all day long for you to browse one of the best stocked shops in magic.

Denny & Lee Magic Studio
9004-H Yellow Brick Road
Rosedale,Md. 21237 USA


Chattanooga, Tennessee – June 1 & 2

Chattanooga Tour StopThe Chattanooga Tour Stop: This leg of Jeff’s East Coast Tour will be held June 1 and 2 at Burk’s United Methodist Church located at 6433 Hixson Pike. Jeff’s stop here is being presented by The Chattanooga Magic Club, I.B.M. Ring 112. The Chattanooga Magic Club founded in 1919, is one of the oldest continuous magic clubs in America.

If you have ever wanted to see Jeff live and/or study with him, this is a great place to come do so. Why, you may ask. Because Chattanooga is a great place to bring the whole family. While you are doing what you love (seeing, talking and studying magic), the spouse and kids can visit the Tennessee Aquarium, the largest fresh water aquarium in the world. Located just a few miles from downtown Chattanooga is the world famous Rock City. These are just a couple of the family fun venues in and around Chattanooga, so come here to see Jeff and have a great family vacation at the same time.

For more information visit http://ring112.org/McBride.html.

Asheville, North Carolina – June 5 & 6

The Vanishing WheelchairThe McBride Experience will take place at New Harvest Church, 142 Elk Mountain Road in Asheville, North Carolina. McBride’s magic will help raise funds for The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. to train people with disabilities in skills in the visual arts.

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity founded by T. J. Shimeld and Ricky D. Boone on November 24, 2010.

Inspired by the mystifying misdirection of Ricky D. Boone who uses magic and comedy to make his disability a great ability, The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. was founded to teach the art of misdirection to encourage the world to focus on another’s ability rather than one’s disability; to guide youth in the discovery of their own talents; and to give youth a path to reach their full potential.  Its purpose is also to provide entertainment, education, and inspiration to children of all ages in the hope that each will attain his or her God-given potential.  And to print and publish inspirational books and literature.

Tickets are available at a special advance price at www.VanishingWheelchair.org.


Akron, Ohio – June 9 & 10

Akron Magical Arts SocietyThe AMAS (Akron Magical Arts Society) will present Jeff McBride on JUN 9TH, 2012 at 7PM at Hudson High School Auditorium in Hudson, OH. A special lecture will be held immediately after the show. Tickets are $30 for the show; $30 for the lecture; and $50 if you attend both the show and lecture.

New for 2012 is McBride’s four-hour SuperSession of Hands On Magical Training at noon on JUN 10th at Hudson Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Hudson, OH. This special session is a unique teaching format that allows all students of magic, regardless of age or skill level. Tickets for the four-hour Super

Session is $125.

Don’t miss this one-time only event. Purchase tickets online at: McBrideMagic.EventBrite.com.

So: If you’re close by any of these stops, by all means tell your friends and make your reservations now. The McBride Magic Experience is a great way to introduce others to the world of magic, and an opportunity for the magicians among you to attend this one-of-a-kind “mini-convention” experience presented by one of the great performers and teachers of our time.

See you at the show. (Or Lecutre. Or Workshop. Or all three!)

Best wishes.


Tobias Beckwith

PS: More on Rumford, Maine, and the history of magic:

James William ElliottNot too many people know Rumford is the birth place of one of magic’s little know luminaries, Dr. James William Elliott. Elliott innovated many card moves including the front & back card palm which he taught to T.Nelson Downs and Howard Thurston. Harry Houdini agreed to edit Elliott’s book “Elliott’s Last Legacy,” which is a highly sought after collectable and includes card moves and many other close-up and stage effects with a variety of objects. The Boston magicians presented Elliott with a gold watch fob and named him “The King of All Kard Kings” Elliott posted a challenge in Mahatma Magazine challenging anyone to his title and offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could beat him in card skills. No one ever took him up on it. Jeff McBride is our modern day King of Kards and he will visit Elliott’s final resting place in Abbott’s Mills Cemetery located just outside of the town of rumford on Friday May 25th. Interested magicians are welcomed to attend the graveside visit and can meet at 49 Franklin at 6:00 pm.

Who are Your Mentors in Magic?

Jeff McBride - Master of the Elements
(Photo by Lara Puglisi)

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou

Greetings from China!

Wow, what a bizarre job I have! Let me explain…

I got this email a few weeks ago: “Can you fly to Beijing and make a skyscraper vanish on national television?”

Jeff McBride vanishes a building in Beijing, China
Click to Watch

How do you make a huge skyscraper vanish on TV? Yeah, that is what I was asking too! I needed EXPERT help! I am blessed to have good friends like Franz Harary who can help me make the impossible possible. He sure did! Franz and I were judges on the VH1 show CELEBRACADABRA (you can see a clip here).

It is wonderful to have friends who can mentor me through these challenging situations. Over the years I have cultivated friendships with my magic mentors. I am very blessed to be able to share their wisdom with my students.

Mystery School Mondays

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” 

Speaking of mentors: We had a couple of great episodes of Mystery School Mondays recently. First, was a wonderful look into the world of Magical Mentors, still available here: http://tinyurl.com/mcbmentor.

Our most recent episode on Music and Magic featured special guest Jay Atwood, and is still on line here: http://tinyurl.com/mcbmusic.

Remember: you can see great magic and learn the art of wonder 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on: McBrideMagic.tv.

Master Class with Mac King
A few of my favorite magic mentors: Eugene Burger, Larry Hass and the very funny Mac King at a recent Master Class.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill 


We were recently called “The coolest show in Las Vegas” by journalist Richard Abowitz. In an effort to keep that title, we have an impressive line-up of talent this month. Check it out here: http://www.vegaswonderground.com/

Jeff McBride at Wonderground
Jeff performs a new mask theater piece at WONDERGROUND
Photo Credit: Brian “Flash” Adams

IMX and a special one-day Super Session at The Mystery School!

I will be performing at THE ORLEANS HOTEL in Las Vegas May 20-24th as part of this year’s IMX convention, and hosting a rare one day session at the McBride House of Mystery just after the convention on May 24th.  For the first time in Las Vegas, I’m offering my four hour “Super Session” of hands-on magic, accompanied by a tour of our “House of Mystery,” where we hold most of our Master Classes. Those attending will also have time to browse my extensive library.

Thursday, May 24 from 12:30pm-5:30pm (wokshop 1-5)


It is now official! I will be touring with this show in July and August throughout Mexico. http://tinyurl.com/mcbillusion

I love helping and mentoring others with my magic, so let me know how and when I can help you. Every week we have the class online at www.mcbridemgic.tv   I can also help you on Skype and here at the Magic and Mystery School at our classes and private sessions.

See you soon in Vegas or on the road!

Yours in the art,

Jeff McBride

From Bryce:

Just a quick note that I finally have Jeff’s “Manipulation Without Tears” booklet available at the Virtual School as a PDF download.

From Tobias:

As the month turns from May to June, many of our magical friends from the East Coast will be sponsoring our McBride Magic Experience. This is a two-day event featuring one of the world’s best full evening magic shows, followed by Jeff’s latest lecture “For Magicians Only,” and then, on the next day, a special 4-hour “Super Session” in which he teaches some of his most closely held secrets in the hands-on atmosphere only available in these workshops. If you’re anywhere near one of these locations, I hope you’ll bring a few friends to the show, attend the lecture and/or sign up to take the workshop. And by all means, be sure and stop to say hello to Jeff after the event.

May 26-27: Rumford, Maine

May 29-30: Denny & Lee – Baltimore, MD

June 1-3: Chattanooga, TN

June 5-6: Asheville, NC

June 8-10: Akron, OH

For all the Tour News, visit Jeff’s Calendar.

Best wishes for a magical Spring!

Tobias Beckwith


Springtime Growth Report from the Magic & Mystery School

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
— Alan Watts

From the Associate Dean, Dr. Larry Hass:

Larry HassGreetings Everyone,

In recent weeks and months the Magic & Mystery School has made several important announcements that relate to our offerings and programs. It has been a busy 2012!  In this Museletter, we wanted to pull these together for your information and enjoyment:

We have just received word that our Magic and Medicine Class (November 8-12, 2012) has been approved to carry CME credit for health-care professionals through Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  Visit the website for more information and to sign up for this exceptional experience.

Last week the second platform of our new Scholarship Program was put in place:  we are now accepting applications from students for scholarships to our educational experiences in Las Vegas.  For complete information about our scholarships program, to download an application, and to make a gift to the Scholarship Fund to support the magic education for someone who might not otherwise be able to afford it, please go to:  http://www.magicalwisdom.com/scholarships.
We are now accepting proposals for 20-minute presentations for the Magic and Meaning Conference (October 17-20, 2012) and proposals to perform a piece in one of the shows at the Conference.  For instructions about how to make and submit your proposals, please go to: http://www.magicalwisdom.com/infopages/view/CFP2012.
Since launching the Locked Room online learning experiences in January 2012, we have been selling them out regularly.  These Lectures and Training Sessions offer an extraordinary opportunity to have a magic educational experience with one or more of our faculty in the privacy of your own home.  So far, we have had classes on Levitation for Parlor and Stage (Jeff), Card Magic for Parlor and Stage (Jeff), Marketing for Entertainers (Tobias & Bryce), Building a Successful Show (Larry), and Trade Show Magic (George).  Our current plan is to offer at least two of these a month.  I invite you to see what we have scheduled for next month and sign up to discover why our past attendees have been raving about their experiences: http://virtual.magicalwisdom.com/locked_rooms.
As exciting as are the School’s online education programs, there is absolutely no substitute for having a live, immersive educational experience in Las Vegas with Jeff, Eugene, and the rest of the faculty.  Come spend some live time with us and reconnect with the heart of magic. For the list of classes this fall, please go to:  http://www.magicalwisdom.com/events.

Because of you and your involvement, the Magic & Mystery School is on the move!  Thank you for being part of our magical learning community.

Larry Hass
Associate Dean

From Tobias:

As I write, Jeff has just returned from Italy at the Masters of Magic Convention in beautiful Saint Vincent, in Italy. Later this month, he will be at the IMX in Las Vegas (with a special Super Session at the House of Mystery immediately following! Click here to register!)

After that, he will be leaving on a whirlwind tour of the East Coast, presenting his McBride Magic Experience in Maine, Tennessee, N. Carolina and Ohio. Some of these dates don’t have full details worked out yet, to please check in on his calendar in a few days to get further information on the events nearest you. We’ll post direct links from the calendar as soon as we have them.

Wishing you a magical two weeks until we come to you again!


Tobias Beckwith