Magic – Cinema – Politics

“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.” 
— Charlie Chaplin

The above quote is part of what I consider to be one of the greatest  political  speeches  of all time. It is from The Great Dictator, one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest films.

His words can be heard in the performance piece I created that was inspired by this film. I put  the  piece up online last week in reaction to the  demonstrations  in Istanbul.

Jeff floats the world in his new piece: Anonymous
Jeff floats the world in his new piece: Anonymous

Troubles in Istanbul = Political magic & performance art

I got many emails and Facebook posts last week from my Turkish magic friends. What can we do about the situation in Turkey? Here is my recent performance that sums up the way I feel about the situation in Istanbul:

“I looked up the word “politics” in the dictionary and it’s actually a combination  of two words:  ‘poli,’ which means many, and ‘tics,’ which means bloodsuckers.”
— Jay Leno

Me and my girl!
Me and my girl!

Cinema & Magic

Chaplin was a master of “movie magic.” Today, magic is more popular than ever in the cinema.  Now You See Me is in theaters now.  Abbi and I saw it last week and thought  it made magic “cool again!”   Here is my fave scene that features Super Ninja Card Throwing!    (see 0:35)

I know a thing or two about throwing cards. I did create the Guinness Worlds Record for it! If you want to throw cards like a world champion you must see  Zoom, Bounce & Fly

Stop Thief!

My new essay about  magicians stealing ideas from other magicians is out in Vanish Magazine! Issue #8 is here and it is FREE!

 Magic and Mystery School faculty, ready for you!
Magic and Mystery School faculty, ready for you!

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Teen Magic Seminar Continues

It started at the World Magic Seminar… now the magic continues at the IBM National Convention in Phoenix.

The Lance Burton Teen Seminar is a special pre-convention event for our young magicians ages 13-19.   This event will begin at  7:00pm  on  Monday, July 15  and run through lunch on  Wednesday, July 17.  Eugene Burger and I will assist Lance Burton and Bill and Becki Wells. This unique event featuring Lance,  will also have guest lectures and sessions from Shawn Farquhar, Oscar Munoz, Larry Haas and Bryce Kuhlman.   The best news – there is  NO EXTRA CHARGE  for this event if you are a teen registered for the convention.   There will also be special activities just for the youth throughout the convention. Our challenge to you is to take this opportunity to work with the greatest teachers in magic and bring your magic to the next level.   This is an exclusive I.B.M. only event – it may be “free” but it is  priceless!!!

We have a link on our convention page at, where you can make your reservation.

“Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination … and a little dough.” 
―Charles Chaplin

Looking for New Magic?

B.E.K.O.S.= Best Ever Knots Off Silk

Every time I show it at an event, it sells out! I’ve solved this problem by creating a streaming video.

WONDERGROUND – Continues to be THE PLACE to see the freshest magic in Las Vegas. Every month a NEW show! Scott Steelfyre has posted a video of this months line up… join us for the fun!

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.”
— Charlie Chaplin

We look forward to making magic and laughter with you soon!

Magically yours,
Jeff McBride

Putting a Dent in the World

Tobias BeckwithAs I write this, I’ve just passed two milestones: I just finished the first “readable” draft of my new book “Wizards Ways,” and I gave my first public presentation “The Wizard’s Way,” a talk with magic, designed to inspire audiences to take on the challenge of becoming real wizards themselves. It’s been a journey of several years for me to get here, so it feels great to have come this far. And it’s got me thinking, because this whole wizard thing marks a bit of a turning point for me.

While I’ve spent many years working with Jeff and with Marco Tempest to help them develop their businesses – developing one of my own that is based around my own writings and performances is a new thing for me. I find I’ve become comfortable as that shadowy presence in the background, always pushing my clients to the foreground, and supporting them, but seldom actually stepping into the limelight myself. So the change is giving me a whole new appreciation for what all of those of you who do regularly step out in front of the footlights, those who are always the public face of their businesses, go through. I’m a little surprised – and pleased – that it takes me out of my comfort zone!

Not a Wizard's Way

Fortunately, I do have the knowledge I need. I’ve been teaching it to others and putting it to work for others for many, many years now. But what I find myself having to really work at is the change of attitude. The need to walk the walk 24 hours a day. Suddenly, it’s no longer okay for me, professionally, to be 20 pounds overweight. Suddenly, I can’t afford to put off rehearsing that new piece of magic I wanted to learn another day. Suddenly I MUST spend at least 30 minutes a day rehearsing, and at least an hour writing. I find I’m having to re-create myself.

And, isn’t it interesting that the process of re-creating yourself..every day and again and again…is right at the heart of what it means to become a real wizard. So I find myself on the very path I recommend for others in the book. Every day, I have to make myself do things, to seek out experiences, that I unconsciously avoided before. And I have to say: If feels great!

This may be a Wizard's Way


Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown

Enough about me. I find myself wondering how many of you may be out there going through something similar? How many have been thinking, for example, “I’d love to go out there to Las Vegas and study magic with Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger, BUT….”

What’s been stopping you? I know, if I’m honest with myself, that the thing that most often stops me from doing things I think I’d like to is FEAR. Fear that it will be too strange and I’ll be disappointed. Fear that it will put too big a dent in my finances. Fear that I’ll fall behind on my work while I’m doing whatever it is. Fear that I’ll fail.

I have some news for you: many of those very things you fear are the very things that will help you grow and change – and will ultimately help you succeed. What you’re really afraid of is having the experience of life. What good is your life if you continue to do only the five or six things you’ve done before that continue to make you comfortable? What if you were to actually go out and do some of those things that really scare you? Have you been too busy living your fears to go out and actually live your dreams?

I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best. ~John Keats

So, in my new role as wizard, my first challenge is to challenge you – to join me on my quest to become a real wizard. One who embraces new experiences in search of true wisdom. One who takes responsibility for the direction of his or her own life, and for changing the world in ways it needs to be changed. One who dares to live an effective life, a life of excellence and adventure. A wizard who truly ‘puts a dent in the world.’ That kind of life is unlikely to come looking for you – but there is nothing stopping you from going out and creating it for yourself – except your own fear.

If you choose to do that as a magical performer, I have to tell you – one of the best ways to help yourself get inspired, to move your magic and your thinking about magic up to the next level — is by coming to Las Vegas and spending a week with Jeff, Larry, Eugene, and the rest of us. We will challenge you, encourage you, teach you things we’ve learned from our many years of experience. We will provide you with an environment where you can feel safe to push at your own boundaries. We will encourage you to fail, again and again, so you can ultimately find your true excellence. Other magicians who have committed their time and money, who have challenged themselves in the same ways you have, and who are quite likely to become your true friends and colleagues for life. And you’ll find yourself surrounded by a community of others who are just as passionate about their magic as you are. Who knows, you might even meet some of Las Vegas’ stars of magic!

I hope you will opt in for the adventure, the challenge, the life fully lived. I hope you’ll choose the Wizards way. And I hope to meet you soon at one of our classes or events! There are still a few spots left for both the July and August classes.

Tobias Beckwith