Mayfire Inspirations

Greetings Magic-lovers,

I’m inspired to share some of our plans for May.

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” 
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Jeff & Abigail McBride

I love touring, meeting new friends and seeing new places… but now and then, I just want to get away! It is important to share time with my love, Abbi.  We go deep into the desert and join some of our friends to play music and dance under the moonlight and around the campfire.

“The desert has its holiness of silence, the crowd its holiness of conversation.”
Walter Elliot

Each year, Abbi and I take some time to retreat into the desert for our MayFire celebration. It is a music retreat , and we invite some of our friends to join us. We have been re-creating ourselves each year in the Valley of Fire State park. We love the beauty and vastness of the land, and each night we build a fire and make music with our friends. You can see a bit of what we do here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfpwPt0a2Tk

Fire Circle

When we end our vacation each year we come back refreshed and renewed, full of ideas to share with our friends and families. This is where we get inspiration that often finds its way into our performances.

A few years ago my time in the desert inspired a new magic routine… The BEKOS effect! See Abbi perform it 1 minute into this video:

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Best Ever Knots Off Silk

If you watch the following clip, you will see that the future of magic is in good hands!  You’ll see the young magician Deanna perform the BEKOS effect at 1 min into the clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXdOi3T5xKg

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.”
–Zig Ziglar

Every Monday we host a magic class online. Our aim is to inspire your creativity…  you are invited! It’s like a global magic lecture:

Mystery School Monday

This month, we talk about how to structure a proper show. The faculty of our school will take turns each month talking about the best show formats and what we can learn from the masters on how to construct the perfect magic show!

You can become a member of our online school here:

http://virtual.magicalwisdom.com/tv

The Secret Arts Journal

…has a new essay by Brian Watson on Cups and Balls, you may also want to read about Simple Gifts, and John Tudor’s Experiments in Magic Theater. This online zine is free to all of our friends! Be inspired and read more: http://www.secretartjournal.com

Wonderground

Wonderground

…continues to gather the Las Vegas stars of magic. We are the hub of the Las Vegas Magic community and it seems everyone shows up! Last month saw Murray, Jan Rouven, Juliana Chen, and Kevin James in the audience and onstage was Xavier Mortimer from Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson show: One. I even debuted my Magic Castle close-up show in the Diamond Parlor room!

This month Dan Sperry will be onstage with a new creation! I have part 2 of my Magic Castle act to show you!

As I sign off now, I’m packing for the camping trip and will be seeking new inspiration to share with you soon!

See you on tour or around the fire!

Jeff

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