Wishes, Snow, Lights, and Gifts of Magic for the Season

Dear Friends:


Our guest contributor today is Fr. Daniel Rolland, someone who has been a part of our Magic & Mystery School community for many, many years. He is a delightful performer who uses his magic in the context of his ministry to young adults, currently at the Newman Center on the Campus of UNLV. We are delighted to have him share his thoughts here for the first time.


From Fr. Daniel:


Father Daniel


December seems a most magical time with its traditions, memories and fantasies. You might be all booked up, or perhaps you are planning something special for the office party. Your friends, family and community need your magic this December. Look for the opportunities to make some magic happen as a gift for them, and for you. No excuses – the month will be over, and the year ended before you know it. Will you bring magic or not?


I wish my musings on December might serve to inspire you for a season full of magic. Make a wish. The holidays are filled with wishes. People are making lists filled with them. Children are encouraged to make them. Adults will exchange them with each other. “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.” It seems both seasonal and magical to offer people wishes. Wishes are the simple act of desiring something, or wanting reality to be a certain way. Make a wish on a candle flame, on a lucky pen–on the ace of diamonds. Put it under your pillow, or store it in a private special place and see what magic happens. 


Maybe you can catch a wish like a dream catcher, or in the palm of your hand. Maybe it materializes in the form of a clear marble or a golden feather charm. Remember that wishes are delicate. Be careful with people’s wishes–don’t have people make wishes and then laugh at them or dash their hopes. Believe in the wish. It is where some of the magic lives.


Abbi Bubble


Some kids wish for snow. Snow can be magical too–particularly the first snow, light and delicate, transformative and seemingly coming out of thin air. Like a gentle breeze blown across your fist, you can make wet and slushy snow, appear in your palm, and that would be magic! The snow you make can be like adapting Dan Harlan’s “Starcle” to a snowflake, reminding people that they too are unique and wondrous. 


Breathe on a glass as if it’s cold outside to reveal a card, or rest an etched glass over hot cocoa. The fact that you can make Ice or snow appear is amazing, and unless you are presenting yourself like an X-men hero, you may have to ask yourself (and let your audience know) why you are doing it. Just because you can, may not make it your greatest achievement. What is it about the person, the season, the place where you are, that make you do what you do in your magic?


Taking lights off a lit tree or wreath and bringing the light to a child’s forehead can be mind-blowing for the child. With all the lights that are twinkling in bright red and green–and a lot more colors this year–it might be a shame not to do something with lights. Michael’s has lights to add to your sweaters. You can find lights in ice cubes and packages. I once floated a light over an audience to make a Christmas fairy come to life. Go with a friend to the park and have a D’lite-ful time–pass a light to one another giving shoppers rushing home a treasured moment they can share.  “Star light, Star bright.” Give a bit of starlight to your participants. Is light something to hold, or contain? Is it to be shared, perhaps a gift–or symbolic of something deeper and more meaningful? Is it the light from Rudolph’s nose, or one of the Match Girl’s wishes? Whatever the source of the light and whatever you do with it, try to bring more light into the world during this darkest time of the year.



Let your imagination go wild with this season so filled with magic. Create and recreate and perhaps repurpose some old magic that needs to be dusted off and given a new life. Maybe you realize you have too much magic stuff, too many books, tricks or packets–and maybe this is the season to re-gift a bit of magic to a magician friend, a young apprentice, a nephew or niece. A great gift has thought behind it. Match what you give to the person receiving your gift. Will they appreciate the gift or will it become something that sits on their shelf instead of yours?  Finding new homes for old magic is like landing on the Island of Misfit toys. It’s about finding the correct item for the right home—one where it can be appreciated and treasured and used.


In this season of gift giving, it is appropriate for a Magi, Magician or Wizard to gift others through magic. Gift magic (which is its own topic) thrives in the holidays. At the end of a routine or as a surprise to a fellow worker, giving a little gift in a magical way awakens the wonder in us all. With the magic on the tip of your thumb, or the mystery gift wrapped in Buddha wrapping papers, the production of so many gifts at this time is like going from house to house in a flying sleigh. Some of your magic might be for pay, but much can be for pure joy. Perform for those poor people in long lines who would be glad to have a diversion.  Dress as an elf or some Christmas fantasy-being, and bring magic to those in shelters or nursing homes, or the homeless in your streets. Let the magic connect you to your communities, and experience the magic yourself in the eyes of those with whom you share.


Think of the magic you already do, and give it a holiday flare. Do not worry about the perfect venue, time or situation. Get out into the world and give back a bit of the wonder, and a sense of awe that touched your life. Do this and my wish will have come true.


Merry Christmas, Hannukah, and Yule, and a Magical New Year.


Fr. Daniel Rolland 


What is Meditainment?




Like many magicians, I am passionate about the “practice of magic.”It is not something I “must do” to be polished in my art… Practice is what I LOVE to do. I practice almost all of the day, and am interrupted by the mundane things in life, like phone calls, business meetings, and other odd tasks.



Magic is my Meditation

Magic is my entertainment.. I perform and spend more time  “doing magic” for myself than for any of the audiences I entertain! Yes…far more hours are spent in solitude practicing than I ever get to perform for other people.. and I perform almost every day!

That would also make me my most frequent (if solo) audience! I am also my harshest critic!  But, I don’t believe my own reviews! The truth is… my magic is my meditation and my favorite entertaining pastime…and I am not alone in this passion.


Kenton Bowls


Music & Magic Meet

Kenton is a magician who combines his passion for entertainment with his crystal singing bowl meditations.

Recently Kenton was a guest speaker at our Magic & Meaning conference here in Las Vegas. As part of his contribution to our magical community, he sent this gift as a thank you to all of the participants and YOU!

Here is the URL to the page with magic gifts for you



Every month I get to bring out my new “magical meditations” to our monthly showcase, Wonderground! We are going on 10 years in January – yes 10 years, of bringing fresh magical performers and seasoned professionals to the magic-loving community of Las Vegas.


Jeff MC


Wonderground news!

Thursday Nov 16th – 3 great shows, close-up magic, parlor magic, stage magic and more! One show only! Never to be repeated. Last month was a complete sell out! 


 8pm – Tim Wise is Your MC

           Joe Atmore – Modern Mentalism

            Ian Galloway

            David Shareef – Art & Magic Meet

            Professor Phelyx – Convivial Conjuring


            Will Bradshaw – New Wonders

            Joe Atmore – Mysteries of the Mind

            Louie Foxx- Comedy Magic

            David Shareef – Forces Unseen


Tim Wise & Steelfyre at the WONDER-BAR


10pm – Jeff McBride is your MC

            Ian Galloway – Post Modern Magic


            Professor Phelyx – Messenger of Mirth & Mystery

            Christian Doleshall – the Award-Winning Microphone Act

            Louie Foxx – Whiplash!



Our fabulous host Simone Marron – “Queen Bee of the Las Vegas Magic Scene!” Photography by Sheryl Garrett, Bar Magic with Scott Steelfyre, Corey Rubino, Taylor Lloyd, New World Rhythmatism Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

That’s it for this week.

I look forward to seeing you at Wonderground, on Mystery School Monday (at http://www.mcbridemagic.tv), or at one of our events here in Las Vegas soon!

Darkness & Light

Greetings magical friends,

Abigail here, writing from the safe sanctuary of the Library of Secrets here at the House of Mystery. Here and now, at this moment, with this breath and this heartbeat, all is well.

I am still wrapping my head and my heart around the tragic events in Las Vegas on October 1st. It’s an awful mystery, of why people act the way they do, why they think harming so many innocents is a good idea, why this happened at all… and there are no answers. There is no sense to be made. No way to understand, and so, the mind spins on….

Eugene would speak of the philosophy of India. I have been learning that, according to one school of Indian thought, we are now in the middle of the Kali Yuga, the period of time when everything falls apart and is destroyed, so that it can be created again. This age supposedly started about 5,000 years ago, and is supposed to last 432,000 years. It leads one to think that things may be challenging and chaotic for some time to come.


And so, we have a choice to make.

We can either give in to the despair of the time and give up, or, we can recognize that we, as bringers of light and delight, of magic and mystery, are here now for a reason. And we can double down and rise up, recommitting ourselves to our practices, whether we practice magic, music, art, or something else entirely. We dive deep and reach way in, and find the spark of consciousness that burns in each one of us, and we can remember.

We can remember those who lost their lives on that terrible day, and on all the other terrible days before that one. We can remember the courage and the strength of all those who helped in those minutes, hours and days right afterwards. We can remember the families of all those affected. And in the act of remembering, we can re-member. We can begin to put it all back together again. Like the phoenix, we rise.

Abbi silk

And that’s where the real magic can happen.

In these times of challenge, we need, more than ever, to tap into our own light within, to grow our roots down and branches up, connecting with the other trees in our forest, with the other people in our communities, with those who need us now.

May we turn the difficulties into compost and mulch to help us grow, to get us through the dark Winter ahead. May we hold fast to the light as it fades, knowing it will return in the Spring. May we not be afraid of the dark, for in the dark, there is mystery, power and magic…

Yours in the shadow and the light,

Life & Death – Fear & Courage

Eugene Lamp

“You are the magician in your own life.

You are the agent of transformation, your own transformation.”

— Eugene Burger

In this month’s MuseLetter you will see what I consider the best video of Eugene I’ve seen in recent years.

Eugene will inspire you to move beyond your Fear and summon your Courage. This is Eugene at his most inspirational.

Eugene Julian Video

Thank you to Julian James for this inspired video.

Thank you “Animated Conjuror” for the Eugene images.

People are asking, “How can we help keep Eugene’s magic and his memory alive for future students of the art?” Here is one easy way:

The Eugene Burger Legacy Fund

Go here: http://www.magicalwisdom.com/eugene

Master Magician Eugene Burger touched the lives of thousands of people — and his teachings have reached countless more. You can preserve Eugene’s legacy while helping talented magicians learn the art and craft of magic at the school Eugene most loved.

The Estate of Eugene Burger — administered by Michael Burke and Robert Charles in Chicago, and following Eugene’s wishes — has founded a special Eugene Burger Legacy Fund at the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas.

Every dollar of your gift will help talented magicians carry forth Eugene’s legacy by creating opportunities for them to study and learn with Eugene’s friends and co-teachers:  Jeff McBride, Lawrence Hass, Tobias Beckwith, and the rest of the teaching team at the Magic & Mystery School.

On behalf of the Estate of Eugene Burger and on behalf of the Faculty and Staff of the Magic & Mystery School, thank you for honoring Eugene in this way — and for making a big difference in the life of a deserving magician who will “grow in the art of magic” because of your generosity.

Michael Burke and Robert Charles

The Estate of Eugene Burger

Lawrence Hass, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Magic & Mystery School

Eugene Heart


Thursday Oct 19th

3 GREAT shows! One night only!


WG 2016

I think we might set a world record for the most magicians performing in one area on one special night!

Over 70 magicians from our McBride Magic & Mystery School will attend this month’s show! It will be beyond imagination!

WG Video

October 19th, 2017

7:30 PM  –    Strolling Magic & Close up

8:00 PM  –    Tim Wise is your MC

Jeff McBride – Manipulations Supreme

Chris Funk – Progressive Magic Theater

Cody Clark – Fringe Magic!

Payne – Always a Mystery to Remember!

Will Bradshaw – A Great way to Escape Reality

9:00 PM  –   Close-up & Strolling Magic Show

Will Bradshaw is your MC

Tim Wise – At the WONDER-BAR

Chris Funk – Brings it on!

Mysto – Delightful Deceptions

Cody – Charming Conjuring

Payne – Mirthful Mysteries – MONEY MAKER

Plus 70 of the Mystery School Magicians!

10:00 PM  –   Jeff McBride IS YOUR MC

Stephanie and Mylissa – Mind & Body Benders!

Chris Funk – Bring on the Funk!

Circe – The Enchantress from Cuba!

Tim Wise – Ready, Aim & Fire!

Mysto – Flights of Fancy

Xavier Mortimer! – Las Vegas Star!



Our fabulous host Simone Marron – “Queen Bee of the Las Vegas magic scene!” Photography by Sheryl Garrett, Bar Magic with Scott Steelfyre, Corey Rubino, Taylor Lloyd, New World Rhythmatism Belly Dancers, Guest Belly Dance Stars, Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

That’s it for this week.

I look forward to seeing you at Wonderground, on Mystery School Monday ( at http://www.mcbridemagic.tv), or at one of our events here in Las Vegas soon!

Best wishes for a magical October.


Jeff McBride

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