Imposter Syndrome and Me

Greetings Friends! 

My name is Santiago and I have no idea why I’m here.  Well, except that I do know.  But I don’t.


Yeah, so am I. But the good news is that we’re not alone. And that seems to be the biggest lesson to learn about this phenomenon called “Imposter Syndrome.”

By now you’ve probably heard about it. It’s been a popular topic in a lot of professional newsletters over the past few years. I first encountered it in my regular day job in the tech industry. I work as a Quality Assurance Engineer, which means that people build software and I try to break it. Sounds like an easy thing, yes? Not as easy as you might imagine. Sometimes it feels like I need to know more about the software than the people who wrote it. And that feeling leads to stress, which leads to thinking “am I really good enough?”

That’s the core question of Imposter Syndrome. Am I really good enough?

Turns out this ties into every endeavor of humanity. Am I a good enough husband? Father (Uncle in my case actually)?  Am I a good enough employee?  Am I a good enough student?  Am I a good enough teacher?  Am I a good enough…. Magician?

One of the things that has taken me years to overcome is getting myself onto a theatrical stage as a magician. This, despite doing many private shows, parties, even a few weddings, and corporate events. This despite having a literal lifetime of theatrical experience as an actor!
Being on a theatrical stage as a magician is what I consider to be my ideal environment. How could it not be with all my other experiences? But Imposter Syndrome says, “There was a whole cast of people on the stage for the audience to see when it’s a play. That audience wasn’t there for you. They were there for them.”  And of course, once it’s only me, the whole show lives or dies on my shoulders. “Am I a good enough magician?”
Turns out I am.  I’ve done a couple of theatrical stage shows now. Not huge venues. Audiences mostly made up of my friends and family. But it’s all about the steps you take. I’ve gotten more experience. I’ve learned more about marketing myself. I’ve developed connections. I’ve built a magic team, and I proved to myself that I will be at my best in a theatrical environment. I’ve improved my performances by setting show dates, which means deadlines that have to be met.
No more time to worry about “good enough”. Now it’s all about doing the work.
There is no cure for Imposter Syndrome.  That’s the bad news.
The good news is that Imposter Syndrome is very treatable, and the treatment is remarkably easy! 

  1. Remember that everyone has it. You are not alone.
  2. Surround yourself with people who will be honest with you – not just about how good you are, but also about what you need to work on. People who validate you and your goals.
  3. Daily goals create momentum. Once you’ve succeeded in one goal, you’ll find that the next one becomes that much easier. 

The best way to beat Imposter Syndrome is with success. So put yourself into a situation where you experience success often enough, that every time you begin to doubt, you are never too far away from an example of your actually being good enough. The last performance you did, the one before that, the one before that – all of them stack up to your success. And if you are on the road towards the next success, then you’ll have yet another opportunity to prove that you are, indeed, not an imposter.
That’s how you do it!
You’ve got this!  I believe in you!

Can You Unlock This Top-Secret Mystery?

Greetings Friends,
This month’s Muse letter is an Invitation to Mystery… a real live magical adventure. But there is a bit of work to do on your part!
Can you find the key to this TOP SECRET MYSTERY?
Here are some hints.

  • When was the last time you had a REAL magical experience?
  • When was the last time a magic routine moved you to tears of joy?
  • When was the last time you really screamed “YES!” with all-consuming power and opened to the heavens to receive your total bliss?

If you like your magic to connect to the heart and soul… then I have a new experience for you. There is a hint in the artwork below….
(I’m only going to share what I know if you email me personally  Just ask me for a key to the mystery)


MAGICFLIX.COM is a new online magic platform making quite a buzz. Rumor has it that this project will debut at the IBM. National Convention. This could be the biggest magic training site ever. 

Many of magic’s top performers are involved with the new project, and more are joining this project every week. You can get a sneak peek at what could very well become a leading force in the world of magic and entertainment here:

Lance Burton Teen Seminar at I.B.M. Convention

You can see THE NEW STARS OF MAGIC at the I.B.M. National Convention.

July 8-14 I will be at the I.B.M. Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, helping Dr. Larry Hass & Lance Burton with the Teen Magic Seminar. Many of today’s top performers have attended our event, including Shin Lim, Bill Cook, Krystyn Lambert and other award-winning magicians.

Jeff, Tetro and Lance Burton will teach YOU magic at this year’s Lance Burton Teen Seminar. If you are a teen and are interested in attending, all the info is here:

The best part is that the Teen Seminar is FREE to all teens who register for the I.B.M. convention.

Student of The Month: Elliott Hunter –

See Elliot Hunter live at WONDERGROUND this month only!

Elliott was twelve years old when he first learned of Jeff McBride and the Magic and Mystery School through his viewing of L&L’s The Art of Card Manipulation series. He attended his first Master Class as soon as he was old enough. Once he got to college, Elliott became one of Jeff’s privately mentored students. From that time on, Elliott has become a regular performer at the Magic Castle, and he recently won the International Magic Master Summit Stage Competition.

Parents and students take note:

Elliott has built his business to the point that it helps cover the cost of his college expenses. He is currently an engineering student at Cal Poly (one of the nation’s top engineering schools), a competitive swimmer, competing on the national level, a triathlete, a volunteer swim coach, and a professional magician!

Giving back to the World:

For the last twelve years, Elliott has been refining his art to develop versatile, full evening productions to build his magic into a career. Elliott uses his talent to help numerous non-profit organizations raise tens of thousands of dollars! To find out more about Elliott, go to

Jeff McBride wears many hats – performer, teacher, producer, musician, alchemist, and master of ceremonies. One of his most magical & electrifying hats is one you will see at WONDERGROUND!

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Doors open at 7pm

Pre-show Music with Capt. S. Rokk and Tarot by Eliza Snow

8pm Comedy magic & Variety show

Tim Wise – Host
Chris Herren – 1st Place Award for Parlor Magic – Philippines
The Magic of Lynetta & Joan – Something Tipsy
Daryl Rogers – Classic Magic with Style
Kalani Kokonuts – Queen of the Burlesque Scene!
Elliott Hunter – A Visual Vortex of Magic & Mystery
Steve Owens – International Award-winning Manipulation

9pm Close up, Strolling and Bar magic
Will Bradshaw – host
Joan DuKore –  Die-Namic Deceptions
Chris Herren – With Mysterious Stranger 
Steve Owens – Mastery in Motion 
Elliott Hunter – Sleight of Hand Sensations  
Daryl Rogers – Parlor magic classics 

Captain S. Rokk – The Pirate of Prestidigitation
Kent Axell – Mind Melting Mysteries
Joan Dukore – Die-Namic Deceptions

10pm Stage Magic Extravaganza
Jeff McBride – Host
Steve Owens – Shadow Magic
Chris Herren – With his Alter Ego Mask- “FAUST”
The Magic of Lynetta & Joan – Something Knotty!
Daryl Rogers – Silken Sorcery
Kalani Kokonuts – Living Legend of Burlesque
Elliott Hunter – The Competition Act

3 great shows, plus: Dance by The New World Rythmatism Dancers, Photography by Sheryl Garrett, Strolling Magic and Bar Magic by Scott Steelfyre, Magnus Mythos, Lights and sound by Maggie, Corey Rubino, Psychic Sideshow, Tarot Reading with Eliza Snow & many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

Late Breaking News

Magicians to Attempt Five Guinness World Records

On July 12, 2019 over 450 magicians will attempt five Guinness World Records while attending the International Brotherhood of Magician’s (I.B.M.) Magic Convention at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jeff McBride is a master at the ancient magic effect named The Linking Rings. This year Jeff will join forces with magicians from around the world to attempt to break the current record for “Most Chinese Liking Rings Linked Together,” which is 534 rings. This record was set by 130 magicians at the Cleveland, Ohio I.B.M. convention in 2004. This and four other new records will be attempted at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 12, 2019.

The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the art of magic with members in 88 countries. 450 magicians at the magic convention will attempt to set two records with the Chinese Linking Rings, two records with coins, and one record with playing cards.

Should the group succeed with the new record for Linking Rings, it will be McBride’s fourth successful attempt at setting a Guinness World Record.

Contact: for more information.


“The Enchantments of magic point beyond mere illusions to the great mystery of life… the eternal transformations of life, death and rebirth.”- Eugene Burger

This month, Eugene Burger would have been 80 years old. We celebrated his birthday and in doing so it reminded me of how short and sweet our lives can be. Every day is an opportunity to share your love for magic with others…. go forth and be awesome!

Blessings to all

Jeff and Abigail

Magic and Bonfires

Dear Friends:

Our guest contributor this month is Daryl Rogers. You will enjoy Daryl’s reflections on this time of year, with its fascinating array of magical celebrations. Daryl has been a part of our community at the Magic & Mystery School for a very long time, and was recently named to be one of the instructors at the school. He is a deep thinker about our art, and also a wonderful performer.

The Magical Month of June
By Daryl Rogers

June in the Midwest is that special time of year when winter’s icy grip has long been released, and the hot and humid days of summer are still a few weeks away. It is an all too brief season of equilibrium between the two extremes, that is savored every moment.
June is also the month of the summer solstice, which occurs on the twenty-first, and is the moment in time when the sun reaches its northernmost position in the sky, as seen from Earth’s northern hemisphere. It gives us our longest day of the year, and the shortest night. After this point we begin the long, slow descent into darkness and cold once again. But for now, we can glory in the warmth and comfort of the season.
The summer solstice was known to the ancients, and recognized for its profound significance with feasts and rituals. For the Greeks, the summer solstice was the beginning of the new year, and every four years, it marked the one-month countdown to the Olympic games. A festival to Kronai, the god of agriculture, was held at this time. The Romans held the celebration Vestalia, during which married women could leave offerings to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, in exchange for blessings for their families.

The pagans of Northern and Central Europe welcomed Midsummer with bonfires, hoping to boost the sun’s energy for the growing season ahead. The ashes from the bonfires would be spread across gardens to ensure a bountiful harvest. Bonfires were also strongly associated with magic, which was thought to be strongest during the summer solstice. The bonfires were believed to help banish any evil spirits or demons, and even to lead maidens to their future husbands.

Many cultures still celebrate the summer solstice to this day. Midsummer festivities are especially popular in Northern Europe where bonfires are lit, girls wear flowers in their hair, and homes are decorated with garlands and other greenery.

In some parts of Scandinavia, maypoles are erected, and people dance around them at Midsummer. neopagans, wiccans and newagers around the world hold summer solstice celebrations, with thousands gathering at Stonehenge to commemorate this special time of the year.

This is a good time, at this half-way point in the year, to examine the resolutions and goals we set for ourselves six months ago. Do you have a copy of your list in plain sight where you can see it every day? Are you working on all, or at least some of these goals every day? Or has your attention been pulled away by other things? Perhaps the goals you set at the beginning of the year are no longer valid, or circumstances have changed, or new situations have taken precedence.

That’s okay! You can alter your resolutions and goals to fit your current situation. But don’t abandon them. As Jeff McBride is fond of saying, “A dream is a goal with a deadline!” You can’t fulfill your dreams if you have no goals.

The summer solstice is a perfect time to take stock of your situation. If you want to reap a bountiful harvest with your magic endeavors, now is the time to examine how much time you are spending to tend your garden of goals. Remember, magic is particularly strong at this time of year, so use that to your advantage. Take a deep breath, reorient yourself, and get to work on your resolutions and goals, so that six months from now you will know you have done your best.

Important Life Lessons

Dear Friends:

3 Important Life Lessons!

Q: What are the most important lessons in life?
A: Here are 3 important lessons I learned from my friend Johnny Thompson.

Johnny Thompson was my lifelong friend and an amazing magic teacher. His passing was a shock to the magic world. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking at his memorial celebration. I chose to share three lessons that I learned from Johnny.

These are the lessons that stick to my heart. They are the lessons I will pass on to my friends, family, and students.The  lessons he taught me will always be remembered!

Johnny Thompson is now immortal! For those who are remembered never die!

1 – Don’t Stop Thinking!
Most people settle for the first answer to their question.Most magicians stop at the first solution to their problem. Johnny always said, “There are 20 or 30 more answers to the question!” He reminded us to keep thinking beyond our comfort zone. Keep coming up with possible solutions, methods,  and alternatives to our questions. Never stop thinking!

2 – Bring People Together
Johnny and his wife Pam would always bring people together around their dinner table. In fact, they had the longest dinner table in Las Vegas!

Johnny and Pam Thompson were the MOST sensational hosts in Vegas history! Abigail, Eugene and I attended so many of their dinner parties over the years. Each week Johnny and Pam would host a spaghetti dinner and invite visiting and local friends to their table.

Abigail and I have a tradition of hosting community dinners here at our home, in no small way inspired by the Thompson’s incredible talent for hospitality, bringing so many old and new friends together around the table!

3 – Always Say, “I Love You.”
Abigail also reminded me that whenever Johnny said goodbye to her, he said, “I love you Babe!” The fact is, Johnny said this to almost everyone all the time! He always took a moment to show his love for you.

For the guys, he always said, “I love you, Pal!” It was Johnny’s way of letting you know you were a special person in his life. He always left you with those warm words, “I love you.” I think I’m going to make a habit of this now–a very good habit to take up!

We miss Johnny, but his magic and inspiration live on in his books, videos, friends and students.

Our friend Christopher Rose is hosting a tribute site for Johnny Thompson. Go visit the site and add your story.

McBride World Tour News
The past few months have taken me to the UK, China, the Philippines, Canada, and many cities here in the States. This summer I return to the USA and will be teaching in Vegas and also performing and teaching at Hollywood’s famed MAGIC CASTLE from June 10-17.

I‘ll also be at Magic LIVE! in August, so I might see you there.

Let us know when you come this way. Just call Abigail at 702-450-0021 to let us know your schedule.

The Biggest Magic Party in Vegas!
May 16th, 2019 – one night only! 3 GREAT Shows! Never to be repeated! See the NEW magic!

8pm — Comedy & Variety Show
Tim Wise is your Host
Tetro – Modern Magic & Manipulation
Jimmy Fingers – Creator, Inventor, Artist
Bizzaro – He F*cks with your Brain! (in a good way)
Jeff McBride – a New Rendition of his classic “Heroes”

9pm — Close Up Magic, Bar Magic, & Strolling
Jimmy Fingers – New Magic Creations
Tetro – Up Close & Personal
Bizzaro – Step back! He may attack your normality!
Jeff McBride – “I’ve been working on a new one!”
Shocker – You have been WARNED!

LIVE- at the WONDERBAR – World Class Bar Magic
Kent Axell – Mind Melting Mysteries
Scott Steelfyre – Witness “The King of Kups”
Jimmy Fingers – A Mind Blowing American Original
Tim Wise – Hollywood Star of Magic

10pm — Stage Show Extravaganza!
Jeff McBride – Your Host with the Most!
Tetro – Magic in Flow Motion
Jimmy Fingers – Favorite Creators and Performers
Bizzaro – Normal is Just a Setting on the Dryer!
Ryan and AmberLynn – Stars of America’s Got Talent
Shocker – Consider this your FINAL WARNING!

All the Above Plus:
Dance by The New World Rythmatism Dancers, Photography by Sheryl Garrett, Strolling magic and Bar Magic by Scott Steelfyre & Maggie, Corey Rubino. Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow, Tarot Reading with Eliza Snow & many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

Final Thought

I always appreciate your feedback or comments, so please email me at — I always personally answer my emails from you!

Always remember –” We love you!”

Jeff and Abigail

Magic & Mystery School News

New Classes

Jeff McBride’s Commando Act Bootcamp – August 8 & 9, 2019
Jeff McBride has become world famous for teaching magicians how to live their dreams. In this first-ever “Commando Show Bootcamp,” Jeff will help YOU to create a perfectly practical stand-up magic show that can play anywhere!

“Pack Small & Play Big!”
2 days of Hands-On Magic Training with Jeff McBride. Many of the world’s top magicians started as street magicians, performing in demanding settings. A real magician should be ready and able to perform anytime, anywhere, even in the most challenging of environments.

Now, you can learn the secrets of the masters and receive hands-on personal instruction from America’s Grand Master of the Magical Arts, Jeff McBride.

The BEST way to learn magic = Live Personal Instruction.
The BEST place to learn magic = Las Vegas Magic Capital of the World.

Imagine yourself receiving hands-on, personal instruction by some of the top experts in the world of magic. Now you can! You will learn 9 professional routines you can do anywhere. You will learn a show-building formula to create custom made shows.

Get bullet proof effects 

  • For performing in the round
  • Indoors or outdoors  
  • For 1000 people or more 
  • With no setup & no strike time!!

This is the real work on how to get a show ready to rock in ANY situation. Never worry about angles or setup–just pick up ONE small case and walk through the stage door to your show. You enter clean, put your case on a chair, and do your 30 minutes. Pick up the case and walk off clean and ready for your next show.



  • Exclusive lecture notes & videos. 
  • (only available to students that attend this class).
  • Top 10 commando/portable grand illusions.
  • Free deck of Jeff McBride manipulation cards.
  • Enrollment in the Mystery School secret online group.
  • Access to the library of secrets, the private collection. 

This is one weekend that will help your magic forever! Space is limited to 12 students.  Register now to reserve your space.

Have you ever read 
The Expert at the Card Table is one of the most mysterious books ever written!

“The Expert at the Card Table is the most famous, and the most carefully studied book ever published on the art of manipulating cards at gaming tables.”
Martin Gardner

Published in 1902, It is considered by many to be “The Bible” of Card Technique. No other book in all of conjuring has been so avidly read, and so affectionately regarded. Now you can begin to master the techniques that have confounded many of the top card experts for over 100 years!

We know how challenging it can be to learn from a book or DVD, so for the VERY FIRST (AND PERHAPS ONLY) TIME, you can have personal and professional help with your card technique from the very best in the business.

September 14th-15th 2019
Join us for 2 days that will change your card magic forever!
In this exciting two-day seminar, you will get hands-on training with two of the world’s foremost experts on card technique: Jeff McBride – America’s Grand Master of the Magical Arts, and Allan Ackerman – The Las Vegas Card Expert.

The small and intimate size of this class will give each student the opportunity for individual coaching.

Allan Ackerman is known throughout the world as one of the foremost expert teachers on the material in Expert at the Card Table. Allan’s skills are unmatched, and now, for the very first time, he can be your personal guide through the mysterious territory of this classic book of magic.

What you take away from this two-day seminar:

  • Learn card technique the correct way from the masters of card manipulation.
  • Break old habits and develop new, exciting practice and performance routines.
  • Witness the best in the world execute the world’s finest card magic and learn the secret of their techniques.
  • You will take home exclusive private videos, and lecture notes and techniques you can’t learn anywhere else.
  • Your personal notebook with many pages of exclusive information that you will use for years to come.
  • Never before published secrets and professional work ONLY given to Mystery School students that attend LIVE and in person.

Join Jeff McBride and the Las Vegas Card Expert- Allan Ackerman for this 2-day experience that will change your magic forever!

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