Special Museletter – New Directions

Dear friends,

Back in early March, when we first realized it was not going to be feasible for Jeff and Larry to travel to the U.K. for their Masterclass, theater show, lecture at The Magic Circle and Shaman & Showman Seminar, our first response was one of disappointment—as it was for many of our prospective students! However, the crisis had to be met, and we found ourselves extremely fortunate that so many of you have been enthusiastic about the efforts we’ve made to compensate for not being able to “be there in person” over the past couple of months.

Our first steps were to ask the students at the Masterclass and Shaman & Showman conference if they would consider working with us to make those events happen—but online. We were pleasantly surprised to find that most of them were! The result was a mad rush on our part to figure out the best way to make those events as rich and rewarding as the ones we had originally planned. We made bonus “Master Key” items that we had originally intended to sell, to be a free part of the package.

Because no one was traveling, we were able to add myself and Ricardo Rosenkranz to the events. Larry, who does most of the itinerary planning for most of our classes, shifted things around to make sure we could still offer everything we had planned, but in a slightly different format, better suited to the online (in our case, the Zoom platform) format. Everyone on our end worked hard to upgrade the quality of our own “studios,” where we would present from. It was a lot of work…but it has proved to be worth it many times over. The events in the U.K. were an overwhelming success, with many happy participants.

As teachers, we were, first, ecstatic that we managed to pull it all off—and then excited that we would be able to present a full curriculum online in addition to our “live in-person” classes in Las Vegas once our current situation lets up.

There are some huge advantages to being able to offer our classes online. Perhaps the largest is expense. Because no one has to travel for the classes, even if we kept pricing at our usual levels, classes would still cost students about 1/3rd of what they would otherwise. That’s not the only saving, though. Because students don’t have to travel, we no longer have to do the classes all in one piece…2, 3 or 7 days in a clump.

Instead, we’re able to offer classes that take only a couple of hours each week over the course of several weeks…and these we can offer at a much lower price-point—which means they can be available and affordable to many more students. The ability to reach a larger audience allows us to “get the word out” to a much wider market and have a positive effect on the careers of many, many more magicians!

So…what does this mean for you, our loyal readers? If you’re a magician, it means there are more ways for us to interact with, and influence one another. If you’ve attended our classes, you’re probably already aware that we learn as much from you as you do from us. The more of you we get to share our work with, the better we get at what we do! If you’re an enthusiast, but not a performer, you can now attend our Monday event Mystery School Monday gathering at no cost to you. It’s a great place to meet and share community with many of the top magicians and thinkers in our business, available each week at 7pm PDT on Zoom. (Just click this link between 6:45 and 9:00 pm (Pacific) any Monday evening, and you will find us there, discussing topics important to all of us in the world of magic.
Monday @ 7pm PST

https://zoom.us/j/685273864

If you want to study with us, we now offer classes in many different areas. Here’ just a sampling of what’s coming up soon:

Focus on ZOOM Magic Online
Best Practices, Best Tricks & Marketing for Online Performance featuring the full faculty and special guests.
Three Wednesdays, May 20, 27 and June 3, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Pacific time.

The Tarot Card Magic Experience
Inside information on doing readings AND doing magic with the Tarot with Jeff McBride and special guests.
Two Saturdays, May 23 & 30th, Noon – 3 pm Pacific time.

Jeff McBride’s Summer School
The Essential Secrets for Powerful Performance with Jeff McBride.
Three Tuesdays, June 2, 9, and 16, 5:00-7:00 pm Pacific time.

Secrets to Success Through Systems Building for Creative Performers
More business building with Tobias Beckwith.
Three Wednesdays, June 17, 24 & July 1, 5:00-7:00 pm Pacific time.

Master Class – Online!
with the full faculty.
Friday-Sunday, June 26-28 – all day.

Cruise Ship Boot Camp!
A crash course to prepare you for working cruises, with Jeff McBride & Greg Gleason.
Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26, Noon-3 :00 pm Pacific time.

These are just thumbnail descriptions…learn more and register for these new courses now at:

www.magicalwisdom.com/events

Before I go, I want to take a moment to thank all of you. If you’re reading this, you are a part of our community, and we appreciate your support more than you can imagine. We all support one another, especially in these difficult times. It is my sincere hope that you, like us, are finding creative ways to use this crisis to make your future better.

Please do take care of yourselves. Stay safe, stay healthy…and keep making magic!

Sincerely,

Tobias Beckwith
tobias@yourmagic.com
Management & Faculty for
McBride’s Magic & Mystery School

Just Breathe!

Dear friends,

Abigail here, checking in from the House of Mystery in Las Vegas. 

One of the easiest ways to change your state of mind is by changing how you breathe. Our respiration is directly connected to our nervous system, and when we are agitated or frightened, our breathing becomes shallow and rapid. Slowing the breath, and letting the exhale be a little longer than the inhale, shifts us from the sympathetic nervous system response of “fight or flight,” into the parasympathetic system of “tend and befriend.” 

My intuition tells me that even by your reading these words, your breathing has already started to shift, and perhaps, even now, you’re feeling a bit calmer than you were just a moment ago.

About a month ago, we started adding the Mindful Moments to our Mystery School Monday live shows, and the response has been just lovely. I appreciate the kind words, and am thankful to know that this kind of real magic is helpful, as we navigate these challenging times.

“It always seemed to me they’re sort of alike…magic and music. Spells and tunes. For one thing, you have to get them just exactly right.”
—URSULA K. LE GUIN

I know there are some who are trying to figure out what to do with themselves and their time as the days go by, but here at the Magic & Mystery School, we are running on full steam ahead. We are creating new offerings for the online programs, and a number of new classes have just been listed. It is important to stay connected to each other, and to feel like we are using our time productively. Improving our skills by learning in class is a great way to stay productive. So, I’ve been writing copy, helping Jeff with ideas, playing music, and tending the fires of our communities. We’re keeping the lights on and shining more brightly than ever.

I have a number of friends who are working in the health care industry, “on the front lines.”  Periodically, I reach out to them, and thought I would share with you what I recently sent to them. Please enjoy, and feel free to share with anyone you know who is working on the front lines, or who you think would benefit from reading it….

Good evening dear heart. This is a wave of love, coming into the shore of your consciousness right now. This love is washing over you, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, and as it does, it is washing away all that no longer serves the highest good in the physical, mental, and emotional realms.

What it leaves behind is deep peace – a soft. slow, deep breath, and a calm that is beyond understanding.

Breathing in, you know you are connected to a whole group of hearts who appreciate you, support you, and care about you. Breathing out, you relax completely.

You are doing great work, every single day, and you are appreciated for it by people you don’t know, and may never meet. But, we are thinking about you, envisioning you safe and well, surrounded by light, able to do what must be done, and able to get through these challenging times.

These waves keep coming, just like the breath.

“I gracefully and easily release all that no longer serves the highest good….
I gratefully and easily receive the blessings the Universe has for me.”


… thinking of you.

Magic, Light, Courage and Hope

Greetings all,

I feel that the world we are living in needs more wisdom and more wizards.

This week I found myself asking the question, “What would Eugene Burger say about what’s going on in our world right now?”

I think Eugene might offer the advice on this video. In it, he offers his thoughts on fear and courage.

Click video to play

Leaders inspire us with their acts of courage. Our Wisdom Council at the Mystery School is responding to the global crisis, and we are committed to helping the magic community flourish online.

We all know that this is a challenging time, but together, we will get through it!

Here are a few things that may comfort you and give hope and courage. 

The McBride Magic & Mystery School Leadership Team is helping the world of magic in the following ways:

A Gift to Our Magic Community.
Sharing the light of magic in dark times…
McBride’s Magic & Mystery School has opened the live Mystery School Monday broadcast to everyone, without cost.

Free: A Special Episode: How to Perform Magic from Home.
Performers around the world are now hosting shows from their homes. Our teachers give you expert advice on how you can learn professional techniques to help you share your magic with friends, family and clients.

Here is the ZOOM link for each Monday night for the next few weeks. We go live at 7 pm pacific time every Monday evening. This week’s discussion is about performing interactive magic over the internet, and we have a very special guest expert on the subject, Mr. Max Maven!

https://zoom.us/j/685273864

When you click the link, you’ll be prompted to download and install the Zoom app—it only takes a minute—and you’ll be placed into a waiting room for the Live Cast of the show. We open the doors about 6:45 pm for the 7:00 pm (Pacific Time) show.

This is FREE to all our friends and students worldwide. Learn how YOU can perform magic shows from home. The world needs more magic!

We are also posting these shows at our virtual Magical Wisdom site, so if you do not get a chance to join us, you can enjoy many on demand shows here:
http://virtual.magicalwisdom.com/tv/episodes

Use This Time to Perfect Your Art and Train with The Real Masters

New! Zoom Classes & Skype Video Review
https://www.magicalwisdom.com/shop/p/product/skype-mentoring-package

We are offering many new online classes to help spread the light of magic.

McBride’s Magic & Mystery School: Online Classes!
Focus on Parlor & Stage Magic:
Modern Presentations for Timeless Classics
* Finally, you can study at the famous McBride Magic & Mystery School without leaving home!

  • Save Money: No costly hotel or air travel!
  • One on One Focus on Exactly What You Need.
  • Jeff will help you with your magic, performance, business and more,and he will also review any videos of your magic, if you like.
  • Learn real-world lessons from one of the most experienced magic teachers in the world! 

All the info is here:
http://www.magicalwisdom.com/events#639

LIVE ONLINE
When: Three Tuesday evenings, April 14, 21 and 28, 5:00 – 7:00pm Pacific time

“The classics of magic teach us about ourselves, they are the heart and soul of our magical art.” –Sam Sharpe

A testimonial from Victor B., one of the Mentorship students: 

Set Up Your Skype or Zoom Session Today!
The first thing to do is contact Abigail.
Email: Abigail@mcbridemagic.com
Phone: 702-450-0021

Jeff McBride’s WONDERGROUND
Live from the Las Vegas Zoom Room!
April 16th, 2020 / 7:00 pm Las Vegas (Pacific) time
Free event! Join us for the fun!
Mat Franco, Xavier Mortimer, Bizzaro, Greg Gleason, Tim Wise, Antonio Restivo, The Wonderground Players and more!

  • 1-hour Magic & Variety Extravaganza!
  • 1-hour “After Party”- chill out & chat lounge!

To access WONDERGROUND LIVE 2020 APRIL 16 7 PM P.S.T. on Zoom, go to https://zoom.us/j/218363987

The New Story

We are the Storytellers and we have the power to write the story of our future! In the very near future this could be the new story we tell.

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
                              —Kitty O’Meara

See you online or… um… ok just online!

Be inspired
Jeff

The World Needs Your Magic

Dr. Larry Hass
Dean of the Magic & Mystery School

“The future hasn’t happened yet….”                                                  —Annie Lennox

I am writing this Museletter on March 25, 2020. I provide the date because the circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are changing by the day, if not the hour. My hope is to share some thoughts that will still be helpful when they arrive.

First and foremost, I want to wish you and your loved ones the very best at this terribly difficult time. Our Magic & Mystery School community extends around the world, and on behalf of the whole team, our hearts go out to you.

With this in mind and through the generosity of our paying members, for the next two months we are making our weekly online program Mystery School Mondayfree and open to all.

Our goal for the show is to create a no sales, no hype, real-time, interactive landing place for magicians and artists during these difficult days. We will have some news of the day from Jeff, Tobias, Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz, and me, plus magic trick teaching and learning, and other content we hope will keep you smiling and inspired. At the end, we will also open a “study hall” for you to share your thoughts, insights, and feelings with us. Mystery School Monday is held every Monday at 7:00 p.m. pacific time. To access the classroom for the next two months, please use this link, which will not change:  https://zoom.us/j/685273864. (If you go there before the meeting starts, you’ll see a note asking you to “Please wait for the host to start the meeting.” We’ll do that about 15 minutes before it starts.)

In addition to that information, I want to share some of the thoughts and strategies I have been using during these days of social separation. I do not intend them to be “advice” really, because everyone’s personal circumstances are so variable these days. But I hope some of my “notes to self”—my personal maxims for well-being—might be applicable to you. Here are some things I am reminding myself to do:

1. Give love and support to the “angels” among us. By that, I mean the nurses and doctors—and all the health care professionals—who are putting themselves at risk for the greater good. I also mean everyone who is keeping the food chain going, essential supplies coming, and the garbage picked up. I mean the police officers, fire-fighters, mail carriers, and delivery people, among so many others, who continue working to assist others. I believe in angels!

2. Hone my craft. I recognize the positive feelings and energy that come from setting small goals every day and achieving them. And there is a little extra “kick” that comes from working on my magic. That is, working mindfully on my sleights, rehearsing beloved routines, and creating and curating new routines for our students.

3. Remember the distinction between short-term and long-term. It is sometimes tempting to feel fearful and overwhelmed by the changes I am experiencing these days. But as other global crises have proven, there is a difference between the dramatic short-term effects and the “new normal” that will arrive on the other side of the wave. With magic, for example, in the short term I am working hard on what I call “no-touch magic”—magic that doesn’t require borrowing anything or having my audiences touch anything. I have joyfully discovered this last week that there is a lot of that in our literature, including magic that can be performed over the telephone and internet. At the same time, I am not abandoning my “high-touch magic,” because I know at some point the wave will go out, and my audiences will be hungry for contact.

4. Guard my mental health. Of course we are all focused on physical health, but I have found it important to: a) stay connected with reputable news sources, b) yet limit my media intake, c) stay connected with loved ones, d) get outside every day and, if possible, exercise, and e) use the well-known “APPLE” model for dealing with fear or anxiety. That is, Acknowledge the feeling, Pause (without acting), Pull Back from the urge of it, gently Let Go of it, and Explore positive things happening right here and now.

5. And finally, remember that the world needs magic right now, and it does and will need our magic. Of course, magic is diverting and entertaining. But it is also more than that. Every time we, as magicians, create an astonishing experience of the impossible, the subtext is that there is more going on in this world than we know, more going on than we expect. Each little “miracle” is a reminder that this world is a surprising place, that through art, the impossible is possible. Which feels great. I remind myself that magic isn’t merely superfluous entertainment or a way to make money. It is the art form I am called to perform that opens up a space for hope and the profound pleasure of surprise. People need this now—and they will need it on the other side of the wave. I am trying to stay ready!

Again, I wish you and yours the very best. Please stay in touch with us at the Magic & Mystery School.  

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