Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. — Howard Aiken
The Big Story!
This may be the biggest story in the world of magic today!
The BBC picked up on my recent situation with the recent “copy act” and how I handled it gracefully as “a magic teacher.” They picked up on this problem, currently rampant in our magic world – acts, inventions and other intellectual property are being ripped off left and right. Read all about it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21861418
There’s also a ‘webified’ text of the radio story that ran on PRI, but it’s much better if you click the ‘play’ button to listen to the audio of the radio show: http://www.theworld.org/2013/04/magician-jeff-mcbride/
Look at or listen to both of these stories! They are ground-breaking stories on “magic theft,” and intellectual property rights, getting notice by major mainstream media. Many thanks to our new friend, Arun Rath, the reporter who wrote both stories.
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original? —Jean Cocteau
Q: What can you do to encourage originality and fight magic theft?
A: Support our magic school!
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But there are some things, child, that you should steal. That you must steal, if you have enough love and courage in your heart. You must snatch freedom from the hands of the tyrant. You must spirit away innocent lives before they are destroyed. You must hide secret and sacred places. — Lian Tanner
Mystery School News
Not only did I get the advice I was looking for, the inspiration from Jeff and Eugene will last a lifetime. — Dan Rodriguez, S.A.M Past National President
Surprise Guest: Siegfried comes to Master Class!
He is a living legend of magic. Siegfried is a Grand Master of Illusion. For 2 hours he held court and shared his marvelous teaching stories and wisdom with our class. You just never know who will drop in on our classes! Who would you like to see show up when YOU attend our class?
Here is Siegfried, with Larry Hass and me, opening his personal copy of The Show Doctor! He looks as delighted as a kid on Christmas morning!
Jeff has had such an impact on my show as well as my creativity in life. I never would have been able to stand toe to toe with Hollywood’s biggest think tanks without the lessons learned from my mentor and friend Jeff McBride. — Nick Norton
Here is a new character I’ve been developing. His name is “MO -NOPOLY” and he is the “Wizard with Money-Magic”.
Every month we create a NEW show for Wonderground. We are a tribe of artists and rebels, dreamers and rowdy misfits who support each other’s divine madness!
Originality is the best form of rebellion. — Mike Sasso
You are invited to The Biggest Magic Party in Las Vegas! This, and every other third Thursday April 18th at 8PM, at The Olive on Sunset.
Here are highlights from last month’s event edited by Scott Steelfyre:
My New Video Download!
The Kings of Poker are here: http://virtual.magicalwisdom.com/lessons/view/57
See it now! The finale teaches you how to script a standing ovation into your act.
I will see you in Vegas or on our webTV show, live on Monday nights, but available 24/7 if you can’t make it on Monday: www.mcbridemagic.tv
Enjoy the magic of spring!
Yours in magical community,