“How can I describe the kind of person who is on a path to mastery? First, I don’t think it should be so dead serious. I think you should understand the joy of it, the fun of it. Being willing to see just how far you can go is the selfsurpassing quality that we human beings are stuck with. Evolution is a whole long story of mastery. It’s being real. It’s being human. It’s being who we are.”
— George Leonard
Last week was filled with awards and record-breaking events here in Las Vegas. Our recent “Virtual Mystery School” on www.streetofcards.tv broke all on-air attendance records for the most people ever in the chat room during a live broadcast. If you missed it, and want to see the show, you can see the archival footage online.
The Magic School continues to grow and improve. At our last class we spent an evening with Gerry McCambridge at his fantastic show in the new upstairs venue at the V-Theater. Here is a recent photo of Jeff teaching at the Master Class, with Paul Harris watching from the front row. We really appreciate the support we get from all our magical friends here in Vegas. It’s wonderful to know how many of them really share our enthusiasm for bringing along the next generation of magicians and continuing to expand and improve our art!
I’ve always had a passion for Asian culture. Ever since I can remember, I have been infusing my magic with exotic influences from the East. I started studying judo when I was eight years old and now this passion has created a new seminar we offer to those who are looking for more than just tricks.
MAGIC & THE MARTIAL ARTS
What do magic and the martial arts have in common? 1) They both take commitment and discipline.
2) They both are paths to mastery, which take the student on an adventure of understanding and experience.
3) When combined, magic and martial arts create a dynamic fusion of physical excitement and visual wonder.
Las Vegas and the performing arts world are beginning to take notice of the magic and martial arts movement. Our school is on the cutting edge of this new trend.
In fact, our student, Leo Diaz, just won a major award at the World Martial Arts tournament. Many of you know Leo as the DJ from the WONDERGROUND. We are proud of him!
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: MASTER LEO DIAZ
News Flash, Las Vegas — Magician LEO DIAZ takes First Place at the World Martial Arts tournament 2009 ! Master Diaz is now the World Champion in Magic with Martial Arts due to his demonstration. Master Diaz is the first magic martial artist ever to win a first place trophy after performing his blend of Kung Fu and illusion.
Master Diaz participated in the Guinness Book of World Records Break-a-thon in May 2009. He began the ceremony by breaking the first board at the Martial Arts tournament that set a new world record of 70,000 broken boards, which took place at Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
If you want to learn more about magic and martial arts and how YOU can put more “punch” into your performance, join us September 22, 23, 24th for MAGIC AND THE MARTIAL ARTS. Visit the website to learn more, and to see the new video created by Sensei Strange!
Read more about Magic and the Martial Arts
LAS VEGAS…YOUR MAGIC SUMMER SCHOOL
After I return from a tour of China, I will dive into three great Las Vegas magic events. I will be teaching a Master Class with Eugene Burger at the MAGIC LIVE convention, which is SOLD OUT! The good news is that we have a few spaces left for our 7 day Master Class here at the School, August 19-25th. Call Abbi at 702-450-0021 to get more information and to reserve your spot, or read more about the August Master Class online.
Here is a photo of Jeff giving a shuffling lesson, with Paul Harris and the film crew from True Astonishments.
We’ll look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming classes, or at the World Championships of Magic in Beijing, China!
Your friend in magic,