The Four Downfalls

George Parker, faculty member of McBride’s Magic & Mystery School, is a bestselling author and creator of numerous magical solo theater shows. An internationally successful corporate speaker, storyteller, comedian, and stand-up illusionist, he has delivered over 5,500 custom keynotes and shows in over 35 countries. 

Help! Is There a Magician in the House?
 
While having breakfast in his home in Vermont, Bob Neale asked me,“Did I ever tell you about the four downfalls?” I answered him, “I don’t think you have.” He started to talk about what I now refer to as the Four Steps of Separation from our innate creative, and thus human, nature. Over time, the wording has changed for me, so I will paraphrase what Bob said. 
 
The Four Downfalls
 
First, we forget we imagined reality into existence. Everything around us – as well as the courses of our own lives – are the result of what we think, decide, how we behave and interact with others, and deal with circumstances and fate.
 
Once we have forgotten that, we start to think everything was, and always will be like it is now. We limit ourselves to what we think is possible based on current reality. As a result our growth and development stagnates. 
 
Once we’re in that mindset, we start to gather people around us who agree with us, and only take in information that aligns with our perspective. Once we’re in that bubble, we fall down one more time: we start to eliminate those who don’t agree with us. (See an animation I made – https://vimeo.com/parkergeorge/downfalls)

Shock and Liberation
 
I was dumbfounded, and shocked, for two reasons.
 
Firstly, I had never heard the core of what’s driven me all of my life articulated in a more succinct way. When I was five, my father made a cigarette disappear right before me. Everything disappeared and I arrived in a state of wonder, before the downfalls.
 
Secondly, I became painfully aware of the fact that, although I climb out of it, I fall down frequently. I surround myself with my own tribe. When I read the news and I’m outraged, I sometimes have fantasies about people that would give even Freddy Krueger nightmares. 
 
Help, I’m Falling: Magician Needed!
 
Here’s when the magician comes in. He/she/them isn’t above these downfalls — quite the opposite. She/them/he experiences them all the time. The difference is that the magician is aware of the state of gradual separation from the soul, and the subsequent decline of life energy, or love, or whatever word you associate with it. 
 
As magicians we have a plethora of tools such as stories, magic effects, music, acting or anything else to help create a state of wonder. It can change lives, just like what happened to me when I was five years old, and many times after that.

We Heal Each Other
 
In true shamanistic fashion, this process of healing is reciprocal. In helping others to be in that state of wonder, the magician heals himself/herself/themselves. 
 
So whenever I notice I’m falling, I’ll either magish (I like that word that Albert Goshman used) for myself or for others. I may do it in a goofy, funny way, or a profound or theatrical way. It doesn’t matter. The only thing I intend to achieve is a daily portion of reconnection from which liberation will come. The rest will follow.
 
— George Parker

What Does It Take to Win?

What does it take to win the hearts and minds of audiences, judges and critics? Take a look at the video and learn.

Jeff McBride has coached magicians who have won major competitions, including America’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, the World Championships – FISM, I.B.M., SAM, the Magic Circle, and countless other international competitions.

Now, for the very first time in history, Jeff teaches you his secrets of success. Jeff will be joined with a star-studded cast of guest teachers, including FISM world champions in mental magic Anna and Lucca, AGT winner Mat Franco,  Penn & Teller: Fool Us winner Chris Capehart, Magic Circle Magician of the Year Romany, I.B.M. winner Tetro, and many more.

Who Is This Class For?

  • Anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of how experts think, work, and deliver excellent magical performances.
  • Beginners or intermediate skilled magicians who wish to compete in upcoming contests or television shows.
  • Professionals who want to sharpen their edge.

Take-Aways

*  Six hours of expert training and discussion that you can watch anytime.
*  Personal interaction with the stars who will answer your questions.
*  Access to the Mystery School Master Key Archive, an extraordinary collection of curated media content in print and video format that will enrich your study and training experience.
*  Professional secrets and routines that will only be taught in this one-time only class – never to be repeated.

Full info available at – https://shop.magicalwisdom.com/event/secrets-of-award-winning-magic
Financial aid is available – https://magicalwisdom.com/about/scholarship-program

Jeff McBride’s Magic Festival 

May 31 to June 2 – One Time Only – Never to be Repeated!

A weekend full of action packed magic, including two unique full evening performances, David Williamson in his new stage show “RIDICULOUS!” and Jeff McBride’s MYSTERY SCHOOL ALL-STAR EXTRAVAGANZA.

  • All-new shows and lectures!
  • Quality time in small groups with magic’s greatest teachers!
  • Magic jams and special surprises around every corner!
  • A special Eugene Burger birthday celebration exclusively for registrants!

But That’s Not All! 

Join us for:

“MY HOUDINI SEANCE EXPOSED!”
Jeff McBride’s Exclusive Lecture. Learn the forbidden secrets of spirit mediums and unlock the mysteries of the supernatural with Jeff McBride’s captivating lecture. You will learn how to perform your very own  seance in your own home.

“CHAOS AND CONJURING”
David Williamson  takes the stage and shares his techniques and stories of his legendary comedy magic.

“EMPOWERING YOUR MAGICAL VISION”
Larry Hass will draw upon the work of Eugene Burger to share important insights to inspire your personal path in magic.

“THE MYSTERY OF THE ORANGE TREE…REVEALED AND DECODED!”
Ricardo Rosenkranz uncovers the secrets behind one of magic’s most iconic illusions with an eye-opening presentation.

“THE MIND-MELTING MENTALISM LECTURE”
Ross Johnson delves into the depths of mentalism, offering a sneak peek into his upcoming book. NOTE! This is the ONLY time Ross Johnson is lecturing on his mentalism east of the Mississippi – one time only.

SURPRISE MYSTERY GUEST APPEARANCE
A magical surprise from a living legend of comedy magic. We can’t tell you now (it’s a mystery,) but you won’t want to miss this unforgettable performance.

THE SECRET SEANCE –  SOLD OUT
And for the select few who dare to journey deeper into the mysteries of magic, an exclusive Secret Seance awaits, reserved only for those attending both the Solo Show Boot Camp and the Festival of Magic!

This is your chance to be part of a magical experience that will leave you breathless and longing for more. But remember, this opportunity will come and go in the blink of an eye – once in a lifetime, never to be repeated.

Join us, and let the magic begin!
https://shop.magicalwisdom.com/events

See you online or in Las Vegas!

Jeff

The Gift

Eric Henning, known as the Capitol Conjuror, is a regular guest star and headliner at the critically-acclaimed Washington Magic dinner show. In this Museletter, he tells how a small gift not only brought back a flood of memories, but also points the way to a brighter future.

The Gift
 
The team here at Washington Magic just received an amazing gift. It was a package full of hand-painted Pysanky eggs made by our friends in the Ukraine. Suddenly, a flood of memories came rushing in, taking us back to a journey that began four years ago. 
 
Time and distance have given us insights and perspectives that you may find useful. In 2020, most of the USA was on COVID lockdown and live events were essentially illegal. Magicians were wondering not only how we would make a living, but also whether magic would survive. 
 
Virtual Isn’t the Same
 
Probably the biggest difference was not having live, in-person audiences. Magic is an intimate medium, and ideally experienced in person. Magic on television doesn’t have the same immediacy of something happening in real time, in front of your eyes, or even in your own hands. In this age of technology, live entertainment is the only thing that can compete with the magic that’s at our fingertips every day.

Adapt to Survive
 
So, naturally, we adapted. We used Zoom and other remote platforms. We became TV producers, and we changed the magic we were doing. We had to fit great visuals into a small frame. The magic had to be convincing, even if the audience couldn’t handle the props. 
 
This required a great deal of creative thinking, and we had to process a lot of information very quickly. We had to learn about lighting, sound, camera techniques, and the fact that your iPhone microphone will pick up every little sound in the entire house. It was exhausting! But within a few weeks, many magicians were doing amazing shows on Zoom. And they were making contact, real contact, with people who felt isolated and anxious.
 
When you knew you were going to be in lockdown what was your first response? You probably beefed up your streaming and playlists. Maybe you added Disney+ for the kids. You hunted down entertainment, because you knew you were going to have time on your hands. Here at Washington Magic, we thrive on our live dinner shows, done in the elegant surroundings of the Arts Club of Washington. You simply can’t replicate that online – it’s completely impossible.
 
What Could We Do?
 
We got our team together and started to plan. First, we wanted to reach out to our audience and give them whatever enjoyment, distraction, and stress release we could. And we wanted to let as many people as possible know about the show, so that by the time when we reopened, we would have built a loyal audience who had followed us throughout the pandemic.
 
We began doing monthly online shows. Each performer videoed their segments at home. Most of us used our smart phones, which are often the best cameras available to us. We learned how to coordinate music and lighting to make something that looked really good. Most importantly, we watched ourselves with more precision and intensity than ever before. 
 
We improved – fast! Having to create a solid three to five minute performance on video forced us to refine our material, and improve our magic, our writing, and our stage presence faster than ever before. And, we were polishing new material much faster than ever before. 
 
We Were Homesick
 
We also learned just how much we missed the Arts Club. With its unparalleled elegance and atmosphere, the Arts Club of Washington is one of the characters in the show, an essential part of the team. But during lockdown, the Arts Club was closed. What could we do? 
 
We decided to raise money for them. On our website, www.WashingtonMagic.com, along with the previously broadcast online shows, there’s a big button to donate to the Arts Club of Washington. Even today, we encourage you to contribute as liberally to their relief as you can.

Not the End of the Story
 
By early 2022, we had accomplished our mission. We’d brought online shows to our fans, added dramatically to our fan base, become proficient at taping our performances, and had leveled up our skill as entertainers several times over. Thanks to vision and teamwork, we had turned a crisis into opportunity. 
 
So that’s the end of the story, right? In the words of legendary college football commentator Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend!”
 
A New Vision
 
In February 2022, Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, setting off a massive war that’s now in its third year. Millions of people, especially families with children, have been displaced. What could magicians possibly do to help?
 
Another visionary emerged. Geoffrey Grimes, an accomplished magician in Texas, had an idea – why not collect magic shows on video, and upload them to a website where refugee families could watch them for free, on demand? And MagicForUkraine.org was born. 
 
Our Washington Magic team immediately knew we had to support this effort, and we donated all the footage from two years of online shows to Magic For Ukraine. And we weren’t alone – hundreds of family entertainers donated thousands of hours of show footage, which to date has reached hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world. That’s why this gift of Pysanky eggs really hit hard. These are a direct connection to the very hands of the refugees we hoped to help. 
 
So what did we learn? First, that magic isn’t a luxury; it’s an art that we need to feed our souls. Second, that with vision, empathy and skill, we can turn a seemingly impossible, horribly ugly situation into something beautiful. And finally, we learned that nothing we do is wasted. Our art is a gift. When we create something beautiful, it can heal, refresh and inspire people in myriad ways that we never imagined possible. 
 
You and your art can have a positive impact on the world. Don’t wait for a pandemic or a war – start now. 
 
Eric Henning – EricHenningMagic.com


LANCE BURTON TEEN SEMINAR
 
Thanks to the Endowment & Development Fund of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, we are offering this amazing opportunity ABSOLUTELY FREE to all I.B.M. Members between the ages of 13 and 19. This will take place for two days before the convention, and for one hour daily during the convention.
Faculty will include Lance Burton, Jeff McBride, and Larry Hass, as well as many surprise guests.
For more information on this event, and how to register, go to: https://ibmconvention.com/lance-burton-teen-seminar/
You must be registered for the convention as well as for the seminar, but the first forty I.B.M. youth members under the age of 18 also get to register for the convention for FREE. What a deal!
Don’t delay. Spaces are limited.

The Magic Event of a Lifetime!

The Magic Event of a Lifetime! One time only! Never to be repeated!

Greetings friends!

There are only two types of people in this world.

  1. Those who will let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip through their fingers 🙁
  2. The fortunate few who will seize the moment and join us for a memorable weekend filled with wonder, excitement, and amazing magic!

2024 Festival of Magic

The 2024 FESTIVAL OF MAGIC is a three-day extravaganza like no other, and it’s happening in Chicago! This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the astonishing world of magic, surrounded by some of the most talented performers and respected teachers from around the world.

A weekend full of action packed magic and two unique full evening performances:

  • David Williamson in “RIDICULOUS!”
  • Jeff McBride’s MYSTERY SCHOOL ALL STAR EXTRAVAGANZA

All-new shows and lectures!
Quality time in small groups with magic’s greatest teachers!
Magic jams and special surprises around every corner!
A special Eugene Burger birthday celebration exclusively for registrants!

But That’s Not All! 

MY HOUDINI SEANCE EXPOSED
Jeff McBride’s exclusive lecture. Learn the forbidden secrets of spirit mediums and unlock the mysteries of the supernatural with Jeff ’s captivating lecture. You will learn how to perform your very own seance in your own home!

CHAOS AND CONJURING
David Williamson  takes the stage and shares his techniques and stories of his legendary comedy magic!

EMPOWERING YOUR MAGICAL VISION
Larry Hass will draw upon the work of Eugene Burger to share important insights to inspire your personal path in magic.

THE MYSTERY OF THE ORANGE TREE – REVEALED AND DECODED!
Discover the secrets behind one of magic’s most iconic illusions with Ricardo Rosenkranz in an eye-opening presentation.

THE MIND-MELTING MENTALISM LECTURE
Ross Johnson delves into the depths of mentalism, offering a sneak peek into his upcoming book. NOTE: This is THE ONLY time Ross Johnson is lecturing on his mentalism east of the Mississippi. One time only!

SURPRISE MYSTERY  GUEST APPEARANCE
A magical surprise from a living legend of comedy magic!  We can’t tell you now (it’s a mystery,) but you won’t want to miss this unforgettable performance.

THE SECRET SEANCE
For the select few who dare to journey deeper into the mysteries of magic, an exclusive Secret Seance awaits, reserved only for those attending both the Solo Show Boot Camp and the Festival of Magic!

This is your chance to be part of a magical experience that will leave you breathless and longing for more. But remember, this opportunity will come and go in the blink of an eye – once in a lifetime, never to be repeated. Join us, and let the magic begin!

The 2024 FESTIVAL OF MAGIC full-ride pass includes:

  • TWO PREMIUM show tickets
  • ALL POST-SHOW special events
  • FOUR FULL magic lectures
  • SMALL GROUP trick teaching sessions with the Faculty
  • And the EXCLUSIVE VIP EUGENE BURGER BIRTHDAY PARTY & MAGIC JAM

Can’t make the whole weekend? No problem! Saturday-only and Sunday-only passes are also available. Information and registration here: https://shop.magicalwisdom.com/events

The Chicago Doubleheader! 

What could be more exciting than enjoying a doubleheader on a beautiful day in May in the Windy City? How about enjoying a five-day doubleheader?!

Five Days of Magic!!!

That is just what McBride’s Magic & Mystery School has in store for you! There are two great learning opportunities for you at the beautiful Rhapsody Theater in Chicago beginning on May 29. You are invited to join us for the first ever SOLO SHOW BOOT CAMP and the second annual FESTIVAL OF MAGIC.

Solo Show Boot Camp

During the three-day intensive SOLO SHOW BOOT CAMP class, you will learn how to make a powerful solo show from three maestros of the stage: Jeff McBride, Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz, and Dr. Larry Hass. During this first-time ever offering, you will learn how to fuse artistry and showmanship into an unforgettable full-evening show. 

The trio of experts, Jeff, Ricardo, and Larry, will guide you through every step of the journey for creating a solo show that stands out, captivates, and takes your audience on a ride they will always remember. This is your invitation to train with the top magic teachers and directors in the world.

Who is the SOLO SHOW BOOT CAMP for?

  • Anyone who loves magic and wants to learn the secrets of success.
  • Anyone who is working on a solo show, parlor show, or theater show.
  • Magicians who want to pack small and play big.
  • Magicians who want to play Performing Arts Centers and Theaters, or who want to create their own personal performance venue. 

Find more information about the SOLO SHOW BOOT CAMP go to the following link:
https://shop.magicalwisdom.com/event/solo-show-boot-camp

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