Celebrating Friendship

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.”  — Epicurus

Dear Friends:

In today’s Muse, we celebrate our friends and collaborators – and we have LOTS of news to share while we do it!

We are happy to report that Jeff is off to the U.K. this week, for his only visit there this year!  While there, he will first be appearing, and lecturing and conducting a workshop at Noel Britton’s “International Festival of Magic.”  Established by the late Ron MacMillan over 40 years ago, it is still affectionately known as “Ron’s day”. The convention is now run by Ron’s family and close friends. Not to be missed – and you can learn more here: http://www.internationalmagic.com/pages/convention.html

McBride Magic Experience – UK

Smoke & Mirrors

Just a few days later, our good friend Jay Fortune is hosting Jeff for a series of events in Bristol, at the “Smoke & Mirrors Café.”  Jeff’s full evening “McBride Magic Live!” show will be featured on two nights, plus a new lecture and a workshop.  These are Jeff’s only appearances in the UK this year, so don’t miss this rare chance to see and learn from the master:  http://www.smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk/

Locked Room Events

The Locked RoomEven when Jeff is away, The McBride Magic & Mystery School continues to offer fantastic events for you.  We have three Locked Room events coming in the next few weeks.  The Locked Room is our online teaching space where you can sample lectures and workshops conducted by our faculty from the Magic & Mystery School – all from the comfort of your own desk!

November 27 @ 7pm PST: Booking Shows and Hidden Venues

Larry Hass offers his insights in a new lecture on how to increase your bookings by finding new and different markets for your magic you may not have considered.

December 4 @ 7pm PST:  The Best of McBride

Jeff McBride wants to help you be a better magician. Join us for a very special happening at which Jeff will teach several of his FAVORITE magic effects. Many never before explained!

December 12 @ 7pm PST:  Beyond Beyond Deception

Tobias Beckwith has been working on Volume Two of his book Beyond Deception. In this lecture he shares some of what he has discovered.  Subjects include how to deepen your statement of purpose, and how this can help strengthen your marketing and create unique new pieces using material you already own.

Do Your Really Want to Read Minds?

Master Class for Mentalists starts in just a few days, and will feature the masterful QUESTION AND ANSWER ACT OF ROSS JOHNSON.

For the 1st time in history, Ross will share the real work on one of the greatest mysteries of all time. Ross is not only a GREAT mentalist but also one of our best friends in magic… he will give you the very best of his professional experience in this special 3 day class.  And the best news:  We still have 2 spaces left.

Jeff McBride’s Wonderground

The magic comes early this month: Thursday, November 15, hosted this month by Abbi McBride!

Abigail McBride

The Wonderground is the biggest magic party in Las Vegas — and YOU are invited!  Read about this month’s line up here – we have many new acts!

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” — John Lennon

John Lennon had it right. We all depend on our friends to get along. They are the real magic that can save lives!

A few years back, my entire show was stolen in Boston. My friend and magician David Oliver saved my show! He helped me rebuild my show in just 2 days to meet my show commitments. David is a wonderful magician and an amazing person. Now, David has a serious health challenge from exposure to doves! Yes, he developed a rare lung disease and needs to have both lungs replaced!  Here is the positive news… Magicians from all over are helping David raise funds for his condition.  Read about the David Oliver fundraiser and how you can help him get by.

“When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” — Edgar Watson Howe

That’s all the news for now.  We hope you’ll be giving thanks for your friends over the coming holiday… just a we give thanks for all of you!


Jeff McBride, Tobias Beckwith and all the crew at The Magic & Mystery School

For inquiries about Classes & Skype Sessions with Jeff McBride,
Call Abbi McBride: (702) 450-0021 (spinner@mcbridemagic.com)

For information & booking Jeff McBride:
Contact Tobias Beckwith (tobias@yourmagic.com) or (702) 697-7002

Gr8ful 4 U

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Abbi Spinner McBride

In this Museletter:

  • Thanksgiving Wishes from Abigail & Jeff
  • The Commando Show & Survival Tips
  • George Parker… on the mend
  • Ross Johnson spills the beans on his Q&A act
  • Get CME credit for attending Magic & Medicine
  • The McBride Magic Experience comes to London

Hello magical friends,

Here we are, fast approaching my favorite time of year, when, for one day, we turn our awareness to the magic of gratitude and thankfulness.  When I was growing up, there was a practice around my family’s Thanksgiving dinner table, that during the meal, each person would have a chance to talk about what they were thankful for.  Sometimes, the lists were rather mundane: a nice dinner, having the whole family together, a break from school.  Sometimes, the lists were more special, a good outcome after surgery, acceptance into the hoped-for school,  a well-deserved promotion. I can remember a particularly funny moment when my sister expressed how thankful she was for the new bike she was going to get during the upcoming holidays….

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” —Epictetus

Thanksgiving, the time of harvest and abundance is a time to see how much we have, to know that we have enough to make it through the dark times ahead, and to share with family and friends, and with those whose harvests were less bountiful than ours.  Gratitude, and an awareness of how much we have makes us feel full, and when we feel full, we want to give back, either by lending a hand at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, maybe offering a free show, or by making a donation to a favorite charity (me, personally, I like Farm Sanctuary: http://www.farmsanctuary.org).  There is something very inspiring about helping others; it’s a surefire way for me to improve my mood and lift my spirits as well.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” —Thornton Wilder

Abigail & Jeff McBride
I really do think there is something magical about gratitude and thankfulness. Gratitude is the key that opens the door for abundance and grace to enter.  By focusing on what is good, on the gifts we already have, we magnify and amplify them.  Robert Emmons, professor of Psychology at the University of California at Davis, has been engaged in the scientific study of gratitude for over a decade, and his work consistently shows that people who consciously acquire an “attitude of gratitude” experience multiple advantages.  Check it out here: http://gratitudepower.net/science.htm

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” —Estonian Proverb

Jeff and Abbi McBride

One of my favorite tools is the gratitude list, where I start with A and go through to Z, coming up with something to be grateful about for each letter of the alphabet… and of course, my gratitude on the letter J is always for Jeff.  We wish you a bountiful harvest and a magical thanksgiving.

Abigail & Jeff

P.S. Some of our new friends were asking about my music. You can find my CDs here:

and more of my writings are available here:

The Commando Show and Survival Tips

The Commando Show & Survival TipsLearn how to arrange your show to become a “commando show,” the show that you can do ANYWHERE at ANYTIME! In this lecture from Magic in the Rockies, Jeff shares his real world methods for packing small, with a portable show that plays big. Not only will you learn great magic effects, but also the psychology and philosophy behind them. Make your magic more powerful and practical. Jeff also offers us sage advice and survival tips to keep you alive on the front lines of magic.

Watch this Virtual Lesson

From Tobias

And along with all of the other good things to be grateful for around this time of year, we have our good health and good friends. Some of you may have been aware that our good friend and Mystery School faculty member, George Parker, was recently in quite a bad car accident. We’re all very pleased to hear that he is healing well… and almost ready to start practicing his sleight-of-hand once again!

Speaking of faculty — we are blessed to have such a great group of talented friends on the faculty… both on a full-time basis, and as special guests. Every year Ross Johnson makes time in his schedule to share with our Master Class for Mentalism — and this year I hear he has agreed to share the real work behind his amazing Question & Answer act. This is stuff that has never appeared in print or on video — the killer closer of his act which he has been refining — and keeping as his own secret weapon — for years.  We still have a couple of slots left in the mentalism class.  I’d advise that you sign up quickly, though, as the class is likely to be sold out within the next few days.  We’re exceedingly grateful that Ross is willing to work with us each year.

We are also blessed with another wonderful guest teacher this year.  Ricardo Rosenkranz, M. D., from the faculty of the medical school at Northwestern University, is helping to create a whole new approach for our Magic & Medicine event.  Larry Hass & Eugene Burger have been working closely with Ricardo, and through his work we have managed to obtain CME credit for the class for the first time.  We know you’ll love both Ricardo and the new material.

Before I end this, I just wanted to express our special thanks to our former student and sometime staff member, Jay Fortune.  Jeff will be attending the International Festival of Magic in London during the middle of this month…and Jay has kindly agreed to arrange a full-on “McBride Magic Experience” the following weekend in Bristol.  Visit Jeff’s calendar and click the links to learn more about those events.

We hope you will each find that your world’s are as filled to the brim with things that inspire your gratitude.  Have a magical month!

Tobias Beckwith