“A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Dear Friends:

We’re excited. A postcard goes into the mail today… many of you will receive it by the end of the week, but all of you get to see it right now (just in case some of you don’t receive it before Sunday night’s premiere). Here’s what it will tell you:

Set your Tivo! It’s a Battle of the Wizards — And Jeff McBride is the Judge!

Beginning April 27 on VH-1
check local listings for times in your area

See seven TV and film stars vie for the title of “Best Celebrity Magician” when they gather at the Magic Castle and other locations in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas, as they attempt to learn and perform the art of magic. Guided by veteran magicians, the competitors face tough crowds and a master panel of judges who will determine which celebrities get to advance to the next round and a shot at a grand prize of $100,000.

The celebrities are C. Thomas Howell, comedian ANT, Hal Sparks, Chris Reid (Kid from Kid n’ Play), Lisa Ann Walter, Carnie Wilson, Kim Wyatt from The Pussycat Dolls. Jeff McBride, Max Maven & Jonathan Levit are the judges.

We’ve only now received the full schedule for the show, and wanted to share it with you so you’ll be inspired to catch every episode:

Episode 1 — April 27 (Introduction – Street Magic)
Episode 2 — May 4 (Children’s Magic)
Episode 3 — May 11 (Comedy Magic **Jeff was away for this episode.)
Episode 4 — May 18 (Strolling Magic)
Episode 5 — May 25 (Cabaret Magic)
(We get pre-empted on June 1)
Episode 6 — June 8 (Escapes)
Episode 7 — June 15 (The Road to the Finale)
Episode 8 — June 22 (The Finale)
Episode 9 — June 22 (Magician’s Special)

Be there and experience all 8 weeks of this exciting magical competition!

In the meantime…

If you’re attending the 31st Annual World Magic Seminar next weekend, here in Las Vegas (April 27-30), be sure to drop in and see us! Jeff and Eugene have their own corner room set up at the top of the escalator as you enter the convention, and it’s going to be something special this year! A preview of Jeff’s latest project, “Jeff McBride Presents — The Magic Wonderground.” After he and Eugene finish up with their “Teen Weekend,” sponsored by Lance Burton just prior to the convention, they’ll be meeting and greeting, performing and consulting for friends old and new in their special room. We’ll hope to see you there!

For the rest of you — we’ll be revealing more of the secrets of The Wonderground in later issues of the Museletter. For now, it’s all very hush-hush!

I hope this finds you all enjoying a wonderful and magical spring.

Tobias Beckwith

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