Face Your Fear

“Face Your Fear!”

Face your fear

My biggest fear, and how I lived through it!

I still have the nightmare… it goes like this.

I’m moments away from show time.

None of my props have arrived. I’m naked. The curtain opens to a full theater of people and music starts! Aaaahhhhh!

I don’t have anything ready. I panic! The show is going to be a disaster! Then I wake up in a cold sweat.

My Russian Ordeal

One day this nightmare became all too real.

I was booked in Russia for an international magic convention. I was representing the United States. My prop cases never arrived. The only thing I had was my costume in my carry-on…lucky me! I had no props. I had no magic. My biggest nightmare had just become real–to arrive for a show and have nothing on me. But the show must go on…Um, right? Right!?

For some reason, I always pack a little emergency magic kit in my carry-on luggage. Here is a Photo of the contents of my eyeglass case. This little bag of tricks saved the day.

Commando Kit

“The Commando Kit”- I never leave home without it!

  • 1 pack of normal playing cards
  • Paper Butterflies for my “Butterfly Blizzard”)
  • Rainbow Mouth Coils for Kabuki act
  • Kabuki streamers–Pack small play huge!
  • Red BEKOS knot
  • McGrip T.T. — (the secret something I use to throw cards)
  • 1 “Mc-Squeaker” — the loud little noisemakers I use in my BRAVO bowl and pantomime routines
  • Red & Yellow Sponge balls for BRAVO bowl routine

I also borrowed 13 coins and a champagne bucket for my “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Misers Dream act, and 2 normal soup bowls from the kitchen for my “RAINMAKER” routine–and I was back in show business. Nightmare over!


That ordeal taught me that my props are not my magic. I am the magic, and the props just enhance what I do. This is a lesson I share with all our students… and I also teach students how to perform a ‘prop free’ show!

Remember: YOU are the magic!

Just by ‘looking inside,’ we can find the essence of our magic. We always have everything we need. It’s there all the time! (cue wizard of OZ music here)

So “The show must go on” –and it did!

Here is a photo from the finale of that show…you can see the grin on my face after making my way through this ordeal

Russia Finale

Oh! And the man–Vladimir Danilin–who ran the event, booked me back the following year! That year, my props did arrive…  but by that time my story had become a legend.

This real-life horror story motivated me to go online and do some research, and I have reprinted the real “List of Fears” below, along with comments on how Mystery School can help you move beyond your fears, so you can discover your magic potential


Here are the top fears, and how our Magic & Mystery School classes can help you overcome your biggest fears!

01. Fear of flying

Make it a road trip! Many of our students drive to Las Vegas or take a train or bus. Just don’t fly United, OK?

02. Fear of public speaking 

We teach you how to gain confidence. You can also do a silent magic act to music! I did that for 20 years all over the world!

03. Fear of heights 

Most of our activities and classes take place on the 1st level of our House of Mystery. No need to worry!

04. Fear of the dark 

Las Vegas is one of the brightest places on planet earth. Even at night there is no darkness here!

05. Fear of intimacy 

Our small group classes will help you make connections with your magic.

06. Fear of death 

No one ever dies at our classes! We create a safe place to explore your growing edge.

07. Fear of failure 

We are here to help you move past all that!

08. Fear of rejection 

Nope! We love you and will be accepting your application when you register.

09. Fear of spiders 

We spray every month and you won’t see them here!

10. Fear of commitment

Now you can commit to taking a class with us and move beyond your self-imposed limitations.

** http://www.selfhelpcollective.com/top-10-fears.html

Fear Kills

What do you need the most help with?

Our students composed the following list of topics that we have explored at recent McBride Master Classes. What are the areas you need to focus on this year?

*Presentation *Character Development *Originality *Theater Arts *Confidence* Showmanship * Encouragement * Music *Costuming * *Personal Attention *Improvisation *Movement *Routining *Script Writing *Show Building *Lighting Design *Creativity *Mentoring *Acting *Dealing with Hecklers *Career Development *Marketing *Motivation *Business *Artistry *Insight *Brainstorming *Advertising Resources *Coaching *History *Close-Up Magic *Vision *Evaluation *Street Magic *Publicity *Support *Innovation *Parlor Magic *Psychology *Mastery *Stage Magic *Transformation *Empowerment *Consultation *Philosophy *Performing Arts Diction *Prop Construction *Card Magic *Networking *Comedy *Technique *Trade shows *Audience Participation *Wisdom  *Mentalism *Hands on Learning *Coin Magic *Corporate Shows *Dramatic Arts *Storytelling *Manipulation *Stagecraft *Pantomime *Family Shows *Promotion *Public Relations *Inspiration *Social Magic for friends

Take a free tour of our school today

Go to this link first and sign up for the school. Watch the video.


Then, after the video, go here and take the tour of the online school.


Be inspired by the tour.


Criss Angel, Banachek, Maestro & Jeff onstage at WONDERGROUND


The heart & soul of the Las Vegas Magic Community 

Our next Mega-Magic Party is April 20th—and you are invited!

APRIL 2017

7pm – Strolling magic: Will Bradshaw, Tim Shegitz, Taylor Lloyd, and Miguel. Scott Brown as Allen Scott will do tarot readings in the “art area”

8pm – Comedy & Magic Show

Jeff McBride – Magic to Dye For

Lion Fludd – The Hustle & Muscle of Magic

Bizzaro – Something NEW and very Twisted!

Smoothini – From America’s Got Talent!

Tim Shegitz – Classy Conjuring & Comedy

Steve Owens – Award Winning Manipulations

9pm – Three different Close-Up strolling magic lounge areas are open!

Lion Fludd


Tim Shegitz

Steve Owens



Jeff McBride is your MC – with something very new to show you!

Magnus – Zombie Time

Steve Owens – World Class Manipulations

Jason Andrews – Neo Classical Conjuring

Habaka Kfj – Musical Magical Enchantress

Mondre – Pure Magical Mastery

PLUS:  Photography by Sheryl Garrett. Bar Magic with Zack Pattee, Scott Steelfyre, Corey Rubino, Taylor Lloyd, New World Rhythmatism Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests!!

I look forward to seeing you at Wonderground, one of our upcoming classes or one of my touring events soon!

Jeff McBride


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