Magic – Cinema – Politics

“The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.” 
— Charlie Chaplin

The above quote is part of what I consider to be one of the greatest  political  speeches  of all time. It is from The Great Dictator, one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest films.

His words can be heard in the performance piece I created that was inspired by this film. I put  the  piece up online last week in reaction to the  demonstrations  in Istanbul.

Jeff floats the world in his new piece: Anonymous
Jeff floats the world in his new piece: Anonymous

Troubles in Istanbul = Political magic & performance art

I got many emails and Facebook posts last week from my Turkish magic friends. What can we do about the situation in Turkey? Here is my recent performance that sums up the way I feel about the situation in Istanbul:

“I looked up the word “politics” in the dictionary and it’s actually a combination  of two words:  ‘poli,’ which means many, and ‘tics,’ which means bloodsuckers.”
— Jay Leno

Me and my girl!
Me and my girl!

Cinema & Magic

Chaplin was a master of “movie magic.” Today, magic is more popular than ever in the cinema.  Now You See Me is in theaters now.  Abbi and I saw it last week and thought  it made magic “cool again!”   Here is my fave scene that features Super Ninja Card Throwing!    (see 0:35)

I know a thing or two about throwing cards. I did create the Guinness Worlds Record for it! If you want to throw cards like a world champion you must see  Zoom, Bounce & Fly

Stop Thief!

My new essay about  magicians stealing ideas from other magicians is out in Vanish Magazine! Issue #8 is here and it is FREE!

 Magic and Mystery School faculty, ready for you!
Magic and Mystery School faculty, ready for you!

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Teen Magic Seminar Continues

It started at the World Magic Seminar… now the magic continues at the IBM National Convention in Phoenix.

The Lance Burton Teen Seminar is a special pre-convention event for our young magicians ages 13-19.   This event will begin at  7:00pm  on  Monday, July 15  and run through lunch on  Wednesday, July 17.  Eugene Burger and I will assist Lance Burton and Bill and Becki Wells. This unique event featuring Lance,  will also have guest lectures and sessions from Shawn Farquhar, Oscar Munoz, Larry Haas and Bryce Kuhlman.   The best news – there is  NO EXTRA CHARGE  for this event if you are a teen registered for the convention.   There will also be special activities just for the youth throughout the convention. Our challenge to you is to take this opportunity to work with the greatest teachers in magic and bring your magic to the next level.   This is an exclusive I.B.M. only event – it may be “free” but it is  priceless!!!

We have a link on our convention page at, where you can make your reservation.

“Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination … and a little dough.” 
―Charles Chaplin

Looking for New Magic?

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Every time I show it at an event, it sells out! I’ve solved this problem by creating a streaming video.

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“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.”
— Charlie Chaplin

We look forward to making magic and laughter with you soon!

Magically yours,
Jeff McBride

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