New Ways of Seeing Our World

Let’s take another shot at 2020.

When this old computer I’m typing on freezes, I just remember to reboot! Turn it off, wait, then turn it back on, and “poof” – like magic, it is working again! It seems like the world we live in needs a “Reboot.”

We all need to take a breath and start over.

A few years ago, there was a great essay in Psychology Today by Barton Goldsmith: Starting Over. Instead of making a resolution, which most of us aren’t all that great at keeping, why not look for some areas in your life where you’d like to begin anew?

“Here are some tools to make starting over a little easier and your new year a little more emotionally fit.
1. Starting over is not the same as recouping from a failure.
It is a new beginning. This mindset is helpful because it keeps you from wasting your time being too hard on yourself.
2. Moving through life is like climbing stairs.
You go up a level and then you level off. Nothing is ever a straight shot. Have some patience with yourself, and with your newfound direction.
3. Endings are not necessarily bad things.
Even if the past year was your best so far, the one ahead might just leave it in the dust. This is also true if it’s been your worst year so far, and you’ve suddenly found yourself unemployed or unattached.
4. Starting over may feel scary, but it’s really a cause for celebration.
Think of it as exciting, and many of your anxious feelings will begin to fade.
5. Remember that your future is not governed by your past.
No matter what has happened in your life, you can find a way to make things a little better for yourself, and hopefully for those around you as well.
6. Having to start over is different from choosing to start over.
For those whose lives are still in chaos because of man-made and natural disasters, starting over is not a choice. Giving support to those in need and being able to accept it when necessary are great qualities.
7. Starting over is about giving yourself a chance at real happiness.
You will have to be brave and get good at learning new things, but how bad can that be? At the very worst, you will acquire the skills you need to start on the next project.”

Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer and columnist for The Chicago Tribune
Read his full essay here:

We are YOUR helpers!
Yes, we are in dark times and all of us at the Magic & Mystery School are responding to the global crisis. We are committed to helping the magic community flourish online. We also offer a free online class every Monday evening.
Here is the ZOOM link for each Monday night for the next few weeks. We go live at 7 pm pacific time. You can just save this, and click the link:
We are also posting these shows at our virtual Magical Wisdom site, so if you do not get a chance to join us, you can enjoy the on demand shows here:
BEHIND THE SCENES: Jeff McBride in the News.

Jeff McBride: The King of Cards
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Magic News! Join us for the 2020 Lance Burton Teen Seminar.
This year, the Teen Seminar will be online, using the Zoom Platform. If you are an I.B.M. member between the ages of 13-19, or with a family connection/relation with the I.B.M.,you can attend the Lance Burton Teen Seminar ABSOLUTELY FREE.

The Seminar will be facilitated by Jeff McBride and Dr. Lawrence Hass, the Founder and the Dean of the world-famous Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas. It will also feature special guests.
The dates for the Seminar are July 7th and 8th, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT.

The McBride Magic and Mystery School has been facilitating Lance Burton’s Teen Seminar since its inception in 2003. In the past, among others, our special guest instructors have included: Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, Suzanne, Oscar Munoz, Joe M Turner, Larry Hass, Joshua Jay, Jessica Jane, and Shawn Farquhar.

If you are a teen and have a serious interest in magic, then this is the place to be in July… seriously! Need more info? Contact Simone Marron at To sign up for the Lance Burton Teen Seminar, please download the application by going to, and clicking the “CLICKING HERE” link at the bottom of that page: You can complete the application, and email it back to

Special Thanks to The I.B.M. Endowment and Development Fund (EDF) For Sponsoring This Event.

Join us for the longest continually running variety show in Vegas! Thursday, June 18th at 7pm pacific time

We are now LIVE online on ZOOM.

Jeff McBride, Scott Steelfyre and Tim Wise welcome you to a new world of wonders!

Jeff McBride – Welcomes you with NEW magic!

Tim Wise – Hollywood Stars of Magic

RJ Cantu – A New Light in the World of Illusion

John Shore – Presents “The Fabric of Time” a Mysterious Victorian Illusion.

Charly D’Carlo – The Magic Factor, Live from Cancun

Paul Draper – Perhaps the Nations #1 Zoom Magic Performer

See you online soon!

Your friends in magic,
Jeff & Abigail

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