The Card Trick That Changed My Life

Greetings friends,

I’m sitting here in Vegas this week, thinking back on all the events that led me to this point in my life.

I have been reflecting on the timeless question, â€œHow did I get here?”

After much contemplation, I realized that it was one moment in time… (drum roll please!)

The card trick that changed my life!

The fact is, that there REALLY was a card trick that changed my life. Let me tell you about it, and why it matters!

The answer is that “I picked a card!” That is correct my friends, I was 6 years old and saw a card trick and it changed my life!

There were 2 little girls named Linda and Susan. They were 6 years old too, and also identical twins (to me at least). I remember them showing me a card trick…. I picked a card, and what happened next changed my life forever!

My magic career started with just ONE card trick. 

From that ONE card trick I built a life, career, home, and many fulfilling relationships.

All it takes is ONE thing, one moment, ONE step to change your life!

For me, the step was picking just ONE card!
For YOU it might be….

Just ONE step. 

The following suggestions, if you TAKE ACTION will change your life!

After you have taken that ONE step… here are 10 more things you can do that will take NO talent–just commitment!

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
-William Ward

That’s what we do at the McBride Magic & Mystery School—inspire you to become the best magician to which you aspire. We love to teach people of all ages, but have a special spot in our hearts for the youth.
Just look at this great photo of AGT winner Mat Franco. He started with us when he was 12 years old and is now a millionaire with his own show on the Las Vegas Strip!  I had the pleasure of having coffee this week with Mat and catching up. This photo is a classic “now and then” shot!

Many great magicians’ passion for the art gets started at a young age. Now it’s our turn to give back to the next generation of magic.

The Lance Burton Teen Seminar

While most of our educational activity takes place at our Las Vegas location, we also teach at the Lance Burton Teen Seminar (LBTS), which precedes the annual I.B.M. Convention. This year, the LBTS will be held from the evening of Monday, July 8 through noon on Wednesday, July 10 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, just prior to the I.B.M. Convention.

The seminar is free to all teenage youth.

Daily follow-up sessions will also be held. Lance Burton and Larry Hass will join me as core faculty, as well as guest presentations from select convention performers. The Seminar is free to all teenage youth. Registration details exist at Partial travel scholarships are available. Shin Lim attended the Seminar a few years ago, and look at him now! If you’re a teenager, do join us for what can be a life-changing experience. I’ll save a seat for you.

Mystery School Student of the Month


In the last 2 years, Jad created a sensation by winning 10 major awards at many magic competitions in Europe.

Jeff: Why do you compete Jad?

JAD: Paradoxically, I’m not going to get into the glorifying aspect of winning awards in Magic. Being in a magic competition is one of the most difficult challenges for a magician. There is no time to set the stage, no time to rehearse, no time to set proper lights, no space to keep my stuff safe, and, the cherry on top, everybody in the room knows something about magic, and some people are even going to judge my work.  Usually in this configuration a magician is exposed to the worst and it seems normal that some of these conditions can guide the magician to make mistakes. And I’ve made many… 

I have made mistakes that I have never forgotten, mistakes that I have overcome, and mistakes that made me become a better performer. 

Eugene Burger said, “Sometimes, the greatest gift of all is failure… and that’s what it’s all about!”

JAD says, “For me, every competition was a new challenge. I had a new goal every time. Over the years it has become a pleasure for me to be on stage sharing my work with my peers, taking their advice and thinking differently. I have found that by being visionary in my approach, I have been able to overcome the unexpected traps of a competition. I think that to be successful in magic, the most important thing is to be prepared, and entering a magic competition is one of the best ways to learn how to be prepared.”

Bravo, Jad for becoming our Mystery School “Student of the Month!”  See JAD soon at WONDERGROUND!

Wonderground News
all info at
April 18, 2019

3 Great NEW shows- Never to be repeated

7pm     Strolling magic with Shawn Newman: “The Wand King!”

8pm     Comedy, Magic & Variety
     Your host Tim Wise: Hollywood Magic Star
     Jason Andrews:  A Modern Classic
     Ming Da: Direct from Asia
     Dyno Statts: Steam Punk Driven magic
     Mago Enigma:  Dynamic Illusions

9pm     Close-up magic and Strolling
     Your host and MC Will Bradshaw
     Shawn Newman: “The New Man” in Vegas!
     Jason Andrews: Delightful Deception
     Ming Da: Magic with an Eastern Flair
     Dyno Statts: Magic Beyond Science
     Sean Scott: Artistic Original Creations

THE WONDERBAR- Bar Magic Close-up
Tim Wise: The Hollywood Magic Star
Shawn Newman: “The New Man” in Vegas!
Jeff McBride: McBar magic!
Scott Steelfyre: Die-namic Delights!

10pm   Stage Show Extravaganza
     Your host: Jeff McBride
     Will Bradshaw
     Jason Andrews: Sophisticated Sorcery
     Ming Da: Mysteries from Asia
     Dyno Statts: Is it Science or Magic?
     Mago Enigma: Illusions with a Latin Flair

Bar Magic, Scott Steelfyre & Maggie, Corey Rubino, New World Rythmatism Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow and Tarot reading, and many more surprises and special celebrity guests.

So, my friends… the next time we see each other in person, ask me to show you the card trick that changed my life!

It just might change YOURS!

Be inspired,


“Playing cards are like people, the backs all look the same, but the fronts are all different!”

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