Variety – The Spice of Life

Greetings Dear Friends!

Welcome to Vegas — a city of variety and magic! So many people want to visit magical Las Vegas, and you will get your chance again soon! But, right now, you deserve a break! A break from reality… and end to the humdrum, mundane, locked-in, fenced-out, feelings you may be experiencing these days. What is the perfect antidote? 

No, not the magazine, my friends…. The real thing! Variety is more than just the spice of life. Variety — it is essential to add this element of surprise, magic, delight, and wonder to our lives every day. You can bring variety to your life in the following ways:  Writer Lori Deschene suggests we… 

  1. Start the day with a blank piece of paper and the question: “What if today were my last?” Write down what you’d do differently, and then try to do at least five of those things.
  2. Wear something much bolder than you usually do. This gives people the opportunity to see you in a new light, which means they may interact with you differently. 
  3. Change your workspace. Bring new pictures and candles, or move your desk if you’re able. Rearranging furniture always makes my space more exciting.
  4. Commit to complimenting everyone you encounter on something. Sometimes it will be easy, and sometimes it will be challenging. Every time it will brighten someone’s day, and fill you with joy.
  5. Commit random acts of kindness. (Eugene Burger’s Favorite!) You’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling, and you’ll create some good karma for yourself. You never know when that kindness will come back to you and open up your world.

Read more of Lori’s suggestions here:

How much VARIETY do you have in YOUR life?
I can help you add a bit more! Great Masters of the Art often add a splash of the unusual to their presentations. In this exciting class, you will have the opportunity to meet masters of the variety arts, and learn their secrets of success. Many of these arts are nearly lost or forgotten. That is what makes them so exciting, novel, and fresh to modern day audiences!

New online class. April 11th–25th, 2021. Three great classes on three consecutive Sundays, Noon – 2 pm (Pacific). With Jeff McBride and special guests: Charlie Frye, Rafael, Lee Alex, and more to be announced! We will talk live with each of these modern masters, watch great acts in history, and learn so much about the “allied arts.”

Special guest artists will be live in the classroom to give you personal instruction. 

  • Charlie Frye – Eccentric juggling, magic and showmanship.
  • Rafael – One of Europe’s most talented magical variety showmen.
  • Lee Alex – Quick change artist & magician.

Topics will include demonstrations, and how to access resources and study materials about ventriloquism, puppetry, tamasudare, dice stacking, origami, plate-spinning, shadowgraphy, chapaugraphy, troublewit, balloon sculpting, sand painting, rag pictures, chalk talk, smoke painting, sword swallowing, fire and flow art, and even the old-time flea circus! 

Many other subjects that are obscure or forgotten will also pop up during our lively interactive session.

Register now:

Three Great Variety Performers You Must See!
Just look at their videos below. Charlie Frye - His YouTube videos are so inspiring. He is known around the world as modern master of variety skills.

Charlie Frye began life as a clown, performing alongside his father and grandfather. He then joined the circus and kidnapped a ballerina – his future wife, Sherry. Together they created a distinctive, original act, that is universally applauded for its unparalleled blend of skill and physical comedy. As one of the world’s most successful and sought-after variety acts, they’ve opened for Liza Minnelli, and traveled extensively with The Illusionists, playing the famed Sydney Opera House and The Palace on Broadway.

One of the most beloved, and talented artists of our time, Charlie will talk about juggling, clowning, character, and magic!
Rafael is truly a many-faceted artist! He is an award-winning magician, inventor, comedian, illusionist and world traveler. His background in mime, circus, dramatic arts and commedia dell’arte helped to shape him into the incredibly off-the-wall and original act that he is today.  

Rafael has appeared on stages all over the world, including Wintergarten Varieté in Berlin, the Opera House in Blackpool, Theater Carré in Amsterdam, Crocus City Hall Moscow, L’Olympia in Paris and performances before the Royal family at the Théâtre Princesse Grace in Monaco.  A few of his awards include: The Mandrake d’Or in Paris and the Siegfried & Roy Golden Lion Award, which Rafael won in 2005 with his comedy magic dove act in Las Vegas. More info at:
Lee Alex is one of the world’s most respected creators of quick-change effects for our magic community. He is known worldwide in the magic fraternity for his work and study in the branch of “quick change,” the art of transforming male and female costumes in a flash. His celebrated “Color Change Waistcoat/Vest” has been performed internationally by magicians, dancers and jugglers. Lee’s lecture “Time for a Change?” has taken him to the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Magic Circle in London, the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, and to over twenty-five other countries in a multitude of cities and towns, always with great reviews from magical peers.

A Gift for You, & Our Magic Community
April brings new changes. Beginning April 5th, we will host one Monday night show FREE every month! That is correct. “MYSTERY SCHOOL – OPEN HOUSE” will be the first Monday of every month!

Join your favorite magicians and magic teachers from around the world for an exciting and informative evening of magical wisdom. We go live at 7pm PST. WWW.MCBRIDEMAGIC.TV.

We are posting these shows at our Magical Wisdom site, so if you did not get a chance to join us, here is a link to Mystery School Monday free shows and all back episodes:

I’ll see you on the first Monday of EVERY month my friends, or see you at one of our exciting new online classes.

Be inspired!

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