"I truly believe that Jeff McBride is the best guide to improving your magic show in the world today."
- Mac King
"You'll laugh, you'll be amazed, you may even shed a tear or two. But you won't see tricks. No, no my friends. You'll experience magic." - Simon Lovell
"Mr. McBride combines magic with mime, dance, Kabuki theater and martial arts. He wields the primordial weapons of the magician -- the wand, chalice and sword. He wrestles with titanic unseen forces. He does not do rabbits." - Glenn Collins
"McBride...is a conjuror of genius." - Jeremy Kingston, The London Times
"Cards sprout from every fingertip like cabalistic tentacles, then pour from his mouth, as if a full deck had been sequestered inside his cheeks." - Cabaret Review, The New Yorker
Who is he?
Jeff McBride, a three time award winner at the International Grand Prix of Magic in Monte Carlo, named Magician of the Year by The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle), is widely recognized as a foremost innovator and most exciting performer in contemporary magic. Naming him "Vegas' Best" Magician several years ago, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote: "Light years ahead of the pack... McBride is easily the most exciting and mesmerizing magician I've seen in years." For several years, McBride headlined at Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas, where he was voted critics' choice as Best Magician in Las Vegas. He recently toured South America with the world’s largest magic show, “The Illusionists,” and his McBride’s Wonderground magic nightclub has just completed its fourth year of performances in Las Vegas.
In addition to his work as a performer, McBride is a much sought-after lecturer and workshop leader for such diverse groups as The Smithsonian, The Disney Institute, the Omega Institute and many others. He combines dynamic performance magic with deep insights into what makes magic work, its enduring fascination and many uses - not only on stage but in business and personal life as well. His is the founder and leader of the McBride Magic & Mystery School based in Las Vegas and widely known as the world’s leading source for magical learning.
McBride's magic has been featured on every major television network, with the most recent appearances on The World Magic Awards and Masters of Illusion on MyNetwork, as a celebrity judge on VH-1's Celebracadabra! and on A&E's Mindfreak with Criss Angel. McBride has even "Gone where no magician had gone before" as a special guest star on Star Trek - Deep Space Nine.
What will he teach?
In his Penguin Live lecture, we begin in the secret library of the Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas where Jeff talks about how he developed his iconic act.
He also shares his incredible work with card manipulation, even including suggestions for beginning manipulators to perform while mastering more challenging moves.
And, you learn techniques for preparing an audience to experience mystery, as demonstrated by his wife Abbi, through the use of Gift Magic.
She also treats us to her performance of the Best Ever Knots Off Silk, and she and Jeff offer multiple presentations for this timeless, and beautiful effect.
Then, Jeff breaks out the harmonica and washboard-tie for his Medicine Show presentation of the thimbles, leading into his fun rendition of One-Card Pete.
Plus, he shows you how a simple story can elevate the skillful rolling of a coin, and we get a surprise visit from Angus McBride.
Jeff also teaches you a couple of his favorite card tricks. One allows you to connect with a participant's memory, and another creates a magical souvenir.
You'll also learn how to get, and keep, an audience's attention through Maximum Participation and the truth behind the origin of the Magic and Mystery School.