The McBrides and Magic and Mystery

Jeff McBride

Last night, the place to be was The Magic Castle at the corner of Franklin and Orange in Hollywood, California.  We squeaked in (we are on the waiting list for a hip replacement or a good oiling) just before they closed the parking lot.   Phew, we said to no one.

We were dressed in our finest and even polished one of our two shoes (the right – and we always walk with it going first) and wore a tie inherited from our late uncle.  Like all families, we had to fight to recover the tie he promised us.  Our aunt said he never intended us to have it.  Our cousins claimed they were entitled to it.  The funeral director said we couldn’t open the casket without a court order.  But we have it – most of it – and we were wearing it with the pride of a person who knows how to wear a snap on tie.

Steve Valentine is more than a great magician, he is also a world-famous actor and great guy.  When his name is on the bill, there are going to be crowds.  Well, last night, his name was on the bill and there were crowds.  QED.

Mr. Valentine was hosting a special Castle Perk for members on Street Magic in the beautifully appointed Peller Theatre.  Unfortunately, the Peller Theatre seats around 40 guests and there were far more than that looking to learn the ins and outs of performing on boulevards and byways.

We stood solemnly by the door, gazing in with hope and expectation but to no avail.  We couldn’t hear a thing.  We saw mouths moving and props being displayed but without the language track, the visual was insufficient for us.  Dejectedly, we gathered our street performing props and funny hat, and walked away.

After a wonderful meal in the dining room, we were able to see Jeff McBride and Abigail Spinner-McBride in the Palace of Mystery.  What a treat.  Because of our late arrival and dubious hygiene, we were given a choice seat with lots of room near the front.  We have seen Mr. McBride several times and were once again delighted by his creativity and skill.  He is a man of many talents and masks.  He uses both resources to make for a fantastic show.

We have never seen Ms. Spinner-McBride perform and were equally delighted to see her work.  She has a wonderful sense of poise and grace on stage.  Her performance of Max Maven’s Brainwave was beautifully done.

The McBrides will be at The Magic Castle through Sunday as part of the Magic and Mystery School Week.  If you haven’t seen their show or haven’t seen it in a while, make plans to get there.

McBride & Burger Present Lance Burton Young Magicians Seminar

Inside Magic Image of Lance Burton, Master MagicianThis just in: Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger will be facilitating the Lance Burton Young Magicians Seminar at the 2014 Combined Convention in St. Louis, MO on June 29-30.

Jeff and Eugene have been facilitating Lance Burton’s young magician’s events since its inception in 2003.  Along with Jeff and Eugene we are expecting participation from Kenrick “Ice” McDonald, David Oliver, Dr. Larry Hass, Kayla Drescher, Bryce Kuhlman and other surprise guests.

If you haven’t registered yet – don’t wait any longer – register today! To register go to http://ibmsam.com/registration/ TODAY!  See you in St. Louis, where it is All About the Magic.

IBM Announces Sorcerer’s Safari Partnership for Youth Camp Scholarships

Inside Magic Image of International Brotherhood of Magicians and Magic Camp LogoThe International Brotherhood of Magicians (“IBM”) Endowment and Development Fund provided funds for two scholarships to the Sorcerer’s Safari Magic Camp.
Two lucky teens, one male and one female, attending the IBM Lance Burton Teen Seminar will be selected to receive these awesome scholarships.
The McBride Magic & Mystery School will also select one Teen Magician to receive the McBride Magic & Mystery School Faculty Award.
Founded in 1991, the McBride Magic & Mystery School’s goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and inspiring place for magic enthusiast (both amateur and professional) to work on their magic. They work with students of all skill levels and interests.
At McBride Magic & Mystery School the unparalleled faculty are there to answer your questions, help you become a better magician and, most importantly, to have fun.
One lucky teen magician will receive the opportunity of a lifetime!
For additional information on the McBride Magic & Mystery School, go to their website: http://www.magicalwisdom.com/
The Sorcerer’s Safari Magic Camp will run from August 27th through September 1st at the beautiful Camp White Pine in Ontario, Canada.
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Criss Angel’s Plans for MagicPlace.Com Portal

Inside Magic Image of Criss AngelThere is one thing we can say for Criss Angel, he never does thing halfway. Many a magi have performed levitations but only one did it on top of a Las Vegas Casino. Criss Angel is taking the same philosophy to the web and broadcast world.

The illusionist leaked word of the August 2011 launch of MagicPlace.com to Robin Leach. Robin, in turn, shared the news with about a few million readers of his Luxe Life column in the Las Vegas blog, VegasDeluxe.com. Criss Angel told the cigar-chomping reporter of all things rich, famous, and glittery the site will be a combination of a broadcast network, magic portal, magic store, and magician school and talent agency.

Criss Angel intends on having 14 magic shows produced and “aired” each week. He will handle the hosting duty for four and enlist additional talent for the remaining ten shows.

The Pierced One told Robin Leach, “It’s completely different from anything ever attempted before on or off the Internet. I’m insanely passionate about it. I believe it will ultimately revolutionize the way people experience everything magic. There’s nothing in the world like it.”

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IBM 2011 Closes on High Note

Inside Magic Image of IBM Convention LogoAnd now the 2011 IBM Convention is complete.

It ended with a wonderful show entitled “Legends of Magic & Comedy.” The show began with Jeff McBride. He was in top form and served as the perfect entreaty to the special night. His energy unique ability to take advantage of any unplanned surprise ensured a wonderful start.

The lovely Frances Willard introduced son-in-law Michael Ammar and his beautiful wife, Hannah as they performed their rendition of The Spirit Cabinet. Hannah has learned well from her mother — the effect was perfect.

Max Maven introduced the concept of “suspension” by correctly reading the minds of the sell-out house and segued into clips of Walter “Zaney” Blaney performing his Ladder Suspension over the years and in many venues. But this evening Walter did not perform his world-famous illusion. That honor was bestowed on Becky Blaney and Walter’s granddaughter. They did an outstanding job and Walter’s pride clearly showed.

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