Las Vegas magic star Jeff McBride awarded highest honor by London’s Magic Circle

Head-Mask-FavertyPRTFrom Tobias Beckwith –

September 3, 2018 Las Vegas, NV – Last night, at their headquarters in London, The Magic Circle presented Jeff McBride with The David Devant Award. Among the highest awards bestowed in the world of magic and illusion, the Devant award is given to those who have made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic or who have given outstanding service to magic internationally. The trophy is a miniature bust of David Devant, the first President of The Magic Circle. The original life size bronze is on permanent display in the Magic Circle Headquarters.

A 10-year headliner at his popular McBride’s Wonderground, in Las Vegas, Jeff McBride has long been known as a foremost innovator in the world of magic, being among the first to incorporate masks and pantomime with world-class sleight-of-hand skills. His early career saw him as opening act for such superstars as Diana Ross & Tom Jones. Later, his full-evening shows won raves off-Broadway, in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He is founder of the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas,McBride’s Wonderground (magic nightclub) and can be seen regularly on such popular television shows as Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us. He is author of the book The Show Doctor and host of the Monday Night Mystery Schoolwebcast, currently with over 350 episodes archived. Earlier this summer, McBride was presented with one of the magic world’s other highest honors, the International Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques’ (FISM) Theory & Philosophy Award.

The Magic Circle, located in London, is the premier magical society in the fascinating world of magic and illusion. They have an international membership of around 1500, all dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of magic, an entertainment as popular today as when the famous club was formed in 1905.

Former recipients of the David Devant Award include:

2018 – Jeff McBride

2017 – Silvan

2016 – Lance Burton

2015 – Johnny Thompson

2014 – David Copperfield

2013 – Luis De Matos

2012 – Jim Steinmeyer

2011 – David Berglas

2009 – Ali Bongo

2008 – Siefried & Roy

2007 – Paul Daniels

2006 – John Fisher2004 – Marvin Roy2005 – John Calvert

2003 – Mark Wilson and Nani

2002 – Dr. Eddie Dawes

2001 – John Gaughan

2000 – Channing Pollock

1999 – Jay Marshall

Be sure to check out Mr. McBride, Mr. Beckwith and the Magic Circle sites here:

http://wow.mcbridemagic.com

https://themagiccircle.co.uk/

http://www.magicalwisdom.com

 

Magician Arthur Trace Comes to Venice California

Inside Magic Favorite Arthur TraceArthur Trace is an Inside Magic Favorite Magician from our hometown of Chicago.  That should be enough for this article: a complete endorsement of Mr. Trace and description of his background as well as his particular talent.  But we feel something stirring deep in our soul to share more about him and his upcoming one-man show in Venice, California.

Mr. Trace, as our social media team wrote last night on Twitter (@insidemagic), is to “magic what magic is to life.”  It is so true.  His magic transcends tricks or even sophisticated manipulation – both of which are contained in his act.  To watch Mr. Trace perform is similar to watching a tightrope walker.  As a magician, we worry about other magicians when they perform magic requiring incredible skills – we don’t want them to fail or fall.  We have seen Mr. Trace walk that taut wire many times and he has never fallen to the magic equivalent of a horrible true finale.  He does not even come close.  His skill set is so highly developed that there is no risk of failure; only entertainment and complete entertainment at that.

He is a delightful person and deserving of the fame he has received and continues to receive.  It says quite a lot about someone who is beloved by the public viewers of an act as well as his fellow performers with whom he spends times between shows.

If you are in Southern California or can get here by September 15th, do make reservations to see a true Magic Genius at the cozy Electric Lodge Theater.

Mr. Trace’s advertisement provides some clues as to what you will experience:

What would you do if you could stop time?  Arthur will show you what he would do, and the outcome is funny and surprising.

An “invisible bee” that’s brought to life

Arthur will transform a piece of rope into a magical violin.

A long-distance call via a tin-can phone – the result is unexpected.

An interactive painting that is transformed through sleight of hand.

Mr. Trace is only the eighth magician in the history of magic to be awarded The International Brotherhood of Magicians Gold Medal and has appeared on Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Tickets are limited and priced well below what we would pay to see this 70-minute show – and we are notoriously cheap.  General Admission is $40.00 and tickets to the Front Row are $55.00.

Please read all the details about the show and Mr. Trace here: https://arthurtrace.com/the-artful-deceiver.

Magician / Clothier Ted Baker gives you a chance to touch magic.

We love magic and people who love magic.  Therefore we love Ted Baker the famous clothier.Shingles from the Magic Castle on the Ted Baker Storefront

So, we’re walking through the new Century City Mall, in the ritzy section of Los Angeles, next to Beverly Hills; where people drive Mercedes and Rolls Royce manufactured vehicles not even to show off but because their more expensive, nicer car is in the shop – or so they’ve been told by their household staff.  And we walk by Ted Baker’s clothing store.

We are not clothing  horses.  We’re not even people who know where our clothes came from.  We don’t know if we bought them first hand, were lent them and forgot to return them, or found them in the laundromat  (Suds-n-Suds on Wilshire where you can have a beer (hence suds) whilst your clothes clean (hence the other suds)).

But we stopped in front of the window of Ted Baker’s storefront and fell in love.  He had rabbits coming out of old opera hats – the kind that really collapse and open with a snap – much like our pants.  He had different exotic decks of cards shown and even had a portrait of a magician that had a 3-D image emerging from it.

But there was something about the shingles.  First of all we are talking about the shingles he used to cover the front of his boutique and not the type we contracted and have never had such pain without relief since our days in that special club we joined by accident when first arriving in Hollywood – “Crunch and Pain” sounds like an exercise club and so we excuse ourselves and never associate with the members of what was decidedly not an exercise club – evident by the lack of movement by the members.

The shingles, we learned, were from The Magic Castle.  After the fire, Mr. Ted Baker purchased the remnants of the saved pieces removed from the burnt structure.  His store has the shingles from the roof on the outside and inside of his store and the front counter has wooden cabinets from the Castle.  It is wonderful.

We were told by the very friendly and helpful staff that Mr. Ted Baker has different stores around the world and chooses different themes for each.  We were lucky that he chose magic as the theme for this store.  We have it on great authority – an employee at the Castle – that Mr. Ted Baker is actually a magician and a member of the Castle.

We’ve never bought clothes for ourselves – not even at Crunch and Pain – but if we were to do so, we would do so at Mr. Ted Baker’s store.  If you are in the Century City / Beverly Hills area of California, please do stop by his shop and see all of the wonderful things he has saved from our art’s history.  By all means feel the shingles both inside and outside the store.  They are loose but they withstand even the most amorous caress.

A Father’s Magic Show Comes to New Jersey

Our father was and is a great magician.

So, when an article starts with a title “Not Your Father’s Magic Show,” we wonder if they knew our father.  In his prime, he was as daring as the next daring person and would wear straitjackets underwater in a locked glass tank.  He pushed rods of steel through his midsection and wore suits that defied the fashion trends of the day.

But we understand why The Two Rivers newspaper began its review of The Champions of Magic with such a line.  Most fathers did not attend shows that showed such daring-do or risked so much before a live audience as did The Champions of Magic in their prior performances in England and as they promise to perform in New Jersey in the coming week.

“Audiences will witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart-stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

The five magicians include Kayla Drescher, who was named the Next Great Magician by David Copperfield (whom we love because she is a great performer and we have a serious shoe fetish),  Alex McAleer has the ability to tap into his audiences’ minds and read their thoughts. From straitjackets to water tanks and handcuffs to giant steel traps, Fernando Velasco faces some of the deadliest escape stunts ever performed. Thanks to their spectacular illusions and viral videos, Young & Strange have been featured on television shows around the globe.”

Everything written by The Two Rivers Times’ reporter Mary Ann Bourbeau is accurate except the part about our dad.

It will likely be a sold-out show and so we advise you make your seat selection now.  You will not likely see these magicians all in one show again.  They will be at the spectacular Count Basie Theatre Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9th.

Tickets are $29 to $59. For more information, visit http://thebasie.org/.

Why is TV Magic So Unmagical?

Carreras ltd cards spotting the cardEntertainment Weekly writer Brittany Frederick asks why with so much magic on television recently, we are not feeling magical?

She points to the recent spate of shows about our craft such as Criss Angel BeLIEve; Syfy’s Wizard Wars, Close Up Kings, and Troy: Street Magic; The CW’s resurrection of Masters of Illusion and importing of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.   She likes the craft but apparently not the way it is being translated to television sets.  It is tough to disagree with her take.

She points out that Masters of Illusion has been squished from an hour-long show to 30 minutes (including commercials).  The net effect is that “Dean Cain has to go through acts so quickly that you barely have time to let the tricks sink in.”

Ms. Frederick bemoans – again with our wholehearted agreement – the move from logistics of putting on a magic show to the effect in isolation.
“What was so fantastic about Criss Angel BeLIEve when Spike unveiled it in October 2013 was that it was almost about everything but the performance. We got to know Angel a lot better and understand what it was like for him to do these challenging tricks every day. We learned about the history involved with many of his demonstrations. We met his team, and were able to listen in on their discussions about how to make magic happen, whether it was building a prop or finding the perfect location. We saw when things didn’t go according to plan and how they dealt with those situations. These are elements of magic that most TV audiences probably haven’t even thought about.”

Audiences are now taken from appreciating the history of a particular effect and the very real logistical challenges of presenting the trick, to merely asking whether an effect is performed with camera tricks or dodgy editing.

Check out her full article and well-considered opinions here.