McBride Museletter

Question:  Do I have to be a performing magician to learn magic?

Answer:  Of course not. You just have to love magic!

Greetings magic lovers!

Did you know that most people who love magic do not perform magic? I often have to explain to friends, that, just as with the opera, most of the people who love the performance of magic are not performers themselves…but they have a deep appreciation for the art.

Many of the people that I teach are what I call “magic lovers” or “magic enthusiasts.”

Magic enthusiasts come from all walks of life.

Just in the past few years I have shared my magic lessons with many students of magic who are business people, screen writers, actors, truck drivers, housewives, stay at home dads, politicians, government officials and more – all of whom who love magic as a hobby.

Learning Magic is a great way to enrich your life,


  1. Learning magic increases self-confidence.
  2. Studying the art promotes self-discipline.
  3. Learning how magicians think sharpens your critical thinking skills.
  4. Performing a simple magic illusion can bring great joy to others.
  5. Magic can help us learn to approach people and enhance our socializing skills.
  6. Magic is an international language that transcends cultural boundaries, and a great way to meet people.
  7. People think magic is very hip and cool these days!

One of my students, Ming Da, wrote a great article on the life-enriching qualities that studying magic can add to your life! You might enjoy it:

If you are one of those enthusiasts who think you might like to actually learn more about performing, you may want to consider our upcoming Spring Training classes, March 20-25. You can come for just two days, or for all six. Learn more here: – 561
Nick Diffatte – First time on stage at Wonderground
First Eugene Burger Legacy Awards are Announced
We are delighted to announce that the first two Eugene Burger Legacy Award recipients have been announced. They are two of our favorite magicians, Kim Z (Kim Zoller) and Dr. Geoff Grimes.
Created in collaboration with Eugene’s estate, these awards recognize artists who we believe exemplify Eugene’s highest values and qualities as a magician. Winners of the award will forever carry Eugene’s name forward in relation to their own, and they will also receive a merit-based full-tuition scholarship to any class at the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas.

Donations to the Eugene Burger Legacy Fund can be made by going to

A Magical Party
This month we are hosting a very special party honoring The Wonderground All-stars!

We will have special events planned for the opening of all the shows!

Experience the Close-up magic of Rocco – One Show Only!
Join us for the biggest magic party in Vegas!
Thursday March 15th, 2018 7:30pm. 3 big shows! All info at www.vegaswonderground.comNick Diffatte and Superstars of close up magic Rocco Silano & Allan Ackerman!!!
PLUS an ALL STAR-line up!

Here is the schedule:
7:30 PM  Strolling magic Will Bradshaw, Taylor Lloyd & Allen Scott will do tarot readings

8:00 PM  Comedy Magic & Variety — Your host Tim Wise
Michael Tetro – From Burning Man to Hollywood
Jeff Lockett — Con Man Confidential
Kevin Hall —  The Wild Man of Magic
Nick Diffatte –The New Comedy Star of Vegas!

9:00 PM — Your host is Will Bradshaw
Allan Ackerman — The Las Vegas Card Expert
Michael Tetro – Hollywood’s New Magic Sensation
Kevin Hall — Madcap Mayhem
Rocco — Modern Master of Mystery

10:00 PM  — Your host is Clyde McBride
Sonny Fontana — An Illusion that Is NOT to be Seen!
Kevin Hall — Comedy Magic as Seen on AGT
Michael Tetro – Magic in “Flow-Motion”
Nick Diffatte — The NEW star of Comedy Magic
Jeff McBride  — Toast of the Town!

See the Las Vegas Card Expert in Action.
PLUS:  Photography by Sheryl Garrett. Bar Magic with Zack Pattee. Scott Steelfyre, Corey Rubino, NEW Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow with Alan Scott, live art with Areeya – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests!!

We are now preparing for our upcoming classes on tour, online and here in Las Vegas. Please drop us an email and let us know when you plan to visit!

Your friends in magic,

Jeff and Abbi

 March, 2018 – Magic & Mystery School Events
12 New System –  Online with Jeff McBride
19 New System –  Online with Larry Hass
20-25 6-Day Magic & Mystery School Spring Training
20-21 Spring Training – Focus on Card Magic
22-23 Spring Training – Focus on the Classics of Magic
24-25 Spring Training – Focus on Grand Illusions
26 New System – Online with TBA
March 2018 – Jeff McBride Calendar
15 McBride’s WONDERGROUND – Las Vegas
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Andre Kole SAM Assembly 248 Upcoming Events

Andre Kole SAM Assembly 248 Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 19th Chris Rawlins (and election) 6:30

NEW LOCATION: PARK TERRACE Senior Living (former Embassy Suites) 2577 W. Greenway Rd.

Chris Rawlins is a Professional Mentalist, from the North of England.

In 2010 Chris published his first manuscript Mind Experiments, with the guidance of Kenton Knepper, which received critical acclaim from the Magic and Mentalism community.

Since 2010, Chris has shared more of this thoughts in various forms, 2012 saw Chris’s release of Roulette. A book full of Mentalism routines and some theory, that received great acclaim and comments from Bob CassidyLuke Jermay, Graham Jolley, Mark ElsdonMarc Paul, Banchek, Peter Turner, Colin Mcleod, Chris Cox and Luca Volpe, to name a few. Roulette has since seen a second printing, been released as an ebook and also been recently translated into French.

In 2013 Chris spoke at much respected The Sesssion Convention, about the release of his clipboard peek REVEAL. Luke Jermay said REVEAL was and is “The ultimate clipboard glimpse.” This, like the rest of Chris’ work, received fantastic reviews, acclaim and comments from the Magic and Mentalism community. Soon after Chris toured Europe, lecturing all over France, the Netherlands and beyond.

2014 saw Chris release his first stand alone DVD with Vanishing Inc Magic, Leading Thoughts. Featuring live performances of effects from Chris’s catalogue, alongside some previously unpublished routines and ideas.

In the past 5 years, Chris has gained a strong reputation for creating modern, unique and creative material. Uri Geller says that “Chris is a creative, original thinker and a truly great performer, his skills and talents mesmerised me. I highly recommend you all to see him in action.”

Currently Chris works full time as a Mentalist and Performer, entertaining the real world, and sharing his routines, methods and approach to Mentalism in the Magic world.


May 19th & 20 Sat./Sun. Combined Installation IBM/SAM with Show 19th by TOMAS & lecture 20th.

Limited to 60 participants ONLY contact Bob Cozzari ASAP @ Pueblo Norte

June 3 Sunday Spain’s outstanding illusionist , 2017 European FISM winner Adrian Vega @ Park Terrace

IBM meeting Tuesday March 20th regular meeting topic “tricks you’ve learned from The Linking       Ring”

        IBM West is doing very well and more details as they develop


Brad Zinn is presenting The Great Comedians @ The Herberger Theater Stage West March 23. 24, 25
              tickets $35 & $50 special 10+ tickets, featuring MC Pat McMahon
Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent presents The Illusionists “Next Generation of Magic” Ikeda Theater, Mesa 
                       Arts Center tickets $65 to $87 special 10+ tickets
Craig Davis presents Davis Circus of Illusion a terrific intimate theater 6105 N. Cattle Track Rd., Scottsdale. Craig features     
                       singing, juggling, amazing illusions & great cookies. Tickets $38 & $48 special prices for IBM/SAM members.
                       Saturday nights @7:30 call: 480) 330-1592
Want to serve on our Board? contact Jeff Payton at

Brad Zinn @ Gaslight Music Hall

Hope to see all my Southern Arizona friends there! I’ve added a bit of new material to keep it fresh for those of you that may have seen the show before. And if you’ve never seen the show, please don’t wait! This MAY be your last chance…thanks!
PS. Be seated a bit early to see Ms. Bre’s Vaudeville Sand Painting! You’ll be sorry if you miss this!

Great Show Coming up

We should put this out to the club email list and post it on the IBM and SAM websites ASAP…
I heard Friday night with Celebrity Host Pat McMahon is going to be a great experience! 
Lets spread the word and support our fellow performers in the valley! 
Share this link with all and lets help Brad sell out his shows! 

Ring 55 West News

Hello Fellow Magicians,

           What a Great turn out and Fun time for our organizational meeting of I.B.M. West! This e-mail is being sent to you because you had signed up at our first west side meeting. According to the list we had twenty 
20 attend. Five of the twenty were visiting from the East side and said they would come on occasion. That still leaves us with 15 magicians from the West side that are interested in forming a Ring on the West Side.
After the business part of the meeting it was awesome to see the volunteers that performed Magic and also the wonderful fellowship. 
         Thanks again to everyone for coming out and signing up…….And a special thanks to Joe from Wacky Zach’s Magic for his hospitality. Our next get together will be on Thursday March 15th. The doors will be open
like last month at 6:00 and we will start at 7:00.  It was brought up that because the meeting is just two days before St. Patricks Day that we should think Green!  That could be Money Magic, leprechauns, shamrocks,
or what ever magic you would like to do.  Please RSVP for the next get together so that we do have enough chairs. (and try to bring a new member with you)  Also for the members that signed the Petition for Ring Charter, 
Please e-mail me your Membership number so that I can submit the petition.
      I mentioned earlier that some of the members from the East Side will visit us on occasion, and they also invite us to attend their meeting on the Third Tuesday of the month. As a professional courtesy you can attend
their meetings, however you do not need to pay dues at both. Meeting are held at El Pueblo Norte 7090 E. Mescal Scottsdale, AZ 85254.   (near Shea and Scottsdale Rd.) 
     With starting a new Ring we will need a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  I ask you all to start to think about taking on a position so that we can discuss and nominate in March and have election in
Frank Pastula
602-818-1893  Cell
Below the pictures of the last meeting.

Jim Pickrell Update

Hello everyone this is Kene, Jim Pickrell’s Godson. I wanted to give all of  you a status update on how Jim is doing after his massive heart attack. After 6 weeks of touch and go in the ICU he has been released to home care woohoo! not in the best of shape and confined to a wheelchair but still with us. He could use a bit of cheering up now so give him a call or shout out to him or send him a email at 602-973-7083 or

RE: Joseph Shiek Passing

Sad to hear this… I knew Joe pretty well and he was an eccentric person but, loved magic. One of his favorite things was reels… I recall a time when he traded me some magic for a few things. I had a reel that was broken and I wasn’t ever going to do with it. I gave it to Joe as a gift he opened up right away and and got so excited! He said it was a Cardini reel… I said cool and he showed me a few things on it. He asked me if I still wanted to give it to him. I told him it was his and enjoy it. Over the many years I knew him he would sometimes do a repair job for me on a prop and he was very good with his card manipulation. I once hired him to do card manipulation on Halloween 2013 in front of my shop! He LOVED the Tarbell course and he and I had several conversations about his days with Tannens magic and living in NYC. He was a nice guy and it is sad to hear that he has passed on. I still have a couple of props from him and I will always think of Joe when I use them. May he RIP
Wacky Zack’s Magic

Ring Report for February 2018 Meeting

March Ring 55 Meeting

Our February meeting was well attended. We had 12 members and 3 guests attend. The theme for this month was “Magic you Love and I Hate This @$#%^& Trick” a true balance of love and hate. Most of our members performed effects they loved.

Roland Perry – Performed John Bannon’s Twisted Sister – Roland explained he bought and learned this effect from one of our long time members Gene Urban Roland has performed this effect thousands of times.

Jay Gorham – Performed and taught the Nine Card Trick. This is a pretty neat card trick that allows a large group to participate. Jay said he once performed this for an SAM Banquet and everybody participated.

Larry Wilfong – Larry talked about and showed a set of handcrafted “Rattle Box” made by Owen Brothers, a one-of-a-kind Rattle Box from the late 1950’s and two current Rattle Boxes of different sizes with a much improved size and design (one coin size and the other to accommodate a finger ring) developed by Craig Brooks from Atlantis Magic. Larry liked the effect but not the size of the box or the mechanics of it. Fellow member Craig Brooks crafted some newer smaller boxes with a different wood and rattle mechanism. Larry showed what he liked about those.

Gary Lazok – Performed a Nascar themed card effect. Gary laid out a “race track” and had a spectator select from a small stack of Nascar driver cards, then Gary brought out a small Nascar model. The driver cards were all laid out on the track and the Nascar model was rolled back and forth on the track and mysteriously stopped on the spectators selection.

Saul Shatz our guest from Chicago showed a very nice single deck Do As I Do card effect. Saul cut the deck and gave the spectator half and they both selected cards. Saul demonstrated how an app on his iPhone caused the selected cards turn over and one turned from a red back to a blue back. This was based on Rosini Double Reverse and Chicago Opener. Nice little routine.

Bob Coluzzi – Showed off Occular. Bob loves this effect because a spectator’s selected card visually appears in a small manilla envelope with a large hole in the middle. It is a very visual appearance.

Scott Israel – Scott did a very clean Color Monte effect using just 3 regular cards.

David Goldberg – The effect David liked was the Charming Chinese Challenge which is a multi phase coin routine using 3 Chinese coins and a red ribbon. One by one the coins penetrated the ribbon and there was a vanish and reappearance of the last coin. What David liked about this routine is how well constructed it is and could be immediately repeated making it a perfect walk around piece. The effect David hated was a poorly made Card To Wallet that fell apart while just examining it after receiving it. David performed a bonus effect called Double Impact. It was a 2 deck do as I do effect where both the spectator and magician both freely select a card and exchange them without looking at them. When reveled, both cards match. David created this effect based on an idea from fellow member Craig Brooks.

Joe Johnson – One of Joe’s favorite effects was Jack Sandwich. A selected card magically showed up sandwiched between 2 Jacks.

Jay Gorham – Jay closed out the meeting with a novel card effect from Jim Steinmeyer”s Impuzzbilites Book.

Lots of participation and exchange of ideas made this another great meeting.