McBride Museletter

Hello Friends and Wizards! My name is Stonewick, and I hope this Museletterfinds you well.
The subject of this short essay is Teaching. At some point, most, (if not all) of us, have taught a simple trick to a young relative, or maybe even taught magic in a more formal and structured setting. When we do this, we become The Sage.
Jeff McBride often refers to the Four Archetypes of the Magician – The Trickster, The Sorcerer, The Oracle and The Sage. The Sage is many things: Philosopher, Writer, Historian, Collector and Enthusiast. But the Sage is perhaps, most importantly, a mentor and a teacher. Think Eugene Burger or René Lavand, for example.

I have been a public high school teacher for 20 years. I also sponsor an after-school magic club, so I am in the role of teacher every day, and magic mentor every Tuesday afternoon.

As such, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the things I have learned from my time as a high school teacher and magic mentor. It is my hope that the following ten points will be helpful to all of us in that role of mentor or teacher.

  1. Welcoming attitude: New students are often nervous. They have thousands of questions. Not the least of which is,” Am I up for this?” Or, “Am I going to look like a fool?” By welcoming our students warmly, we put them at ease and help them to get off to a good start.
  2. Meet students where they are: Sometimes it’s hard to remember that our students have not yet crossed the same rivers we have. They are inexperienced in some areas, and may even be a little immature in others. That’s okay. It’s important to keep in mind that just because we may know a concept or technique so well it has become part of our DNA, this same technique or idea may be completely foreign and difficult to the student.
  3. Know who they are outside of the learning environment: Having awareness of a student’s home life and other interests can really help us bring out the best in them, on multiple levels.
  4. Recognize strengths and areas for improvement: It is vitally important to have an understanding of what the student is, and is not ready for. We may have planned a powerful and dazzling lesson, but we must always be flexible, and ready to drop that plan and move over to something more basic. We can always come back to that amazing lesson later.
  5. High bar of expectation: If we accept mediocrity, then no one wins, and we have done an unfortunate disservice to our art and profession. Not only that, but we have cheated the student. After all, we promised to make a wizard out of them, and all we have taught the student to do is imitate a puzzle he or she was shown the solution to. No, no! Make it clear that magic is not easy, and the goal is excellence. Start with something that requires little or no technical skill, and teach the student to rock the presentation. Encourage the student to come up with a frame and script that reflects the student’s own interests and passions.
  6. Take it seriously: If we approach our task without some degree of seriousness, we run the risk of trivializing the craft. For example, at my school I sponsor an after-school magic club. One day, one of the students brought in a non-member. He said his friend missed the bus and was going to catch a ride with him later. Well, we deal with secrets here. No exposure. So, I insisted his friend find another place to hang out until we were finished. Harsh? Maybe. But it was, as we like to say in the industry, a “teaching moment.” One which I hope they all placed into their back pockets.
  7. Unconditional encouragement: Like learning to play an instrument, paint or write poetry, artistic endeavors often seem impossible for a long time. It can be easy to give up on ourselves. We need encouragement. We need to see that someone we know has fought these same battles, and come out on the other side. We also need to know that our teachers will never give up on us.
  8. Show passion: Passion is contagious. I love watching Bob Ross paint his amazing landscapes. I don’t paint. So why would I care? I think it’s because watching someone do and share what they love is intrinsically fascinating. When we show passion for what we do, we automatically create interest.
  9. Humility: Humility is vitally important for several reasons. Sometimes the best thing a teacher can say is,” I don’t know, but let’s explore that thread and see where it takes us.” “I don’t know” demonstrates the fact that we are never done learning. And it’s a great motivator to learn something new. And this new knowledge makes us better at what we do.
  10. Don’t underestimate your influence: When we become teachers or mentors, like it or not, we become influential. What is important to us–how we behave, and how we treat others–will in some way be reflected in the lives of our students. We may not imagine that we are a big deal, but we are!
One more point I’d like to make. As we all know, magic is often a solitary enterprise. Eugene Burger tells us,” In the deepest sense, a student must learn to be his or her own teacher”.

So, when we are struggling with that classic pass, writing our scripts or trying to stay focused on the thousand finer points of theatrical presentation, it’s good to remind ourselves that performing magic well is really hard! Let’s not neglect to be nice to ourselves. Let’s promise to be patient with, and encourage ourselves. Let’s not forget to be our own good teachers!

From Tobias:

Thank you, Stonewick! I loved this piece—partly because it brings us the perspective of someone who has dedicated their life to teaching, and primarily to teaching something other than magic. We can always learn from other disciplines. In fact, a lot of creativity comes from examining our own art, our own area of expertise, from the viewpoint of someone outside it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Stonewick is also passionate about, and teaches magic himself!

We have two opportunities coming up this month for you to come and experience our own special way of teaching magic here at the McBride Magic & Mystery School. The first is our Magic Summer School, reviving an event we tried first over a dozen years ago, back in the “Wonderdome.” It’s a 2-day intensive “fun and learning” event hosted by Jeff McBride, just before this year’s Magic Live! If you’re going to that… you might also want to extend your magical vacation and go to this!

For something a bit deeper, there is our 7-Day Master Class, just after Magic Live! This class is often over-subscribed, but as it turns out, we still have one spot available for this year’s session, because someone had to drop out at the last minute. To grab their spot, go here now and sign up.

Finally (and there will be more on this soon!)—Beyond Applause is now ready for release. As you read this, the book has just been sent off to Amazon, and probably won’t be on sale for another day or two. I wanted to say a big thank you right now, though. So many of you have helped me get the materials and thinking together for this book over the past dozen years—many not even aware that your questions, discussions and correspondence have inspired the thinking behind the book. So… Thank you! One of the wonderful things about this community is how we all inspire and help one another. I am eternally grateful!

Wishing you all a happy and magical August!

Tobias Beckwith

 August, 2018 – Magic & Mystery School Events
3-4 Magic Summer School
6 Slow Down – Jeff MSMin 10   Host – Daryl Rogers
9 Sisters of Mystery
9-15 7-Day Master Class
13 Record Your Audience – Tobias MSmin9  Host – Team/Master Class Night
20 Time to Rehearse – Larry Hass MSMinute 9  – Host – Santiago
27 Magic Show Pricing – TBA – Host – Jason Porter
August 2018 – Jeff McBride Calendar
16 McBride’s Wonderground Las Vegas

The Song Remains The Same

The Song Remains The Same

While looking online at some back issues of Linking Ring, these were way back,  about  1938 or so I read with great interest several articles about the worry of exposure of magic methods by movie studios of the day and how magic dealer Floyd Thayer was being accused of contributing to this because some of his products were purchased to be used in a movie that would expose methods. Mr. Thayer vigorously defended his position stating that he had no idea this was going to happen. In another article about exposure one magician related how he turned down a radio gig because they wanted him to explain how to do the effect he just performed.

One can only imagine how magicians back then would react if they could have seen Penn & Teller’s show or heaven forbid YouTube. Whats funny is that in all of these years nothing has really changed other than the technical advances. 80 years later some in the magic community are still complaining about magic exposure only now it’s through the Internet and YouTube.

My own personal opinion is that we as magicians whether amateur or pro should not worry too much about the exposure aspect and should be pleased that in this day and age of technology there are people who still love and have an interest in magic. Who would have thought in 2018 there would be so many magic shows on TV? Masters of Illusion, Fool Us and the literal parade of magicians on America’s Got Talent. And going back to ALL of the YouTube videos explaining and teaching magic almost 90 percent are card magic related and while yes a lay person may watch those videos, unless they are a hardcore card addict ( That’s what I’ve become ) 2 minutes into the explanation of the miracle they will be asleep. On the other hand those same videos may encourage another individual to take the plunge and become one of us. Which is a good thing because both Rings and Assemblies need new members with fresh new ideas.

Another issue I saw in my meanderings through the old issues dealt with apathy of the membership when it came to contributing tricks to the Linking Ring. Funny even back then many complained about the lack of magic in the old magazine but weren’t to quick to rectify the situation. Fortunately all of that changed because now the Linking Ring has an amazing amount of magic in it’s pages for ALL skill levels and interests. I’ve learned more than a few routines from the LR as well as glean some ideas that pointed to a method to revive an idea for an effect that has laid dormant in my mind.

Just musings from a magic hobbyist.

David Goldberg

Larry’s Finds: Magician June Horowitz, 104, blazed a trail for women


Magician June Horowitz,

104, blazed a trail for women

By Madison O’Connor Updated Jul 19, 2018

Photo courtesy Phyllis Horowitz
Magician June Horowitz holds a Queen of Hearts

playing card. Horowitz was referred to by friends

within the magic community as the ‘Queen of Hearts.’
Horowitz died June 27, 2018 at 104 years old.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Before she became one of magic’s most well-known and beloved magicians, June Horowitz couldn’t get into conventions.
Women magicians were few and far between when Horowitz began performing sometime around 1920. During her early days in magic, Horowitz was stopped at convention entrances and gently reminded, “The ladies’ event is down the hall.”
But she had a few tricks up her sleeve — Horowitz made herself a tag that read, “I’m no lady, I’m a magician,” and from then on, getting in was no problem.
Known for her willpower, witty humor and intelligence, Horowitz went on to shatter the glass ceiling for women magicians.
“She will leave a hole in magic for a long time,” her nephew Evan Ginsberg said. “When I talk to someone who’s not involved in magic, she means nothing, she’s just a person. But in her own world, in the world of magicians — which is pretty impressive around the world — she was something special.”
Horowitz died on June 27, 2018 at 104 years old in her Grand Rapids home.
Born June Warsaw on Sept. 12, 1913 in Chicago, Horowitz’s parents moved the family to Grand Rapids to provide a better environment for their children.
Horowitz went on to become the first female president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) in 1987, became the first female president of the local Grand Rapids I.B.M. club, Ring 211, in 1974 and was active in the magic community even as her age climbed into triple digits.
But she was also a math teacher at Ottawa Hills High School, Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) and Marywood Academy, according to a biography from the American Museum of Magic.
Horowitz was also active in her local faith community and promoted religious tolerance. She played the violin and was an alumna of one of the first Interlochen Arts Camp seasons in 1929.
Her enthusiasm for magic started with her father, Abe Warsaw, who was also a magician and taught Horowitz and her two siblings magic.
In between family dinners with world-famous magicians Harry Houdini and Howard Thurston, Horowitz began practicing magic when she was around 6 or 7 years old. As her skills progressed, so did her performances, and she was able to make money to help pay for her University of Michigan education.
104-year-old magician performs card trick: CLICK HERE
Magic was her lifelong pursuit, and she continued to practice until her death, teaching her husband, Sam Horowitz, and other budding magicians. She became well-traveled and garnered respect from magicians across the globe.
“Anywhere you went with this woman, no matter what country you were in, invariably she would see someone she knew or who knew her,” Horowitz’s former daughter-in-law Phyllis Horowitz said. “Thousands of magicians knew who she was.”
Throughout her 104 years, she used magic to help students learn when she was a teacher, to engage community members and to pave the way for other female magicians to take part in the art form.
Boys’ club
“It’s not known as ‘brotherhood’ accidentally,” Ginsberg said. “For a long, long time, women were not accepted as magicians. There’s more women getting into it now. But in her day, it was rare.”
Despite famous magicians telling her women didn’t have a place in magic and occasionally being referred to as “Mr. Horowitz” while president of the I.B.M., Horowitz used her quick wit and sense of humor to impact the world of magic, Ginsberg said.
“I asked her once, ‘Why aren’t there more women magicians?'” Ginsberg said. “She had a great answer: ‘Pockets.’ Women don’t have pockets. When I put on my suit in the morning before I go to work, I’ve got 10 pockets. Women put on a dress and they might have one.”
“Smart answers” were her thing, Phyllis Horowitz said. When an awed audience member asked Horowitz how she did a trick, she’d say, “Very well.”
“She had a great sense of humor,” Phyllis Horowitz said. “When she was performing, she would have a good comeback.”
Challenging the boys’ club came down to being strong-willed and skillful with magic, both qualities Horowitz exuded, Michele Parkes said. Parkes is treasurer and past president of the local Grand Rapids I.B.M. club, Ring 211.
“She was so well-received and so well-known and so highly regarded that, you know, that business where the boy’s club happened, she broke that barrier down,” Parkes said. “There are many female magicians now who credit her.”
Queen of Hearts
The “Queen of Hearts,” as Horowitz was dubbed by friends from Ring 211, invented many of her own tricks, using her mathematics background in the process.
“She would always have a trick that no one knew how to do, which is quite amazing,” said Ginsberg, who is also a magician. “After a while, you think you know everything.”
Horowitz was skilled in illusions, mental tricks, cards and was an expert with coins, Ginsberg said. He noted as magicians gets older, they start to move away from large-scale stage magic and toward close-up magic, which is less strenuous.
She was still doing card tricks at 104, up until her death.
“I think she got as far as she did [in magic] not just because of the perseverance, but also because of the talent. To be a magician, it’s a constant thing. You’re practicing all the time,” Phyllis Horowitz said. “She was an extremely intelligent and well-read and well-spoken person.”
Horowitz was honored at this year’s I.B.M. Convention, a gathering of hundreds of magicians across the international organization every year.
The convention was held in Grand Rapids this year at DeVos Performance Hall to make it easier for Horowitz to attend, but she died the week before the convention.
During the July 4-7 gathering, Horowitz was honored for about an hour with a video, a short speech from Ginsberg, a proclamation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and a magic performance from a female magician, Parkes said.
Ring 211 will hold a “broken wand” ceremony at the club’s next meeting, a ritual performed when a magician passes away, Parkes said. In Horowitz’s memory, a wand will be broken, signifying that with her death, the wand has lost its magic.
More than a magician
But Horowitz hesitated to be remembered simply as a magician.
“She did tell me one time that she had spent her whole life promoting religious tolerance and understanding, and when she died, all people would remember was that she did card tricks,” Ginsberg said.
Outside of magic, Horowitz was heavily involved in Temple Emanuel, a Grand Rapids Reform synagogue. She was on the board of directors, an archivist, taught in the religious school and was active in women’s groups, Rabbi Emeritus Albert Lewis said.
Lewis said Horowitz was involved in interfaith and interracial activities early on and would make an effort to connect with and welcome new congregation members.
“She didn’t care what your sexual orientation was, she didn’t care what your religious beliefs were, what your race was,” Lewis said. “If you came into her view, she wanted to give you as much as she could of her talents.”
Her reputation was that of a talented and generous woman, Lewis said. Visits to Horowitz’s home, even after she reached 100 years old, meant gifts and food and magic tricks.
Part of her legacy will be that kindness and outreach, he said.
“For a woman who lived to be 104, she put into each day and took out of each day more than many people in their 40s and 50s do,” Lewis said. “She was totally engaged in life, and anything she set her mind to learn, she learned.”
Horowitz is preceded in death by her husband, Sam Horowitz, son Nathan Horowitz, brother Don Warsaw, sister Elaine Steil and niece Michelle Potter.
She is survived by son Steven Horowitz, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and other relatives.
Story Source: CLICK HERE
Friday, July 20, 2018

July Meeting will be about MONEY MAGIC

Hello all Ring 55 members:

Our July meeting is coming up on the 19th and  the theme  will be Money Magic using coins or bills or any combination you can imagine!!

Here is contact info for the current board of Ring 55, please feel free to contact us:

Robert Ray  480-341-3590  President   email

David Goldberg  480-310-1203 VP             email

Bruce Lindvig  602-881-0891  Treasurer     email

Curt Godsey   480-310-7647 Secretary    email

Cody Whitten  817-559-3909 Sgt At Arms  email

Our meeting location is at:

Pueblo Norte

7090 E. Mescal Street Scottsdale 95254

The meeting starts at 7:00pm and we look forward to seeing you!


Curt Godsey

Ring #55 Secretary

June IBM Ring 55 Meeting

Hello all Ring 55 members:
Our June meeting is coming up on the 19th and here is information about our theme:

The 1st IBM club meeting will be about the magic of connection. What magic do you do to build a “connection” between two or more people, or between you and your audience? Maybe for couples, or mom and daughter, etc… Bring it to share with the club, either just to perform or to teach as well.

In addition there will be a magic show before the meeting on Tuesday June 19th. From 6:15pm to 7pm. It will be like a magic open mic, open to members of IBM to perform, so invite friends, family, and associates to see a magic show.

Each person can do 5-10 min in the show if they want to perform. It would be good if we had a list of 2-4 interested members who would want to perform. It’s an open to the public show. The audience would clear out at 6:55pm and then the IBM meeting would begin at 7pm. This show would be a monthly occurrence before each meeting, giving everyone a chance to perform if they would like. Please contact Robert, David, or Curt if you would like to perform.

Thank you to our new president Robert Ray for the above announcement, it is a great idea and sounds like a lot of fun!

Here is contact info for the current board of Ring 55, please feel free to contact us if you would like to perform (or for anything else):

Robert Ray  480-341-3590  President   email
David Goldberg  480-310-1203 VP             email
Bruce Lindvig  602-881-0891  Treasurer     email
Curt Godsey   480-310-7647 Secretary    email
Cody Whitten  817-559-3909 Sgt At Arms  email

Our meeting location is at:
Pueblo Norte
7090 E. Mescal Street Scottsdale 95254

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting:
Curt Godsey
Ring #55 Secretary
pueblo Norte senior village




( near Scottsdale Rd and Shea Blvd)

As you enter the complex, turn right until you see the sign below and enter the parking lot of the right entrance.

McBride Museletter

Something to Consider Seriously
Over the past year, I’ve lost a few great people in my life. This reminds me how precious our connections are… so here is my heart-song to you, my friend.

My intention is to inspire you, and to stay in touch with you each month, each year.

The action I take is to keep in touch with you each month with my Muse-letter. This page is a special place for us to meet and to share magical inspiration.

The magic we make together only happens when we meet on this page or at one of the many magic events I create and host for you.

You have a choice.
You can stay safe and do the things you always do…
Or you can join me on a magical adventure.

An Important Question for You
What inspires you?

What is your passion – your dream? I’d love to hear about that! Can you share that vision with me? Tell me about your inspiration and what you want to accomplish in life.

When will you do that? Please, do stay in contact with me, and tell me about your passion, your magic, your inspirations.

When you can, please send me an email! I’d love to hear what is happening for you! Just a few words from you would do my heart good… are you out there? Here is my personal email to make it easy, ok?
(I stay off Facebook, so email is best!)

Houdini is still one of my heroes. He reminds us that what is in our brain is our only real limitation! We all “hold back” in our lives–and that is, most often, an illusion–an illusion that cuts us off from experiencing all the richness that life has to offer. As Robert Anton Wilson said…

“We are GIANTS, raised by pygmies, who have learned how to walk in a perpetual mental crouch!”

Think about that for a moment friends…and let’s use our magic to break free of past programming and habits, and stand up tall! Really, the only thing that holds us back from “living the dream” is our own brain.

Change your thinking, and you can change your life.

Sometimes we all need help changing the way we limit ourselves…that is where a good mentor comes in.

Five Reasons Why Spending Money on Experiences Makes Us Happier Than Buying Stuff 

  1. Happiness over material items quickly fades.
  2. Experiences define your purpose and passions.
  3. Possessions don’t contribute to social relationships.
  4. Moments are more memorable.
  5. Experiences introduce you to a whole new world.

See the full article here

Are You Ready for a New Experience?
If the answer is “yes,” then take a look here at the various worlds of magic you can share with me. If you could pick only one, what would it be? hmmm!
A Magical Divination: What is in Your Future?
Here is something you can do to bring more magic into your life! Just click on a random link below and enter a magical world that just might be in your future. Try any one of these:
All info at

7:30pm Close up magic and mentalism of Kent Axell

8:00 pm – Your Master of Ceremonies – Tim Wise
Jeremy Michaelson – Award Winning
Manipulations – Parasol Act
Jarol Martin – Original Magic & Mystery
Wes Jarlson – Magical Connections
David Gabbay – Direct from The Magic
Castle in Hollywood!

9:15pm – Your Master of Ceremonies – Will Bradshaw
David Gabbay as “BIJAN” the Magi
Jarol Martin – Magic with a Latin Flair
Bizzaro – Always Something NEW and Original
Nathan Phan – Direct from Masters of Illusion!

Scott Steelfyre – Die-Namic Deceptions
Tim Wise – Master of The Magic Castle Bar Magic
Close up Magic and Mentalism of Kent Axell

10:00 pm – Tim Wise is your MC
Will Bradshaw – Lights up the Stage
Miz Charlamay – Mind Bending Body Magic
Jordan Rooks – Conjuring Creations
Bizzaro – Wonderground… Get ready
for BIZZ-AR-O!
Jarol Martin – Illuminating Illusions

PLUS:  Taylor Lloyd, Jordan Rooks, Photography by Sheryl Garrett. Bar Magic with Zack Pattee, Scott Steelfyre, Corey Rubino, NEW Belly Dancers, Psychic Sideshow with Morganne Tarot, Alan Scott, Live Art with Areeya – and many more surprises and special celebrity guests!!

See you in Vegas or on the road!
Jeff and Abigail

 May, 2018 – Magic & Mystery School Events
14 Participants – Online with Jeff McBride
21 Those Grabby Hands with the Team
21-23 3-Day Master Class
28 Magic First – Online with TBD
May 2018 – Jeff McBride Calendar
15-20 Mayfire 2018 – Valley of Fire, NV
17 McBride’s WONDERGROUND – Las Vegas
23-28 Private Event – New England


Tomas Medina leads a double life: he’s a professional magician, and part-time handsome person.

Tomas has been performing his quirky, engaging brand of comedy magic since the age of thirteen. A regular at Chicago nightclubs, restaurants and corporate events, he’s sworn to use his powers exclusively for the goodness of humanity. Occasionally he makes small buildings crumble, then combs the wreckage for office supplies. He stands three feet tall and is made of solid gold. 

Tomás’ talents have been featured on 9 instructional DVDs aimed at professional magicians. Other credits include work at Las Vegas’ famous Palms Hotel and Casino, -Allstate Arena, BB King’s (New York), and commercials for the USA Network. Not bad for a kid with glasses!