The weekend before last was a very magical weekend for me. The local magic ring in my new home, Ring #199, had a weekend of 2 lectures, a magic show and a master class. All of which I had the pleasure of attending. The first lecture was an awesome lecture from Dan Harlan that was more about presentation than it was on any tricks. His background in drama came through clear and at times he had me in stitches. The second lecture followed a show by none other than Jeff McBride, my favorite magician. His show was more amazing in person than any recording I had seen, even if it was in a more intimate setting than a Masters of Illusion taping. In fact, the intimate setting and the fact that I'd seen some of these before made the show better. I had the chance to see, well...nothing. The routines and effects which I was unaware of how he accomplished them left me still unaware - though very entertained. Much of the audience were magicians and I can say that we were all entertained. He actually did sorcerer's apprentice on stage with a teenage magician and it came out quite funny without deviating much from any time I've seen it performed on video. [ad#Ellusionist] As if that show and the following lecture weren't enough I was lucky enough to be part of a 4 hour ( turned into 4.5 hour ) master class taught by Jeff Mcbride the following Sunday. In this class I was able to get a little taste of what it must be like at Mcbride's Magic and Mystery School out in Vegas. I learned a lot from this master class and I feel very lucky that I was able to attend.
However, this post is not about me gloating that I got to see my magical hero in person and learn from him. Instead I want to teach a lesson I learned from the weekend. If you want to learn to be a master you need to seek masters to learn from. For some that means making it out to Vegas to attend a Master Class at the Magic and Mystery School. For others it means heading to South America to learn from Juan Tamariz ( mentioned several times by Jeff ).
It may not be ( or at least it may not seem ) possible for you to do any of this right now. However, thanks to the power of the internet, the Magic and Mystery school can come to you. Now there is a Virtual Magic and Mystery school available for you to learn from the masters. I'm not sure how long they'll be doing this but you can sign up for a free trial and get a free lesson in magic from Jeff to see how the system works.
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