McBride Magic & Mystery School

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The McBride Magic & Mystery School is a private school located in Paradise, Nevada. Founded in 1992, the school offers classes, private instruction, and distance learning programs on theatrical magic, mythology and storytelling.[1][not in citation given]

Promoting “fellowship across differences,”[2] the school serves amateur and professional stage magicians of all ages and from around the world.[3] The school’s “Magic and Medicine” course offers continuing medical education credits to health care practitioners, in conjunction with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.[4]

The school follows no official philosophy or “party line,”[5] preferring “to create a space in which individuals can shine in their own right”[6] as they take “conscious, strategic steps to experience more education.”[7]


The school encourages students to explore both the theoretical and practical sides of the magical arts. On the theoretical side, students might study “how the shaman of the past became the showman of today, and how the ancient and archaic origins of the magical arts transformed into modern magic theatre.”[8] At the same time, the School is focused on helping students gather the skills, experiences, and knowledge essential for becoming more effective performers of magic. The school offers master classes, seminars, and focus sessions on such topics as magic and medicine, mentalism, women in magic, and street magic. The school also offers an annual "Magic and Meaning Conference" that features presentations and performances by attendees that are used to create a highly participatory learning community.[6] Discussion topics include: “Is there more than one type of magic? How do I make my performances more powerful? What messages am I conveying to my audience? Can I change the direction my art is going?”[9] “Why perform magic tricks? How are these tricks related to our lives? What can our vocation in magic do for us and for our audiences? What is the relationship between the two magics — performance magic and ceremonial magic?”[10]


Jeff McBride is the founder and president, and in 2009 was named "Lecturer of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts.[11] Faculty members include Abigail McBride, Tobias Beckwith, Bryce Kuhlman, George Parker, and Robert E. Neale (Ph.D.).[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Magic School Events & Registration". Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  2. ^ Burger, Eugene. “What is ‘The Mystery School’?” Genii, Feb. 1994, p. 222.
  3. ^ Willmarth, Robbie. “A Layperson Goes to Mystery School,” The Linking Ring, July 1994, p. 65.
  4. ^ "Magic and Medicine Class Information". Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  5. ^ Burger, Eugene. “A Few Words From the Dean,” The Caduceus, Spring 1996, p. 2.
  6. ^ a b Conley, Craig. “There Are No S’s in ‘Magic & Meaning,’” MAGIC, Dec. 2010, p. 29.
  7. ^ Hass, Larry. "What is Education?". Secret Art Journal. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  8. ^ McBride, Jeff. “The Mystery School,” Genii, Feb. 1994, p. 220.
  9. ^ Parr, David. “The Mystery School,” Genii, July 1994, p. 604.
  10. ^ Neale, Bob. “Jeff McBride: The Gifts of McBride,” M-U-M, April 1995, p. 15.
  11. ^ "Academy of Magical Arts Award Winners Announced". Magic News Wire. Retrieved 9 March 2009.
  12. ^ "Magic School Teachers". Retrieved 1 June 2012.

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