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Hello Jeff,

What has been your most fulfilling experience on TV so far?

Also, I'd like to read your thoughts on Celebracadabra! I enjoyed watching the show, and I was happy that C. Thomas Howell won. What did you think of that series? If they ever decided to bring it back, would you be on it again?

Thanks,

Mark
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Greetings Mark,

By far my most rewarding television experience was the making of the documentary of my life in magic so far. Here is a short discription of the film

JEFF McBride A MAGICKAL LIFE

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McBride is featured as the subject of “A Magickal Life: Jeff McBride,” one of the first episodes of the new documentary series Enigma on Canada’s Vision TV. The show first aired in Canada in January, 2007

Filmed mostly in and around Las Vegas during the spring of 2006, “A Magickal Life” takes viewers on a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip, into one of McBride’s Master Classes, onto the stage at The World’s Greatest Magic show, to local fire circle celebration, to the Burning Man Festival, in side the worlds most famous magic school and to numerous other fascinating locales. Interviewed are McBride, fellow magicians Lance Burton and Eugene Burger and many others. This special “behind the scenes” look at this fascinating performer was produced by Daniel & Donna Zuckerbrot.

(The following isexcerpted from Barrie Richardson's review in MUM Magazine, April, 2008)

Jeff is always a magician, always the enthusiastic entertainer. In any one day, he might produce a small rose for a desk clerk; vanish a coin borrowed from a person he meets in a check-out line and then discover the coin in a wrapped chocolate bar, and a little later, read the minds of a group of college girls sitting next to him in a coffee shop. That same night he might be headlining a show in Las Vegas where music, lights and costumes provide an ambiance for his mask-changing act and flawless sleight of hand. Then there is Jeff as the master teacher and organizer of the Magic and Mystery School, and Jeff as an initiator of the Burning Man Festival.

Jeff McBride- A Magickal Life was produced in Canada for a series on the lives of unusually creative persons. The DVD documents Jeff's rise from a boy magician to a headliner in Las Vegas while still in his 20s and then his search for real magic and possibly more meaning to his life. The viewers follow Jeff on this odyssey We meet his friends in magic and in life, and we see how he develops concepts, rituals and philosophies that grow into novel and successful ventures.

We also learn how Jeff and his colleague, Eugene Burger developed a Magic & Mystery School that not only has courses for magicians, but also specialized programs for non-magicians, such as those who are in the health care professions and interested in the power of magic.

The viewer gets to see the drumming and dancing rituals of the Burning Man ceremony held each year in the desert, within which participants seem to have emotional and possibly spiritual experiences. Whether this is your cup of tea or not, the footage is fascinating and provocative.

I thoroughly like the insights we gained when we learn about some of Jeff's early personality traits, as a cocky, aggressive and self-centered person who happily matures into an apparently considerate, even-tempered sage. Human flaws, missteps and idiosyncrasies make a report not only quite interesting , but also humanize the story.

If you want to get some fascinating insights in to the life of a unique and offbeat character who lives his life with enthusiasm and passion, kindness and respect for others, this is perfect for your library.

All in all I loved this documentary. Best of all for me was seeing short snippets of Jeff's card manipulations, the mask act, his water bowls, and Miser's Dream. It reminded me of how I felt when I first saw Harry Blackstone Sr. make a lighted light bulb first float in the air and then whoosh over our heads. This took my breath away. And so does the life, energy and art of Jeff McBride.
(end of excerpt)

CELBRACADABRA!

The series was a blast to work on. Hightlight for me were....

* working with Max Maven every day and having him help me with my new mental routines including my Q&A Crystal Reading act.

*getting to know Jonathan Levitt and comparing notes on the "magazine memory routine."

* kicking ANT of the show( what a creep!)

* being amazed at how well these clebs did at crafting magic routines that would hold up in real world situations.

* watching ANT leave the show.

* getting to hang out at the Magic Castle with all of my magic friends

* doing my show on the big stage in Vegas.

* being shocked at the last episode and the surprise twist ending...I really thought Hal had it in the bag!

* watching the re run episodes on dvd and having the great pleasure of fast forwarding through ANT.

I would do another season for sure..but they would have to supply ANT spray in my contract!

Yours in media magic,

Jeff
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Talking about McBride on TV?


Clay Patrick McBride check out my brother man!!

Clay Patrick McBride is the SUPER PHOTOGRAPHER on the episode

Make Me a Supermodel Blowin' Up! 05/27/09 Season 2 Episode 12 Part 2
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http://www.makemesupermodel.net/ It's a blast when the remaining four models pose with fire and explosions surrounding them. They then fire up the catwalk by wearing high-fashion tuxedos and gowns. Photographer Clay Patrick McBride makes an appearance.

I am very proud of my brother Clay!

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So . . . What did you think of ANT?
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Greetings Opus, and all...

Ant portrays the villain on the show. He was nasty, mean and vile on camera... but he made a great villain. His mistake on the show was thinking that the "evil character" was indispensable for the drama of the competition. He was thinking like an actor, and the judges thought like magicians.... As an actor, he was great. As a magician, well, the judges made him disappear.

Yours in television magic,

Jeff
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Thanks for that answer, Jeff. And thanks for all the answers to the many questions here on the board. I can't wait to check out your video you mentioned.

-Mark
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P.S. Here is a short montage of the best moments of "JUDGE JEFF". This film was put together by Jordan Wright, our media expert here at the magic school in Las Vegas.


Celebracadabra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6xrjFlwWHE

Enjoy it all...even the parts with ANT,
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Hi Ba Ba Booey and all,

This is a great question and topic! I have just begun compiling many of Jeff's old TV appearances from the early 80's and 90's. Each clip will feature one of Jeff's appearances along with him looking back and sharing anecdotes of that appearance with me. These will be available soon as a video download from his site. Be sure you are subscribed to his Museletter to find out when these become available.

best wishes,
Jordan
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