On this page, find recordings and links to live streaming events that explore the nature and improvement of magical performances.
The Thinking About Magic is a live streaming dialogue created by two members of the McBride Magic and Mystery School. The purpose of these presentations is to create a dialogue that explores "theoretical, philosophical, and ethical topics that impact the performance of magic."
This first program in the ongoing series features producers Chris Herren as Faust and Braden Daniel hosting Michael Smith and Napoleon Ryan in a discussion of a phenomenological approach to understanding audiences experiences of magical entertainment. Recorded August 20, 2021. [1:09:20]
This page contains recommended materials devoted to the improvement of magical entertainment. Texts are available through your favorite online suppliers as well as from some of our friends in the magic community.
The focus of selected meetings will be the principles of magical performance in Mike Smith's fine work, drawn from a lifetime of magical entertainment.
By Jeff McBride with Lawrence Hass
A compilation of articles published originally in a number of magic venues, along with additional contributions from Lawrence Hass, Dean of the McBride Magic and Mystery School, The Show Doctor is a series of short, straight-forward essays providing performance advice to all magicians.
By Lawrence Hass
Inspirations: Performing Magic with Excellence is the culmination of years of deep study of magicians and the principles of magical entertainment. At a 2015 meeting of the Mid-Cities Magic Circle, Larry lectured on the role and persona of the magician.
By Henning Nelms
From Vanishing Inc.
"Henning Nelms goes beyond the basics to show how techniques developed for the stage by playwrights, directors and actors can heighten the dramatic effect of a magician's performance." Available through Amazon.com.
By Eugene Burger
Long out of print, seven booklets--essays on the art of performing magic by the late Eugene Burger--now come together in Richard Kaufman's Mastering the Art of Magic.
By Robert E. Neale
Any approach to improving art in any field or form must be grounded on a theory. of what that art is and can become. An Essay on Magic represents "the best general theory on magic in any literature"--Lawrence Hass, editor and publisher, The Theory and Art of Magic Press