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Topic: Jeff McBride's Focus on Street Magic Las Vegas
Message: Posted by: Lady Vee (Sep 12, 2010 06:44AM)
I am heading out to Las Vegas for Jeff McBrides Focus on School Magic! Very excited about the weekend in October. Any others going out to be going there, or been in the past? I am looking forward to listening and learning from Jeffs wealth of experience and also his guest lecturer - Mario Morris.

Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Sep 12, 2010 12:15PM)
Dear Lady Vee,

Is it Street Magic or School Magic, either way I've never gone.

- Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Arkadia (Sep 12, 2010 01:23PM)
Since Mario is lecturing I guess its school magic. What would that guy know about the streets. ;)
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Sep 12, 2010 08:09PM)
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 12, 2010 09:34PM)
I was wondering when someone would post about this.

I will be there.

I like the idea of it being "hands on" where you actually can go out
in the streets to do the stuff you learned.

Sounds awesome. I wouldn't mind hearing about others past experience.

Either way, when I get back, I let you all know how it went.
Message: Posted by: Lady Vee (Sep 13, 2010 06:37AM)

Here is a little bit more about the school - http://schoolofbusking.com/id14.html.

Its going to be about Street Magic Mary. Looking forward lots to it. Look forward to see you there solrak!

Message: Posted by: Lady Vee (Sep 13, 2010 08:35AM)
Sorry - last link didn't work - here is 2 more links that do!



Message: Posted by: Jimmy Vee (Sep 13, 2010 09:52PM)
I'll be there... Anyone else going?
Message: Posted by: Jerry (Sep 14, 2010 10:08PM)
I really wish I could go, may be next year if they have it again.

Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Sep 14, 2010 10:19PM)
What weekend? maybe I will take the class....
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 15, 2010 08:42AM)
Its October 8th to the 10th.

Kozmo, perhpas you can add to the experience by being a guess lecturer?

Loved your lecture out there in Middletown, NJ. on the Street Stuff.

I know I said this already, but I think this is great concept where you teach
the stuff, help people work on it, and take 'em out to the streets to put it
to use.

I saw another thread where they did something similar with Gazzo, Busker's Boot
Camp....wouldn't mind checking that one out too.

My only issue (or maybe not) is knowing what to bring. Never flew with my props
Message: Posted by: fireperformer911 (Sep 15, 2010 11:09AM)

Don't bring a GUN!!!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Sep 15, 2010 12:28PM)
On 2010-09-15 12:09, fireperformer911 wrote:

Don't bring a GUN!!!
[/quote] Gee, I don't know, some of these guys make a very compelling case:
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Sep 15, 2010 03:06PM)
I was just joking... Mario is thee real deal and you certainly don't need me....you guys have a great time and pay attention to EVERYTHING mario has to say...hes a guy whos doing this and has been for a long time...

Have a great time guys

Message: Posted by: bwarren3 (Sep 15, 2010 03:38PM)
Koz??? Who is this Koz guy??? :):):):):):)
Sorry Koz, couldn't resist...

Message: Posted by: Dave V (Sep 16, 2010 12:30AM)
I won't be at the school but I'll be watching for you guys at the Faire over the weekend!
Message: Posted by: TomFoolery (Sep 16, 2010 02:08AM)
I do wish I was going on this weekend but I am on holiday with my family.
Listen to what Mario has to say, he knows his stuff.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 17, 2010 09:22AM)
On 2010-09-15 12:09, fireperformer911 wrote:
Don't bring a GUN!!!

LOL , I leave that home this time.

But how do you pack up your table without getting it destroyed in luggage and
costing an arm and a leg? Or should I just leave that home and see if I can
borrow one?
Message: Posted by: fireperformer911 (Sep 17, 2010 10:39AM)
See if you can borrow one or if you use keyboard stand it will pack small enough to go in checked baggage. You can also bring material for top of your table top and just go to Home Depot and get them to cut you new one. Last option is to ship it.
Message: Posted by: Jerry (Sep 17, 2010 09:22PM)
Trying not to go too far off topic, but that would be a good idea to have a throw away table of sorts. What I mean is, get cheap keyboard or restaurant caddy, with a simple board to go to lectures or anytime you need to use the airlines or a situation where you will not have direct control of your equipment. So if it is lost (stolen?) or destroyed, you still have your primary table.

Message: Posted by: Dave V (Sep 18, 2010 02:03PM)
I bought a restaurant waiter's stand and tore it down to sticks and screws. Either a triangle shipping box from FedEx or a piece of lighweight plastic drain pipe fits all the pieces. Roll up a piece of padding and top material along with some upholstery tacks and take it with you. Buy (and have them cut) a piece of plywood when you get to your location. A zip lock bag of screws and a screwdriver in your luggage, an hour later after you arrive and you're all set!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Sep 18, 2010 09:44PM)

For something so simple and cheap to make, we certainly spend a lot of time talking about them.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Sep 19, 2010 02:45AM)
Strange, huh? Almost as much time is spent on this as what color of cards are the best.

(Red, of course!)
Message: Posted by: Arkadia (Sep 20, 2010 02:17AM)
Gaddy: It's because they are fun to make, to discuss and to look at.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 30, 2010 08:52PM)
Any more takers heading to this place? Any thoughts on Mario's work?

It's right around the corner and I am amped.

And I won't be bringin my gun (fireperformer911 :) )

Gona attempt to work out my bag like good ole Jimmy Talks Alot. But will bring
my cups just in case.

Not sure which bag to bring, my doctors bag or my ultra modern DJ bag (used for
carrying records for a set or two)....
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Oct 2, 2010 05:00AM)
Well I am looking forward towards this event as well as visiting Las Vagas.
I will say from the start the focus will not be on Jeff or my work but your work, the students.
Just like the School of Busking this is about the students.
Message: Posted by: MagicMitch (Oct 2, 2010 08:21AM)
Wow, I really wish I had the funds to go to anything of Jeff's. He is just such an awesome magician... Enjoy it everyone who is going!
Message: Posted by: fireperformer911 (Oct 2, 2010 09:11AM)
Bring your A show! You won't get another chance to have get input from Mario or Jeff again. Bring your A show you will be happy you did.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Oct 2, 2010 09:59AM)
Good point Mario; I remember reading that last night....

So for this type of workshop someone should have some sort of set that they
consider their A game? What if someone comeing doesn't even have a set? Would
they be wasting their (and yours) time? Just curious.

fireperfomer911, thanks for that; definately, I will bring that....
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Oct 2, 2010 12:41PM)
This sounds like it's going to be great. Have fun, learn lots!
Message: Posted by: StephenP (Oct 6, 2010 10:52PM)
Please come back after this weekend and tell us how this went. It sounds like a lot of fun!
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Vee (Oct 7, 2010 08:57PM)
Anyone staying at the Marriot in Henderson?
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Oct 10, 2010 11:38AM)
I've seen Ben Whiting and Mario Morris perform so far. Both did an excellent job and had great audience reactions.
Message: Posted by: Ben Whiting (Oct 12, 2010 09:02AM)
Thanks Dave :)
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Nov 28, 2010 08:25PM)
On 2010-10-06 23:52, StephenP wrote:
Please come back after this weekend and tell us how this went. It sounds like a lot of fun!

I finally got around to this; so, here is what I experienced.
I tried to keep it as concise as possible. Anyone else who
was there should feel free to chime in and share their own
personal experience; it would be interesting....

The School for Busking at McBride’s Magic and Mystery School was a
fantastic experience that I would recommend for anyone at different
levels. Though it took a little effort on my part to ensure that I got
what I wanted out this, it was a pleasure to meet, learn, and hang out
with everyone.

Here is quick recap:

[b]Day 1[/b]

The first day of class started later than expected because I missed the
memo so I ended up arriving early. I wasn't the only one but Justin and
Abby were happily waiting for us. They were the perfect hosts making us
feel welcome as we waited for the others to arrive.

We were given a tour of McBride's house/school, treated to performances,
had break out sessions, introductions and goal assessments, Mario's lecture,
and then met at the Renaissance Fair (Ren Fair).

I appreciated the performances that were done and how selected performances
were used to session with. You picked one performance that you found interest
in and learned it. Nothing new here, but I think this was beneficial for those
that didn't come with any material; especially, since we are supposed to go out
and busk. For me it was just something extra to consider.

The main event was Mario's lecture that really “unpacked” the details of working
the streets. I've been to two lectures on the subject but Mario provided insight
that the others just didn't cover. The best part, mentioned later, is seeing the
lecture in action.

The Ren Fair was a huge bonus for me because I have never been to one of this
capacity. The main performers were Mario, Serge, Ben, Bizaro, Josh and Dendryl
who were good at what they do. There was much to be gained in watching these guys
at work. Watching Mario work, you can put together the elements in his lecture to
his actual performances.

Later, it was optional to go out to the strip to see Master Diaz work by the Mirage,
Juggler Josh and Dendryl by the Harley Davidson, and Tim Wright at Freemont. Though
it was an optional part of the schedule, I really think it should have been part of
the agenda where we could of went as a group. Perhaps the logistics for this is
easier said than done but leaving this as an option created a conflict in schedule for
me; so I missed it :(

[b]Day 2[/b]

The next day was done completely at the Ren Fair at a castle hosted by McBride's
friends. The scene was set where we had our own stage and back stage area. In the
back stage area Mario finished up his lecture; we had the opportunity to see others
busk; busk ourselves; work with McBride; and work with other students. I felt it was
mainly up to you to gain any benefit out of this day. Again, I gained a lot of insight
watching the performances and having sessions with everyone. Mario consistently
pulled a nice tip followed by a fat hat.

The best part of this day for me is when Juggler Josh and Dendryl gathered us together to perform. We just had to do one routine. Meanwhile, Josh and Dendryl
gathered the crowd and introduced each of the acts, then closed and hatted the crowd.
For some us, this was our first hat and great way to get your feet wet.

Another bonus was the drum and fire event led by McBride. This was truly a magical
experience; though outside the context of busking. It was very nice to have been a
part of that. I just didn't want to leave, as McBride said, “its the gravity; the
gravity here is strong”.

[b]Day 3[/b]

The last day was considered a bonus; but here is where everything actually came
together. This is what I came out here for in the first place. My goal was really
to have someone to see my complete show and provide honest feedback and actually try
it in the real situation. Mario really put this together as he organized everything
this day. Everyone performed while Mario watched and took notes for critique.
After everyone's performance, we met in an area to do a feedback session.

I cannot help emphasize that this is what helped tremendously and really brought
everything together. From what I understand, this is how Mario's school operates
which is the real deal to me. Though McBride was not here this day (to some disappointment),
Mario held it together.

In the end, photos were taken, acts filmed by Lorie (thank you), and everyone
exchanged goodbyes and contact information. After that, some of us headed over
to Denny and Lee's and hung out thanks to Josh.

I hope this gives you a little insight on my experience, now add the Las Vegas atmosphere
and you have the picture...I guess :)
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 19, 2011 07:40AM)
Its 2012 and man does time fly fast. McBride and Mario are teaming
up again and I can not help myself; I have to go again.

Is anyone else going?

Since last year, I've been working the streets of NYC and the board
walks of NJ with my side walk show. I'm looking to take more advantage
of this event as I have more [b]real[/b] street experience under my

As I've posted in other threads, I'm working on my finale, so this would
be good grounds to play with a few ideas. Plus, with Mario and
McBride there....I'm confident that there would be some good ideas flowing.

Also I plan on taking full advantage here to work it. Upon my arrival,
I'm going right to the strip and do my thing. As soon as we get to the
ren fair, I'm going to do a show. Then next day, I'm going to just bust
out shows (in between the teaching and so forth). You see the more you
do, to have Mario and McBride watching and providing input can
be priceless.

I really can not wait and the time is quickly approaching. It's an
experience I highly recommend to anyone.

So who else out here is going? Or is working in Vegas (I'll come and check
out your show and (of course) tip your hat)...maybe we can share a pitch
or you can let me know the best areas to work.
Message: Posted by: Devious (Sep 20, 2011 12:39AM)
Carlos, I'll be in the area for that week. Perhaps I'll make it a point to stop in for a day or so!
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 20, 2011 06:15AM)
That would be great, I look forward to meeting you. Planning on working the strip?
Message: Posted by: Devious (Sep 20, 2011 08:51AM)
I always do guy, so stay off my pitch! Lol
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 20, 2011 11:47PM)
You again Devious!!! LOL see ya out there bro...
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 21, 2011 07:31AM)
On 2011-09-19 08:40, solrak29 wrote:
Its 2012 and man does time fly fast.

I just noticed that I put it's 2012...man, I'm way ahead of myself.
It's 2011 and next month...not sure if there are any slots left...
You will have to check with Mario...
Message: Posted by: unilogo (Sep 22, 2011 01:37PM)
Solrak Or Devious - If, you do not mind sharing a pitch with a beginner (Busker) - {I, have performed magic for 5+ years} I, would love to work with you.

I, have been perfecting; The show, in my head, for months. This, would be a fantastic opportunity to present a rough draft.

I, also, have a voice amplifer; If, you wish to use it. :)
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 22, 2011 03:02PM)
Well, if your part of the McBride/Mario event you will have a pitch
at the Ren Fair...we all share the same stage and you are there as
a performer and can perform anywhere within the fair.

But if you talkin' about the strip...just PM me and we can meet up
when I'm there.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Sep 25, 2011 06:13PM)
Rumor has it that we have some special guest appearances at this
spot which will make it even better than ever; I think. It
will be a matter of time management between performance time
and talking to the pros/teachers...I really can't wait for this
event...sounds like it will be better than last year...
Message: Posted by: Devious (Sep 25, 2011 06:33PM)
I don't know about anyone else, but I'd be happy to have you alongside Unilogo!
Message: Posted by: unilogo (Sep 25, 2011 10:38PM)
Hello, Israel...

I, have scheduled; Sharing, a pitch with 'Solrak...'

Will, you be here, visiting? Or, for the '...Mystery School?'

You, should private message me; So, we can schedule, sharing a pitch, too. I, respect your style.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Oct 3, 2011 06:14AM)
5 days to go for this event and I can't wait for the packed instruction
and opportunities that are planned for this event. I see it this way:

[*] Mario - lecture, plus does circle/half circle show -
[*] McBride & Team - great to learn general magic and performing stuff -
[*] Jimmy, this is like getting two for the price of one, and get the down lo on the sidewalk show -

Based on posts and confirmation, I think we are getting the best of two
worlds. The guy who works the bigger show and the guy who works the
sidewalk show...so to get pieces of info/feedback from both of these
guys in the live will be price less....I think...I'll let you know when
I get back...
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jul 15, 2013 04:58AM)
Las Vegas - Focus on Street Magic - October 11th–13th 2013

Jeff McBride and myself have teamed up to deliver one of the highlights of my year - Street Perrfoming in Las Vegas.
This is where "The School of Busking" and "Las Vegas Focus on Street Magic" come together to deliver an unforgetable weekend!

This is coming up FAST!

Each year this focused time is a sell out event so if you want to come book now.

We have the support of the best Las Vegas street performers who are facilataters in both the classroom and the streets!
Tim Wise
Leo Diaz
Jungle Josh

Also Lady Vee will be on hand with her many years experience of balloon busking full time.

All street performing now happens on the Las Vegas Strip.

All training happens in the School of Magic and Mystery where you can also benefit from huge resources that are on hand here!
If you have any questions = send me an email or PM me on facebook or contact Jeff.


Mario Morris
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jul 22, 2013 04:48PM)
Tonight Las Vegas 7pm PST
Together with other famous magicians we share tips to travel well.
Street Performers are masters of traveling smart, don't miss it.

7PM PST http://www.mcbridemagic.tv
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jul 23, 2013 05:23AM)
Great live TV show last night, tips on SMART TRAVEL.
Some esental tips for any traverling busker.
You can now watch it on http://virtual.magicalwisdom.com/tv/episodes
Message: Posted by: bropaul (Jul 26, 2013 09:21PM)

I'm on a cruise ship the beginning of November. I've been meaning to get to this get together with Jeff and Mario for a long time. I'm telling you, book it early and enjoy it. I'm sure it is a wealth of information and is essential for any busker to attend.

Have fun and tell everyone hi for me... Maybe next year.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Jul 31, 2013 04:04AM)
Hi Bro Paul always good to hear from you.
The dates are October 11th - 13th 2013!

Who is planning or is thinking about coming?
If you have any questions let me know.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Aug 5, 2013 07:35PM)
Hay folks hear is a Video a fair reflection of what to expect from this years School of Busking in Las Vegas its coming up fast.
Message: Posted by: scottyocean (Aug 27, 2013 04:05AM)
Look up Adam Flowers, that guy is a ninja master of street performing and his Bill in Lemon is legen...dary
Message: Posted by: augiemagic (Aug 28, 2013 09:46AM)
BOOM! REGISTERED! Excited for it.
Message: Posted by: Payne (Aug 28, 2013 10:31AM)
Seriously thinkling of attending this seminar this year myself. I had the pleasure of meeting Mario last year at Magic and Meaning and was very impressed with his work.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Aug 28, 2013 01:43PM)
Thank you Master Payne it be great to see you in again.

augiemagic well done for signing up, places are going fast.

Hear is the new Focus on Street Magic promo.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Aug 29, 2013 01:26AM)
On 2013-08-27 05:05, scottyocean wrote:
Look up Adam Flowers, that guy is a ninja master of street performing and his Bill in Lemon is legen...dary

I second Adam Flowers; as he is probably one of the most prominent workers on the street in Las Vegas.
And on of the most helpful.

Yet, the bill to lemon is reminiscent of Cellini'a work....
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Aug 29, 2013 05:17AM)
Adam Flowers, Leo Diaz, Tim Wise, Jungle Josh and Surgei Clason are all Las Vegas buskers and great assits to the School and facilitators of the weekend.

Adam Flowers he has been busking just a few years he has done real well.

I worked the Strip with Leo Diaz, Jungle Josh and Surgei Clason.

All street work has now been taking place in the cooler part of the eveinings.

We decided two year back to drop the Renaissance faire pitch and work the strip, which is awsome.

All the training sestions on day one, two and day three take place at the Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, which runs so smooth!
Message: Posted by: augiemagic (Aug 29, 2013 08:02AM)
I'm really excited to attend! Apart from bringing all my show stuff, and the stuff recommended on the site, is there anything you recommend I bring? Any books I should brush up on etc.? I know you and Mr. McBride are going to teach a few routines, is there anything specific I should look at/familiarize myself with with regards to that? I'd like to hit the ground running (and I'm sure a few other attendees would like to as well).

Thanks for putting this on! I know it's gonna be great!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Aug 29, 2013 08:20AM)
I do have some good resources on the School of Busking website.
http://www.mariomorris.co.uk/id11.html my manual and dvd!

Eric Evans book The secret art of magic.

Your show or props Ideas you want to use in a show.

If you have not already and if you can don't wait for the school but get out their and work your show.
Message: Posted by: solrak29 (Aug 29, 2013 11:56AM)
On 2013-08-29 06:17, Mario Morris wrote:
Adam Flowers, Leo Diaz, Tim Wise, Jungle Josh and Surgei Clason are all Las Vegas buskers and great assits to the School and facilitators of the weekend.

Awesome team and great guys. The only person I had yet to work with is Leo.
But I can vouch for the rest...these guys are true workers...

We decided two year back to drop the Renaissance faire pitch and work the strip, which is awsome.
That is great move...

All the training sestions on day one, two and day three take place at the Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, which runs so smooth!

Fantastic to see how this has evolved...very well done.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Aug 29, 2013 12:00PM)
Thanks, we listen to the students and each year we tweak change and grow.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Aug 29, 2013 12:13PM)
As for Leo he is better known Master Diaz in Vegas. The year you came he was not able to attend.
He is a rock when we work the strip and backs me up, he joins in the feed back session with top addvice and tips.
Message: Posted by: bluemagic (Aug 30, 2013 10:25PM)
I have a question would it be better to take a master class or the street magic class help with my magic routine
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Aug 31, 2013 04:02AM)
Hi, If you intend to do street with your magic routine then the foucus on street magic.
Lots of what you will learn is transferable to other feilds of performing. For example I believe street performing is the best venue to learn how to engage your audeiance and audeiance management a skill needed in any type of performing venue. We cover the theori and put it into practise.

If not I suggest you talk to Jeff.

You may find this page helpful as well.
Message: Posted by: Mind_Magic (Sep 10, 2013 08:03PM)
The School of Busking 3 DVDs Set is a good option for international Buskers. It could be good to have the Manual included in the set.
Message: Posted by: magicadam69 (Sep 17, 2013 04:55AM)
Ninja Master of Street Performing! Thanks Scotty! I have had the opportunity to sit in on this class a couple of years ago and also perform for some of the class on Fremont Street. It is a fantastic experience and I hightly recommend it. Jeff and Mario do a real knock out job!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Sep 17, 2013 04:27PM)
Hi Adam.
Good to see you on hear I look forward hooking up with you in Vegas.
Great new promo of you working down on Fremont, good job.
Message: Posted by: magicadam69 (Sep 17, 2013 05:40PM)
Mario, It would be great to hook up for a bit while your here, I would love to sit and chat. I look forward to it!
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Sep 23, 2013 05:33PM)
That be great Aadam.
We will be taking one half of the calss down to Fremount street, the other half down to the Strip.
We will then alternate the halfs the following night. This way we will get to see your show as well as mine live.
The students can then watch each other shows. We got great feedback from last year students it rocked.
Hope to see you at the Magic & Mystery School.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Mar 27, 2017 01:08PM)
Seven years on and the we are coming back to Vegas for the Focus on Street Magic for the 6th time. So much has happened - if you think you have nothing to learn from the Magic and Mystery School think again...

When I first attended as a guest teacher back in 2010, I never had any idea how much I was going to learn in this exchange.
To be straight, being a street performer I did not really know Jeff McBride work.
Trust me when I say, with over 2 decades of my own street performing experience behind me, I was in for a surprise, the biggest learning curb EVER!!!

So here we go April 28th– - 30th, 2017 Las Vegas - Focus on Street Magic. Over the years, I have had a big part in shaping this class. Focused training at the Mystery School then street performing on the strip is a whole new learning curb for any budding or experienced street performer who, like myself is still willing to learn a thing or two. Me with my street performing chops and street show experience and Jeff with his touch of class, with deep street experience, knowledge, endless resources and magical background. If you want to grow and have a life changing experience sign up while you still can.

Here are 2 links
1 to my latest blog
"Streets are for everyone" https://www.schoolofbusking.com/2017/03/14/streets-are-for-everyone/
2 the focus on street magic promo