Visiting Las Vegas

Make it a Vacation with the Family!

Welcome to Las Vegas

Why come to Las Vegas to study?
First of all, Las Vegas is the magic capital of the world.  At any given time, it features shows by the world's greatest magicians and is an entertainment mecca.  Further, this is where over 3,000 magicians live, including top magic celebrities.  And it is where Jeff McBride makes his home when he is not traveling the world on one of his tours—a home that contains many magic education resources that will be beneficial to our students.  Finally, travel to Las Vegas is inexpensive and easy. There are reasonably-priced flights from every major city many times a day. Hotel rooms and food are also notoriously inexpensive here (ever heard of those $4.99 all-you-can eat steak and seafood buffets? ... we're not kidding).

Make it a vacation!
Bring the family! Between the shows, free attractions and all of the shopping on The Strip, Las Vegas is a great vacation spot! We try to schedule our events so that the students have free time for playing with friends and family while they're here. Go see a show, have dinner, visit Hoover Dam... whatever your pleasure.

Where to Stay in Las Vegas

Check out to learn more and book show tickets, hotels, and everything else. We highly suggest checking out their list of Las Vegas Magic Shows, in particular the Penn & Teller show.

Get the complete scoop on all of the magic in Vegas at


A Letter from Abbi McBride to the Spouses, Families, and Friends of Master Class Students

Las Vegas Strip

We would like to thank you for helping to make it possible for your magician to attend the Magic & Mystery School. Having the support of people who care is an important part of any magician's success. We honor all that you do to nurture their magical potential. We're sure they will have an incredible time while here at the School, and we want to make sure you have an excellent time in Las Vegas as well!

Once your magician registers, they will be given directions to The House of Mystery, as well as a schedule.  Parents or guardians are responsible for dropping off students and picking them up for dinner breaks (if necessary), and at the end of class. If you arrive and the class is still in session, please let yourself in quietly, and come to the media room; help yourself to water and snacks, and make yourselves comfortable.

While the class is in session, there are lots of fun things to do in and around Las Vegas. Many of them are free!

  1. BELLAGIO: See the Botanical Gardens located just past the Hotel Registration area. While there, take a look at the Chihuly glass art, and see the dancing Fountains located outside on the Strip in front of the Hotel.
  2. BUFFETS: Eat at Wynn Las Vegas or Bellagio buffets. There are many others but these are special.
  3. THE ETHEL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY AND CACTUS GARDEN: Located near the intersection of Sunset Way and Sunset Ave, less then 10 minutes from the school; free tours of the chocolate factory daily!
  4. EXTERIORS: See the exteriors of the following hotels: Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Excalibur, New York-New York and Paris Las Vegas.
  5. FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE: Downtown, see the light show at night, or ride the zip line!
  6. SHOWS: Go to Jubilee at Bally's to see a classic Vegas production show,
  7. ATTRACTIONS: Forum Shops at Caesars, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, The Volcano at the Mirage, The View from the top of the Stratosphere, and for the daring, the Roller Coaster at New York, New York!
  8. THE STRIP: Drive down The Strip from Mandalay Bay to Fremont Street.
  9. VENETIAN: See the fabulous, classic Hotel lobby. While there, be sure to see the Grand Canal Shoppes, a shopping mall with a canal running through!
  10. ANY HOTEL: Have a spa day! Order room service, have a massage, relax by the pool and take it easy!

Or, take a little drive out of town, and check out Red Rock Canyon.  The scenic drive through the Canyon is beautiful, any time of year. Mount Charleston has some great hiking and scenery. There is a labyrinth at the Catholic church in Boulder City. The Hoover Dam offers tours daily on the Arizona border. The Valley of Fire is about an hour and half away; check out the petroglyphs and remains of ancient civilizations! There are so many fun shows in town. Circus Circus has some fantastic circus acts performing throughout the day, for free!

We would like to express deep gratitude to our magical friends for their continued support and interest in the Master Class.

Thank you to... Lance Burton, Siegfried, Max Maven, The Pendragons, Teller, Mac King, Tom Mullica, Johnny Thompson, Darren Romeo, Allan Ackermann, Dirk Losander, Luna Shemada, Robert E. Neale, Jamy Ian Swiss, Dan Harlan, Hans Klok, Alain Nu, Ross Johnson, Stan Alan, Fielding West, Brad Henderson, Scott Hitchcock Gary Darwin, Scott Alexander, Joan DuKore and Earl Chaney, ... just to name a few!!

We would also like to thank our friends Channing Pollock, Billy McCombe and Peter Pit. Although you are no longer with us in all gave much of your time to our students and we will remember you always.

All of these magic-mentors took time from their busy schedules to speak to our classes and offer insights on the "way of the magician," not just about life on stage, but off the stage and in the real world.  We thank you for the all of your loving advice. Your words of wisdom to our students are a priceless gift, and will live in our hearts and minds forever!