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Magic & Meaning Conference 2023 - LIVE Online

$145.00 ($75.00 minimum deposit)
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The Magic & Meaning Conference Will Be Online Again in 2023! Join Us as We Celebrate SEVENTEEN Years of this Grand Event!

All events will be recorded, so you can watch anytime you wish.

Our past Online Magic and Meaning Conferences have met with huge success, drawing well over one hundred participants from around the world--people who would not otherwise have been able to attend. Further, our online community has grown by leaps and bounds since the beginning of 2020. Since the Magic and Meaning Conference is our School's "homecoming event," and since our presence has become so global, the 2023 Magic and Meaning Conference will be online.

As has always been the case, the Conference will feature 15 of our remarkable P-E-P Talks by attendees. It will also feature Ensemble Shows, break-out room discussions, teaching magic effects, and discussing ideas "beyond tricks" that are essential to the art of magic. To submit a proposal for your PEP Talk for the 2023 Online Magic and Meaning Conference, please carefully read this CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS.

Hosted by the Magic & Mystery School Faculty, the Magic and Meaning Conference is an annual gathering of magicians, scholars, public speakers, professionals from many areas, and performers of diverse arts. It is for anyone who loves magic, storytelling, the philosophy of magic, and who wants to think about magic in new ways.


Here are a few fun facts to consider:

You will learn Magic with Meaning: Awesome NEW magic effects, presentations, and stories to add to your shows. You will see new P-E-P Talks and Lectures on many areas of magical exploration. You will connect with old friends and new ones through our online break-out room facilitated discussions. You will receive access to a Master Key Package, which will share exclusive documents and videos that allow you to experience the Conference ON DEMAND. You will experience magic teaching, productive conversation during breaks, and much, much more!!

WHY should you attend? Watch this!     

Register now to ensure your space at this year’s Online Magic and Meaning Conference!

At the heart of the Conference are a number of 10-minute presentations from conference attendees that we call the “PEP Talks” of magic (“Performance—Entertainment—Philosophy”). The Conference also features “Ensemble Shows” during which attendees are able to perform magic for the entire group.

To submit a proposal for your PEP Talk for the 2023 Online Magic and Meaning Conference, please carefully read this CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS.

Magic & Meaning 2023 Guest of Honor - Peter Samelson

After his appearance on Penn & Teller's Fool Us, Penn called Peter "one of the finest magicians alive today."
Peter Samelson insists that he doesn't do magic; he only helps people to see it. He is an illusionist/entertainer/philosopher, blending simplicity and sophistication as he provokes thought and inspires wonder.

A recent recipient of a Merlin Award for Lifetime Achievement, and christened "the soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery" by the New York Times, Peter has distinguished himself not only as a magician, but as an artist. He has performed atop the Great Wall of China, for Mexican workers and Grand Prix drivers, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, the jet-set of Paris and the fishermen mending their nets on the beaches of Cartagena.

Peter also designs for TV, film and theater. He created magic for Sam Mendes productions at BAM and the Old Vic (London) and recently for two Broadway shows, Leap of Faith and Harvey. He has also created and starred in three critically acclaimed Off-Broadway shows; The Magician, PaperWork, and Radnevsky's Real Magic.

Magic & Meaning Special Keynote Presentation by Keith Tomasek
"The Future of Traditional and Social Media"

Keith Tomasek is an accomplished magician who entertained Canada's peacekeeping forces in the Middle East and a former TV news director. Currently, he manages communications and media campaigns for performers and arts organizations. In 2022, Keith was part or McBride's Magic & Mystery School presentation team and FISM in Quebec City.

While we do not have specific details of the 2023 schedule, here are its general parameters:

Day 1: Friday, November 10, 2023

2:00 pm.-3:30 pm, PACIFIC:

     Opening Party, including Opening Video Circle and Gathering Ritual! 

Day 2: Saturday, November 11, 2023

11:30 am - 4:30 pm, PACIFIC

     Opening Circle, Breakout Discussion & Magic Learning Groups, PEP talks, and performances.

Day 3: Sunday, November 12, 2023

11:30 am - 4:30 pm, PACIFIC 

     Opening Circle, Breakout Discussion & Magic Learning Groups, PEP talks, and performances.