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Solo Show Boot Camp

$895.00 ($445.00 minimum deposit)
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HELD IN CHICAGO at the Rhapsody Theater, May 29-May 31, 2024!


May 29 through May 31, 2024, McBride's Magic & Mystery School offers the ultimate class for learning how to get YOUR SHOW on stage: Solo Show Boot Camp.

During this three-day intensive-interactive class, you will learn how to make a powerful solo show from three maestros of the stage: Jeff McBride, Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz, and Dr. Larry Hass.

Seating is limited, so REGISTER HERE NOW to learn the deep secrets of crafting a full show that will make a lasting impact on your audiences.

During the first-time ever Solo Show Boot Camp, you will learn how to fuse artistry and showmanship into a powerful full-evening show. The trio of experts, Jeff, Ricardo, and Larry will guide you through every step of the journey for creating a solo show that stands out, captivates, and takes you audience on a ride they will always remember.

Solo Show Boot Camp (May 29-31, Wednesday-Friday)

All events held at:

The Rhapsody Theater, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626


Schedule of Events

(Subject to Change)



Solo Show Boot Camp (May 29-31, Wednesday-Friday)

All events held at:

The Rhapsody Theater, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626


Wednesday, May 29:

6:00-6:30 p.m.:  Check In

6:30-9:00:  Meet the Faculty and Getting Started


Thursday, May 30:

9:00-9:30 a.m.:  Arrival and Magic Secret Teaching

9:30-11:30:  Teaching Unit 1:  Show Building for a Solo Show

11:30-12:45:  Lunch

12:45-1:00:  Magic Secret Teaching

1:00-2:45:  Teaching Unit #2:  Finding Worthy and Winning Material           

2:45-3:00:  Stretch Break

3:00-4:45:  Teaching Unit #3:  Crafting Theme and Narrative

4:45-7:00:  Dinner Break

7:30:  Physician Magician, starring Ricardo Rosenkranz

9:15-10:00:  Post-Show Interview with Ricardo


Friday, May 31:

9:00-9:15 a.m.:  Arrival and Magic Secret Teaching

9:15-11:00:  Teaching Unit #4:  Stage Design, Lights, Music, and Sound

11:00-12:00:  Lunch

12:00-1:30:  Teaching Unit #5:  Marketing, Publicity, and Social Media

1:30-2:00:  Closing Circle. Farewells OR stay in the theater to watch and learn from:

2:00-4:45:  Saturday Night Technical Rehearsals

4:45-10:30 p.m.:  Farewells, OR Start Your Festival of Magic Full-Ride experience (or Friday Only) by having dinner with your new friends. Festival of Magic Tickets are still available at


The Festival of Magic Starts at:

6:00-6:30 p.m.:  Check-In and Meet the Faculty

6:30-6:45:  Magic Secret Teaching with Jeff McBride

6:45-7:15:  Opening Circle

7:30:  Attend Ridiculous! Starring David Williamson

9:00-9:30:  Post-show Conversation with David Williamson

9:30-10:30:  Magic Jam and After-party 



  • Anyone who loves magic and wants to learn the secrets of success
  • Anyone show is working on a solo show, parlor show, or theater show
  • Magicians who want to pack small and play big
  • Magicians who want to play Performing Arts Centers and Theaters or create their own personal performance venue

Meet Your Expert Instructors:

Jeff McBride: Performer, Author, Teacher

Jeff, a force in the world of magical performances, brings five decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge from his acclaimed shows worldwide.

Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz: Performer and Educator, Owner of the Rhapsody Theater
Ricardo, mentored by the legendary Eugene Burger, shares his insights from performing multiple theatrical runs. Experience the magic that wowed Penn & Teller's Fool Us.

Dr. Larry Hass: Performer, Teacher, Writer, Philosopher of Magic
Larry, the Dean of McBride's Magic & Mystery School, unravels the philosophy of magic. His work has been featured in leading international media, including the New York Times.

Benefits of the Solo Show Boot Camp
Personal Guidance: With a limited class size, you will receive tailor-made insights to shape your show.
Diverse Perspectives: Benefit from Jeff's material mastery, Larry's show-building prowess, and Ricardo's narrative finesse.
Magical Legacy: The teachers will pass on what they have learned about creating and delivering Solo Shows in the REAL WORLD.
Unlock Your Potential: Craft a solo show that endures, captivates, and becomes your signature masterpiece.


  • Professional training and personal interaction
  • Free bonus videos and a resource list
  • Exclusive insider materials for a lifetime
  • Certificate of Participation - a testament to your journey

The Venue
The Rhapsody Theater is the PERFECT location for the class. Originally know as the Morse Theater and built in 1912, this destination has long-been a source of arts and entertainment in Chicago. (It formerly operated as the Co-Ed Theater and the Mayne Stage.) With state-of-the-art acoustics and versatile seating arrangements, the space and its working operations will help you understand and experience the kind of venues that will house your solo show. The Rhapsody Theater also includes an upstairs lounge, perfect for after-class socializing.

Important Notes:
This LIMITED SPACE workshop ensures an immersive learning experience. Don't miss the chance to transform your magical journey and take you solo performance to new heights!
Secure Your Spot: Register Now. Tuition: $895.00