Forgot your password? Reset It

Variety Skills & Allied Arts

$145.00 ($75.00 minimum deposit)
Registration Not Open

Three Consecutive Sundays, Noon - 2 pm (Pacific)

With Jeff McBride & Special Guests

“Variety is the spice of life!” — Gosta Sevens

Great Masters of the Art often add a splash of the unusual to their presentations. In this exciting class, you will have the opportunity to meet masters of the variety arts and learn their secrets of success.  Many of these arts are nearly lost or forgotten; that is what makes them so exciting, novel and fresh to modern day audiences!

We will look at great acts in history and on video. Special guest artists will be live in the classroom to give you personal instruction.

  • Charley Frye - Juggling
  • Rafael - One of Europe's most talented showmen!
  • Lee Alex - Quick Change & Magic

          …. And more to be announced!

Discussion topics will include demonstrations and how to access resources and study materials about ventriloquism, puppetry, tamasudare, dice stacking, origami, plate-spinning, shadowgraphy, chapaugraphy, troublewit, balloon sculpting, sand painting, rag pictures, chalk talk, smoke painting, sword swallowing, fire and flow arts and even the old-time flea circus!  Many other subjects that are obscure or forgotten will also pop up during our lively interactive session.

Our Special Guests:

Charlie Frye - 

Charlie Frye began life as a clown, performing alongside his father and grandfather.  He then joined the circus and kidnapped a ballerina – his future wife, Sherry.  Together they created a distinctive, original act that is universally applauded for its unparalleled blend of skill and physical comedy. As one of the world's most successful and sought-after variety acts, They've opened for Liza Minnelli and traveled extensively with The Illusionists, playing the famed Sydney Opera House and The Palace on Broadway. 

One of the most beloved, and talented artists of our time, talks about juggling, clowning, character, and magic!


‚ÄčRafael -  One of Europe's most versatile showmen! .Rafael brings his amazing knowledge of classic and modern variety arts.


Lee Alex - Quick Change & magic. Lee is one of the world's most respected creators of quick-change effects for our magic community.







  •  Answers to your personal questions from experts in the field
  • Insight and inspiration to develop your own variety skills and presentations
  • Video recordings of the entire class for you to watch on-demand, or if you miss class, (available for one full year after class)
  • Performances, lectures & personal q&a time with jeff & teachers
  • The McBride Master Key video and pdf archive of all topics, routines, and discussions from class
  • Access to the exclusive mystery school online discussion group
  • Certificate of participation