'A Magickal Life: Jeff Mcbride' to Air on Canada's Vision TV

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Magician and teacher Jeff McBride is among the first to be profiled on "Enigma" the new documentary series on Canada's Vistion TV. The one hour episode will air first on January 24, and repeated the follow Saturday and Monday. McBride is well known for his unusual performance style, combining mime, martial arts, live drumming, and multicultural myth with his magic. He has been a regular headliner in Las Vegas since the mid-1980's.

Las Vegas magician Jeff McBride, last seen on the Strip headlining in "The World's Greatest Magic Show," is featured as the subject of "A Magickal Life: Jeff McBride," one of the first episodes of the new documentary series Enigma on Canada's Vision TV. The show will first air on the evening of January 24 at 9pm, or 10pm PST. Repeats air on Saturdays, starting Jan. 13 at 10 p.m. ET, and on Mondays, starting Jan. 15, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET.

The documentary begins with a teen-aged Jeff McBride performing his magic at the Orange County Fair in upstate New York. By his twenties, McBride was opening for rock bands like Cheap Trick, touring with Diana Ross and headlining at The Hilton in Las Vegas. But at the height of his success, this young illusionist was overcome by the urge to explore new territory. So began his search for the source of real magic: a journey to the mythological roots of this art form that would lead deep into the worlds of neo-paganism, drum circles and fire rituals. He would return a changed man. In this documentary, McBride tells of what he learned on his quest, and reveals how even the simplest magician's trick can hold layer upon layer of meaning. "Magic is about transformation," he says. "It reminds us that everything changes - including ourselves."

Filmed mostly in and around Las Vegas during the spring of 2006, "A Magickal Life" takes viewers on a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip, into one of McBride's Master Classes, onto the stage at The World's Greatest Magic show, to local fire circle celebration, to the Burning Man Festival, and to numerous other fascinating locales. Interviewed are McBride, fellow magicians Lance Burton and Eugene Burger and many others.

Says Alberta Nokes, Vision TV's Director of Independent Production: "As the success of author Dan Brown's novels has shown, there is a huge appetite for knowledge about secret societies, arcane symbology, the occult and other esoteric subjects. Enigma takes a skeptical but open-minded approach to topics like these. While humor may play a part in many Enigma stories, that doesn't diminish the essential role of good research in producing these films. This journalistic approach will distinguish Enigma from a great deal of other programming on the unexplained."

Enigma features "real-life stories at the edge of the possible," delving into all aspects of esoteric spirituality and the unexplained. The hour-long documentaries commissioned for Enigma take an entertaining, contemporary view of historical subjects, investigating everything from Eastern mysticism and secret societies to psychic communication and belief in the afterlife.

McBride will also be appearing on another upcoming episode of Enigma, "Mysteries of the Tarot Cards," which begins airing on March 21.

For further information on Jeff McBride, visit http://www.mcbridemagic.com. To learn more about Enigma and view a clip from the show, visit http://www.visiontv.ca.

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