Our Founder

Tobias Beckwith comes from the world of show business. He has worked as actor, director, teacher, coach, designer, manager and producer for countless live entertainment projects, from Broadway to Las Vegas, touring theater to corporate events around the world. He has founded or been on the founding team for a half dozen different entertainment business ventures. All of that experience went into the creation of his books The Wizard's Way and The Wizard's Way to Powerful Presentations, and he brings those insights to all our projects here at The Wizard Venture. Like all of our associates, Tobias' interests and skills cover a wide range, from science, entrepreneurship and technology to techniques for giving more effective presentations and the study of perception, influence and cognition. Want more on Tobias? Click here.

Our Associates

We have a close relationship with The McBride Magic & Mystery School, widely known as the world's most prestigious school for teaching performing magic. The faculty of the school includes founder Jeff McBride (see below). The Dean of the school is Dr. Lawrence Hass, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy from Austin College and the publisher for The Theory and Art of Magic Press. The school began over 25 years ago, producing magical learning retreats, master classes for magicians, and conferences. Shown here with our long-time mentor and friend, the first Dean of the School, Eugene Burger. Learn more here.

Jeff McBride works with us to construct special interactive experiential workshops, leads our workshop  "Magic for Speakers & Presenters," and speaks on creative innovation and thinking like a magician. He is widely known as one of the most innovative and exciting performers in the world of magic, having received rave reviews and standing ovations for his full evening shows off-Broadway, in Las Vegas, and at arts festivals around the world. He is the founder of The McBride Magic & Mystery School, and author of The Show Doctor. Learn more here.

Sylvia Brallier is an accomplished teacher, artist, writer, musician, dancer, scholar and director. She created the ShamaSoma method of somatic hypnotherapy, a unique system for self integration and healing. She is the author of the books Dancing in the Eye of Transformation and Ancient Wisdom for Total Vitality (with Master Ming Yi Wang). Currently, she is the Chief Culture Officer of Global Impact Media, a multi-media entertainment company that seeks to inspire the world to move towards sustainable lifestyles and infrastructures in order to fulfill the United Nations 2030 goals for planetary sustainability. www.sylviabrallier.com

Paul Draper combines the skills of a cultural anthropologist, keynote speaker, workshop leader and master mentalist. He has appeared as an expert on numerous TV shows, and his "Helping Hospitals Heal" is in high demand at hospitals across the US. Innovation, diversity, and team-building are just a few of his many skills. Paul's show "Mental Mysteries" has been a hit in touring theaters, in Las Vegas and at international fringe festivals. See Paul in action by clicking here.

Lawrence Hass, Ph.D. is an internationally celebrated magician and the Dean of Jeff McBride’s Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas. After 25 years of teaching philosophy and magic performance at the university level, in 2010 he retired as Professor of Philosophy and Theater Arts to pursue magic full-time as a performer, teacher, and author. Having won many awards for his work, Dr. Hass is widely recognized as a “master teacher,” and as one “who changes lives.” Thus, when he performs magic—often for corporate clients and university audiences—he mixes astonishing magic with ideas that lift the spirit. Having given countless public presentations as a magician, teacher, and theater artist, Lawrence specializes in helping performers, presenters, and public speakers learn essential skills for “delivering” in front of others. One workshop experience he frequently offers is “Stand (Still) and Deliver: A Participatory Workshop to Improve Your Presentations.”  http://www.lawrencehass.com/

 

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