Engineer and Project Manager Jeffrey MacBride has always been fascinated by magic performances. Driven by an engineer’s curiosity to figure everything out, MacBride views the art of illusion as a type of engineering all its own:
Jeffrey MacBride has established himself as a professional in the field of engineering. He maintains various qualifications in the focus area, including Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Management and Software Engineering. Outside of his professional passion for engineering, MacBride has always maintained a personal interest in magic performance acts. While some people might think that these are two subjects that could be not any less related: MacBride completely disagrees. In fact, this Engineer and Magician/Illusionist embraces the idea that engineering and magic are one in the same… here’s how:
What is Magic Engineering?
Magic Engineering is the process of creating a magic trick, tool or prop. The cat is already out of Jeffrey MacBride’s magician’s bag that magic isn’t “real.” But the magic of illusion and the tricks performed by magicians are very much real. The mechanics for every trick, including what makes an illusion “work” for an audience, all comes down to magic engineering. Just like the construction of any other device, program or system, a magic illusion requires a well thought out plan. While the performance might seem like a mystery to those in the audience, MacBride knows all too well that illusions are actually more science-based than fantasy!