Eugene Burger

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Eugene Burger

Eugene Burger is an American magician. He was born in 1939 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. He is reputed for his close-up skills and his work in mentalism and bizarre magic.

He is also a philosopher and a historian of religion. He has degrees in philosophy and Divinity from Yale University[1] and has taught university courses in comparative religion and philosophy.

Burger frequently teaches with Jeff McBride in the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He is the author of books on the presentation of close up magic and is featured on several instructional DVDs and videos for magicians. He has also produced an audio program called Growing in the Art of Magic.

Books and DVDs[edit]

  • "Secrets and Mysteries for the Close-Up Entertainer" (1982)
  • Intimate Power (1983)
  • The Experience of Magic (1989)
  • Strange Ceremonies (1991)
  • Spirit Theater (1986)
  • The Performance of Close-Up Magic (1987)
  • Meaning and Magic (expanded)
  • Mastering the Art of Magic
  • Mystery School (2003) with Jeff McBride
  • Eugene Goes Bizarre
  • Real Magic
  • Gourmet Closeup Magic
  • Eugene Burger's Magical Voyages
  • Eugene Burger Presents Exploring Magical Presentation
  • A Magical Vision (Documentary on Eugene Burger, written and directed by Michael Caplan)

Awards[edit]

He has been awarded Lecturer of the Year two times (1985 and 1986).

Close-Up Magician of the Year twice (1996 and 1997).

He is considered as "one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century"[2] by MAGIC Magazine.

In 2012, the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) presented him with a special award for Magic Theory. [3]


Other Recognition[edit]

"Best Magician in Chicago" - Chicago Magazine[4]

"Eugene Burger is perhaps the most eminent Chicago magician." - New City[5]

"Burger's magic is simply jaw-dropping." - LA Weekly[citation needed]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sommer, Timothy. "Magic, Meaning and Transformation at YDS". Yale Divinity School News. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  2. ^ The Century Profiles. (1999, July). MAGIC Magazine, 8(11).
  3. ^ http://fism.org/web/latest-news/bye-bye-blackpool-fism-2012-draws-to-a-close/
  4. ^ Chicago (2003)
  5. ^ "New City". Retrieved April 21, 2005.