August 15th, 2012 10:41pm
|Eugene Burger has a knack for taking other ideas and principles and effects and combining them, slightly modifying them here and there, adding a presentational idea here and bam, you've got something that is, arguably, better than the original. Or at the very least a comparable variation.
In this $30 DVD, you get about 50 minutes of Eugene Burger performing and discussing the concept or presentational premise of "spirits" in your magic. While you learn 4 routines and a nice handful of principles, what you really get is the advice from and privilege of watching an expert with real world experience and a true master of personalizing magic. Eugene Burger's magic is meaningful.
The DVD starts with a bizarre and borderline creepy poem with a bit of an exaggerated emotional recitation by Eugene while sitting at a table surrounded by a very dated (late 80's) audience. This part was merely to demonstrate a certain style of performance and set the stage for an interesting evening with the bizarre-meister himself.
Following this strange introduction, you are treated to the performance of 3 beautifully magical routines, plus a bonus quick description of how Eugene handles "rising card." The three routines you learn are incredibly well thought out and look extremely magical. Things floating, rising, moving . . . it's very good and very simple. Along the way, you are taught some great principles while you are given some excellent advice on performance.
Rating each effect, they would all pretty much be either a 4.5 or a 5. The only complaint I really have about this DVD is that for $30, it was a little bit too short. I really wanted more. It ended way too soon for me. So I can only give this a maximum of 4.5 stars with a Stone Status of "Definite GEM!"
Product info for Burger's Spirit Magic DVD
Author: Eugene BurgerPublisher: Stevens Magic EmporiumAverage Rating: (1)Retail Price: $29.95
"The spirits are an age-old theme, a story from darkest history, and therefore a presentational anchor that can be used with many different magic tricks." - Eugene Burger
Spirit Magic adds an element of mystery to any ghoulish gathering or macabre meeting. Audiences remember the demoniacally different good-natured fun.
Eugene is the perfect teacher guiding you through seances, mediums, and close-up and stand-up spirit magic. Super Natural Sorcery comes alive as he demonstrates items from a rare collection of medium devices, such as rapping hands, spirit bells, and the Fechner/Proust Spirit Table.
Performance and Explanations:
- Spirit Candle in the Bottle
- Acrobatic Matchbox
- Rising Bill
- Rising Card
- Spirit Messages
- Seance (Glorpy and Out to Lunch)
- Comments on performing spirit magic
- Thoughts on controlling a seance
- Ideas on presenting luminous materials
- Suggestions on using antique magic