Eugene Burger: Final Secrets
The wait is over. Uncover the secrets of one of magic's influential thinkers.
Eugene Burger: Final Secrets is the second, and final, release in a special two-part posthumous series featuring Eugene Burger's unpublished material. Following Eugene Burger: From Beyond, long-time friend and collaborator Larry Hass completes Eugene's final request to have his entire working repertoire made available to magicians after his passing.
Exploring the masterful and amazing card magic that propelled Eugene Burger to close-up magic, Final Secrets features complete descriptions of 17 real-world, working card magic routines that Eugene has never shared in any book. This includes "Order and Chaos", "Influence", "Thought Sender" and his much cherished work on the "The Trick That Cannot Be Explained". These effects are complemented by a compilation of insightful essays and interviews.
Nearly 30 performance videos and audio recordings are also included. These span everything from full performances to Eugene's trademark wisdom about achieving excellent in the art of magic. You'll also gain access to both the text and audio version of Eugene's 1992 "growing in the art of magic."
Customer reviews for Eugene Burger: Final Secrets
This has to be one of the greatest books I own. Wow. Not only is there all the material in the book but a collection of wonderful videos to watch on line. Fantastic. Beautifully written and presented. So glad I got my hands on a copy.
Eugene Burger’s Final Secrets is a major gift to the magic community. Kudos to Larry Hass for preparing / witting this final book sharing Eugene Burger’s magic. The tricks, essays, philosophy, and Eugene’s approach to magic are all beautifully written creating a comprehensive story of a master magician. The chapter on Equivoque is excellent. My favorite effect in the book is Thought Sender – the description to prepare the deck is clear and achievable. The link to the videos is a wonderful bonus, supplementing the text, making the book come alive.
Quite simply a classic. One of the best books I have purchased in years.
Buy before it goes out of print you can thank me later
This is a beautiful book about a master magician, and master teacher.
I wept (conversations section). It is revealing. It is honest. It really is beautiful.
I believe You should know two things before buying it, however.
One: I don't believe the magic (tricks) found in this book are great. Eugene talks about eliminating mud, yet some of the pieces are full of it (I'm thinking of Thought Sender, or even TTTCBE). There are great, worthwhile contributions (Influence, Destiny has a name, Two unrecorded gems) but most of the magic is only so-so- because better, more updated or "cleaner" presentations, frames or methods can be found elsewhere- including in some of Eugene's Books (The Experience of Magic, the Performance of Close Up Magic or the excellent Mastering the Art of Magic).
Even Eugene's work on Equivoque, or TTTCBE is not revolutionary, when placed into context of Dobson, Maven, Giobbi or more.
So there is better Magic (tricks) elsewhere. Many agree that the GOLD is in the essays- and there is a LOT of gold.
2) The book also suffers the love its author (understandably) has for Eugene. That feeling- that beautiful, respectful love- comes across- and is touching- because it says so much about the man and his student(s).
The trick part, is that the book feels like it was written for friends of Eugene- not for future generations of magicians- and this creates an... indulgent reading/writing experience.
Overall, a beautiful gift From Beyond, and an incredible, honourable effort from Mr Hass. Thank You, Eugene.
One would be foolish to pass this up. The tricks contained are career making tricks. The essays inside will change your perception of magic for the better. This may be one of the only works in print that deeply covers TTTCBE besides Tangled Web. Giobbi's version uses outs. Jermay's version uses outs and a gimmick.
If you've seen Eugene Burger perform or speak, if you've seen any of his lectures -- then you know how powerful he can make the simplest of things. In fact, it's the simplicity and utter lack of handling that makes his material truly magic. I've been waiting for this book for years and it has been truly worth the wait.
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Roger asks: I have just received my copy of this book. How do you access the linked videos? I've tried the url suggested on the list of videos and media and this just takes me to the sales page on Theory And Art of Magic? Thanks
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- 1. Roger answers: Thanks everyone I have found it. I must not have been putting the url exactly.
Now I can enjoy watching the related videos.
- 2. Alex answers: No it doesn't. I've tried from two computers. Make sure you have the address correct and answer the secret question. It will take you to an unlisted page with all the videos.