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A Magical Vision

  • A powerful look at Eugene Burger's approach to magic and the people and programs he inspired.
  • Includes rare performance footage.
  • Features appearances and commentary by magicians Jeff McBride, Max Maven, Lawrence Hass, Luna Shimada, Robert E. Neale, and Lee Siegel.

Available as a DVD from Theory and Art of Magic Press for $19.95

Also Available as a Download or Streaming Video from Montrose Pictures (Details Below)

A Magical Vision: The World of Eugene Burger is a feature documentary that spotlights Eugene Burger, a far-sighted philosopher and magician who is considered one of the great teachers of the magical arts. Advocating an approach to magic that explores its larger significance in human life, Eugene's "magic tricks" seek to evoke feelings of awe and transcendence, and reconnection to mystery.

Director-Writer-Producer Michael Caplan traveled across the country to interview Eugene about his long, distinguished, and globetrotting career and to interview some of his colleagues and kindred spirits who think about the deep place of magic in human life. Among them is Jeff McBride, a recognized innovator of contemporary magic, Max Maven, who performs a unique brand of "mind magic" to audiences all over the world, and Lawrence Hass, Ph.D., who created the world's first magic program in a liberal arts collegiate setting, where his programs and classes have attracted an impressive cast of magic's great living performers and thinkers.

57 minutes

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Michael Caplan is an independent film director and producer who has created several celebrated, widely viewed feature films and documentaries, including Algren, Stones from the Soil, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Peoria Babylon, and The Windy City. He is also the producer and director of Eugene Burger's The Chicago Tapes, a three-volume set of Eugene's inspirational and instructional DVDs for magicians.

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Customer Reviews

  • Jeff Stone,

    4 Stars

    One hour, one DVD, $20 bucks, and a whole lot of magic beard! . . . . When you have the opportunity to learn from such a source of wisdom as [this DVD], it borders on foolishness not to . . . . Four Stars (out of five)

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  • David Goodsell, M-U-M Magazine, August 2014

    5 Stars

    [Eugene] Burger is the star of this film, without question. He appears throughout with performance and wisdom, and we see his life traced from the happy tricks of childhood to magic and meaning. He has, indeed, traveled the progression from trickster to sorcerer to oracle to sage. It is a journey worth sharing. . . .

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