Growing in the Art of Magic The Book Thought Sender Shotglass Surprise

by Eugene Burger

Eugene Burger has recently released three items of interest. Growing in the Art of Magic: The Book is a transcript of an audiotape originally released in 1992. On this tape Eugene offered monologues and dialogues (with Danny Orleans, Jack Gould, and Jay Inglee) on various topics including the Origin and Symbolism of Magic, Seeking a Magical Vision, Managing People Close-up, and Before and After the Show. If you didn't purchase the audio tape, you will certainly want a copy of this book, and even if you did get the tape, you'll probably want the book because it is so much more convenient to study. As with all of Eugene's writings, you'll find much to ponder here, and your magic will be better for it.

"Thought Sender" is one of Eugene's prized card effects, and it has fooled magicians and laymen alike. The magician introduces a deck of cards and then proceeds to send the thought of one card to the assisting spectator. The spectator makes all the decisions, and eventually arrives at the name of one card. That card is removed from the deck, and its back is a different color than the rest of the deck. The deck is then handed to the spectator to verify this condition! "Thought Sender" combines a gimmicked pack with strong psychology and effective audience management to produce a stunning effect. It will take some practice, but this is not a difficult trick.

Finally, Eugene has put together all the props necessary to do "Shotglass Surprise," which is an effect which blew me away on his video Gourmet Close-up Magic. The magician shows a small, flat, paper bundle which is secured with rubber bands. He asks the spectators to feel the parcel to try and guess what it contains. After the parcel has passed among the spectators it is returned to the magician who removes the rubber bands and unfolds it. The parcel is actual a small paper bag. The magician reaches into the bag (with an absolutely empty hand) and removes a small shot glass filled with liquid, which he then drinks. This is a killer routine, perfect for walk-around situations, and Eugene provides everything you need including two glasses, six covers, two bags, and complete instructions including all the latest work. How good is this? It's so good I wish that you didn't know about it.

All three items are highly recommended.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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