After award winning festival screenings from Chicago to India and over 14,000 on line viewings, A Magical Vision is getting its premiere DVD release. A Magical Vision spotlights Eugene Burger—his magic, his philosophy, and his influence on the art of magic. For Museletter subscribers, Eugene Burger hardly needs an introduction. That said, Eugene is a far-sighted philosopher and magician who is considered one of the great teachers of the magical arts. Eugene has spent twenty-five years speaking to magicians, academics, and the general public about the experience of magic. Advocating a return to magic’s shamanistic, healing traditions, Eugene’s “magic tricks” seek to evoke the feelings of awe and transcendence that is lacking in most modern magic.
Eugene’s awards are many. In June of 2012, Eugene won a 2012 FISM Special Award for Theory and Philosophy at the recent Congress held in Blackpool, England. When the leading international trade journal MAGIC magazine compiled its list of the most influential magicians of the twentieth century, Eugene was included for his ability to “arouse feelings of astonishment, as well as a host of other indescribable sensations.” He has written sixteen best-selling books for magicians, starred in five critically acclaimed instructional video tapes, and lectured to magicians’ groups in over a dozen countries.
The film, however, is Eugene’s journey. It began in 1940s Chicago, a city already renowned as the center of classic magic performance. Yale Divinity School followed, leading Eugene to the world of Asian mysticism. From there came the creation of Hauntings, a tribute to the spirit theatre of the 19th century, and the gore of the Bizarre Magick movement. Today Eugene’s performances and lectures draw inspiration from the mythology of India to the Buddhism of magical theory.
On this stage, the magicians and thinkers open doors to an astounding world, a world that we rarely take time to see. A Magical Vision shines a small light on this magnificent vista.
The DVD is now available at Montrose Pictures for $19.99. It was a labor of love for me to make and I’m so pleased to finally share it with you.