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article imageInterview with Eugene Burger: Master magician and lecturer Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 2, 2015 in Entertainment
Eugene Burger, the king of close-up magic, chatted with Digital Journal about his illustrious career and proudest moments.
Burger has been honored by the Academy of Magical Arts with two "Lecturer of the Year" wins in the late 80s, as well as two "Close-Up Magician of the Year" award wins in the late 90s. He is also a recipient of a performing fellowship from The Magic Castle in Hollywood.
On winning these aforementioned awards, Burger said with a sweet laugh, "That felt pretty good."
Burger teaches with fellow master magician Jeff McBride in the McBride Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas. "I am very busy. I am probably busier now than I've ever been with the Magic School in Las Vegas, and also I am teaching here in Chicago. I get to travel a lot and I enjoy travelling, so it's fun," he said.
When asked what he enjoys most about lecturing, he said, "I love hearing myself talk. I used to teach philosophy and history, but this is more fun."
Master magician Eugene Burger
Master magician Eugene Burger
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He praised Jeff Bride for being a "great teacher." "Jeff has an amazing knowledge of stage magic," he said, complimenting McBride.
Regarding the key to longevity in the entertainment industry, he said, "Be open to change, and try things that are new." "I do shows with other people a lot," he said.
For his fans, he concluded, "I have a very magical life, and I am appreciative of them. I am doing exactly what I want I have great friends, and I travel around. I am a lucky person and very fortunate."
Burger concluded our chat by defining the word success. "Having enough money to have free time, " he said with a laugh.
To learn more about acclaimed magician Eugene Burger, check out his official website.
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