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Topic: Eugene Burger Penguin Lecture
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Dec 29, 2014 07:50AM)
I know that some may find this quaint. But I was surprised and inspired by Eugene's lecture on Penguin last night.
Mr. Burger is anything but the hot new thing and I know it can be annoying being recommended lectures/books etc as "legendary" only to find somebody past their prime shilling old ideas-- but I loved this lecture. I wasn't even intending to watch it last night-- but as he kept talking he kept drawing me in deeper and deeper.

I'm posting my recommendation here in the Mentally Speaking forum particularly because I thought a lot of what Burger had to share had a direct bearing on a lot of discussions that have been coming up here this past year.

If you're familiar with his work you'll find no new methods. It's all classic EB... but, maybe it was the cold he was suffering through but it really felt like the gloves were off last night.

Also, it was great seeing mentalism presented outside the realm of "psychological illusion".

Lots of fun and great reminders
Message: Posted by: MentalistCreationLab (Dec 29, 2014 08:04AM)
I was going to attend that lecture in person yesterday but it looks like fate had other plans as I now have a rear wheel cylinder shooting break fluid.Oh what fun! So the hour drive to Columbus, Ohio did not seem like a good idea.

Thanks David, glad to hear it was a good EB lecture.

Bill Montana
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 29, 2014 08:17AM)
Mr burger was the one I was looking forward to the most...more than derren and the rest...

Been too busy drinking fine ales, feasting and messing about to watch it yet though...but I do think he is worth studying, I have all his books, and they all can be applied to mentalism...he is somewhat of an unsung hero in my opinion...
Message: Posted by: MVoss (Dec 29, 2014 09:35AM)
I thought it was one of the best lectures they have done in a while. Eugene really hit it out of the park.
Message: Posted by: smullins (Dec 29, 2014 11:27AM)
Did he happen to go over his handling for the Trick That Cannot Be Explained? It's really brilliant, I wasn't able to watch last nights taping yet.

I'm sure it was amazing like everything else he has published :-)
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Dec 29, 2014 12:01PM)
How long does Penguin usually take to make a product available for download? I preordered this, but unfortunately wasn't able to watch it live. It's not showing up for download on my account. Not impatient, just curious.
Message: Posted by: smullins (Dec 29, 2014 12:05PM)
Under 24 hours usually. Longer lectures take a bit more time to load for obvious reasons.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Dec 29, 2014 12:55PM)
Message: Posted by: MVoss (Dec 29, 2014 01:58PM)
I think the lecture is up now. I got the email.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Dec 29, 2014 11:31PM)
I got it too. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Dec 30, 2014 12:00AM)
I had the pleasure of hanging with Eugene a few months ago for 3 full days at the McBride Mentalist Master Class and he was nothing short of wise and extremely generous with his vast knowledge of the arts.

His take on magic and his ideas were beyond invaluable - and a heck of a nice person!
Message: Posted by: Ulrich (Dec 30, 2014 03:35AM)
The best lecture I saw, and I'm not even a magician!

I have every lecture of every mentalist that ever done Penguin Live, some were great, some were not, but I never bought a magician's lecture. Now I understand I may be doing a mistake...

Eugene is a very special person for me in magic, his rock start voice and calm personality and the deepest knowledge of magic makes him the best teacher, so I decided to buy this lecture, just because Eugene.

And it was the best lecture I ever saw, do yourself a favor and buy!
Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 30, 2014 10:23AM)
I bought this prior to the lecture. I was otherwise spoken for Sunday evening but I cannot wait . Eugene is my favorite magician.

I can't wait to watch!

Thanks Eugene
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Dec 30, 2014 04:49PM)
Great lecture and only half way through. The coin trick and OOTW were terrific. He is certainly great at making even the most simple effect look like a theatrical show piece.

Message: Posted by: Waters (Dec 31, 2014 04:34AM)
Dave was right.

Inspirational is the word. I don't like using the "favorite" word (because each experience brings its own insight), but this was certainly a standout lecture. Everytime I read, listen, or watch Eugene, I am gleening wisdom.

Thank you for the gift, Mr. Burger.

Highest Recommendation!
Message: Posted by: oliverr (Dec 31, 2014 05:54AM)
Wow, that was an outstanding lecture. Great and commercial magic and great advice by one of the most fabulous magicians out there. It was a real pleasure to watch Eugene's lecture.
Money well spent.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 31, 2014 06:56AM)
I would love to see a Burger and Cassidy combo lecture...

i loved how passionate eugene was about it all, as it should be - I loved how he railed against certain things, and you could see it in his face...for those that haven't, buy all of his books, you'll find so much to think about...no matter what you study and perform...
Message: Posted by: pierredan (Dec 31, 2014 07:23AM)
How long was the lecture?
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 31, 2014 08:52AM)
Not long enough...yet, long enough...
Message: Posted by: MVoss (Dec 31, 2014 02:54PM)
About three and a half hours I think?
Message: Posted by: shomemagic (Jan 2, 2015 06:05PM)
What did he teach?
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jan 2, 2015 06:13PM)
If you go on the penguin site, you can read all about it...
Message: Posted by: Bill Brunelle (Jan 3, 2015 10:11AM)
The Penguin site says "what will he teach." So it has not been updated since the lecture with what he actually taught. Knowing Eugene, my hunch is that he may have stuck with what he intended, but sometimes there ends up being a substantial difference between what is originally listed and what actually happens.

I'd still love to hear a little more specifically what he covered.
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Jan 4, 2015 11:47AM)
I was thrilled that he performed his invisible coins routine. I've wanted to see it for a long time and understood that he only taught it in lectures. It's very nice thinking.

I liked his passion for the art of magic. Fascinating insights and his haunted deck on the back of his hand was cool.
Message: Posted by: The_MetalMaster (Jan 4, 2015 01:46PM)
That coin effect though! I don't even bother with coins but the invisible coin routine that Eugene taught must be added to my close up act
Message: Posted by: NebA (Jan 6, 2015 05:02PM)
What does the coin effect look like? It sounds like a lot of people liked it so I am curious!
Message: Posted by: MVoss (Jan 6, 2015 08:04PM)
The audience member thinks of a coin and it appears in his hand. You really need to see it to understand just how awesome it is.
Message: Posted by: NebA (Jan 6, 2015 08:35PM)
Ah okay, thanks! Maybe Penguin will make a trailer soon so I can see it. I will probably be getting the lecture either way though :)
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 7, 2015 08:04PM)
Is it just me, or would anyone else love to hear Eugene Burger say "I am Groot" ?
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jan 7, 2015 09:35PM)
Dave, very astute decision posting the review in Mentally Speaking, thank you. The first lecture I ever attended was one of Mr. Burgers, before I'd ever heard of him.

It was over THIRTY years ago and made a profound impression upon me. Looking back, it is clear how much his teaching, passion and drive for excellence impacted me not only as a magician (as I would have described myself then) but in my ultimate decision to study and develop myself as a mentalist. Bottom line, as a student, performer and creator.

I watched the Penguin lecture with high expectations. They were met AND exceeded. Forgive my indulgence in cliche, but like a fine wine Mr. Burger has aged well in every way. He set the bar high back then and continues to do so today.
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Jan 8, 2015 09:07AM)
He doesn't seem to age at all Bill. He looks the same now as he did 20 years ago! And when he talks with that voice of his you've just got to listen. :)
Message: Posted by: Patrick Redford (Jan 8, 2015 11:04AM)
Eugene was a treat! I really enjoyed this lecture, myself. I had the pleasure and honor of hosting and glad I was able to make it into town on Penguin's invite to do so. There is wonderful value in this lecture - as with everything Mr. Burger presents the magic community.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jan 8, 2015 11:53AM)
My mental image is the one imprinted in the lecture mentioned above, so maybe the added 10 years is a factor, Sean. Eugene was heavier back then and while I do see aging, like I said it is all good. He certainly has slimmed down and "that voice" is richer and even more nuanced than years ago.

Patrick, you did a wonderful job, thank you! Cursing Dan may have been a bit extreme but at least he was well enough again in time to travel for the DB lecture. Any behind the scenes tidbits you can share?
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 9, 2015 05:10AM)
Just got this lecture, looks like I'm in for a treat judging by these reviews.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jan 9, 2015 05:15AM)
I bought a robot!
Message: Posted by: clairvoyant (Jan 9, 2015 08:27AM)
This lecture was much more applicable to mentalism than I would have anticipated. Thank you dmoses for recommending it, as I likely wouldn't have picked it up otherwise.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 9, 2015 11:57AM)
Thank you all, I just bought this. Cannot wait until tonight.
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Jan 10, 2015 06:11AM)
Just watched it, a master at work. Worth the price just for the coin effect alone IMO.
Message: Posted by: dan the man (Jan 10, 2015 04:40PM)
Does anyone know if the coin effect is the same as the one in his dvd?
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Jan 12, 2015 06:01AM)
[quote]On Jan 10, 2015, dan the man wrote:
Does anyone know if the coin effect is the same as the one in his dvd? [/quote]

Can you describe the effect and I'll tell you if it's the same.
Message: Posted by: dan the man (Jan 12, 2015 12:45PM)
[quote]On Jan 12, 2015, Sean Giles wrote:
[quote]On Jan 10, 2015, dan the man wrote:
Does anyone know if the coin effect is the same as the one in his dvd? [/quote]

Can you describe the effect and I'll tell you if it's the same. [/quote]
Thanks, but i' ve seen the lecture now and it is the same one, indeed! still great though of course.
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Jan 15, 2015 05:50AM)
No worries. Which DVD did you see it on?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jan 15, 2015 09:35AM)
Sean, it is on Exploring Magical Presentations
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Jan 16, 2015 02:43AM)
Thank you Tony :)
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Jan 19, 2015 08:34PM)
I think Eugene would make a fine mentalist.
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Jan 23, 2015 11:08PM)
Eugene has one of the classic voices of magic, the rich timbre, resonance and kinaesthetic quality make him a pleasure to listen to. Blackstone Jr, Max Maven and Paul Draper are my other favourite voices in magic and mentalism. Their voices add so my to their presentations for me.
Message: Posted by: The_MetalMaster (Jan 24, 2015 12:30PM)
I keep going back to this incredible lecture. Does anybody know the name of that style of candle and holder that Eugene uses in his Haunted Deck/Gypsy Thread effect? Thanks!
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jan 24, 2015 07:31PM)
...this is said sincerely @The_metalMaster...after watching the lecture, do you think Eugene would want you to copy his way of doing something? (he does say he gets a lot of his stuff from stores that sell doll's houses though)...