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Growing in the Art of Magic MP3 Library

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  • Long out of print
  • Now available in convenient MP3 format

Long out of print, these audio segments are now available in MP3 format.

Contents:

Growing (12:23)

  • Eugene explains the nature and purpose of the audio series.
  • The question of growth.
  • As magicians, when are we growing in our art of magic?
  • Books.
  • Growing and Listening.
  • Growing and asking the right questions.
  • Growing and caring.

The Way of the Magician (16:03)

  • Tenkai: "Magic is not tricks; it is a way."
  • The easy way and the difficult way.
  • Are there unimportant moments in a performance or in life?
  • Focusing our attention.
  • The importance of detail.
  • Why is timing a problem for so many?

Managing People Close-Up (24:16)

  • The question most often asked at Eugene's seminars: How can we best deal with hecklers during performances?
  • The heckler as a problem in relationship.
  • The traditional approach and its problems.
  • The spectator's desire for anonymity or attention.
  • Interruptions, timing and preparation.
  • David Devant and kindness.
  • Willingness to bend.
  • Close-up magic as living in the moment.

Before the Show (16:13)

  • A discussion with Danny Orleans who asks Eugene to imagine he is on his way to a performance.
  • Are there any special thoughts and preparations that occupy his mind?
  • Nervousness and excitement.
  • Dropping effects from our repertoires even though they may produce strong reactions.

After the Show (8:34)

  • The discussion with Danny continues, but changes its focus.
  • Eugene's imaginary performance is finished and he is now returning home.
  • How does he elevate his show's failure or success?
  • The importance of evaluation.
  • Making changes in our show.

The Origin and Symbolism of Magic (10:55)

  • A discussion with Jack Gould, dean of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, on magic's origins in pre-history and the meaning of its symbolism for early men and women.
  • The economic-political theory of magic's beginnings.
  • Magic and religion.
  • The transformation of magical symbolism.
  • Can these ancient symbols speak to us?

The Future of Magic (11:18)

  • A discussion about the future direction of magic.
  • Does the future exist?
  • "The adventures of the props in the performer's hands."
  • Special effects and personality.
  • Who is the magician?
  • Is magic getting weirder?

Seeking a Magical Vision (26:50)

  • Based upon a talk Eugene gave at Mystery School in 1992.
  • If we finally see the futility of imitating other performers, how can we find our own personal magical vision?
  • Tools for seeking our vision.
  • "Waiting."
  • Partial Visions.
  • The place of dedication and sacrifice in our magical work.
  • Hobbies.
  • Trusting our vision or listening to others.
  • Right associations.
  • The power of magic words.
  • Negative inner "songs."
  • Emile Coué.
  • Songs of Power.

Imagination, Solitude and Creativity (16:32)

  • How can we become more creative with our magic?
  • Imagination and finding creative answer to our magical problems.
  • Who will answer the question?
  • The art of cultivating the imagination.
  • Will power, conscious effort and tension.
  • Creativity and relaxation.

The Flow of Water (12:47)
Drawing on the teachings of Lao Tzu's famous Tao Te Ching, whose spirit has been a guiding force in Eugene's philosophy of magic, this tape produced in the 1970s is a short meditation on water as a symbol of flowing with life rather than fighting, pushing and struggling against it. The recording featured original music by John Leo on the acoustic guitar.

 

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Customer Reviews

  • A lifetime of experience....

    5 Stars

    Very pleased to have found this again. Burger's thoughtful consideration of what it means to be a magician, how to grow in the art/craft and the philosophy of the magician's way should be required of all those who choose to follow this odd path we travel. It is also a good idea to listen to it every so often to be reminded of these things.

    Truly a bargain that is worth a lifetime of experience.

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  • Well worth the price!

    5 Stars

    Had received as a gift from my mentor long ago and I listened to it everyday for a year. Great stuff. I still listen to it every now and again as a reminder. Well worth the price.

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