The Chicago Reader, a free weekly newspaper, spent the bulk of this week's issue on covering magic in Chicago. Here is the full list of articles.
And here is the one most relevant to us: The secrets of Chicago’s not-so-secret society of magicians
Eugene Burger Lectures at Assembly 3!
Monday, November 28, 2016
Free for Assembly Members, $20 for Guests
Eugene Burger is the Dean of the McBride Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas. He lives in Chicago and travels internationally. Eugene is universally recognized as one of the world’s foremost teachers of magic. He has twice won Close-Up Magician of the Year as well as twice Lecturer of the Year at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, where he also received a Performing Fellowship. Most recently he became the first American to receive the FISM (Federation of International Magic Societies) Special Award for Theory and Philosophy. In Chicago, Eugene works privately with beginners, intermediate and advanced students and consults with many professionals.
“For decades Eugene Burger has been recognized by magicians and the public as one of the finest and most engaging magicians alive.” — Stephen Minch, Genii magazine
“Eugene is the Dean of the Magic and Mystery School, and has mentored many of the most successful artists of our time. Now you can learn why he has earned the title of “THE MASTER’!”
— Jeff McBride
“Eugene is not just one of my favorite magicians in the world to watch, he’s also one of the greatest teachers of magic alive today.”
— Mac King
“Magic’s greatest teacher.”
— Richard Kaufman, Genii magazine
“…the greatest speaker and essayist on magic theory”
— Joshua Jay
What do you get when you combine a turn-of-the-century mansion with the impish imagination of magician David Parr? You get Haunting History, a unique Halloween treat, equal parts history, mystery and magic!Explore the corridors of the historic Dawes House, completed in 1895, and step into a shadowland where fact and folklore intermingle in surprising ways. With David Parr as your host and guide, each room offers an encounter with the strange and supernatural:
You’ll find that Mr. Parr is well qualified to host a celebration of the magical and mysterious. He is the costar of Chicago’s longest-running weekly magic show, The Magic Cabaret, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the best magic shows in America!
“History is much weirder than the version we learn in school,” explains Parr, the creator of Haunting History. “People in the past believed they were surrounded by the supernatural, especially around Halloween. Haunting History gives a sense of what it was like to live in that world.”
And what about that tag line, “a Halloween treat for grown-ups”?
“Halloween is my favorite holiday,” says Parr. “And in the past, it wasn’t so identified with children. The Halloween season was a time when social constraints were loosened, and grown-ups could have fun and indulge in make-believe.” Which is Mr. Parr’s way of saying that no one under the age of thirteen is admitted to Haunting History. “There are plenty of grown-ups who enjoy a good ghost story as much as I do. And I enjoy ghost stories very much!”
Tickets for Haunting History are in limited supply, so get yours before they are sold out. And get ready for a unique Halloween treat!
Tickets are on sale now!