Best Magician of Chicago
It's Eugene Burger's job to give people the chills. "I want my shows to be fun and entertaining," says the 64-year-old Chicagoan, "but I also want people to say. 'Something happened here that I don't understand.'" Widely regarded as one of the finest close-up magicians in the world (meaning he performs tricks right under your nose), Burger is intrigued by the psychology and the philosophy that lie behind his tricks. After one of his subjects plucks a card from a carefully scrutinized deck, she discovers her name inscribed on the back. "Was it my will or yours that made you choose that card?" Burger asks mysteriously.