Eugene Burger


June 1, 1939-August 8, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we, friends of Eugene Burger, inform you that Eugene has passed away in Chicago at the age of 78.

Eugene enjoyed a long, healthy life, but was very recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Even so, his death today came more quickly than expected, and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his loss.

We know that in the days, weeks, and months ahead, countless things will be written and said about Eugene, and we will share more information, too. But for now, we want to tell you that Eugene embraced his situation with great clarity, humor, and peace of mind. As he said one day, "Now I am on the way to the ultimate capital M Mystery of life."

Please join us in remembering and celebrating Eugene, a rare and wonderful person who has meant so much to us and to magicians all over the world.


  • "Chicago's Best Magician"
    - Chicago Magazine, Best of Chicago Issue
  • Dean, McBride's Magic & Mystery School, Las Vegas, NV
  • Recipient, Performing Fellowship, The Magic Castle, Hollywood, California
  • Two-time Recipient, Close-Up Magician of the Year, The Magic Castle, Hollywood, California
  • Two-time Recipient, Lecturer of the Year, The Magic Castle, Hollywood, California
  • "Eugene Burger is one of the most respected names in close-up magic today."
    - Chicago Tribune
  • "One of Chicago's best loved magicians."
    - Crain's Chicago Business
  • "Eugene Burger is perhaps the most eminent Chicago magician."
    - New City
  • Merlin Award, Close-Up Magician of the Year, 2010, International Magicians Society
  • "One of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century."
    - MAGIC Magazine
  • "Burger's magic is simply jaw-dropping."
    - L. A. Weekly
  • "For decades Eugene Burger has been recognized by magicians and the public as one of the finest
    and most engaging magicians alive."
    - Genii Magazine
  • 2012 FISM (International Federation of Magical Societies) Special Award for Theory and Philosophy


He's amazed and delighted audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo. As Stagebill magazine proclaimed, Eugene Burger is "universally recognized as perhaps the finest close-up magician in the world."

"Close-up magic" is just that: magic performed right under your nose, where everyone becomes part of the show. And with Eugene Burger it is an unforgettable experience, for as the Chicago Reader noted in an unprecedented eleven-page cover story about him, "Burger adds something extra." His warmth and humor are captivating and his magic is simply amazing.

By definition, magicians are pretty special people, but Eugene Burger is considered exceptional even by other magicians. He has written fifteen best-selling books for the trade, starred in eight instructional videos, lectured extensively to magicians' groups in over a dozen countries, and his writings have been translated into several languages.

His deep understanding of the psychology and philosophy behind the magic have won him international accolades, cover stories in conjuring magazines, and four awards from the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood.

But as much as he loves discussing magic with fellow performers, Eugene's true passion is bringing mystery and enchantment to the public, and at this he is unparalleled. His special presence has led to numerous television appearances in Great Britain, Canada, Belgium, Finland and Japan, and on such highly acclaimed shows as The Art of Magic on PBS and Mysteries of Magic on The Learning Channel. He's been profiled twice on CNN.

During the past several years, Eugene has been a featured speaker for top executives of such major companies as Coca-Cola, Williams-Sonoma, Unisys and Pottery Barn, as well as top business schools including Wharton, and the graduate schools of business at the Universities of Chicago and Maryland. His talk, "How Magicians Think," applies his special understanding of deception and perception to the corporate world.

When the leading international trade journal Magic magazine compiled its list of the one hundred most influential magicians of the twentieth century, Eugene Burger was included for his ability to "arouse feelings of astonishment, as well as a host of other indescribable sensations."

Find out why this engaging entertainer is in constant demand for private parties, corporate functions and special events. Discover for yourself what the Chicago Tribune hailed as the "delightful excitement" that is uniquely Eugene Burger.