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Spirit Theater by Eugene Burger - Book
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Mind-boggling Mysteries!

If you've ever wondered what kinds of things went on at spirit seances during their 19th Century heyday, this amazing performance will illuminate some of those mysteries - and leave you puzzling over how the mediums did it.

The history of seances, essays on seance performance, 6 close-up effects with spirit themes, Eugene's own seance Hauntings, interviews with Tony Andruzzi and Max Maven, a reprint of the complete Sylvestre catalog of spirit paraphernalia from 1901, plus an annotated bibliography.

Table of Contents:
Part One: Setting the Stage

  • First Words
  • Point of Departure
  • Spirits
  • Spirit Theater
  • Seances for Fun and Profit

    Part Two: Ghostly Visitors in the Nineteenth Century
  • Mesmer, Imagination and Suggestion
  • The Summer-Land "One of the Great Points of Psychic Evolution"
  • Manifestations from Beyond the Grave
  • A Shooting Star
  • Master Mediums

    Part Three: Performance
  • Character and Claims The Man of Mystery: A Conversation with Tony Andruzzi
  • Building a Better Performance
  • A Central Principle
  • Seance Presenation: A Conversation with Max Maven
  • The Dark Room
  • Hauntings: A Conversation with Eugene Burger
  • Spirit Theater for the Close-Up Entertainer

    Part Four: Wanderings in the Spirit Field
  • History
  • Investigation
  • Manifestations
  • Performance
  • Last Words

    Pages 192 - Hard Bound
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    1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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    Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 23rd, 2013
    I was very pleased that this included an in depth history of seances and the spirit theater. This is an excellent book to relax and enjoy in front of the fireplace on cold nights.
    And you will learn some amazing theatrical techniques and illusions too.
    A top 10 book for your library
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    Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 6th, 2014
    This book came highly recommended from the Bizarre Community on the Magic Cafe and they were correct. It is an outstanding and easy to read tome. Lots of pitches try to sell magic books and videos based on what you will learn between the lines. Spirit Theatre is chock full of this sort of information about how to build your character and create atmosphere for your seance. I found the history section at the beginning of the book fascinating and the education about running a Seance throughout the rest of the book very useful. Only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is the editing as there a noticeable amount of typos. Overall, a great purchase if you want to into Seance or Bizarre magic.
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