and foremost, Bizarre Magic is Theatre. And when I say that, I
mean theatre in every sense and style of the word; dramatic, comedic, suspenseful,
emotional, evocative, sensational, spectacle, and spiritual. The
theatre, as we know it, originated in the Dionysian religious dramas of
Greece--presentations that told the stories of the Gods. These
stories strove to give civilization a way of understanding their
connection to the Universe, each other, and ultimately what happens
Magic does all of this, and uses all of the element of theatre--story
and stagecraft--to tell tales--tales that ultimately help us understand
our place in the world, our relationship to others, and our relationship
to the Universe. The only real expansion is that in theatre, the
Universe can be seen as godless, divinely wrought, or humanist.
There are no boundaries. This applies as well to Bizarre Magic.
conventional Magic suffers from many boundaries and inadequacies
--Bizarre Magic does not know of such boundaries--they do not exist.
What Bizarre Magic is NOT has been succinctly put by Eugene Burger--it
is NOT about the travels of the props in he Magician's hands. You
can't be any clearer than that.
I sometimes compare the "conventional" Magician and a Bizarre
Magician to the comparison of a gourmand and a gourmet .
The gourmand gluts himself, always searching for the more gustatory
triumphs--the new recipe, heaped with more ingredients in different
combinations. More, more, more--that is the credo of the gourmand.
This would apply to the "conventional" Magician. Always
in search of the new move, the new prop, the latest box or piece of
The gourmet, on the other hand, strives for simplicity. He or she
strives to find the refined, the simple, the recipes that are pure in
preparation and in flavor. The tastes of the gourmet must be
highly trained to appreciate subtle flavors, nuances, and aromas.
Example--The Japanese cleric, sitting alone, performing a tea ceremony.
The ritual, the simple implements, and the subtle, almost invisible
aroma and taste of the tea take on new dimensions in the mind and soul
of this person. Why? Because he has trained himself to
appreciate them. And he can train others to appreciate them as
That is the Bizarre Magician. Simplicity of method, directness of
story, and almost invisible magic that happens in the mind and soul of
the magician and the viewer alike. But ever so satisfying when
So mote it be.