A Night of “Magic: The Secret Art”

Jeff McBride

Magician Jeff McBride

Magic comes to Sherman this winter as some of the world’s most famous and influential magicians appear at Austin College in “Magic: The Secret Art” on Thursday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Ida Green Theatre of Ida Green Communication Center. This Las Vegas-style show starring internationally acclaimed magicians Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger, along with Austin College professor Lawrence Hass, is suitable for all ages.

Tickets are $10 each for the general public and $3 each for Austin College student, faculty, and staff. All tickets are available from Carolyn Cranford on Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., by phone at 903.813.2281 and in person in Room 103 of Ida Green Communication Center. For more information, contact her at ccranford@austincollege.edu. The performance is part of the Austin College Theory and Art of Magic series, which Hass coordinates through the Department of Communication Studies.


Jeff McBride of Las Vegas combines mask, martial arts, kabuki theatre, world-class sleight of hand, myths and stories from around the world, and more, to create electrifying performances that thrill a wide range of audiences.

Eugene Burger of Chicago has been named among the “Most Influential Magicians of the 20th Century” by MAGIC Magazine for his deeply astonishing magic and for his reputation as the world’s foremost teacher and philosopher of magic. Burger appeared at Austin College in two sold-out shows in February 2010, and he is back to create his special magic with his friend and colleague Jeff McBride.

Eugene Burger

Magician Eugene Burger

These artists will be joined on stage by Dr. Lawrence Hass, founding director of the Theory and Art of Magic program. He is a professor of humanities at Austin College, teaching courses in philosophy and in the history, theory, and performance of magic. While unusual for a professor, the focus in magic is rooted in the fact that he also is an internationally recognized magician, teacher of magicians, and speaker about the meaning and importance of the magical arts. He has performed his style of magic from coast to coast at such prestigious venues as the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Magic Chicago, and the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas.


A special evening for those interested in a more close-up look at the art of magic will be offered the next evening through “Love and Magic” on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Park City Club in Dallas. This unique fundraising event combines a Valentine’s Day banquet; magic by acclaimed magicians Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, and Lawrence Hass; and scholarship support for fine arts students at Austin College. Guests will move through three rooms for up-close magic shows with each performer. Tickets are $150 per seat and available at www.acalumni.org/lovemagic. For more information, contact Penni Ruegg at Austin College at 903.813.2778 or pruegg@austincollege.edu.

Dr. Lawrence Hass

Dr. Lawrence Hass

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.

For more information, see www.mcbridemagic.com, www.magicbeard.com, www.lawrencehass.com