I want to thank Eugene Burger for guiding me on this magical journey. MAGIC Magazine has described Chicago's own Eugene Burger as, "One of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century." Indeed, Eugene is a source of great inspiration and joy in helping me and so many performers weave stories and create magical effects that produce a powerful sense of wonder and astonishment that is essential in every performance -- and in every life!

Eugene also has brought several other magical performers into my life, including: Jeff McBride, Max Maven, Cesareo Palaez and David Bull. I'm so grateful for their generous encouragement and wise counsel over the years -- and, once again, thank Eugene for introducing me to these fine gentlemen and unbelievably talented performers.

I also want to say a word about the late, great Jay Marshall. I had the pleasure of working for Jay in his final years at Magic, Inc., Chicago's oldest magic shop. Jay's career started back on the old Vaudeville circuit and the world lost one of its most entertaining performers when Jay passed away in 2005. Like the seasoned old pro he was, Jay once advised me that show business was not a respectable pursuit and that I should do something "more practical" with my life. He was probably right -- but I'm sure glad I didn't follow his advice! And I'm glad I will always have so many fond memories of Jay to cherish.

Finally, I offer my heartfelt thanks to you, too -- for visiting RobertCharlesMysteries and for joining me as we explore the mysteries of the mind!