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Yes I agree. We can't compare them. They are very different magicians. Both are masters of magic but their styles and characters on stage are very different.

Lance Burton is a real master and a Grand Prix winner of FÝSM in 1982. He is the world champion.

Jeff McBride is a great card manipulator and a very energic man on stage. He as a different style from all other magicians. But for my opinion Jeff Mcbirde is better on teaching than performing magic. He has great Dvds and he has a great school of magic. He is a real teacher and entertainer.

So as I said you can't compare these two masters.


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I saw them both at It's Magic's 50th anniversary and it's a magic experience I'll never forget. Although quite different, both of their performance styles can't be beat.
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Yes agree. They are both different.


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Jeff really knows how to make easy tricks seem difficult, such as zombie floats and card from mouths.

Lance Burton is a living replica of the past masters, his act is glamorous, down to earth and sophisticated,without too much or if any strobe lights and laser shows like the rest of the vegas performers.

Jeff is a good mystifier and Lance is a good showman.
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They are both at the top. Each in his own peronal way.
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I know both styles Jeff and Lance. I prefer to compare the Lance of old when I knew him in the 80's. Classic and elegant. When it comes to rapid fire manipulation techniques and impossible moves, I would say that Jeff has him beat. Now, audience appeal is different from our perspective. Lance has a universal appeal, whereas Jeff is the Avante Garde which doesn't always sit well. Technical: I would give Jeff a 10 vrs Lance a 8 as far as execution.
Style: Lance (old) 10- jeff 8,
Versatility: Jeff wins
Audience appeal: Lance wins.
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I have seen Jeff do several difficult card techniques going from interlock to multiplying cards, to multiples and can change to any of them on command.
Lance has better focal point and audience misdirection. The control factor is perfect. The question was manipulation.
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As I said before. Jeff McBride is really a great teacher. I love his energy on stage and style. But Lance Burton is my star as a dove manipulator as well.


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Wagmaster said it right.Lets not put apples and oranges toghether folks.It's like saying whos the best magician.Everyone is different adn does his own thing at least we hope so anyway.products that are advertized through media are easily
reconizable and therefore are good for us,those that are sold in discounts are worth a hoot,but by whoos standard if those products sold are popular in other countries. Same applies here. Nobody is better than nobody.
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Jeff has super technique that is way beyond Lance's,however,you NEVER see Lance's technique;you can't always say that with Jeff.An audience will walk away from Jeff's show amazed at his sleight of hand artistry,but they'll walk away from Lance's show amazed at his magic.I'll catch a lot of hate for this one,but I think Jeff over rated.My vote is for Lance.
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I what have so say Lance Burton cause his a great card manipulator and a master on dove manipulation.
and he is one of the few magicians that has his own theater, don't get me wrong I love McBride too, but Lance is also great illusionst and a close up magician.
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If either or both of them read this, I think they will still sleep well that night. Just the fact that they are a topic of discussion such as this is indicitive of their mastery.
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This is a Dumb Post !

Houdini was the ORIGNAL King of cards.........

Lance Burtons work is in the Classic tradition .....VERY CLASSY

Jeffrey McBride work is K-os !! very Street !

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Lance Burton, but I'm personally gratefull to Jeff for his help,
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Good question but the answer is simple. Lance Burton hands down. And yes gentlemen, we certainly can compare the two. I have spoken to McBride's good friend Eugene Burger about this. Burger feels as I do, that Burton's FISM act is one of the few greatest magic acts of all time. Period. Now let me say this. Jeff McBride is an expert manipulator, a wonderful performer, and a fantastic all round magician. Truly one of the greats. However, your question was which act is better, and although it's tough, there can only be one answer, and the answer is Lance Burton's Grand Prix winning gas light act set to Vivaldi's Spring from The Four Seasons.

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I have to say Lance as well. But it is interesting to note that Lance has publicly given credit to Jeff McBride for helping him improve his act.
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One could do worse than accept advice from such an accomplished manipulator as McBride!
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McBride is a shaman. Burton is a classicist. Personally, I find McBride's presentation more compelling, and certainly more original!
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This is a silly question, so here's a silly answer. I love Lance's "good old boy" charm. So disarming. Go back and watch videos of him when he was younger. He was much more tense. Now it's as if this huge weight has been lifted off of his shoulders and he's just having fun, especially with his dove act.

I love Jeff's work too, but at times am a little put off by his whole mystic schtick. Sometimes, I just want to ask him, "Do you own a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt?"

But the majority of the posts have nailed it. They're both at the top in their own way.
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Far from a silly question. I think it's a great question.

I've never understood how anyone who claims to be a magician can consider a question about the the masters " silly" . My passion for magic has been been burning for almost 25 years now and I still get excited at the opportunity to discuss the differences and similarities between the greats of our art. whether it be manip. or close- up or parlour...

It's a petty that some practitioners think it's silly.
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