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Illusion

Brian Earl

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Illusion
Illusion

Illusion

Brian Earl

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Illusion tells true stories from history that explore how our senses can be fooled, and how experiencing illusions is part of what makes us human. New stories arrive on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Our world is full of illusions, and Brian Earl brings them to life through engaging stories about magicians, grifters, artists, and visionaries. Learn more at http://www.illusionpodcast.com.

Latest Episodes

Special Presentation: Pretend Radio - Birth of a Con Man, Part 1

This episode of Illusion is a special presentation of Birth of a Con Man, Part 1. The story first appeared on Pretend Radio, hosted by Javier Leiva. Learn more at pretendradio.org.

24 MIN2017 DEC 5
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Special Presentation: Pretend Radio - Birth of a Con Man, Part 1

Dinner is Served

In the early 1900s, magician Max Malini was invited to a fancy dinner party in the Philippines. The host tried to play a prank on him, and learned an important life lesson: don't mess with a magician!

13 MIN2017 NOV 21
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Dinner is Served

Fairy Tale

In 1917, two girls in the Yorkshire village of Cottingley took photos of themselves and what appeared to be fairies. Three years later, they found themselves the unwitting perpetrators of a widespread hoax and the source of hope and vindication for an entire religious movement.

15 MIN2017 NOV 7
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Fairy Tale

Bonus 002: Gina Tonic

Gina Tonic is a drag performer in New York City. We had a wide ranging discussion covering the history of drag, creating the illusion of gender, and drag as a performing art.

31 MIN2017 OCT 31
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Bonus 002: Gina Tonic

Pseudoscience

In the 18th century, a Roman professor of mathematics demonstrated the latest scientific discoveries with dazzling demonstrations. There was just one problem: he was really performing magic tricks.

18 MIN2017 OCT 24
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Pseudoscience

The Luminous Pantomimes

In 1892, in a small Parisian theater at the back of a wax museum, inventor Charles-Emil Reynaud presented his "Luminous Pantomimes" and introduced the world to a new art form: the animated cartoon.

13 MIN2017 OCT 3
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The Luminous Pantomimes

The Queen of Ohio

Cassie Chadwick was a career criminal who conned her way into high society and spent money like she was a Carnegie...which she claimed she was. What happened next was a $20 million swindle that collapsed a bank.

20 MIN2017 SEP 19
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The Queen of Ohio

The Knockers of Rochester

In a remote New York farm town in the nineteenth century, two sisters claimed they could speak with the dead. But what started out as a childish prank ended with the accidental creation of a new religion.

19 MIN2017 SEP 5
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The Knockers of Rochester

In Conversation: Kayla Drescher

Kayla Drescher has been performing magic since the age of seven, and first performed onstage in her second grade talent show. She is now a professional magician in Los Angeles. She performed a delightful illusion in season 4 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW.

32 MIN2017 AUG 29
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In Conversation: Kayla Drescher

The Professor and the Tilted Glass

Ghosts have appeared in drama for at least 2,500 years, with many innovations in stagecraft to make them appear more believable -- and spooky. In 1862, Professor John Henry Pepper perfected a new technique that ushered in a new age of special effects.

18 MIN2017 AUG 15
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The Professor and the Tilted Glass

Latest Episodes

Special Presentation: Pretend Radio - Birth of a Con Man, Part 1

This episode of Illusion is a special presentation of Birth of a Con Man, Part 1. The story first appeared on Pretend Radio, hosted by Javier Leiva. Learn more at pretendradio.org.

24 MIN2017 DEC 5
Comments
Special Presentation: Pretend Radio - Birth of a Con Man, Part 1

Dinner is Served

In the early 1900s, magician Max Malini was invited to a fancy dinner party in the Philippines. The host tried to play a prank on him, and learned an important life lesson: don't mess with a magician!

13 MIN2017 NOV 21
Comments
Dinner is Served

Fairy Tale

In 1917, two girls in the Yorkshire village of Cottingley took photos of themselves and what appeared to be fairies. Three years later, they found themselves the unwitting perpetrators of a widespread hoax and the source of hope and vindication for an entire religious movement.

15 MIN2017 NOV 7
Comments
Fairy Tale

Bonus 002: Gina Tonic

Gina Tonic is a drag performer in New York City. We had a wide ranging discussion covering the history of drag, creating the illusion of gender, and drag as a performing art.

31 MIN2017 OCT 31
Comments
Bonus 002: Gina Tonic

Pseudoscience

In the 18th century, a Roman professor of mathematics demonstrated the latest scientific discoveries with dazzling demonstrations. There was just one problem: he was really performing magic tricks.

18 MIN2017 OCT 24
Comments
Pseudoscience

The Luminous Pantomimes

In 1892, in a small Parisian theater at the back of a wax museum, inventor Charles-Emil Reynaud presented his "Luminous Pantomimes" and introduced the world to a new art form: the animated cartoon.

13 MIN2017 OCT 3
Comments
The Luminous Pantomimes

The Queen of Ohio

Cassie Chadwick was a career criminal who conned her way into high society and spent money like she was a Carnegie...which she claimed she was. What happened next was a $20 million swindle that collapsed a bank.

20 MIN2017 SEP 19
Comments
The Queen of Ohio

The Knockers of Rochester

In a remote New York farm town in the nineteenth century, two sisters claimed they could speak with the dead. But what started out as a childish prank ended with the accidental creation of a new religion.

19 MIN2017 SEP 5
Comments
The Knockers of Rochester

In Conversation: Kayla Drescher

Kayla Drescher has been performing magic since the age of seven, and first performed onstage in her second grade talent show. She is now a professional magician in Los Angeles. She performed a delightful illusion in season 4 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW.

32 MIN2017 AUG 29
Comments
In Conversation: Kayla Drescher

The Professor and the Tilted Glass

Ghosts have appeared in drama for at least 2,500 years, with many innovations in stagecraft to make them appear more believable -- and spooky. In 1862, Professor John Henry Pepper perfected a new technique that ushered in a new age of special effects.

18 MIN2017 AUG 15
Comments
The Professor and the Tilted Glass
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