By 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.
||CleanSpecial 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. Sources Javier Leiva — Pretend Radio: Birth of a Con Man, Part...||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: 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! Sources Ricky Jay — Learned Pigs and...||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: 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..||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus 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. You can find more about Gina Tonic at:...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: 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. Sources Milbourne Christopher — The...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: 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. Sources Wikipedia — "Theatre Optique" Wikipedia —..||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: 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. This episode also features a guest...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: 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. Sources Wikpedia — "The Fox Sisters" Karen...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus 001: 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...||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: 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...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: Death by Misadventure||London was shocked when Chung Ling Soo, "the marvelous Chinese conjurer," died onstage in a magic trick gone wrong in 1918. Perhaps even more shocking was the truth about who he really was. Sources Jim Seinmeyer — The Glorious Deception, 2006...||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: The Quest||Magician Dai Vernon chased down gamblers and cardsharps to learn their techniques. So when he heard about a man who could perform a once-thought impossible card sleight, he set out on a quest through the seedy underworld of Kansas City to find him....||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: Artificial Artificial Intelligence||In 1770, inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen debuted his latest creation before the court of Maria Theresa of Austria. His chess playing automaton caused a stir when it appeared to not only move on its own, but also think and match wits against skilled...||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000: Introducing: Illusion||Introducing: Illusion. True stories of impossible things, and the people behind them. My name is Brian Earl, and I'm inviting you to join me as I explore the illusions that humans experience through true stories of magicians, grifters, artists, and...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I found this podcast after stumbling upon Brian Earl’s “Christmas Past” podcast, and both are amazing!
“Illusion” is the best mix of history and mystery packaged in an eloquent way of storytelling.
A pleasure to listen to!
The stories are really well written and I savor each episode.
Brian weaves some really interesting stories here connected to the magical side of life, whether it be a magician, magical creatures or unexplained occurrences. I learn something every time and the production value is great!