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Dec 5, 2017

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


Javier Leiva — Pretend Radio: Birth of a Con Man, Part 1


Blue Dot Sessions — Night Light

Illusion is written and produced...

Nov 21, 2017

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!


Ricky Jay — Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women


Blue Dot Sessions — Turning

Chris Zabriskie — The...

Nov 7, 2017

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.


Wikipedia — The Cottingley...

Oct 31, 2017

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:




Oct 24, 2017

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.



Milbourne Christopher — The Illustrated History of Magic, 1996



Kevin MacLeod — Mesmerize