10 episodes

The How Magicians Think podcast is a fascinating deep dive into one of the most elusive and secretive performing arts: magic. Join Joshua Jay, one of the world's most accomplished magicians, as he reveals the artistry and obsessiveness of magicians. Jay takes listeners around the globe to speak to the biggest names in magic, always in search of creative techniques and insights that anyone can apply to their own lives and passions. Joshua Jay--a masterful storyteller--will regale listeners with esoteric moments in magic history and quirky secrets of psychology.

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The How Magicians Think podcast is a fascinating deep dive into one of the most elusive and secretive performing arts: magic. Join Joshua Jay, one of the world's most accomplished magicians, as he reveals the artistry and obsessiveness of magicians. Jay takes listeners around the globe to speak to the biggest names in magic, always in search of creative techniques and insights that anyone can apply to their own lives and passions. Joshua Jay--a masterful storyteller--will regale listeners with esoteric moments in magic history and quirky secrets of psychology.

    How Magicians Think: Was Houdini As Great As Everyone Says?

    How Magicians Think: Was Houdini As Great As Everyone Says?

    Houdini was a marketing genius, but how great a magician he was is a source of contention among magic’s greatest scholars. Joshua creates a grudge match between Houdini’s most fervent supporters and detractors. We’ll hear from illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, Houdini biographer Joe Posnanski, and magic historians Jamy Ian Swiss and Mike Caveney, as they give their take on the enigmatic Houdini.

    • 28 min
    How Magicians Think: The Smartest Magician Alive

    How Magicians Think: The Smartest Magician Alive

    It’s definitely Teller. The shorter, silent half of Penn & Teller never speaks onstage, but we’re delighted to present this engaging conversation with magic’s most erudite scholar and performer. Teller creates magic with purpose, and he speaks in detail about what makes for a successful partnership. Joshua dials in on the creative process with Teller, who is candid and thoughtful about how he approaches his craft. His insights will prove invaluable to anyone who wants to elevate their work.

    • 33 min
    How Magicians Think: Overcoming Obstacles

    How Magicians Think: Overcoming Obstacles

    Joshua Jay speaks with Abbey Albani, a magician’s assistant who plummeted 12 feet while floating above a stage and broke her back. Joshua also talks with Mahdi Gilbert, an accomplished sleight-of-hand artist...born without hands. And Richard Turner also speaks with us, one of the world’s finest card magicians...and also blind. This is an episode about seeing beyond limitations and succeeding despite enormous obstacles. Bring a tissue and tune in.  Let this episode serve as your spiritual nourishment for the week.

    • 30 min
    How Magicians Think: The Greatest Magician Alive

    How Magicians Think: The Greatest Magician Alive

    We’re not saying who, but unless you live in Spain (hint, hint), you probably haven’t heard of him. Joshua traveled to the south of Spain to be with the Maestro of magic--a living legend widely regarded as one of the greatest magicians of all time. This is an episode about the role love plays in pursuing any craft. When it intersects with curiosity and hard work, you can master anything.

    • 23 min
    How Magicians Think: Magic Exposed

    How Magicians Think: Magic Exposed

    Remember those old Masked Magician specials? They were some of the highest-rated television events of the 90s: a guy in a striped mask revealing some of magic’s most enduring classics. The Masked Magician seemingly vanished when the shows were finally canceled. We tracked him down in rural Brazil, where he now resides. In his first public interview in 25 years, the elusive Masked Magician gets candid with Jay in this conversation, which takes some unexpected and bizarre turns. This is an episode about exposure, and why it matters to the craft of magic.

    • 24 min
    How Magicians Think: The Science of Magic

    How Magicians Think: The Science of Magic

    When you see a great magician, it all looks so smooth and elegant. It’s what you don’t see that fools you. Often magic is just science in disguise. Joshua speaks with Professor of Public Understanding Richard Wiseman about the benefits of magic. Then Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macnick share precisely what happens in our brains when we’re fooled. Finally, Jay explores how science is helping magicians create better miracles.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Rusty_Magic ,

Great podcast

This is a truly fantastic podcast. Each episode offers something different, yet all are totally inspiring.

My only gripe is the episodes are too short. I could’ve listened to Juan Tamariz for hours!

Thanks for making these available.

Chardini ,

Ace Podcast

Smashing it - great podcast that each episode has grabbed my attention from the first second to the last - loved the prison and Holocaust episodes for the personal stories involved - inspiring

djfilsell84 ,

Absolutely Beautiful

The production behind this podcast is excellent and the stories are great. The enthusiasm Joshua Jay has for magic is infectious. I hope this podcast continues for many more episodes.

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