8 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: 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
    What Do You Believe?

    What Do You Believe?

    There is a strange intersection between magic and belief. On one hand, magic requires a suspension of disbelief. On the other hand, magicians ought to know better than most that we humans are easy to deceive. This episode is all about real magic. Does it exist? Why do people believe in it? Jay speaks with magic essayist and consummate skeptic, Jamy Ian Swiss.

    • 35 min
    Magic in the Holocaust

    Magic in the Holocaust

    Werner Reich was sixteen years old when his life was turned upside down. His father passed, his mother perished in a concentration camp, and he found himself in Auschwitz. His peculiar bunkmate there turned out to be... a magician. That man--The Great Nivelli--taught Werner a card trick. And in doing so, he saved his life. Werner Reich has been a magician ever since. Joshua Jay delves into the fascinating life of ninety-four-year-old Reich in this riveting conversation.

    • 32 min

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