55 episodes

Two LA-raised spiritualists candidly observing passing phenomena. Hosted by Gabi Abrão (@sighswoon) and James Francis (@jamesfrancish)

Illusion Pod Gabi Abrão & James Francis

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 126 Ratings

Two LA-raised spiritualists candidly observing passing phenomena. Hosted by Gabi Abrão (@sighswoon) and James Francis (@jamesfrancish)

    Is Nicholas in the Room with Us Right Now?

    Is Nicholas in the Room with Us Right Now?

    James and Gabi talk about an ex bf interaction and getting bit by a chicken. We then get into the Gabbie Hanna situation and what it symbolizes about the internet, boundaries, performance, and illusions. We get into Nicholas - the online viewer turned IRL spawn, who broke the third wall by arriving to Gabbie's house and "trying to help her" whilst tiktokking his mission. We also talk about internet mistakes, the very real reality that we are all creating and learning from the internet in real time.

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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Observational Comedy

    Observational Comedy

    James and Gabi reflect on Gabi’s first book signing for Notes on Shapeshifting, as well as the fist fight they witnessed right after that James broke up herself. We talk about Nathan Fielder’s “The Rehearsal” and discuss the concept of manipulation. In a way, all communication is manipulation. We bitch about bitching, as usual. We daydream about living in a perfect bubble.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    No Topic Head Empty

    No Topic Head Empty

    James and Gabi embark on an episode with zero topics in mind just to see where it goes. Thoughts emerge on James’ stay in a dome in Topanga, wide brimmed hats, having skinny boyfriends, going to a Fourth of July party just to eat new food, board short styles, the “girl war” which may just be a war on joy and the felt presence of God, living simply. After 45 mins we really peak into some life-loving gratitude hype I gotta say. Also, new sign-off announced.

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    On God: A Case for Judaism

    On God: A Case for Judaism

    Somewhat of a continuation of the last public episode: James and Gabi talk about the word and energy of "God". We then discuss Christianity and Judaism, coming to the conclusion that Judaism is the dominant religion, obviously.
    Jewish IG's Gabi mentioned: @myrrhmag @jewitches
    James' favorite pilates youtube, Nicole not Kayla: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEbbyBuyQiHpKiOMj9GFhVw 
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Kanye, Red Scare and The New Right: Observing Nature in Motion

    Kanye, Red Scare and The New Right: Observing Nature in Motion

    james and gabi discuss “the new right” and a revival of christian religion, citing Kanye west, Red Scare Podcast, that New York movie ticket guy article, and that Peter thiel article. We get into Dasha Nekrasova’s clear influence on the youth and the magic that can happen when a virgo and a pisces are aligned and on air. Is the human brain more inclined toward vibes & symbols or numbers & charts when it comes to decision-making? james makes case for middle aged leadership. tucker carlson and Nicki Minaj! in the end, a field of trees can be wiped out by a single volcanic eruption.
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    • 1 hr 54 min
    Anonymity on the Internet Should Be Outlawed

    Anonymity on the Internet Should Be Outlawed

    - changing covid sentiments, shared covid experiences
     - #metoo talks in relation to amber depp trial
     - deux moi being revealed and how lame deux moi is while also being an expert at capitalizing on the vibe they simulated
     - celeb gawking
     - school shooter
     - anonymity on the internet should be outlawed
     - lots of shit talking basically

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    • 2 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

jason bently ,

love it

This pod is a lazy, fun time for anyone who likes to be lazy and have fun with some deeper moments sprinkled in. I really enjoy it and don’t know any other podcasts like it!

mickey_monday ,

Like hanging w your bffs

I love listening to this pod when I’m walking my dog. I left free spirited, LA for the boring East coast during the pandemic. Listening to this podcast transports me back to fun, deep talks and smoke sessions on the beach with my girls.

thebob2 ,


The yang to red scares yin

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