An amazing podcast on the secrets of magic tricks and how even our own minds, even if we know how a trick is done, can still be fooled. This podcast is instructional on how psyops and hoaxes can be constructed
Go to around the 50-minute mark for an explanation on how the audience or parts thereof are necessary to shill for the trick to really work.
Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at children’s birthday parties. A powerful sense of embarrassment has prevented him from ever doing an episode on the subject, but when he learned that producer David Kestenbaum was also a kid conjurer, they decided to dive in together.