Staging the disappearance of the Statue of Liberty

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An amazing podcast on the secrets of tricks and how even our own minds, even if we know how a is done, can still be fooled. This podcast is instructional on how 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.

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1 thought on “Staging the disappearance of the Statue of Liberty

  1. ricky

    This podcast was indeed terrific, the practice and attention to detail stressed by the magicians cannot be overstated. I love how they are inadvertently providing a window into the machinations of media fakery. It also begs the question that is at the core of “Fakeology,” which supports Abs’ premise that it’s easier and less problematic to fake events rather than execute them for real. Not that it’s easy at all, the dialogue between Penn and Teller illustrates how difficult one illusion must be worked out for the desired effect. It also reinforces the notion there is a parallel culture working full time creating and sustaining the phony media reality we see everyday.

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