April 1, 2019
On Talking Tricks, Laurence Abel is joined by special guest host Magic Sam Hurst to discuss whether or not Hulk Hogan is the worst magician of all time.
In 1998, Hulk Hogan tried – and failed – to win a wrestling match by performing a magic trick. We look at what went wrong and also discuss the many times wrestlers have used magic and illusion to help them get one over their opponents. Find out if Hogan is the worst at magic and also all about the mystic skills of The Undertaker, Kane, Tajiri, Doink the Clown and Phantasio.
Also, Sam and Laurence preview this Sunday’s wrestling super show Wrestlemania 35.
March 25, 2019
Ben Hart joins us on Talking Tricks for a heart to heart as he tells all about his enviable career in magic. He spills the beans on working with Penn & Teller on their upcoming Magic Goes Wrong production with Mischief Theatre, life on tour and his new magic book for magicians.
Ben also chats about winning the Young Magician of the Year, his fascinating role on BBC Three’s Killer Magic and his spin-off show Life Hacks, what he thinks of magic on TV today, touring the world with Impossible and the largest Fringe festivals and consulting on West End shows and much more.
March 12, 2019
The Expert at the Card Table: How To Cheat At Cards is one of the most iconic books on magic and the inspiration behind Jden Redden’s award-winning Adelaide Fringe show.
Jden spills the beans on what we do and don’ know about the elusive author of the book, why it inspired his show, the role of technology in magic, winning the ‘Best Magic’ award at the festival, his inspirations and why he doesn’t see himself as a member of the magic community.
He also talks us through his early career working on The Illusionists, his other shows and his other work.
March 7, 2019
F**K My Life' is a circus and physical theatre show about ugly truths, sharing a little too much and owning parts of ourselves we tried to get rid of long ago. The show tackles everything from drug addiction and the death of a parent to paralysing accidents, becoming a single parent and devastating betrayals.
Writer, Producer and Performer Maggie Fayne joins us to discuss the show, its origins, the unique cast that make up FML, the incredible hard times she had to go through to influence the show and its run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
She also talks growing up with a magician for a father, studying at the National Institute for Circus Arts and takes part in the return of a popular feature game on Talking Tricks.
February 27, 2019
A break from our traditional format for Talking Tricks as Laurence Abel brings you an exclusive podcast from Singapore departure lounge on route to performing Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Find out what his top tips for what to see, do and eat in Singapore are; learn all you need to know to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival like Kane & Abel are this year and discover what is on Abel's tour jukebox.
February 10, 2019
Musician, Drag act, Blogger and Author Frankie Cote joins Talking Tricks to discuss his incredible and heart-wrenching story.
Frankie had the world at his feet as a promising musician with support slots for Example, Kaiser Chiefs and other music stars but fell into a debilitating rut of depression and alcohol and drug abuse, he has now authored the best-selling book Escape, Breath, Ignite: How to Escape Any Rut telling the story of how he regained control of his life.
Learn valuable lessons on how to escape physical, personal and professional ruts and gain control of your life. Frankie also talks about how therapeutic drag can be, the keys to losing weight and adopting a positive attitude.
February 4, 2019
If you’ve ever considered performing at a wedding you need to listen to this. Joining us on Talking Tricks is professional magician and professional wedding crasher Elliott Bibby.
Bibby discusses performing at an average of two weddings a week, the different packages he offers, the best and worst time to perform magic at a wedding, bridezillas and how to secure more bookings.
He also talks about being the star of his own BBC Social series, missing his university graduation to work on a Las Vegas show, the Edinburgh Fringe, Perth World Fringe, inspirations and much more.
January 21, 2019
Garry Vanderhorne and Greg Burridge – the men behind the phenomenal Lucha Britannia – join Talking Tricks to talk about the iconic cult variety show that is part cabaret, part wrestling event.
The chaps discuss what led to them starting Lucha Britannia, why they chose to include cabaret acts as well as wrestling matches, the role they've had in revolutionising the way the wrestling industry view female and LGBTQ characters and their massive role in the British wrestling revival that has resulted in it being viewed as the most exciting scene on the planet.
They also talk about their wrestling careers, the full-time wrestling school The London School of Lucha Libre that has helped shape some of the biggest wrestling stars on the planet including Will Osprey, Marty Scurll, Nina Samuels and Jimmy Havoc and celebrity fans such as Johnathan Ross.
Also, find out wrestling is a tool that people can take into comedy, acting, magic and stunts.