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Brian Brushwood

  • Located in Austin, TX
  • Award-Winning magician tours nationally, performing his "bizarre magic" stage show at over 1,000 colleges, featuring fire eating, escapes, mind reading and insane stunts. As seen twice on the tonight show, and dozens of TV appearances.
  • Host of "Scam School," named by iTunes as a "top video podcast" of 2008 and 2009, downloaded over 1 million times a month. Each episode teaches bar tricks, street crime, and ways to score free drinks.
  • Teller (of Penn and Teller) says "Brian Brushwood just kills me. He's funny, dangerous, and brilliantly original. He's going to be really famous, very soon."
  • Follow him on Twitter at @shwood

Brian Brushwood has spent the last 12 years touring nationally with his award-winning "bizarre magic" show. He's lectured and performed at over 1,000 colleges and universities, headlined 3 times at Universal Orlando (performing for over 200,000 people), appeared twice on "The Tonight Show," as well as made dozens of appearances on FOX, NBC, CNN, the Food Network and more.

His popular podcast Scam School, "the only show dedicated to social engineering at the bar and on the street," is now downloaded over 1 million times each month, and was named a "top video podcast" by iTunes in 2008 and 2009. His new comedy series NSFW was named a "top audio podcast" of 2010.

Just last month, his book "Cheats, Cons, Swindles and Tricks: 57 ways to Scam a free drink" hit the top 100 of all Amazon kindle books, and the book has remained #1 in Magic since.

Brian has many, many videos available to watch, but to get a taste of what he does, please follow the links below:

  • "Bizarre Magic" live stage show - Award-winning live stage show performed thousands of times nationally and internationally:5-minute demo reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmoMiY0zAXAfull routines: http://shwood.squarespace.com/demo-reel/

  • "Social Engineering: Scam Your Way into Anything" - based on "Scam School", it's a crash course on the art of manipulating others to do your bidding. By the end of the show, you'll not only know how to manipulate your friend,s you'll understand WHY we fall for scam artists... you'll see a scam artist coming from a mile away. Official selection at the 2009 SxSW interactive conference, now downloaded over 500,000 times:
    part 1 - http://revision3.com/scamschool/anything
    part 2 - http://revision3.com/scamschool/anything2
  • "Scams Sasquatch and the Supernatural" - 80 minute lecture, presented at colleges nationwide: Ever wonder how those guys on TV seem to talk to the dead? What about ESP and psychic surgery? How do street scams and cons work? Want to know how YOU can trick your friends into believing you have psychic powers? We’re talking hands-on experiments, a live performance of psychic surgery, free giveaways of cash and prizes, and all the secrets TV psychics DON’T want you to know.
    live clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oChrKsea1Bw

Brian speaks on the 3 subjects above, so if you are interested in bringing him to your campus, please take a look at those to help you decide on a subject.

For SSA affiliates, Brian charges a discounted honorarium of $2500.

If you're interested in having this speaker come to your school and give a presentation, click here to fill out our online Speaker Request form.

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