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Matthew L Tompkins, Julia Blackburn and Daniel O’Sullivan

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31 March 2019

Episode 508

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Magician-turned-psychologist Matthew L Tompkins joins us to discuss his new book, ‘The Spectacle of Illusion,’ which explores the many ways tricksters have exploited the brain’s vulnerabilities over the ages. Plus: we learn about Doggerland, the sunken landmass that once connected the UK to mainland Europe, from author and poet Julia Blackburn, and hear from musician Daniel O’Sullivan.

31 March 2019

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Chapter 1

Introduction

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Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco joins Augustin Macellari and Tom Edwards for a look ahead to next week’s news.

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Matthew L Tompkins

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The human brain is a wonderful thing but it’s also vulnerable to deception. Matthew L Tompkins, a magician-turned-psychologist, joins us to explore how illusionists, fakirs, mystics and magicians have exploited its weaknesses, and what our complicity in their trickery says about us.

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Daniel O’Sullivan

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Musician Daniel O’Sullivan has been around the block, playing for such iconic bands as drone-titans, Sunn o))), This is Not This Heat and Grumbling Fur. He’s also a solo artist and joins us to discuss his sophomore album, ‘Folly’.

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Julia Blackburn

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Until just a few thousand years ago, Britain wasn’t an island – it was connected to Europe via a sunken landmass now known as Doggerland. To this day, East Anglia is littered with its residue, as poet and author Julia Blackburn explains.

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