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ABRACA-BABBLE
  • RJ and I will put out weekly magic nerd-out podcasts with stories of early Hill Bill and RJ's own unique background in Cirque, Magic, Comedy and Theater.
  • We'll also put out interviews with other fun and fascinating magicians.
  • We will teach you fun and simple tricks that you can do at home or the office or wherever.
  • You can have full access to rehearsals warts and all, highs and lows, joys and frustrations, possibly including some of the magic secrets, as we learn one new performance magic trick per month
  • You can have input and a vote on which type of trick we will tackle each month.
  • Gain exclusive offers for discounted or complimentary tickets as well as be the first to know about new show dates.
  • Exclusive access to Mind Noodler merchandise like T-Shirts, Fridge Magnets and more.

PODCAST EPISODES

Abracababble 48: Fool Us Judge, Mike Close

With Fool Us Season 8 submission deadline approaching, why not hear from the final word of Fool Us, himself. Here is one fantastic magician, consultant, teacher, comedian and the giver of Fool Us Trophies- Michael Close.

We get into all things Fool Us as well as his time working with Johnny Thompson on both Fool Us and on Penn & Teller's Vegas show.  I hope it's the first of many.

30 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 7.5 One Seedy P&T Trick

Reddi and Matt go without RJ who is recovering from his recent operation. They review performances by Guy Bavli, Javier Botia, BS Reddy, Chad Allen and P&T perform Watermelon Surgery.

show link can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af3zxwC_E_s

Get well soon, RJ!

25 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 1.3

Fool Us Season 1 episode "3" revisited. So trying to find the proper episode was difficult with the confusion between UK and USA versions. So here is the episode link I found with the performers listed-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKPncfOh3Js&list=PLA0i2VXf2BxJuK2c8P04i58QadpqwdVEB&index=2

Hijinx, Jon Allen, Graham Jolley, James More, P&T trick: Needles

This episode is listed as both Episode 1 and Episode 3 on youtube. Next episode is Piff the Magic Dragon episode which has been listed as Episode 3 or Episode 4. So we will go ahead and call it episode 4 and tackle that one next.

The current season 7 episode 5 will be recorded next. Thanks all for backing this patreon!

22 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 7.4 Cockadoodle FOOL!

Reddi, RJ, and Matt go behind the scenes with performances by Miranda Allen, Inaki Zabelletta, Keith Kong, and Guilherme Silvera. Teller "Talks".

17 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 7.3 Penn & Teller Pleaser Episode

Reddi, RJ and Matt go behind the scenes and review Season 7 Episode 3 of Fool Us. Caleb Wiles, D.K., Wes Iseli, Alana, and Penn & Teller with The Passing Zone.

10 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 1.2 Revisting season 1, trying to go in order.

In this episode, we review performances of Mark Shortland, Mathieu Bich, Young and Strange, Daniel Madison.

Also, we recorded this before the latest Fool Us episode. So we don't address here but will address LeClerc's explainer video and Copperfield's history with Ali Cook's trick.

08 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 7.2

Season 7 Episode 2 of Fool Us. Reddi, RJ and Matt talk about the performances of

Eric LeClerc, Dev Sherman, Conan Liu, Ruben Vilagrand 

and we have Penn Vs. Teller.

03 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 1.0 Season 1 CW Pilot revisited!

Okay, so this can get confusing. Fool Us aired in England before it aired in America. So the episode break down is different depending on how you search. You want to find the performances for: Ali Cook, Michael Vincent, John Archer, and Benjamin Earl with Penn & Teller perform "Sawing a Woman into Halves".

We will be very clear as to which performers are on each episode we review from Season 1 as it may be easier to find the individual performances online than to get the right episode lined up. 

01 Jul 2020
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FUBTS 7.1 Fool Us' new season is here!

Fool Us Season 7 kicked off Monday night and here with our behind the scenes and performance break down are Matt, Reddi and RJ.

This show featured 4 magicians all seeking their 3rd Fool Us Trophy. Shawn Farquhar, Helen Coughlan, Ondrej Psenicka, and Paul Gertner. Plus Teller performs and messes with Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister.

25 Jun 2020
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FUBTS 2.13 Season 2 Finale!

New Fool Us Season premiers tonight on CW. With that, we wrap up season 2 and shift gears to season 7. We will sprinkle in a few Season 1 revisits as well. 

Performers: 

Derek Hughes

Reuben Moreland

Suzanne

Jared Kopf

Penn & Teller's One Minute Egg!

22 Jun 2020
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FUBTS 2.12

Season 2 episode 12 with Victor & Diamond, Francis Menotti, Nash Fung, Chad Jurros with Penn & Teller performing Ring.

16 Jun 2020
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FUBTS 2.11

Matt, RJ, and Reddi take a look at Marcus Eddie, Rick Lax, Bruce Gold, Joel Meyers & Spidey

10 Jun 2020
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FUBTS 2.10

Fool Us Line up: Scott Alexander, Eric Jones, Mark Calabrese, and Paul Vigil. Teller performs Shadows.

RJ addresses twitter issues at the top!

Thank you patrons!

Executive Producers: Jonathan, Russ Matkin, Ben Sherman, Larry and David Donnelly, 

05 Jun 2020
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Abracababble 47: Gwen's Transparent Story

Hey it's Matt. For a guy who regularly appears on 4 different podcasts every week, I'm as surprised as anyone when sometimes I want to interview someone or even get a specific story on air and I don't quite know where to do it.  This podcast has a story that needs to be heard.

My mother in law, Gwen Hillier, is an incredible woman with a remarkable career (not to mention a pretty awesome daughter). From working with Bob Fosse as his dance captain for Pippin, her numerous Broadway shows, casting at General Hospital for 26 years, to now working as actor again, she has some stories. Now, this one story, where she was cast in the Transparent Season 5 finale, I saw beautifully open minded artist, get challenged to be even more open minded.

Jeffrey Tambor, after winning numerous awards for a show that put the story of someone in the trans community on world wide mainstream platform, devastated the cast, crew and fans of the show when his behavior lead to his dismissal from the show. That story made headlines, but the story of how the show carried on without him did not. Gwen was cast as a dancer for the Season 5 finale and that is the story I thought needed to be told.

Note: This audio post is public right here on this page. So feel free to share a link to it for anyone who might take interest.

29 May 2020
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FUBTS 2.9

RJ, Matt and Reddi return to review episode 9 of Season 2 of Penn & Teller Fool Us. This episode was recorded before twitter reacted to RJ's takes on episode 8. So stay tuned for the next episode for RJ's reaction to those tweets :-)

26 May 2020
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FUBTS 2.8

Fool Us Season 2 episode 8 behind the scenes with Matt, RJ and Reddi. 

20 May 2020
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Abracababble 46: Nate Staniforth Interview

For folks on here who like deep talks about performance- oh boy, I think you are going to dig this! This took two mutual friends to set up (thank you Brent and Steve). I am just a fan who read both his books and got his online course. I was just thrilled to have an hour of his time. We nerd out and don't hold back.

If you dig his interview and want his course, Nate was kind enough to set up a discount code of  "Abracababble" on his site https://makingtricksintomagic.com/ 

I highly recommend his course. I am thrilled to present this interview.

15 May 2020
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FUBTS 2.7

Fool Us Behind The Scenes: Season 2, Episode 7.

13 May 2020
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Abracababble 45: TV Magic Consultant, Brent Braun

Brent Braun popped up as an Abracababble listener and next think you know I became a member of his secret facebook magic group. Needless to say-  I was suspicious! Brent is credited with having consulted with over 40 magic acts on Fool Us, but NDA prevent him from saying which ones. I remembered him as a contestant. I know he owns and operated his own magic theater and magic shop in Kentucky. I was curious about all these things! So I rang him up and interviewed him. Enjoy a conversation with someone who has a unique position in the world of magic.

09 May 2020
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FUBTS 2.6 w/ Brian Brushwood!

Brian Brushwood sticks it to us and then sticks around for one of our nest Behind the Scenes epsiodes yet!

06 May 2020
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FUBTS 2.5 and Thank You Patrons!

Squeezing in one more episode before the month is up!

Fool Us season 2 episode 5 behind the scenes with Reddi, RJ and Matt. Enjoy this episode and get ready for the next one with a special guest who's rebutting our critique of his performance, Brain Brushwood for episode 2.6

May is already shaping up with 2 interviews on the books that I can't believe I get to do. I appreciate the support I am getting in this pandemic so much. I do not take it lightly. Without live Mond Noodler Shows, I want Abracababble and Fool Us content to kick as much ass as possible. Thanks for being on board and thanks for being there for my family.

Abracababble's Executive Producers are: Jonathan Kaplan, Russ Matkin, Ben Sherman, Larry and Barry Spath

01 May 2020
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FUBTS 2.4

Behind The Scenes of Season 2 Episode 4 of Fool Us.

28 Apr 2020
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Abracababble 44: Interview with Jim Millan

Jim Millan directed the first Illusionists tour and numerous Kids In The Hall live tours. He worked on Teller and Todd Robbins' Play Dead, as well as hundreds of kick ass live shows. I wanted to take a course from him on building a show that he was offering in quarantine, but it conflicted with my ICS recording schedule. I then asked if he'd talk me casually about putting shows together and he generously said yes. I thought I'd be an idiot if I didn't record it. So enjoy this interview with the very accomplished Jim Millan.

24 Apr 2020
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FUBTS 2.3

Here is Fool Us "Behind The Scenes" or Fool Us revisited Episode 3 of Season 2 with Matt, RJ and Reddi.

18 Apr 2020
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Abracababble 43: Watching Lucy Darling

When my wife and I saw Carissa Hendrix's Lucy Darling show is a shorter format at the Magic Castle, the first thing we said was we wanted to see more. Of all the Covid19 programming released, I was most excited about was Carissa releasing her full 1 hour show from the Chicago Magic Lounge. For youtube and it being a live show, it is surprisingly well edited and feels like a legit comedy special. Watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyzglebnDr0&t=2236s

My wife, Sarah and I watched, began chatting, stopped and got out the recording gear. We thought it would make for a good Abracababble episode. We hope you agree. Enjoy!

Executive Producers: Jonathan Kaplan, Russ Matkin, Ben Sherman, Larry

17 Apr 2020
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FUBTS Season 2 Episode 2

Alright, here if Fool Us revisited Season 2 Episode 2. Search "Full Episode Fool Us Season 2" on youtube to find them. Reddi does brief recaps and we (Matt, RJ and Reddi) break down each performance and some other TV elements of the show. The plan is to finish this season and keep pushing thru seasons 3 thru 5. We already did 6. By that time, season 7 will air and we will do that right when it happens. THEN, we can even do season 1 even though I had absolutely nothing to do with that. Okay - ENJOY. 

And feel free to comment or question us below. 

Executive Producers: Jonathan Kaplan, Russ Matkin, Ben Sherman, and Larry.

12 Apr 2020
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Abracababble 43: Quarantine Check In

RJ, Matt, and Reddi check in from their homes. RJ's operation? Matt's reading Morgan and West. We answer listener mail. And we talk card forcing!

Executive Producers: Jonathan, Russ Matkin, Ben Sherman and Larry.

Reddi notes: Show notes;  RJ mentions "CDs", which were an  early physical storage medium for digital audio.  Kenton  Knepper's Wonder Words lessons are available as digital  downloads from WonderWizards.com."

07 Apr 2020
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Fool Us BTS: Season 2 Episode 1 (And Patreon Thank You's)

PREMIERE! Fool Us Behind The Scenes: Season 2 Epsiode 1.

So, with Covid 19 making future Mind Noodler shows scarce, I have decided to go back to the beginning of my entire Fool Us career. All Fool Us episodes are available to watch on Youtube. I highly suggest you watch them before listening. RJ, Reddi and I will break down every episode from Season 2 episode 1 to present day... or until there is a vaccine and I can start performing again!

While, we will still do proper Abracababble in the months ahead, we are excited to go back and cover all of Fool Us to provide awesome and exclusive content. If you have questions for us or first fooling stories, that will help Abracababble episodes. Email stuff for on-air to matt@heyscoops.com.

Thank you to all you who have stayed with this project on patreon during these crazy times. And for those of you who have increased their patreon, I am beyond grateful. All of you are literally feeding my family. 

Thank you so much, 

Matt

01 Apr 2020
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Abracababble 42: Our 1st 1st Fooler Story

Sarah Lowe returns! We discuss 2 Card Monte, Mind Noodler Fool Us Re Airs, and we have our first first fooler story. Please send more to Matt@heyscoops.com. We also thank our magician level patrons. Thank you for being a patron at any level. It means a lot to us and our family.

21 Mar 2020
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Abracababble 41: Fool Us Season 7 Wrap Takeaways

Fool Us wrapped 2 days ago, and my super talented/funny wife joined me to talk about working on my 6th season of Magic's greatest tv show (in my opinion)! Thank you all for backing this project. It obviously means more now than ever to have your support. Wishing you all the best in these strange times.

15 Mar 2020
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Abracababble 40: My Son's Ball Pit Troll Experience.

Thank you Patrons! Beejay Joyer, magician from MJ1 stops by. We talk about our rehearsal with Teller, my son's roll in a Penn & Teller trick, and my latest job transition. We are also heading into Fool Us which means, more great material for another round of Fool Us behind the scenes. Enjoy!

02 Mar 2020
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Abracababble 39: Piff's Fish Goes Swimmingly

RJ, Reddi and Matt breaks down the Folsom shows, explore the new Spirit Bell/Spirit Spittoon ideas and update Reddi's quest for the perfect matchbox routine.

15 Feb 2020
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Abracababble 38: Mystical Magic Booker, Steven Branham

Matt is in Folsom California performing 8 shows. He sat down with the very accomplished magician, Steven Branham to talk about how he ended up booking talent at Mystique Dining and maybe how Matt can handle doing the Spirit Bell.

09 Feb 2020
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Abracababble 37: Another Important Chat w/ Penn.

After the last Penn & Friends, Matt spent the day with Penn among magicians at a convention and it lead to another big life changing chat. RJ, Reddi and Matt break down the takeaways. We also thank all the January Patrons who get on-air thank you rewards! (Reddi Notes:  Send name & umlaut pronunciation corrections to questionpenn@gmail.com & we'll address them on a future episode.") 

More News: 

1) We broke the Street Cred tier! Which means I owe you a youtube clip of magic. Instead of trying street magic, I have an idea for Instagram style trick. I don't want to tell you any details yet, but I think I have a funny ending for a standard internet trick.

2) I added another card trick tutorial for folks at the $25 tier or higher

3) All my Penn & Friends shows are in the video vault now for folks at the $10 Tier or higher.

4) I am working on 3 new stage tricks and my first silly running bit. None of this would be possible without your support.

When I started this podcast, I had no idea how much my life would change while doing this. I am so happy to have the patrons here to share this adventure. 

Thank you so much,

Matt

02 Feb 2020
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Abracababble 36: Spirit Bell Pop Quiz

Matt has a prop but no trick.

Rich said:
"Show notes:  We believe the "Wrap your coins in bills" pitch line came from Frank Olivier."

24 Jan 2020
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Abracababble 35: Reddi sees Darren Brown on Broadway

Matt got sent an old Criss Angel clip he thought was new. Reddi goes to see Derren Brown. RJ talks about being a plant.

16 Jan 2020
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Abracababble 34: Penn & Friends

It's crazy that years after being dared by Penn to learn magic, I'd be a guest performer on his stage. RJ, Reddi and I talk candidly about that crazy experience. We also answer a listener mail from a guy who bought a magic trick from RJ many years ago.

Video vault members can enjoy three of my sets from touring with Piff. Dekalb, Annapolis, and St. Paul.

08 Jan 2020
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Abracababble 33: A Fish, A Phone Call, A New Trick

Thank you all for backing this project in 2019. This episode has a lot of raw stuff in it that Reddi would normally edit. He didn't have it in his schedule to get this done in time for the end of December. So You'll note that I have to stop recording because I forgot about my kid's doctor appointment. This matters because at that doctor's appointment, I get the call from Penn to do Penn & Friends. We record again the next day and discuss set list options and get back to other trick discussions. Also, I thank the on air patron levels for December. Enjoy all this warts and all.

01 Jan 2020
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Abracababble 32: New Magic Ethics Conundrum

Hi patrons! So this episode was recorded weeks ago, before I got asked to perform in Penn & Friends. Reddi went on vacation and so this got backed up. There is also a part 2 of this episode where RJ and I go in depth about a new trick and I get the call to do the show in the middle of recording that episode. That episode will also be up shortly. Then, I will detail the Penn & Friends experience. This will be exclusive to this podcast since my other podcast showed so little interest in discussing it on air! hahaha. Enjoy this great chat about performance and magic.

27 Dec 2019
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FUBTS Merry Fool Us

Lots of good nuggets behind a very strong episode of Fool Us.

14 Dec 2019
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Abracababble 31: The Dekalb Show

Matt has a break thru on tour and has his best show yet opening for Piff. Plus, we answer some listener mail.

27 Nov 2019
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Abracababble 30: Theatres Vs. Clubs

RJ and Matt get into doing comedy at magic for Theatres Vs. Clubs. Warning: RJ tells two stories where he yells.

19 Nov 2019
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Breakdown/Defrag of Keene and Plymouth Piff Shows.

I talk to Reddi about my first two shows on tour opening for Piff.

Reddi notes: Harry's Anderson: Wiseguy is a Mike Caveney book. Zappo's Theater in Planet Hollywood seats 4,600 in concert  configuration.  We have a short brainstorm about the fulcrum of a joke in this episode. I  left it in for the people subscribing to this feed for insight into  writing & performing.  I also edited it severely for time for the  benefit of those who aren't looking for that insight.  Those of you in  the former group will want to know that conversation was much slower  & deliberate.

11 Nov 2019
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Abracababble 29: T Shirt Cannon Summit and Product Review

This episode ends with our proper on air thanks to the October patrons! There will be more proper Abracababble episodes now that Fool Us Behind The Scenes is wrapped up. Although, this episode has one more Fool Us tid bit and it's a doozy. Plus, finally a break through revisiting T shirt Cannon trick after a great rehearsal session with Vinny Grosso and RJ. Plus, this episode has our first ever product review with Reddi Rich. Forgive the lack of editing on this one as I wanted to get the episode up as soon as I could.

With FUBTS behind us (or is it!?!), it's just in time as I hit the road opening for Piff for 9 shows this month. This will be my first time playing to all ages audiences in  theaters and not comedy club audiences. So it should bring out new performance elements. 

01 Nov 2019
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FUBTS 6.13

The final episode of Fool Us and the final episode of this season's Behind The Scenes of Penn & Teller Fool Us Season 6. The show is renewed and so we plan on knocking it out next season as well. Thanks for an amazing season. 

24 Oct 2019
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FUBTS 6.12

RJ, Matt and Reddi breakdown the "Penn Ultimate" episode of Season 6 of Penn & Teller Fool Us

10 Oct 2019
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Abracababble 28: Vegas Show Highs and Lows

RJ, Penn, Moxie and Mind Noodler all performed in a Vegas Show. RJ, Matt and Reddi huddle up and discuss. We also answer a listener email. (We'd love some more emails. Send along any magic questions or mind noodler questions to matt@heyscoops.com and please put "4ABC" or "Abracababble" in the subject line. 

Thanks so much. The Vegas Show room rental and recording was paid for by this patreon page. We continue to put your funds to work to make this a career endeavor. Thanks again.

02 Oct 2019
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FUBTS 6.11 The Mind Noodler

In this episode, we do our best to honor the format of the behind the scenes of Season 6 of Fool Us, we also save The Mind Noodler performance for last. While it's touched on in other podcasts, we do our best to really take the whole experience as a contestant from top to bottom here in this more private format.

Notes from the editor, Reddi Rich: (Spoiler Alert!) We're aware RJ is not able to determine whether an egg is hard-boiled  just by looking at it.  He does not share that insight.  Does us a  favor: resist the temptation to correct him on that; Egg Roulette will  catch up with him at some public ICS event eventually.  I can tell  you're still thinking about it.  Just stop.  Don't be that guy. 

15 Sep 2019
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FUBTS 6.10

Behind the Scenes of Fool Us Season 6 Episode 10

13 Sep 2019
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FUBTS 6.9

Behind the scenes of Fool Us season 6, episode 9.

13 Sep 2019
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FUBTS 6.8

Thank you to all the backers of this patreon page. We really appreciate it. Here is episode 8 of season 6 of Penn & Teller Fool Us with Matt, RJ, Paul, and Reddi.

02 Sep 2019
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FUBTS 6.7

Behind the scenes of Season 6 Episode 7 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us with Matt, RJ, Paul and Reddi.
Rich said: "Show Notes:  Lennart Green is Swedish, not Norwegian."

31 Aug 2019
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FUBTS 6.6

Fool Us Season 6 Episode 6 Behind the scenes episode breakdown with RJ, Paul, and Matt

19 Aug 2019
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FUBTS 6.5

Fool Us Season 6 Episode 5 Behind the scenes episode breakdown with RJ, Paul, and Matt

19 Aug 2019
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FUBTS 6.4 w/ Brian Brushwood

Brain Brushwood stuck around to record Behind The Scenes of Fool Us Season 6 Episode 4.

16 Aug 2019
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FUBTS 6.3 with Brian Brushwood!

RJ, Paul, Matt, Reddi and special guest Brain Brushwood go over all the magic in season 6 episode 3 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

15 Aug 2019
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A Rare & Candid Chat w/ Piff The Magic Dragon

Right after our trip to Newfoundland, I sat down with Piff to talk about how much he was helping me with my new Magic Square routine. I realized quickly that he was in an unusually laid back mood and he was speaking in a way I hadn't heard yet on any podcast. I'm thrilled to share what I think is a rare gem with the listeners here. 

10 Aug 2019
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Abracababble 27: LA Show recap w/ Sarah Lowe.

Matt, RJ, and special guest Sarah Lowe break down the LA Show.

09 Aug 2019
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Abracababble 26: Matt Is A Conduit

Matt gets and idea. RJ tells him how to do it. Piff challenged Matt which is actually RJ. RJ comes up with superior idea. And the beat goes on...

31 Jul 2019
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Abracababble 25: Fool Us Air Date

We answer a listener mail about Criss Angel and Matt announces his air date for Fool Us. (Spoiler alert: It's 9/9)

24 Jul 2019
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Abracababble 24: Tricks For Cops

We get a fascinating email. Reddi sees Mac King. RJ hosts Lee Popsicle.

17 Jul 2019
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P&T Fool Us Behind The Scenes 0602

Javi Benitez, Helen Coughlin, Rebecca Herrera, and Danny Cole return to try to fool again. 

10 Jul 2019
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Abracababble 23: Copperfield Vs Tamarez

Road rig recording at Matt's House with only two working mics... Reddi did a masterful job on this edit. Enjoy. Also we spend a great deal of time talking about a Tesla story that turned out to be a myth. But the truth of the myth's origins is fascinating. Check Reddi's notes:
"Notes:  Reddi spews apocryphal jive throughout this episode:  http://edison.rutgers.edu/topsy.htm"

04 Jul 2019
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Abracababble 22: RJ Gets Real Real Quick

Welcome back RJ from... a funeral. He lays out conditions for his return to magic and more.

01 Jul 2019
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P&T FUBTS 0601 Copperfield

Fool Us Behind The Scenes Season 6 Episode 1 us here! Matt, RJ, Paul, and Jacob break down all thing Fool Us. Penn & Teller Vs. David Copperfield and performances by Jan Reinder, Andrej Psnieka, and Giancarlo Bernini.

26 Jun 2019
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Vinny Grosso: Turning Tricks for Money

The very funny and affable Vinny Grosso sits down with Reddi and Matt. Vinny is about to have two different tricks hit the market and we talk about what it means to sell a magic trick.

19 Jun 2019
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Abracababble 21: Don't Quit, Jeff!

We take on a listener email where they felt the need to quit magic after hearing our Netflix and Kill series. We are assholes!

11 Jun 2019
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Netflix and Kill 8: It's Over!

We promised to finish this series and we did it. DMC doesn't die but he is dead to us after this final episode of Netflix's Death by Magic. Watch the final episode with us and then chime in below with ideas for what we should watch next! Comment below! We will and then post a poll here on the Mind Noodler Patreon.

29 May 2019
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Netflix and Kill 7: Penultimate Episode.

Watch episode 7 of Death By Magic on Netflix along with RJ and Matt as DMC fails to deliver on his show's premise. He perform the most frustrating TV magic ever recorded while we make fun of it. The good news is we will move onto another show and you will vote on it!

29 May 2019
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Abracababble 20: Rehearsal Interrupted.

Matt and RJ stop mid rehearsal and then the cops came. Plus, Reddi Rich checks out an Amazing Jonathan documentary.

Rich said:
"Show notes:  A gross misdemeanor is not necessarily related to sex crimes; it's just an intermediary between misdemeanors & felonies.  The title of the film mentioned is "The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary" by Benjamin Berman.   "

19 May 2019
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Netflix and Kill 6 (plus Abracababble)

RJ and Matt soldier thru episode 6 of Death By Magic on Netflix and then stick around for some good podcast chatter. Enjoy!

11 May 2019
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Abracababble 19: Who Told You To Read What Book

In this episode, we talk about Penn & Teller fans versus magic fans and get into new tricks for the new Mind Noodler show.

Rich said:
"Derek DelGaudio's partner show was Nothing To Hide. RJ's other cups & balls favorite is Bill Malone.  "

01 May 2019
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Netflix and Kill 5

RJ and Matt pick up where they left off with the morally challenged marvel, DMC. Watch along with us as we take on episode 5 of Death by Magic on Netflix.

28 Apr 2019
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The Pittsburgh Show.

I called up Justin Zell, former magician and current owner/operator of Steel City Improv Theater. We met performing improv at the PIT in NYC. We discuss my most recent Mind Noodler performance at Churn Out Pittsburgh. He brings up some great points. I enjoyed the conversation and I hope you do too.

14 Apr 2019
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Abracababble 18: That's Not My Bag

Hey all, 

 RJ gets robbed artistically at a convention. We are gearing up for our next show and it involves Matt's wife. Plus, we end with a very important question for you the listeners of this podcast that we need your feedback on.

Rich said:
"Show notes:  I have more to say about why I've never liked the sack. Gershman's is not an actual magic deli.  -reddi "

09 Apr 2019
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Car Cast- Boca Shows!

Hey all, just a quick podcast to recap my last three shows in South Florida. It's just me in my car on this one. We have an upcoming kick ass Abracababble for you later this week.

31 Mar 2019
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Abracababble 17: Goodbye, Johnny Thompson.

This podcast covers a ton of confidential information. I'll leave it up as long as there isn't any blow back, but this could be taken down for a variety of reasons. I'm quite candid about my last moments with Johnny Thompson and I'm open about things that have to do with the upcoming season of [A popular magic TV show]. This podcast goes out exclusively to people who are supporting my career as The Mind Noodler. This is exactly the kind of thing I want to sharing with people who believe in and are invested in this endeavor. I hope dig it.

16 Mar 2019
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Fool Us Week 1

Hey all, 

With RJ locked down with One Drop, and me being locked down at the Rio. I think I'd just hop on solo and give a recap my last week working on Fool Us. It's been a crazy one for me. I am so thankful to the backers of the patreon, podcast, career choice. I am happy to fill you in on some stuff that is not public and shouldn't be public for while. Let me know what you think. I'll likely do the solo format filling you in next week as week. I certainly leave this one off as a cliff hanger!

Thanks so much for you support, interest, investment in The Mind Noodler and Abracababble,

Matt

04 Mar 2019
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Abracababble 16: Magic's Past Mistakes and Bright Future

With Brian Brushwood on the phone, RJ out sick- we discuss the past mistakes and approaches of magic and the it's victims. We also talk about the bright bright futue of magic. The parallels of comedy and DJing also apply here.

22 Feb 2019
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Netflix and Kill 4

This one is a doozy. We tried to leave this episode on a high note but fail as the show bummed us out. We still think there are funny gems in here. 

17 Feb 2019
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Abracababble 15: Oh Look, A Cat

Hey Patrons,

Thanks a ton for being a backer of this project. In this episode, RJ opens up about Cirque life a little bit and Reddi and RJ almost reluctantly try to help Matt out with a needed trick for TV.

Enjoy!

13 Feb 2019
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Abracababble 14: Slut Shaming Illusionists

Reddi, RJ, and Matt tackle what goes into and how one becomes an illusionist.

07 Feb 2019
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Netflix and Kill 3

DMC turns fans of Stevie Wonder into murders.

07 Feb 2019
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Abracababble 13: Tasty Magic

RJ acknowedges a loss in the magic community. Paul gets better at magic. RJ wants a new type of prediction in the Mind Noodler show.

01 Feb 2019
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Netflix and Kill 2

This time we see melanin challenged DMC on the streets of Miami. Watch along with us as we watch Episode 2 of Death By Magic on Netflix.

28 Jan 2019
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Abracababble 12: Playing With Fire

Hi all, 

RJ is literally playing with fire this week. Matt is taken to task for his palming.

Enjoy!

25 Jan 2019
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Netflix and Kill 1

Turn on Netflix and watch Death and Magic with us. RJ and I combine Abracababble with Mystery Science Theater 3000 and bust this tv shows balls. Sit down and watch with us.

18 Jan 2019
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Abracababble 11: Morality and Mortality

This episode hits the morals of magic. We also announce the side podcast that will appear on this feed. Netflix and Kill where we watch "Death By Magic" on Netflix and you can watch along with us. First episode will post tomorrow. 

On a personal note I was very happy with this episode. It might be our best yet. Might be...

Corrections for after the show:  "Misled is by Timothy Wenk.  Joe Burrus is the escape  artist who died in the glass coffin.  Hon-dashi is dried tuna flake;  dashima is a type of seafood.  Both are used in preparing sushi &  soups. Neither is kombu, the broth that inspired the search for MSG,  although that is called dasima in Korean.   -reddi "

16 Jan 2019
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Abracababble 10: What's In Your Wallet?

Hey all,

Happy new year and thank you all so very much for supporting this magic endeavor. With your support, we endeavor to make 2019 an awesome year in the the quest to make this a professional full time magic show. Because of you, we are on course to put a brand new hour of material together for a new show this spring. With 2 major media opportunities on the horizon, the new stuff should be in place to kick ass in as new opportunities present themselves.

For real, I would not be able to take a shot at this were it not for supporters of this patreon page. It means a lot to me and my family.

As you can see from this post, we finally have new artwork and we have just ordered some new magnets to go along with the old hill bill stuff. So anyone owed merchandise will be mailed their owed items within the next two weeks. Rehearsal links will be up this month as well.

As for this episode, enjoy as we tackle performing magic in the wild and up close to small amounts of people. From the corrections department (Reddi Rich), here are a few corrections:

"Tom Mullica died February 2016, not last year.  Al Leech gets primary  credit for Jim Ryan & Frank Everhart's Red Hot Mama/Chicago Opener".

Thanks again,

Matt

09 Jan 2019
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A Chat with Brian Brushwood and Justin Robert Young

Accomplished magician, seller of tricks, and educator of methods, Brian Brushwood talks about the ethics behind selling "Scam Stuff". Plus, former editor if iTricks.com, Justin Robert Young talks about the challenges of performing modern magic. Both address the transformation from Hill Bill to Matt Donnelly: Mind Noodler.

Reddi Rich was away this week and RJ was on holiday work schedule at Cirque. I grabbed this interview in the churn after an Ice Cream Social recording. So thank you Jacob the Audio Guy for recording this. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Executive Produced by Jon Saunders, Jonathan Kaplan, Graeme Whitaker, Kevin MacLeod

01 Jan 2019
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Abracababble 9: Bigger

The boys have 2 magic adventures, one for magic rigs and another helping Piff out on a new trick. Plus, RJ and Matt come to the same conclusion on next steps.

19 Dec 2018
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Abracababble 8: The Failure Mandate

Reddi went ahead and sent notes correcting a lot of the things we got wrong after we recorded this. So the rest of this note is to be read after the podcast.

Show notes: The math term we couldn't recall is "factorial".  The Birthday Problem  is a problem, not a paradox.  23 people = 50% odds.  70 people = ~100%  odds.  Pink Lady was from Japan.  Pink Lady & Jeff aired 6 episodes.   The recommended video segment is "A Correctly Structured Drama" from  BBC's ""Hustlers, Hoaksters, Pranksters, Jokesters and Ricky Jay".  -reddi"

11 Dec 2018
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Abracababble 7: Out Mastered. Outclassed.

Fresh from an amazing session with Penn & Teller, plus Johnny Thompson, Matt almost drops dead. Plus, he was a prick heading into the lesson. Talk of new show possibilities?

24 Nov 2018
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Abracababble 6: To Hill or Not To Bill

This one is a doozy! 

Now that Penn talked about it on PSS, "the opportunity" we discuss in this episode, is that Penn & Teller are filming a "Master Class" and we will be one of the acts they work with to teach magic. This gave us a deadline to speed up a decision we were mulling over about whether to be Hill Bill: Mind Noodler or Matt Donnelly: Mind Noodler.

12 Nov 2018
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Abracababble 5: Two Professionals On Stage

This week, Matt and RJ both perform for unique audiences.

30 Oct 2018
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Eric Dittelman on Fool Us and AGT.
Eric stopped by to help me rehearse and we grabbed time on my laptop and went over Eric performing mentalism on TV shows like Fool Us, AGT, and Ellen. Enjoy
27 Oct 2018
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Rehearsal recap with Dittleman and RJ
Hi, 

If you are seeing this post and accessing this podcast, you are at the rehearsal access level or higher. Thank you for that. So, turns out Patreon's "Live Broadcast" option is actually a 3rd party hosted video on either Youtube or some company that cost $44 a month. So this was odd and surprising information. I am still trying to figure out what is the best way to live broadcast a rehearsal and leave that video archived for people at this tier or higher. Stay tuned.

Also, as you will hear, this trick we are working on is a monster that will take all kinds of trial and error and rehearsals. So we are psyched to keep working on it and it will not be stage ready for a bit. I hope you enjoy this exclusive rehearsal recap complete with RJ and I getting snippy with one another!

There will also be another Dittleman podcast for all patron backers that is different than this one and deals with his time on AGT and Fool US.

Thanks and enjoy!

Matt 

27 Oct 2018
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Abracababble 4: The Fake Mistake

Matt performs at Scoopfest. We answer a letter about "mistakes" in magic.

23 Oct 2018
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Abracababble 3: Are You Reddi?

Alright audio engineer and magic nerd, reveal yourself...

16 Oct 2018
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Abracababble 2: By Land and Not By Sea

Matt shares growing pains conversations about Hill Bill.

09 Oct 2018
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Abracababble 1: For My Next Trick

Thrilled to have Reddi Rich join the crew as audio engineer and add another knowledgeable magic nerd in the process. It's takes a few minutes to get used to the new digs, then we get deep, and then we get detailed about a new trick. With the addition of Reddi and the authentic, maybe even a little tense magic debate- We officially have our first episode! This is where Abracababble can grow. 

And maybe it's not questions, but topics you want us to tackle in future episodes. Since we have some very accomplished people in the magic community as subscribers, who might want us to tackle a topic and not "ask us" anything. Anyhow- email matt@heyscoops or get at @abracababble on twitter.

Let us know what you think... Unless it's too critical or petty; that will just tear us apart.

02 Oct 2018
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Abracababble Episode 0.5
Our 2nd experiment of an episode. Plans to record a more professional sounding podcast are in the works! So here is a second episode that I believe magic listeners will really enjoy. Note 1) any questions you have for us about magic, comedy, performances, our performance history, a link to another magic performance, anything -please write to Matt@heyscoops.com 2) the voting is already up for the October trick and we break it down a little on this episode as well. Make sure to vote before October 1st.
26 Sep 2018
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Abracababble Zero

Hello All,

RJ and I just wing it as we record our first episode. It's recorded in my living room on garage band. We will be looking to improve our recording equipment as we go. None the less, enjoy our talk on how RJ came to direct Hill Bill and our time working with Teller. Any questions or topics you'd like discussed on air, matt@heyscoops.com. Unlike Ice Cream Social, we will read emails ahead and that will allow us to do some research if needed on magic questions or opinions. Thanks again for backing this project.

Executive Producers: Graeme Whittaker, Jonathan Kaplan and Warren Kirschbaum

18 Sep 2018
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Episode 0: Abracababble
Hey Jonathan and Grae,

Here is the episode that I will make live on Tuesday, but as executive producers, I thought you should have access to it right away.

Enjoy (I hope). It's recorded on my laptop with cheap ass mics I bought from Amazon. I am hoping to record at the churn once things are up and running. We shall see.

Thanks,

Matt

15 Sep 2018
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