Brian Brushwood


Brian Allen Brushwood (born January 17, 1975) is an American magician , podcaster , author , lecturer and comedian . Brushwood is known for the series Scam School , a show where he teaches the audience entertaining tricks at bars so they can “scam” a free drink from their friends. In addition to Scam School, Brushwood co-hosts the podcasts Weird Things with Andrew Mayne and Justin Robert Young , Cordkillers with Tom Merritt , and Night Attack with Young. Brushwood was also a regular guest on this Week in Tech podcast. Brushwood performs his Bizarre Magic stage show across the United States and is the author of six books. Brushwood also co-hosts a YouTube show with Jason Murphy called The Modern Rogue. Brushwood HAS Appeared one national television Numerous times we Including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , CNN and the Food Network .

Biography

Brushwood was born in Fountain Valley, California , later lived in Colorado , in Norway , and as of 2014, in Texas . [2] As a child Brushwood received a magic kit on Christmas Day one year. [3] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] During his time as a student at the University of Texas at Austin . [1] This interest in magic led Brushwood to perform a 45-minute magic show as his senior thesis. [1]

As an undergraduate Brushwood attended Dr. Rory Coker’s Pseudoscience class which introduced him to scientific skepticism . [4] Dr. Coker mentored Brushwood for his senior thesis and has invited Brushwood back as an alumnus to help demonstrate concepts in his class. [4]

Brushwood graduated from the Plan II honors program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. [1] After graduation Brushwood married his wife, Bonnie, and began testing video games for Rockwell Semiconductors, followed by a high end Dell Computer systems. [1] During His Time at Dell, Brushwood moonlighted as a magician on Wednesday nights at The Electric Lounge in Austin, Texas while The Asylum Street Spankers Took Their break. [1] In 1999 Brushwood was offered a raise at Dell and realized he was not following his passion so he made the decision to quit working at Dell and to start performing his Bizarre Magic show full-time. [1] [5] [6]

Brushwood is the world’s leading provider of online marketing services. After filming several episodes of Brian Brushwood: On The Road Brushwood got the idea for Scam School . He Originally Intended to Produce it indépendamment goal Eventually sold the idea to Revision 3 and the first episode aired on April 6, 2008. [1] Revision 3’s location in San Franciscorequired Brushwood to travel to California to shoot episodes of Scam School , usually has Dozen at a time due to travel expenses. In October 2008 one of Brushwood’s childhood heroes, Richard Garriott , Performed a magic trick he learned from Scam School while he was aboard the International Space Station . [4] [7] When Discovery Digital Networks purchased Revision 3 Brushwood used it as an opportunity to move production of Scam School from the San Francisco Bay area to Austin, Texas where he now lives with his wife and three children. [1] [4] [7] When Discovery Digital Networks purchased Revision 3 Brushwood used it as an opportunity to move production of Scam School from the San Francisco Bay area to Austin, Texas where he now lives with his wife and three children. [1] [4] [7] When Discovery Digital Networks purchased Revision 3 Brushwood used it as an opportunity to move production of Scam School from the San Francisco Bay area to Austin, Texas where he now lives with his wife and three children. [1]

Repertoire

Stage show

Brushwood started her professional stage show in 1999 [8] and now performs 100-200 live shows each year on college campuses across the United States. [9] His Bizarre Magic show combines old sideshow stunts, mind reading, traditional magic and comedy. [10] Conversations with audience members after-inspired performance Brushwood to Develop His Scams, Sasquatch, and the Supernatural reading in 2004. [9] [11] [12] Its happy Was derived from the pseudoscience race Brushwood Took have an undergraduate [11] And covers paranormal topics and how to detect fakes. Brushwood’s Social Engineering: Scam Your Way Into Anything Or Anything Reading [13] was initially developed for the 2009 South by Southwest Interactive panel with the same name. [4] [14] [15]

In the September 3, 2010 episode of the Inquiry podcast, Karen Stollznow asked Brushwood about myth debunking in his various shows. Brushwood responded,

Part of the reason I love learning about the masses how to deceive me from my experience, because I got into magic before I took this pseudoscience and paranormal race, so I had these tools on how to fool people and I just had this vague understanding that People are really easy to fool, and it’s not that we are broken, gold dumb, gold bad, or whatever. It’s that the brain is built to a certain way and magicians take advantage of that. And, it was only after taking the pseudoscience class that it crystallized everything and I realized that that’s exactly what scam artists do as well. So, if I can get more people familiar with the tools and familiar with how easy it is to deceive other people, maybe more people will begin to question their own experiences. [16]

Hair

Brushwood’s signature hairstyle was modeled after Guile from Street Fighter II [17] and takes nine minutes to set up. It is maintained with pomade and beeswax. Brushwood stated that it could be disturbed and that it was low maintenance. [9] Episode 23 of Brushwood’s web series Brian Brushwood On The Road is a demonstration of how the style is created. [18]Brushwood retired the hair style in 2012. citing his age and television projects as reasons for its discontinuation. [17]

Mr. Happypants

Mr. Happypants is a voodoo puppet that makes appearances in Brushwood’s stage show and podcasts. Brushwood is a great place to be with your friends and family. While Mr. Happypants started off as a mean character Eventually he Evolved into pure evil and speaks through Brushwood with the aid of a voice distorter . [19] The first appearance of Mr. Happypants’ evil incarnation. [20] Mr. Happypants’ podcast debut was in Episode 6 of Brushwood’s web series Brian Brushwood on the Road .

Television

Brushwood’s first national television show was on the April 18, 2000 episode of The Roseanne Show talk show where he performed the trick of shoving a nail in the eye. [6] [21] Brushwood has appeared twice on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he performed the “human crazy straw” [22] and impressed Ed Asner with his “spinning cups” routine. [23] Brushwood in a segment on Anderson Cooper 360 ° where he taught Sanjay Gupta “the human blockhead”. [24] In CNN ‘ S Life Beyond Limits Brushwood taught Gupta how to eat fire. [25] Brushwood aussi Discussed eating fire on Food Network ‘s Unwrapped , [26] and we Appeared Paula’s Party Where he ate fire and Helped make a s’more burned . [27] Brushwood HAS aussi Appeared is Debra Duncan , [28] The Jenny Jones Show , [29] Unscrewed with Martin Sargent , [30] Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge , [31] and Ricki Lake . [32] [25] Brushwood aussi Discussed eating fire on Food Network ‘s Unwrapped , [26] and we Appeared Paula’s Party Where he ate fire and Helped make a s’more burned . [27] Brushwood HAS aussi Appeared is Debra Duncan , [28] The Jenny Jones Show , [29] Unscrewed with Martin Sargent , [30] Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge , [31] and Ricki Lake . [32] [25] Brushwood aussi Discussed eating fire on Food Network ‘s Unwrapped , [26] and we Appeared Paula’s Party Where he ate fire and Helped make a s’more burned . [27] Brushwood HAS aussi Appeared is Debra Duncan , [28] The Jenny Jones Show , [29] Unscrewed with Martin Sargent , [30] Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge , [31] and Ricki Lake . [32] [26] and we Appeared Paula’s Party Where he ate fire and Helped make a s’more burned. [27] Brushwood HAS aussi Appeared is Debra Duncan , [28] The Jenny Jones Show , [29] Unscrewed with Martin Sargent , [30] Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge , [31] and Ricki Lake . [32] [26]and we Appeared Paula’s Party Where he ate fire and Helped make a s’more burned . [27] Brushwood HAS aussi Appeared is Debra Duncan , [28] The Jenny Jones Show , [29] Unscrewed with Martin Sargent , [30] Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge , [31] and Ricki Lake . [32] [29] Unscrewed with Martin Sargent , [30] Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge , [31] and Ricki Lake . [32] [29]Unscrewed with Martin Sargent , [30] Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge , [31] and Ricki Lake . [32]

Brushwood starred, with co-host Jason Murphy, in the 12 episode Hacking the System that premiered on February 27, 2014 on the National Geographic Channel . [33] In the Hack Your Home episode Brushwood discusses home security and demonstrates criminal techniques use to break into a house. [34] In the Hack Your Car episode Brushwood Demonstrates how to escape from the trunk of a moving car and Explains technologies used by car thieves. [35] Brushwood live-streamed his viewing games during the premiere [36] and second airing. [37] The Modern Rogue on YouTube, separate from his Scam School channel. [37] The series is now available to stream on Netflix [38] and Brushwood and Murphy have spun off the series . [39]

Books

  • Brushwood, Brian; Johnson, CJ (2000), Pack the House! The Ultimate, Ever-Growing Guide to Increasing Attendance at YOUR Campus Events , Bizarre Magic, Inc., ISBN  978-0971364615
  • Brushwood, Brian (2000), Cheats, Cons, Swindles, and Tricks: 57 Ways to Scam a Free Drink , Bizarre Magic, Inc. ASIN  B005D38QQO
  • Brushwood, Brian (2002), The Professional Guide to Fire Eating , Bizarre Magic, Inc., ISBN  978-0971364608 , OCLC  224122749
  • Brushwood, Brian; Tilton, Jon (2012), Scam School Book 1: Smoke , Bizarre Magic, Inc., ASIN  B007FRUNK8
  • Brushwood, Brian; Tilton, Jon (2012), Scam School Book 2: Fire , Bizarre Magic, Inc., ASIN  B008B8L6YM
  • Brushwood, Brian; Tilton, Jon; Hughes, Brandt (2013), Scam School: Your Guide to Scoring Free Drinks, Doing Magic & Becoming the Life of the Party , Skyhorse Publishing, ISBN  978-1620878545 , OCLC  816030432

Internet broadcasting

Current

Justin Robert Young and Brian Brushwood hosting a show at Dragon * Con 2013
Show Description Premiere
Scam School Brushwood explains magic, street cons, scams and entertaining tricks so watchers can scam a free drink off their friends. You and Brian should become better friends on Twitter, there is no ‘c’ in Shwood 6 April 2008
Weird Things Hosts Brushwood, Justin Robert Young and Andrew Mayne discuss supernatural and strange reports in the news. News reports are often introduced by Andrew Mayne presenting scenarios where his co-hosts must respond to the events of a report as Mayne reveals an increasing amount of detail. Weird Things airs live on Diamond Club.TV and Alpha Geek Radio on Monday afternoons. 19 October 2009
Behind The Scam Originally starting with the live size of Scam School Live , Behind The Scam Moved to go short a five-minute size Brushwood Where Interacts with fans of Scam School by answering Their issues and showing how episodes are made. 14 January 2013
Cordkillers A continuation of Frame Rate, by Brushwood and Tom Merritt, with weekly discussions of television, movies and Internet video. CordKillers live tunes on Diamond Club.TV and Alpha Geek Radio on Monday nights 23 December 2013
Night Attack A continuation of the NSFW , hosted by Brushwood and Justin Robert Young. Night Attack Live on Diamond Club.TV and Alpha Geek on Radio nights 4 March 2014
The Modern Rogue Brushwood and co-host Murphy from Hacking the System Modern Rogue channel. The series is based on life hacks and crazy experiments and is released every Friday. 28 January 2016

Discontinued

Show Description Air Dates Episodes
Brian Brushwood: On The Road Brushwood developed this series as a way to get experience with creating online video. [11] It includes highlights from his career as a stage performer. 5 September 2006 –
7 December 2008
23
BBLiveShow Brushwood created this series as a “safe place to be bad” while he refined his talents as a video podcaster. [1] Brushwood was joined by Justin Robert Young . The show’s regular guests included, Brett Rounsaville, Owen JJ Stone, and his brother Jay Brushwood. Other guests included The Totally Rad Show ‘ s Jeff Cannata and Dan Trachtenberg , Film Riot ‘s Ryan Connolly , Connolly and Josh Timmy Allen, Jay Adelson , Martin Sargent and Daniel Garcia. An “after show” typically followed the live broadcast and was not included in the podcast . 1 January 2009 –
10 January 2012
53
NSFW A weekly continuation of BBLiveShow co-hosted by Justin Robert Young. The show was recorded live on Tuesdays at 7 pm Pacific Time and promoted interaction with the audience via a chat room. Typical episodes. The first half of the show. When the show ended on TWiT it was renamed Night Attack and is now independently produced by Brushwood as a part of Diamond Club TV. 24 November 2009 –
24 February 2014
219
Frame Rate A weekly show that was recorded on Mondays at 3 pm Pacific Time where hosts Bruswood and Tom Merritt discussed films, television and Internet video. It was succeeded by Cordkillers . 10 November 2010 –
16 December 2013
153
DIAF NSFW co-hosts Brushwood and Young read chapters of an audiobook written by members of the NSFW audience. 29 December 2010 –
29 May 2011
5
Scam School Live A weekly live show in which Brushwood and a co-host would interact with fans of Scam School . It was succeeded by Behind the Scam . 14 April 2011 –
18 May 2011
5
The Cantina Band Brushwood and co-host Adam Paulauski discussed various aspects of Star Wars: The Old Republic 15 August 2011 –
20 October 2012
24
Game On! A weekly live broadcast recorded on Sundays at 6 pm Pacific Time. Its beta episode aired on November 13, 2011 with regular episodes started on January 15, 2012. Written by Justin Robert Young and co-hosted by Brushwood and Veronica Belmont the show discussed video games and apps. 14 November 2011 –
8 April 2012
14
Too Long Did not Listen A gaming podcast That Was co-hosted by Brushwood and James “Elrar” Nichols (former community manager for Trion Worlds ) Where They Discussed Two topics in 30 minutes or your next podcast is free. “Brushwood joined Too Long Did not Listen as has Co-host on its relaunch in Episode 68. 3 October 2013 –
7 May 2014
8

MP3

Night Attack

  • Released: 28 September 2011
  • Format: MP3 Download
  • Label: Brian Brushwood
  • Chart position: No. 4 – Billboard Comedy Albums (29 October 2011) [40]

Night Attack 2: Enjoy the Garden

  • Released: 20 April 2013
  • Format: MP3 Download
  • Label: Brian Brushwood
  • Chart position: No. 1 – Billboard Comedy Albums (4 May 2013, [41] 11 May 2013) [42]

Night Attack (Live)

  • Released: 22 October 2013
  • Format: MP3 Download
  • Label: Brian Brushwood
  • Chart position: No. 1 – Billboard Comedy Albums (16 November 2013) [43]

Awards

  • 1995 – Winner – Best Comedy Magic – Texas Association of Magicians citation needed ]
  • 1998 – Winner – Best Club Magic – Texas Association of Magicians citation needed ]
  • 2002 – Winner – Best Stage Magic – Texas Association of Magicians [44]
  • 2003 – Voted – Variety Entertainer of the Year – campusawards.com citation needed ]
  • 2008 – iTunes Top Video Podcast – Scam School [13]
  • 2009 – iTunes Top Video Podcast – Scam School [13]
  • 2010 – iTunes Top Audio Podcast – NSFW [13]
  • 2011 – Billboard # 4 Comedy Album – Night Attack [40]
  • 2013 – Billboard # 1 Comedy Album – Night Attack 2: Enjoy The Garden [41] [42]
  • 2013 – Billboard # 1 Comedy Album – Night Attack (Live) [43]
  • 2015 – People’s Choice Podcast Award for Mature – Night Attack [45]
  • 2015 – People’s Choice Podcast Award for Best Video – Night Attack [46]
  • 2016 – People’s Choice Podcast Award for Education – Scam School [47]

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