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The Insider

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Vanishing Inc. is proud to share with you our magic podcast, The Insider. Interviews with the finest magicians in the world.

115 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

Joshua Jay

September 13th, 2021


Josh is back on the show to chat about Magifest and his new book, How Magicians Think. 

If you pre-order the book from us, you get an exclusive free deck of cards and a signed bookplate. At the time of writing this …

Christian Grace

September 6th, 2021


Christian joins us on episode two to talk about Switch One, Level One, jazz, prototyping and fooling the pants off Andy Nyman. 

Christian runs a …

Dani DaOrtiz

August 30th, 2021


A fascinating start to season six. We discuss Dani's seemingly informal approach to performance, The Spanish School, a lesson from Juan, how to …

Jason England Part Two

August 2nd, 2021


Welcome to part two of the interview with Jason England. We discuss Vernon’s Fingerprint Trick, an amazing lesson for us all from Steve Forte, how to practise, how to improve your second deal and what he’ll be covering …

Jason England Part One

July 26th, 2021


Jason England joins us to talk Erdnase, Ricky Jay, his amazing collection of gambling devices and the importance of lists. Part two next Monday.

Steve Cohen Two

July 12th, 2021


Steve Cohen joins us for a second go on the podcast. 

Join us for a fascinating chat about starting up his show again, practise, Max Malini, why he doesn’t do “big prop” tricks, and his rare, upcoming appearance at …

Tony Chang Part Two

July 5th, 2021


In the second part of this interview, we discuss hiding the moves you spend so long working on, how to make your magic better, stories about Gabi and tips from The Jerx.

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Chris Kenner [Bonus Episode]

July 3rd, 2021


I know, it's not a Monday, but this is a special treat! Here's an hour of Chris Kenner!

Ahead of the start of his Masterclass: Live on Sunday July …

Tony Chang Part One

June 28th, 2021


It's #TonyChangWeek

Double VI Points on the downloads we'll be featuring on our socials on #MoveMonday, #TrickyTuesday and #FullPerformanceFriday. 

Derek Hughes Part Two

June 14th, 2021


Derek and I continue our discussion about AGT, we discuss how to be funny and how to add humour to your magic and his pivot into virtual magic.

Derek Hughes Part One

June 7th, 2021


Derek Hughes and I have a great chat about acting and the hugely important lesson the learned from some young teenagers at a restaurant gig, connecting with an audience, scripting and how to make it feel like your show …

John Carney Part Two

May 31st, 2021


We talk about his new book, his philosphies about magic,  continual refinement and improvement, what excites and concerns him about magic today, exploring potential, magicians he wished he’d had the chance to see. 

John Carney Part One

May 24th, 2021


John Carney and I sit down to discuss old magic books, the advantages of doing sleights left-handed, John Ramsay, Charlie Miller and Mr Mysto. 

Part …

Vinny DePonto

May 17th, 2021


New York-based Vinny DePonto and I chat about mentalism, the analogue of art and magic, must-read mentalism books (and he doesn't even mention 13 Steps!), pivoting to virtual shows and of course, his incredible new …

Roberto Mansilla

May 10th, 2021


Today's guest has written a wonderful book on bringing card magic to a parlor setting. We talk about that. 

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Siegfried Tieber

May 3rd, 2021


Siegfried Tieber has appeared on Fool Us not once, but twice! And, because we're very lucky, he's performing her amazing virtual show for us this …

Home-made Trickery

April 26th, 2021


We're super excited to introduce you to a new podcast of interactive magic! Instead of the usual interview, this week you're getting a sneak peak of a new show that starts officially on Sunday. This is an amazing …

Jamy Ian Swiss 2 (Part 2)

April 19th, 2021


Welcome to the second part of Jamy Ian Swiss' time on The Insider. The skepticism continues. 

Here's some useful links for Jamy's material:

Jamy's …

Jamy Ian Swiss 2 (Part 1)

April 12th, 2021


To celebrate the launch of his Astonishing Essay, Jamy Ian Swiss joined me for his second appearance on the show. We talked about skepticism, a subject he is very passionate about. It was impossible to keep him to 30 …

Will Houstoun & Steve Thompson

April 5th, 2021


When the pandemic broke, Will Houstoun and Steve Thompson set up a project called Video Chat Magic where users would pay a monthly fee and get access …

Carisa Hendrix (Part 2)

March 29th, 2021


Part 2 of our interview with Carisa Hendrix where we talk about Lucy Darling's first ever time on stage, material selection, and more. 

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Carisa Hendrix (Part 1)

March 22nd, 2021


Part 1 of a very interesting interview with Carisa Hendrix. This week, we talk about her start in performing. Aged 16, doing what she needed to do in order to pay rent. We then move on to the birth of Lucy Darling and …

Chris Power

March 15th, 2021


The delightful Chris Power joins me to chat about Coins Through Silk, Vernon, Opus, Williamson and The Amateur Magician's Handbook. 

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Ken Scott

March 8th, 2021


My guest today is a real worker. He has 20 years of experience, does 350 plus shows a year and performs regularly at the magic castle and has …

Mike Caveney

March 1st, 2021


Mike and I discuss The Long Island Mystics, Owen's, his constant refinement of tricks, why his tricks are all so long and there's a great story about Copperfield too.

Remember, sign up for MIke's Masterclass: Live …

Doug Dyment Part Two

February 22nd, 2021


I carry on my conversation with Doug Dyment. We touch on essential mentalism books, readings, magic squares and stacks. 

As promised, here's a link …

Doug Dyment

February 15th, 2021


Hello and welcome back to The Insider! Nice to be here. 

I think this episode is a rarity. It's the first of a 2-part interview with the amazing mentalist Doug Dyment. When I was researching him for the show, there's …

Ben Seidman (Repost)

January 4th, 2021


Here's a little treat for you. A throwback episode way back to the 4th show! We had Ben Seidman on then, and he was inspiring, funny and smart. 

Which is exactly what he will be on Wednesday January 6th when he shares …

Michael Close (Part Two)

December 21st, 2020


Michael and I continue our conversation from last week. 

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Michael Close (Part One)

December 14th, 2020


In the first of a two-part episode, Michael Close and I talk about memdeck work, an incredible video from the 90s of him performing what clearly is …

Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay and George Luck

December 7th, 2020


Ever wondered what Andi's first magic book was?

What Josh's favorite book that VI published is?

What George thinks is the most challenging book to produce was?

All this and more will be answered in this episode. 

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Jack Carpenter

November 30th, 2020


Jack shares half an hour of his time in a rare interview to talk about gambling, angles, using gaffs, and a hilarious tale about a money game...

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Jonathan Levit

November 23rd, 2020


Jonathan Levit joins us today and we talk about Ricky Jay, tips for virtual shows, teaching magic for movies and more.

As promised in the show, here is a link to Jonathan's favorite musician, his ladyfriend, Kasey …

Vanishing Inc. AMA - Special Episode with Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay

November 16th, 2020


Welcome to this special episode of the show. Recorded live, yesterday evening. This was live streamed out to Facebook and YouTube and is an AMA with Andi and Josh. They were asked from really genuinely tough questions …

Calen Morelli

November 9th, 2020


My guest today burst onto the magic scene with smash hit releases like Dress Code, had a huge magic prank show and then went on to consult for the …

Nick Einhorn

November 2nd, 2020


Muti-award winning magician, creator and author Nick Einhorn is my guest this week. We talk about how a product gets released, why entering …

Andrew Frost (@sleightlyobsessed)

October 26th, 2020


He's annoyingly talented and really nice too. I hate him. It's Andrew Frost (Instagram's @sleightlyobsessed). We chit chat about magic books, dead magicians and sleight of hand. I think you'll enjoy it. 

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Shin Lim

October 19th, 2020


Welcome to the brand new season of The Insider. And I gotta tell you, it's a big season. Some amazing names lined up. 

Very happy to be starting episode one with none other than Shin Lim! 

A million subs on YouTube. …

Teller (Part 2)

July 27th, 2020


Our interview with Teller continues from last week. And there is some fantastic news right at the very end for everyone wondering if Teller would …

Teller (Part 1)

July 20th, 2020


It's Teller. That's all you need to know. Tune in next week for part two. 

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Ricky Smith

July 13th, 2020


Ricky Smith has some chops. From creating the Cherry Control to the classic Any Card At Any Vowel, Ricky is super talented, but doesn't come into the …

Tina Lenert

June 29th, 2020


Today's guest started off as a street performing mime and ended up as one of the most-loved stage magicians in the world. Find out how Tina Lenart …

Ben Harris

June 22nd, 2020


Not seen in magic for about ten years, this is the first interview in, well, a very long time with the amazing Ben Harris. We discuss piracy, his love of levitations, his sometimes controversial marketing and his new …

Piff The Magic Dragon (Part 2)

June 15th, 2020


OK, yes, it's slightly shorter than the usual 30 minutes. But that's just the way it goes with a 2 parter. 

It's part 2 of the interview with Piff. It's Piff. It's hilarious. That's all you need to know. 

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Piff The Magic Dragon (Part 1)

June 8th, 2020


The single most chaotic and hilarious episode of the show yet. The initial recording ran for almost an hour, so rather than cut out any, I've decided to break tradition and make this a two parter. Tune in next week for …

Michael Vincent

June 1st, 2020


My guest today has done it all. Won The Magic Circle’s close up magician of the year not once, but three times, Fool Us twice, lots of other TV …

Paul Vigil

May 25th, 2020


Today's guest is probably your favorite magician's favorite magician. 

He’s considered one of the most influential thinkers in the world of magic.  He’s performed at The Magic Castle, every major Las Vegas casino and …

John Lovick

May 18th, 2020


John Lovick is my guest today. We talk about what a director brings to a magic performance, what good magic looks like, his Penn and Teller …

Ryan Plunkett

May 11th, 2020


Ryan Plunkett, a Founding Ensemble Member and Regular Performer at the Chicago Magic Lounge takes some time to talk with us about how limiting …

Richard Wiseman

May 4th, 2020


Today's guest is a actual real-life professor. An academic. A magician. A skeptic. A viral video creator. An author of best-selling books and proper scientific papers. It’s the one and only Professor Richard Wiseman.

David Kaye (Silly Billy)

April 27th, 2020


Today, David Kaye and I talk about his philosophy for kids’ magic, why many magicians look down upon people that do magic for children, how to …

Asi Wind

April 20th, 2020


My guest today was born and raised in Tel Aviv and now lives in New York. 

He is one of magic’s most influential thinkers and performers.  

He’s David Blaine’s favourite magician. 

It’s the one and only, Asi Wind. 

Ben Hart

April 13th, 2020


Welcome to Season 3!

If I listed all of my guest’s accomplishments now, we wouldn’t have time for any questions. He won young magician of the year …

Morgan and West (2)

March 9th, 2020


Morgan And West are back on the show. And the world is a better place for it. We chat about their science show, material selection, how to find the one special trick that defines who you are going to be and of course, …

Shane Cobalt

February 17th, 2020


Underground card legend Shane Cobalt is my guest on this week's episode. We chat about bad magic, good books and brutal feedback. 

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Karl Hein

February 10th, 2020


It's Karl Hein! Hugely busy worker, creator, founding father of modern Rubik's Cube magic, regular at The Magic Castle. 

If you want to save $200 on …

Tom Crosbie

February 3rd, 2020


Tom Crosbie has done many Edinburgh shows with pun-tastic titles such as Nerd World Problems, You Can’t Polish A Nerd, and Nerd Do Well where he was …

Danny Buckler

January 27th, 2020


The final of our special live show recording at The Session 2020. 

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Rune Klan - Live

January 20th, 2020


The second of three podcasts recorded live at The Session 2020, in London. 

Rune Klan is an incredible performer and in this episode we talk about honesty, creativity, improvisation, openers, and his new show about to …

David Williamson (Live)

January 13th, 2020


This episode was recorded live at The Session in London. 

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Henry Harrius

January 7th, 2020


Winner of the Hong Kong Close Up Magic Open, Asia Magic Association Close Up Magic Content, FISM Asia winner, FISM Italy winner, TV star and hugely …

Andi & Josh Holiday Special

December 23rd, 2019


Here it is. Our Holiday Special. Yes, it's over 30 minutes, but you listen to it and tell me what I should have cut out? :)

What you are here for, in …

Jon Armstrong

December 16th, 2019


Magician, creator, consultant, director, winner of the AMA Close up magician of the year and the man who brought the world tiny plunger, it’s Jon …

Steve Reynolds

December 9th, 2019


Marlo, Marlo, Marlo, and a bit of Marlo on the side. Zarrow shuffles. And more. 

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R. Paul Wilson

December 2nd, 2019


Magician, author, creator,  TV presenter, performer, producer, film maker, it’s Paul Wilson. We chat about Tamariz, TV Magic and a prank he pulled on …

Two Magicians. One Mic.

November 25th, 2019


It's episode 50! 

Today I'm joined by Simon Coronel and Nick Paul, the hosts Two Magicians. One Mic. Between them, they’ve been on Conan, Netflix’s …

Harrison Greenbaum

November 18th, 2019


Harrison is funny and does magic. What more do you need to know?

We have a chat about shoving nails up your nose, AGT, Conan, developing original material and roasts. Enjoy. 

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Scott Robinson

November 11th, 2019


In this week’s episode Scott Robinson talks with us about his creative process, a soft touch, TRICS, Sleight Club, how to make a move your own and - of course - his new book “Pure Imagination”. Launched last weekend at …

Nikola Arkane

November 4th, 2019


Nikola Arkane is best known in her native Northern Ireland as a children's magician. Indeed, she is the only professional female magician there. She …

Avner The Eccentric

October 28th, 2019


This is an amazing episode. You'll learn so much about performance. How important a breath is. Why being interested is better than being interesting. Why clowns have red noses.

Avner started learning his art in the …

Wolfgang Moser

October 21st, 2019


A huge star in his homeland, Wolfgang Moser talks with us about Fool Us, Think A Drink and his process for creating unique magic. Enjoy. 

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Michel Huot

October 14th, 2019


Today, we have the creator of "Socks" and "Priceless", Michel Hout. Michel is a busy corporate magician and offers some amazing insights into that world in this episode. Also, the story about the creation of "Priceless" …

Ian Kendall

October 7th, 2019


He's tall. He's Scottish. He's done Edinburgh Fringe for 28 consecutive years and made a profit each year. That's remarkable. In this episode, Ian shares all he has learnt from doing oh so many Fringe shows. You'd do …

Eric LeClerc

September 30th, 2019


Eric and I talk about making magic videos every day for a year, how YouTube landed him not one, but two highly successful TV gigs, the crossover …

Short PSA

August 12th, 2019


This is just a super short PSA to let you know we're taking a summer break, but will be back in September with a whole boatload of amazing guests. …

David Regal

August 5th, 2019


Yup. Him David Regal. And in this episode we talk about secrets, interpreting magic, rug rats, the hot rod force, his new book and of course, The Carbanaro Effect.

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Mike Pisciotta

July 29th, 2019


Mike Pisciotta has won Close-Up Magician of the Year in the AMAs not once but twice. Then, he went and won Parlor Magician of the Year. He estimates he's done 10,000 shows as The Magic Castle's resident bar magician …

Pit Hartling

July 22nd, 2019


He owns a lot of suits. He likes card tricks. He is German. That's right, you guessed it, it's Pit Hartling. 

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Daniel Prado

July 15th, 2019


Daniel Prado is a professional musician by day, and amazing magician by night. He's created some stunning effects, including BURN. In this podcast we chat about invisibility, practise, table faros, making your own …

Denis Behr

July 8th, 2019


He's got big hands. He's tall. He bakes very impressive cake-related things. Oh, and he does the odd card trick too. It's Denis Behr!

As promised, the links to his crediting projects:

Peter Clifford

July 1st, 2019


You may well not know his name. But Peter Clifford is an actor, director, writer and magician. He's consulted for years for Derren Brown, has …

Werner Reich

June 24th, 2019


An unusual episode. Today, the show is an interview Joshua Jay did with an incredible magician called Werner Reich. 

Mr Reich survived the Nazi concentration camps - through magic. His story is fascinating and is …

Tom Elderfield

June 17th, 2019


Tom Elderfield. Magician. Creator. Consultant. Actor.

Tom shares a lot in this episode. He explains his whole game plan for Instagram. He explains …

Matt Baker

June 10th, 2019


In this week's episode, the mystery of why 8 faros returns the deck to original order is explained. As well as other interesting math(s) things. And magic. And jazz. And of course Matt's excellent book The Buena Vista …

David Williamson

June 3rd, 2019


Well. What can I say. It's Williamson.

I broke my 30 minute rule for this one, as I couldn't find 9 minutes to cut out of this. I didn't think …

Gustav Kuhn

May 27th, 2019


Welcome to this week's episode of The Insider. This week we interview magician, academic and author of Experiencing the Impossible: The Science of Magic. 

Despite Steinmeyer saying we're guarding an empty safe, some …

Max Maven

May 20th, 2019


Not many in our field can really be called legendary. Max Maven can. So, I'm honoured to share with you a 30 minute chat I had with Max. We talk about what he thinks about current mentalism, the heydays of The Magic …

Caleb Wiles (Fixed Audio)

May 14th, 2019


It's Monday. It's time for The Insider. Indianapolis' own Caleb Wiles joins me to chat about magic. 

Caleb created the very first trick VI released. …

Birthday Special

May 6th, 2019


We're 10 years old! So this is a special episode where Andi interviews Josh, then Josh interviews Andi. 

There's 10% off everything on site. And a …

Guy Hollingworth

April 29th, 2019


Guy takes time out of his busy lawyer-ing to talk to me about magic. How he got started. His latest stage act. And much more. Enjoy!

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Jen Kramer

April 22nd, 2019


Fool Us, Ted, Yale, Vegas. Jen Kramer has done so much. Hear her chat about all that and her favourite pizza topping in this week's The Insider. 

Anthony Owen

April 15th, 2019


As I imagine most of you know, Anthony Owen tragically died last Friday. In the episode, Anthony himself says that when you have a deadline, you deliver what you need to deliver. Be it a TV show, book or podcast. Andi …

Chris Rawlins

April 8th, 2019


In this episode, the delightful Chris Rawlins talks to me about his memory act, how he hates admin, speeding tickets and he gets really surprised to …

Dominic Twose

April 1st, 2019


Recorded live at The Session 2019, Dominic Twose, A.I.M.C, is my guest this week. Yes, you may not know his name. But, this episode is well worth listening too. Dominic was one of Fred Robinson's only pupils and Dom …

Edward Hilsum

March 25th, 2019


He's really polite. He does amazing dove magic. He's won IBM Stage Magician of the Year. The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year. And he's been …

Caroline Ravn

March 18th, 2019


This week, I get the chance to chat with an actual Viking. Caroline Ravn. She does sell out tours, TED talks, and makes her own decks of custom …

Jamy Ian Swiss

March 11th, 2019


Seems fitting that after the passing of Johnny Thompson over the weekend I put out this episode of The Insider with Jamy Ian Swiss. Jamy literally wrote the book on Thompson and talks about him briefly in this week's …

Brad Henderson

March 4th, 2019


Welcome. Another Monday, another edition of The Insider. 

This week our guest is Brad Henderson. A person that gets annoyed a lot on the internet. And someone that actually *thinks* about magic. A magician, hypnotist, …

Steve Cohen

February 25th, 2019


Steve Cohen, the millionaire's magician, joins us on the line this week from New York where his show Chamber Magic has been running for over 20 years.

Steve talks with us about his graphic novel , lasagne, and his …

Steve Faulkner

February 18th, 2019


Steve Faulkner. Dad, juggler, escapologist, magician, trainer, reviewer and all round good bloke has a chat with us about why he is so tired, dealing …

Rob Zabrecky

February 11th, 2019


Zabrecky is the first magician that made me cry with laughter when I saw him at the first Genii Bash.

I'd never seen magic presented like that.

In this episode of the show, I talk with Rob about all sorts of things. …

Andi Gladwin on Edward G. Brown

February 4th, 2019


A special episode of the show with Vanishing Inc. co-founder, Andi Gladwin. 

In the show, Andi talks all about Edward G. Brown. A magician that has sadly been almost forgotten about despite Vernon saying he "the finest …

John Guastaferro

January 28th, 2019


In this week's show we talk about magic and marketing, magic and business, magic and music and, of course, magic. With none other than John Guastaferro.

If you don't have his amazing One Degree book you can get a free …

The Trustmans

January 17th, 2019


Sarah and David Trustman, creators of The Memory Arts, talk about how easy they've made it to memorize a stack. They even convinced me to finally learn a stack!

Their brand new expansion pack for poker hands is out …

Drummond Money-Coutts (DMC)

January 8th, 2019


In this week's episode, we chat with DMC about his hit series Death By Magic on Netflix, how he feels about "the internet's" claims on his reliance on actors, how his own brand of cards came about and his early days as …

Marc Kerstein

December 31st, 2018


He's worked with Blaine, Brown, Troy and others. He makes the best iOS apps. And, he's really really nice. Listen to this short chat with Marc and find out about his views on piracy, borrowing his ideas, challenging …

John Archer

December 24th, 2018


A festive and happy John Archer chats with us his Christmas organisational skills, Fool Us, comedy, touring with Tim Vine, his soon to be released …

Morgan and West

December 18th, 2018


Messrs Morgan and West take time out of their busy schedule to chat with me about character, scripting, children's magic, Decoded and why The Session …

Harapan Ong

December 11th, 2018


Instagram celebrity, physics teacher, card magician and all round good egg Harapan Ong chats with me about Instagram, his series "Fully Booked", how …

Joshua Jay

December 5th, 2018


Our very own Joshua Jay talks about his origin story, his amazing show in NYC and, of course, Balance.


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Ben Seidman

November 30th, 2018


A funny talk with a funny man. Ben Seidman chats about his work on a new Netflix show, his Desert Island Tricks and how he's looking forward to coming to London for The Session.


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Jared Kopf

November 22nd, 2018


Mr Kopf chats about why he loves the classics, mentors and learning to tie a tie.


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Jason Ladanye

October 31st, 2018


Card expert, Jason Ladanye chats with us about being stranded on a desert island with three magicians, breaking into his brother's room and how he got fried by a triumph routine.


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Luke Jermay

October 24th, 2018


One of the finest mentalists in the world, Luke Jermay chats about curating The Event. Who is coming, what they're going to be doing and why you …

Steve Thompson

October 2nd, 2018


Welcome to The Insider. Vanishing Inc's new magic podcast.

In this 20 minute episode, we interview Steve Thompson, creator of the magazine test Glance.


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