September 20, 2016

Abracadabra, presto, voila!

Bradmagic and Andrew Evans bring a little bit of magic to the studio, with stories of first performances and tricks goes wrong, as well the logic behind ‘good’ magic, and why you can’t use it to meet girls.

Show Notes:

“You don’t know that you want to become a magician; it comes to you.”

The first time you meet Brad Aldridge and Andrew Evans, you might not suspect anything out of the ordinary. They’re chill, funny, charming San Francisco guys, both graphic designers during the work week. They like to hang out and drink beers and shoot the shit. And some nights, when the mood is right, they like to get up stage and perform logic-defying, awe-inspiring miracles. They’re magicians, and they’re here to blow your damn mind.

Since the tender ages of 11 and 12, Andrew and Bradmagic have been pushing the boundaries of possibility. They honed their skills through books, website, and the work of the greats, performing just for the love of the trick. They’ve learned magic appreciation, the study of new techniques and style. Andrew’s first job was at a magic shop selling props.

The execution of magic itself seems to be almost backwards from everything else we know; the whole point is to achieve something visually improbable, but success means no one notices how well you’ve pulled it off. Sometimes performances go completely unexpected. Sometimes you have to shrug and cover your tracks with a bit of impromptu comedy. The best you can do is roll with it, and keep practicing until you pull off the truly impossible.

To see this magic for yourself, you can check out Bradmagic and Andrew’s performances at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco. The next show will be Wednesday, October 26 (you might see us there too!) Tickets are available now. Keep listening because we’re going to be giving away FREE tickets!

You can also hit them up on their website, Brad’s Instagram, Brad’s Facebook, or Brad’sTwitter. (Andrew doesn’t do that stuff. You’ll just have to come meet him in person.)

And while you’re doing that! Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Let us know what you thought of the episode and tune in every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. PST to watch us LIVE on Facebook!

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September 14, 2016

We live in a digital age.

TDW talks credit card theft, the faces of 911 operators, and what3words, the new world addressing system that stretches all the way out to Mongolia. We also cover how to handle Amber Alerts and those pushy Greenpeace fundraisers on the street.

Show Notes:

It’s 2016, children! And we are lucky to be living in the age of technology. This episode will teach you important lessons like how to handle money- what to do if your credit is stolen, how to find your report- as well as what to do about those pushy fundraisers who try to guilt you into giving them some. (Even though, yes, it most likely is for a good cause.)

We also cover Amber Alerts, a parents’ worst nightmare and best tool if the unthinkable comes to pass. Twoser keeps it real with #iam911, a new movement to bring the faces of 911 operators into the light. Jenn inadvertently shares all of our addressses through the app “what3words” (no stalking, please).

Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Let us know what you thought of the episode and tune in every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. PST to watch us LIVE on Facebook!

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September 6, 2016

Better late than never.

TDW talks the effects of personal change, including weight loss, anxiety, cosmetic and life altering surgery, new ways of coping, and looking back on high school mistakes.

Show Notes:

If you want something to change, you’ll either find a way or you’ll find a reason why not. This Damn World started not as a declaration that we know best, but an admission that we always have more to learn. You’ve heard a lot of transformations among us in the last two years. Every episode, we’ve learned a little bit more.

We all have things we want to improve. Whether it’s physical things like a new body or a different body entirely, mental things like reduced anxiety, or emotional things like apologizing to the ones you’ve wronged, there’s no time like now to be fuckin’ better.

Share your thoughts (and progress!) with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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August 30, 2016

“I don’t want to fuck the whole world.”

Sexual folklorist Dixie De La Tour is coming in hot with a mouthful of steamy, kinky stories. Hear about organizing sex clubs, the variety of furries, losing virginities, and cock-wielding clowns. Check out her storytelling show, Bawdy Storytelling, live in San Francisco and Seattle.

Show Notes:

It’s not often you meet a Yale-trained storyteller. Nor is it common to meet one at of TED Talk level. It’s even more unusual to meet one that makes you feel so warm and welcome you WANT to spill all your stories.

This and more is the presence of Dixie De La Tour. She originally began storytelling as a way to build communities and a means to keep people safe, where vulnerability to be okay. Since 1990, Dixie’s been traversing the streets of San Francisco, first creating and then looking for stories to add to her show, Bawdy Storytelling.

To get in touch with her (and to pitch her a story!) you can check out her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also hit her up through us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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August 23, 2016

Hands in the air!

TDW talks two-wheeled rides with our good friend Barry, the owner of Scooter Centre near our studio. This wise-cracking antiques collector has a host of stories about shotguns traded, bones broken, loves lost, and dogs adored.

Show Notes:

Barry Gwin is a collector, a connoisseur of items fine and rare. Since the early days of 1984, he and his family have scoured the market for old Vespas and anything vintage they chance upon. Barry himself has a special spot for antique Lambretta scooters, as well as Star Wars figures and unique money. He once traded a shotgun to own a $500 bill.

The world of scooters might seem quaint to those who don’t know the stories. There are tales that circulate the stores, like Rhonda Price, who was riding when someone in a stolen car struck her bike at full speed. Then there are lesser known tales of danger and adventure, like Barry’s big accident while trying to impress a girl named Jennifer, or the multi-jacketed man who tried to sell Barry a coat and ended up breaking into his neighbor’s car.

Though Barry has been in the Bay Area since 1986, his life is no less exciting these days. He recently attended the 23rd Annual Vintage Scooter Rally and just purchased an electric bike brand called Jensies. He spends his day in the Scooter Centre, telling stories, cracking jokes, and hanging out with his dog, Buster.

For more stories (and pictures of Buster!) you can follow the Black Sheep Scooter Club on Facebook. You can also hit him up through us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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