Episode 106

Tricked by Mormonism: Magic, Manipulation and Mormons

On our first premiere episode of Mormonish Podcast, Rebecca and Landon are joined by two incredible guests, Dr. Randy Bell and Radio Free Mormon, to discuss the difference between ethical magic and unethical magic and its use in manipulating people either for entertainment, or far more sinister purposes.

Randy Bell is the owner of the world's largest collection of Houdini artifacts and uses these amazing items to take us on a journey through the history of magic tricks and magical stunts. As we learn more about how magic actually works, we come to understand that magicians follow a set pattern to trick their audiences. Radio Free Mormon demonstrates a phenomenal magic trick that left us speechless to illustrate this point.

Ethical magic is used by magicians to deceive an audience that wants to be deceived. This is entertainment. Mormonism uses tricks too, often on an unsuspecting audience that believes the deception with lasting, lifetime consequences.

Join us for this phenomenal presentation from Dr. Randy Bell and RFM as we delve into magic, manipulation, and Mormonism.

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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!