Brian Brushwood

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Brian Brushwood is the host of Scam School for Discovery, Hacking the System for National Geographic, and now The Modern Rogue on Youtube. When not on camera, he's usually shoving fire in his face and nails in his eyes nationwide with his bizarre magic show.

Since 2000, Brian Brushwood has been touring nationally and internationally with his “Bizarre Magic Show” …a thrill-ride mashup of dangerous stunts, fire-eating, mind-reading, and comedy magic. He’s appeared twice on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as dozens of national TV programs nationwide. He’s headlined three times at Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights,” and just recently was seen by over 70 million people on a live Indonesian TV magic special.

Teller (of Penn and-) says, “Brian Brushwood just kills me. He’s funny, dangerous, and brilliantly original.”

In 2004, Brian began his first touring stage lecture, “Scams, Sasquatch, and the Supernatural: an Amazing Exposure of Pseudoscience.” College audiences nationwide learn the tricks and techniques used by fake psychics, astrologers, and people who claim to speak with the dead.

Later, Brian started giving his talk “Social Engineering: Scam Your Way into Anything,“ an exploration of the psychology of scammers and con artists. In the talk, Brian teaches his audience how to use simple psychological tricks to achieve anything from talking their way out of a ticket to sneaking backstage at concerts… and, most importantly, how to recognize when someone’s trying to manipulate them.

In 2008, Brian began hosting Scam School, the “only show dedicated to social engineering at the bar and on the street.“ Viewers learn quick 5-minute tips and tricks to score free drinks or to scam their friends. The show was named a “Top Video Podcast” of 2008 and 2009 by iTunes, and as of 2014, Scam School sports a back catalog of over 300 episodes, viewed over 3 million times per month.

In 2009, Brian launchedNSFW (now Night Attack) with co-host Justin Robert Young. The show is raw, outrageous and totally live, and was the starting point for the Night Attack comedy album series. As of 2014, two of their albums hit #1 on the Billboard comedy album charts: Night Attack 2: Enjoy the Garden and Night Attack Live (which was recorded partially at 2013's Dragon Con).

In 2014 Brian began hosting National Geographic's Hacking the System, a show dedicated to giving home viewers the upper hand in any situation, by learning the tips and tricks of scientists and spies, as well as those of criminals and con-artists.

Brian has also authored The Professional’s Guide to Fire Eating, Pack the House, and Scam School books 1 and 2.