Chapter 24: Paul "RUA" Gleeson, What's the Story?

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Paul Gleeson is an Irish illusionist, magician, escapology expert and deception artist. Under the stage name of Rua, He has featured on RTE, BBC and had is own show on TG4. Paul told us all about how he got involved in the world of magic and deception at the age of 18. Following a freak accident at a friend's party which resulted in third degree burns, he was given a book of card tricks as a joke. The joke led to an obsession with magic and illusions which in turn led to the birth of Rua. From his first gig to being backed from an unlikely source, Rua has fast become one of the premier illusionists on the island of Ireland. Besides absolutely blowing the minds of Danny and Mero, Rua also calls bullshit on psychics and talks about their techniques being no different to same ones he uses. Of course there is the small matter then of making the lads look like dopes as Rua shows off his skills with some mind reading and card tricks to leave us all speechless. Paul also tells us about his interesting thesis topic and gives us a little history lesson on the great Houdini. All of this and of course we react to Conor McGregor becoming the King of the featherweight division. Don't forget all our previous chapters are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Podbean and all podcast outlets just search WTSpod. If you want to see more of Rua you can check out

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