Brian Brushwood (born January 17, 1975) is an American magician, podcaster, author and comedian. Performing on college campuses, he is known for his display of bizarre magic and fire-eating performances. He is the author of The Professional's Guide To Fire Eating and is the host of Revision3's Scam School, a web series that features ten-minute tricks. He also co-hosts TWiT.tv's NSFWShow, a comedic podcast with Justin Robert Young.
Brushwood was born in Fountain Valley, California, and later lived in Colorado, Norway, and Texas. In 1993, he started at the University of Texas in Austin doubly majoring in "Plan II honors program" and history. He performed a magic show as a "creative writing" senior thesis. He began touring with the "Bizarre Magic Show" full-time in 2000. Brushwood also works as a writer and makes appearances on the lecture circuit. Brushwood categorizes himself as a libertarian.
Books – magic and college entertainment:
Cheats, Cons, Swindles & Tricks: 57 Ways to Scam a Free Drink. Brian Brushwood. 2000. ASINB00135VL0Y.
Pack the House: The Ultimate, Ever-growing Guide to Increasing Attendance at YOUR Campus Events. Bizarre Magic, Inc. 2000. p. 61. ISBN978-0-9713646-1-5. (co-authored with C. J. Johnson)
Scam School: Brushwood explains bar tricks, street cons, and scams on Scam School at TestTube.
Behind the Scam: Originally called Scam School Live, Behind the Scam is a longer version of Scam School that started in April, 2011, which streams live Wednesday nights on YouTube Live. As opposed to the 10 to 15 minute, prerecorded and highly produced episodes of Scam School on Revision3, Behind the Scam airs in real-time without edits, and runs for an hour or more. Behind the Scam usually starts by premiering the new weekly Scam School episode, and delves into the life of a stage magician. Each episode features an alternating guest co-host who is also involved in the world of professional magic. Viewers are encouraged to call in via Skype with questions.
NSFW: Billed as 'TWiT's favorite mistake', NSFW, hosted by Brushwood and Justin Robert Young, is an evolution of the BBLiveShow for the TWiT Network. Airs Tuesdays on TWiT Live and NSFWshow.com at 7 p.m. PT and is also available in podcast form at TWiT.TV.
Cord Killers: This is a weekly video and audio podcast, hosted and produced by Brushwood and Tom Merritt discussing television, movies and internet videos.
Weird Things Podcast: Hosts Brushwood, Justin Robert Young and Andrew Mayne discuss supernatural and strange reports in the news. News reports are often introduced by Andrew Mayne presenting scenarios where his co-hosts must respond to the events of a report as Mayne reveals an increasing amount of detail.
Game On!: Brushwood hosted TWiT's newly developed gaming show with Veronica Belmont. The show's last show was on April 8, 2012 and it is no longer in production.