Magicians and Escapologists Arthur and Helen Coghlan

Episode 152
Arthur and Helen Coghlan make for one of the world’s merriest father and daughter tandems. Through the wonders of magic and illusions, they are bringing about happiness to audiences of all kinds.

Today’s guests are two of Australia’s most renowned magicians and escapologists. They showcase their world-class talents coupled with comedy in their shows, where spectators can also be participants in some acts. Meet Arthur and Helen Coghlan.

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Is walking away from an idea ever beneficial for flow and creativity? Arthur and Helen Coghlan share how much work and preparation it takes into putting on a good show, which helps them be ready for any situation.

Here are some important topics discussed in this episode with Arthur and Helen Coghlan:

  • 04:53 – Overcome The Failures
  • 12:22 – Just Keep Trying
  • 18:07 – Absolute Optimist
  • 20:40 – Escape Out of a 44-Gallon Drum
  • 27:38 – Make a Start
  • 31:01 – Persistence
  • 33:57 – Presentation
  • 47:37 – Charity Shows
Arthur and Helen Coghlan have been offering people joy in the form of magic for over 50 years now. With the joint love they share for their craft, their enjoyment is contagious.

Arthur Coghlan himself has performed in more or less 10,000 shows in his lifetime. By successfully designing and building his own illusions, he has become a much sought-after consultant and advisor, too. He was even recognised as the Greatest Escape Artist Australia has ever known and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2021.

Meanwhile, his daughter Helen Coghlan has had many feats of her own. She’s the first woman worldwide to perform Houdini’s last escape, and is also the world’s first person to fool globally-renowned magicians Penn & Teller thrice. She did so on the Penn & Teller: Fool Us TV show, filmed in Las Vegas, in June 2020.

Together, Arthur and Helen Coghlan have travelled the globe to perform their remarkable magic, illusions, and death-defying acts. Their escapes are unparalleled, leaving audiences totally astonished every time. By merely listening to their tales, it’s evident that entertainment is in their blood.

In this interview, Arthur and Helen Coghlan give us a glimpse into the life of being famous magicians. They also share stories from their own lives as a father and daughter duo working in the same field.

If you want to connect with Arthur and Helen Coghlan, you may do so by visiting their website here.

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