Articulated Rooster

Obsura customer Monique brings a handmade articulated rooster skeleton. Ryan is quite impressed with her work, and even gets up the courage to ask her out on a date. Will 30 bucks, and a date for a drink, make the sale?

Articulated Rooster

Articulated Rooster
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Obsura customer Monique brings a handmade articulated rooster skeleton. Ryan is quite impressed with her work, and even gets up the courage to ask her out on a date. Will 30 bucks, and a date for a drink, make the sale?

Evan Michelson on The Dark Side

Evan Michelson on The Dark Side
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Evan Michelson is co-owner of the NY Obscura shop featured in the Science Channel hit show "Oddities." Find out why she thinks some people are drawn to the dark side and get a touching look at her life, her collection and her philosophy.

Morbid Anatomy

Morbid Anatomy
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Joanna Ebenstein has created a veritable culture centered around, as she puts it, the intersteces of art, science, death and culture. In this episode she explains her particular fascination with morbidity, medical museums and death.

Exquisite Art with Human Bones

Exquisite Art with Human Bones
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Writer Paul Koudounaris takes us on a journey around the world to see how people from different cultures honor the dead. From charnel houses to burial grounds, he visits and documents what he describes as 'art in human bone'.

Making Men Out of Mice

Making Men Out of Mice
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Anthropomorphic taxidermy is the unique process of putting dead animals in human poses or tableaux to tell a story. In this episode, Sue Jeiven, a self taught rogue taxidermist, talks about her own methods of taxidermy.

Spirit Photography

Spirit Photography
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In the late 1800s, as photography was being used to prove almost every scientific theory, there emerged a fantastic and strange practice called Spirit Photography. Photographer Shannon Taggart gives us a concise history of this controversial prac ...

The Ouija Board

The Ouija Board
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Occult expert Mitch Horowitz talks here about the very strange history of the Ouija board. From scientific spiritual device to slumber party board game, the ouija's history is quite possibly as interesting as its claim to channel the dead.

The Devil in 3D

The Devil in 3D
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Collector Ronni Thomas is looking to fill his victorian stereoscope with interesting (dark) visuals and comes across some trick photography, medical anomalies and most importantly, the diableries. The diableris are 3D visuals of satan's daily lif ...

The Grand Guignol

The Grand Guignol
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The Grand Guignol theater of the 1800s paved the way for modern horror films as a theater of 'terror and pain.' Cult historian Mel Gordon takes us on a historical tour of this fascinating and diabolical part of France's history.

A Life of Wax

A Life of Wax
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In this episode, wax artist Sigrid Sarda explains the curious nature of wax and her personal obsessions with it. Sarda mixes science art and magic in her work to make works of 'uncanny' beauty.

The Collective Disease

The Collective Disease
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Ryan Cohn's Brooklyn apartment is a literal museum, housing thousands of skulls, taxidermy, mummies and pickled specimens. Hear about his collection, explains how to shrink a head, and gives us a personal tour of his curious world.

Automata and Mechanical Music

Automata and Mechanical Music
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In a quiet New Jersey suburb you will find an incredible collection of early mechanical dolls and automatic music that belonged to Murtogh Guiness of the Guiness Brewing Company. Jere Ryder, the collection's curator, takes us through the history ...

New Life for Old Machines

New Life for Old Machines
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Tim Mullen is always on the lookout to enhance his collection of antique machinery. His NY apartment is filled with early gadgetry from the dawn of the industrial era. In this episode, Tim shows us some of his favorite devices.

Rare Fossils and Bones

Rare Fossils and Bones
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Mike is on the lookout for prehistoric remains for a client. John's saber-toothed cat skull might be a perfect match.

Screw Tourniquet

Screw Tourniquet
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Model and artist Marilyn Mansfield returns to the shop for a new prop for a photo shoot. Evan offers a medical device that just might fit the bill.

Embalming Machine

Embalming Machine
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An embalming machine is a necessary tool for pumping fluid in and out of a decomposing body.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary
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Evan and Mike are in Philadelphia, looking for new items for their customers. While in the city, the pair take a walk through the past and visit Al Capone's cell.

Buying a Hippo Skull

Buying a Hippo Skull
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Ryan is on the hunt for a large mammal skull for one of his customers. Frank Zitz might have just what he's looking for.

Nuclear Education

Nuclear Education
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A buyer is interested in acquiring end-of-the-world materials for his traveling show. Evan and Mike have just the thing for this shop patron.

Old Time Strong Man

Old Time Strong Man
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Chris 'Hair-cules' Rider stops by to demonstrate an amazing feat of strength! While at the shop, Ryan brings out a Strength-o-matic machine for his customers.

Feeling at Home with an Elk

Feeling at Home with an Elk
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A young woman is looking for something to remind her of home while she is out on the road. Evan and Mike have just what she's looking for, just outside the shop.

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