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by Scott Wells
May 18th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 357: Timo Marc - An Unexpected Visitor
Replies: 0
Views: 137

357: Timo Marc - An Unexpected Visitor

During my visit to Las Vegas, I chatted with several local magicians. But prior to my arrival, I was told about a visiting magician who would be in town the same week. So, prior to my arrival I made plans via email to schedule a chat with award winning German magician, Timo Marc. We almost didn't ge...
by Scott Wells
May 17th, 2017, 4:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 355: Richard Faverty - Lights, Camera, Hold!
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Views: 110

355: Richard Faverty - Lights, Camera, Hold!

During my visit to Las Vegas, Fielding West suggested that I make an appointment to chat with Richard Faverty at his photography studio, Beckett Studio. I had met Richard only briefly at one of the MAGIC Live! conventions, but not spent time talking with him. I am so glad that I took the time to rec...
by Scott Wells
May 5th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 355: Bill Smith - The Man Behind the Illusions
Replies: 0
Views: 108

355: Bill Smith - The Man Behind the Illusions

Bill Smith has been a long time resident of Las Vegas but longer still, he has been a performer and illusion builder. He does not consider himself to be a creator like Jim Steinmeyer, Dan Summers or John Gaughan, but more of a builder. And his illusions are built to last. Forged in the furnace of th...
by Scott Wells
April 27th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 354: Robin Leach - Lifestyles of Magicians
Replies: 0
Views: 170

354: Robin Leach - Lifestyles of Magicians

More than a man with a cool accent and memorable catch phrase "Champagne dreams and caviar wishes", Robin Leach is also an avid fan of magic. Having been a long time resident of Las Vegas, he has seen the rise of magic and magicians on the Strip since Siegfried and Roy through the latest a...
by Scott Wells
April 20th, 2017, 11:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 353: Jarrett & Raja - New Kids on the Strip
Replies: 1
Views: 246

353: Jarrett & Raja - New Kids on the Strip

Nearly a full month before their show opened at Hooter's Casino Hotel, I recorded a conversation with Jarrett & Raja for the podcast. It is now nearly a full month since they opened and, as expected, all is going well and from what I've heard/read, their show is a success. In this podcast, Jarre...
by Scott Wells
April 13th, 2017, 4:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 352: Geno Munari and Houdini in Las Vegas
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Views: 205

352: Geno Munari and Houdini in Las Vegas

Geno Munari talks on this week's podcast about his brick-and-mortar store, "Houdini's Magic Shop". He tells about his friendship with the late Jimmy Grippo along with many stories about this venerated close-up "magician to the stars". Geno published Jimmy's magic book plus he is ...
by Scott Wells
April 6th, 2017, 2:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 351: Wild, Wild Fielding West
Replies: 0
Views: 185

351: Wild, Wild Fielding West

Congratulations to Fielding West, recipient of the AMA "Performing Fellowship" at this year's award banquet. This week's podcast with Fielding was withheld until after the banquet since there were some details he "slipped" and told us during our chat that were probably not suppos...
by Scott Wells
March 30th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 350: Hammer Time with Mike Hammer
Replies: 0
Views: 141

350: Hammer Time with Mike Hammer

Insult comic magician, Mike Hammer, talks about how he developed his on-stage character that has packed audiences into his showroom at the Four Queens Casino in downtown Las Vegas for years. Many people return time after time to see/hear/enjoy this very funny man and wonder "what is he going to...
by Scott Wells
March 23rd, 2017, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 349: Nathan Burton - The Other "Burton" in Town
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Views: 177

349: Nathan Burton - The Other "Burton" in Town

We continue our podcasts from chats with Las Vegas magicians this week by featuring Nathan Burton who stars in his own comedy magic show at in the Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood. In this podcast Nathan gives some advice to those who want to audition on "America's Got Talent" and al...
by Scott Wells
March 16th, 2017, 5:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 348: Gary Darwin's Natural Selections
Replies: 0
Views: 224

348: Gary Darwin's Natural Selections

In this third installment of my Las Vegas Chronicles, we visit the home/museum of Gary Darwin. Gary has been a Las Vegas resident and magician for over five decades and he's pretty much seen it all. His weekly "Darwin's Magic Club" is celebrating its 51st year and they have seen several pe...
by Scott Wells
March 9th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: 347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic

Robert77 wrote:
Scott Wells wrote:I think it's worth you cross posting that message to the thread on Daryl here.


I thought that was a good idea. So I posted it there, but Richard Kaufman replied that all that had already been addressed in that thread. But thanks for the suggestion.
by Scott Wells
March 9th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 25314

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

In a post I made here in the Buzz column, I mentioned that at the bottom of this week's blog and podcast with Bob Kohler I published the comments made in a conversation between Daryl's widow, Alison, and a Phoenix, AZ magician friend of mine, Jerry Ferguson. Here is the last paragraph of my post in ...
by Scott Wells
March 9th, 2017, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 355

347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic

Bob Kohler admittedly "got into magic" later than most of us, but he quickly made his mark performing at the fabled Brook Inn Farm of Magic in the early 1980's then later becoming one of the top trade show workers and also producing magic videos with Daryl and today with Scott Alexander. H...
by Scott Wells
March 2nd, 2017, 11:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 346: Stan Allen is Not Mr. Nobody
Replies: 7
Views: 874

Re: 346: Stan Allen is Not Mr. Nobody

Listen to the last minute of our chat. Also, watch for an upcoming cover picture of the Magic Circular.
by Scott Wells
March 2nd, 2017, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 346: Stan Allen is Not Mr. Nobody
Replies: 7
Views: 874

346: Stan Allen is Not Mr. Nobody

Even though MAGIC Magazine is now part of our collective history, Stan Allen continues to be vital to our community. In particular, now that there is no MAGIC Magazine, Stan can turn his undivided attention to the organization of what will be annual MAGIC Live conventions. In this first contribution...
by Scott Wells
February 23rd, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 345: Marcie Hume Documents Magicians - Life in the Impossible
Replies: 0
Views: 237

345: Marcie Hume Documents Magicians - Life in the Impossible

SPOILER ALERT: I recommend that you first watch the film before hearing this podcast. It is available on a wide array of digital platforms and was released on Netflix last week (Feb. 13th) so you should be able to find it most anywhere. For more information, visit: http://magiciansmovie.com In this ...
by Scott Wells
February 18th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 344: Connecting with David Hira
Replies: 0
Views: 207

344: Connecting with David Hira

David Hira is one of those working professionals who has not been seen on the cover of magic magazines, not been featured talent on magic convention bills (except the T.A.O.M.), and generally kept a pretty low profile in the magic community...until now. David has "quietly" been out there w...
by Scott Wells
February 9th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 343: Mike Segal Says "So Long" to Sorcerers Safari
Replies: 3
Views: 371

343: Mike Segal Says "So Long" to Sorcerers Safari

Mike Segal was the founder and camp director of Sorcerers Safari for the past 20 years. After completing last year's week of camp, there are no plans for the camp to continue. This camp has served, taught and inspired thousands of youngsters over the years and the roster of counselors has been equal...
by Scott Wells
January 27th, 2017, 5:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 341: HoudiniOpoly - Dick Brookz & Dorothy Dietrich
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Views: 162

341: HoudiniOpoly - Dick Brookz & Dorothy Dietrich

Dick Brookz and Dorothy Dietrich are the curators of the Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA. For the past two years, they have been working on a new board game, "HoudiniOpoly". Essentially it is a game that will be both fun and educational so the players will learn the facts about Houdini's li...
by Scott Wells
January 19th, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 340: Gold...Bruce Gold
Replies: 0
Views: 219

340: Gold...Bruce Gold

Last week we spoke with Franz Harary and Rocco in Macau, China through the miracle of the technology age. This week we travel via Skype to Los Angeles where we chat with Bruce Gold who is the talent coordinator of the "House of Magic by Franz Harary". I thought it would be an appropriate f...
by Scott Wells
January 12th, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 339: House of Magic with Franz Harary and Rocco
Replies: 1
Views: 279

339: House of Magic with Franz Harary and Rocco

This week we travel via Skype to Studio City, Macau, China for a backstage, guided tour of the "House of Magic by Franz Harary". Our tour guides are none other than Franz Harary himself and Rocco, who is currently appearing there. This is completely unique podcast in that it is a visual fe...
by Scott Wells
January 5th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 338: The Presidents' Messages - IBM/SAM/The Magic Circle
Replies: 0
Views: 246

338: The Presidents' Messages - IBM/SAM/The Magic Circle

Prior to the inauguration of the President of the free world, this week we hear what really matters in the magic world from the Presidents of three of the world's top magic organizations: Jeff Sikora (Society of American Magicians), Oscar Munoz (International Brotherhood of Magicians), and Scott Pen...
by Scott Wells
December 29th, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 337: Danny Archer - Smoke and Mirrors
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Views: 245

337: Danny Archer - Smoke and Mirrors

As we close out 2016, we circle back to chat with Danny Archer. We last had an in-depth conversation with Danny on October 4, 2012 (https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/danny-archer-on-target) but quite a bit has changed in his life over the past four years. He has ended his business ...
by Scott Wells
December 22nd, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 336: Murray Sawchuck - A Very Murray Christmas
Replies: 0
Views: 217

336: Murray Sawchuck - A Very Murray Christmas

Live from Las Vegas, Murray Sawchuck talks about achieving his childhood dream of participating in the Hollywood Parade. He also talks about the ongoing treatment and the Go Fund Me account for Michael Giles (the link is on The Magic Word Podcast blog this week). Among many more stories, Murray also...
by Scott Wells
December 15th, 2016, 4:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 335: Howard Hamburg - Voices From The Past
Replies: 4
Views: 606

Re: 335: Howard Hamburg - Voices From The Past

Joe Mckay wrote:Great episode!

Love the new theme tune as well.

Probably the oldest podcast in magic and still the best.


Thanks for the feedback, Joe. You made my day. And perhaps you like the new theme music because coincidently and confidentially...it was composed by a Brit! : :)
by Scott Wells
December 15th, 2016, 10:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 335: Howard Hamburg - Voices From The Past
Replies: 4
Views: 606

335: Howard Hamburg - Voices From The Past

Howard Hamburg is 77 years old and he has spent several decades of those years in the Magic Castle. During those nights at the Castle, this "Knight of the Castle" built friendships and memories with some of the legendary greats of our art. Among them were Dai Vernon, Larry Jennings, Michae...
by Scott Wells
December 12th, 2016, 4:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck on TEDx at SMU
Replies: 0
Views: 484

Norman Beck on TEDx at SMU

I just viewed a TED Talk by Norman Beck. There are several things I liked about the video. First was that although he is a magician, he did no magic nor did he talk about or perform any magic. But, his opening statement created mystery by having me wonder what his advice would be. Also, he kept my i...
by Scott Wells
December 8th, 2016, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 334: A Magical Christmas Carol
Replies: 0
Views: 227

334: A Magical Christmas Carol

It is time for me to offer my annual gift to the magic community. Over the past year I have been accumulating the voices of a couple dozen magicians who read various parts for an abridged script of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". It was a lot of fun but a lot more work than I ever en...
by Scott Wells
December 1st, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 333: Todd Robbins - The Man Of Your Nightmares
Replies: 0
Views: 322

333: Todd Robbins - The Man Of Your Nightmares

Todd Robbins is the host of Investigation Discovery's hit TV show, "True Nightmares". Todd is the logical person to host this show and for being my guest as we discuss it on this "half evil" show (you know...333 is half the sign of the beast. Get it?) In this week's podcast Todd ...
by Scott Wells
November 26th, 2016, 9:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 332: Jason Latimer - Inspiring Mystery
Replies: 2
Views: 606

Re: 332: Jason Latimer - Inspiring Mystery

Cool info. However, your second link ("http://TheMagicWordPodcasst.com") is misspelled and is returning "can't find server". JMD Oops, sorry about the fat fingering on that link. Yes, I misspelled the URL It should be http://themagicwordpodcast.com Thanks for noticing and thanks...
by Scott Wells
November 24th, 2016, 10:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 332: Jason Latimer - Inspiring Mystery
Replies: 2
Views: 606

332: Jason Latimer - Inspiring Mystery

Where do the award winning magicians go after they have won nearly every major award? Well, in the case of Jason Latimer, he hasn't let any grass grow under his feet since winning FISM for close-up and invention plus, oh yeah, the "Best Overall" Grand Prix. He has gone on to beat our U.K. ...
by Scott Wells
November 17th, 2016, 10:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 331: Mike Pisciotta - Magic Castle Mixologist and Mystifier
Replies: 1
Views: 323

331: Mike Pisciotta - Magic Castle Mixologist and Mystifier

Mike Pisciotta mixes equal parts of drinks, fun and mystery four nights a week in the Hat and Hare Pub downstairs in The Magic Castle. Mike has reinvigorated the Pub and brought people down to watch and enjoy his magic following in the footsteps and tradition of Bob Jardine and Jim Patton. Few other...
by Scott Wells
November 13th, 2016, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 330: Bob Schulien on "Schulien's" Bar Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 373

330: Bob Schulien on "Schulien's" Bar Magic

During most of the 20th century, Matt Schulien ran "Schulien's Restaurant" in Chicago which was recognized as one of the premiere bars in the country where magic was served nightly. Matt was also the one who (allegedly and arguably) invented what is known as "Chicago-Style Magic"...
by Scott Wells
November 5th, 2016, 10:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 329: Rick Heath - Magician With A Paintbrush
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Views: 296

329: Rick Heath - Magician With A Paintbrush

With the Yankee Gathering XVI of NEMCA going on this week, I know that not everyone who wants to attend can be there to learn more about the rich tapestry of our art. But don't be disappointed because I have a delightful piece of magic history on this week's Magic Word Podcast. Rick Heath, the artis...
by Scott Wells
October 27th, 2016, 11:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 328: Wilde, Man, Wilde
Replies: 0
Views: 355

328: Wilde, Man, Wilde

Happy Halloween! In this week's special podcast, we visit The Wilde Collection, a unique boutique in the Houston area specializing in nightmare art, the macabre and the unusual. We talk with the co-owner, curator and artist-in-residence who has one of the most unique back stories of anyone I have ev...
by Scott Wells
October 20th, 2016, 5:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 327: Kozmo - Street Legend
Replies: 1
Views: 358

327: Kozmo - Street Legend

Kozmo has performed over 30,000 shows on the streets around the world. He was mentored by the late, great Cellini, and continues the great tradition of the street busker. In this week's podcast, Kozmo talks about Cellini and the time they spent together. He also discusses how he builds an audience a...
by Scott Wells
October 13th, 2016, 4:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mesika v. Penguin
Replies: 9
Views: 1507

Re: Mesika v. Penguin

Good post, Ted. You certainly know more about it than me. I do not purport to be an attorney or expert in this or any other law. We will see what happens during the mediation tomorrow, and if it is resolved and they can discuss it, then we can report the outcome.
by Scott Wells
October 13th, 2016, 3:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mesika v. Penguin
Replies: 9
Views: 1507

Re: Mesika v. Penguin

I stand corrected on use of the term "patent" in that Yigal has a registered trademark on the name Loops® (as I understand it). Yigal purchased the full rights for production and distribution of Loops®. Patents and Trademarks are entirely different things. Thanks for the clarification.
by Scott Wells
October 13th, 2016, 10:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mesika v. Penguin
Replies: 9
Views: 1507

Mesika v. Penguin

This is just keep you in the "Loop" with what's going on here (see what I did there?). In this week's podcast, Yigal Mesika talks about his pending lawsuit against Penguin Magic where he is trying to protect his brand. They go to mediation tomorrow (Friday October 14th) and if not resolved...
by Scott Wells
October 6th, 2016, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 325: How Garrett Thomas Looks At Magic - Part Two
Replies: 1
Views: 297

325: How Garrett Thomas Looks At Magic - Part Two

In this final podcast in the two-part series, Garrett Thomas talks about how he views magic as art and discusses the fallacies in the popular quotes, "A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician," and "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't b...

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