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Wayne Houchin - Real to Surreal

Wayne Houchin is on an extensive lecture tour (about 30 cities) of the U.S. When he came through Houston, we set aside some time to talk about his TV show on Discovery ("Breaking Magic: The Magic of Science") as well as how different it is to perform magic for people who are being filmed v...
by Scott Wells
08/21/14 07:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Houchin - Real to Surreal
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Day Three from Abbott's Get Together

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy breakfast with George and Nina Shindler, John Shyrock, Losander, Ted and Marian Outerbridge, my wife Kathy, and me as we talk about some problems that entertainers must deal with on the road and some of our "screw-up" stories. There are some good stories in t...
by Scott Wells
08/09/14 11:44 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Day Three from Abbott's Get Together
Replies: 0
Views: 226

Day Two from Abbott's Get Together

Wi-Fi and cellular service is sketchy at best here in Colon, Michigan. But I was finally able to get the podcasts uploaded and online thanks to the service at the local library. Even when it's closed, I can sit in the parking lot early in the morning to work on these podcasts. I hope someone is list...
by Scott Wells
08/09/14 11:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Day Two from Abbott's Get Together
Replies: 0
Views: 196

Day One from Abbott's Get Together 2014

We kicked off the first day with the 25th annual Colon Open (or is that Open Colon?) golf tournament hosted by Al the Only. The first official event on the schedule though was a lecturer by Fred Becker. Later in the afternoon was a lecture by John Shyrock. The evening show was compered by David Oliv...
by Scott Wells
08/07/14 02:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Day One from Abbott's Get Together 2014
Replies: 0
Views: 243

Day Zero from Abbott's Get Together

As we prepare for the 77th annual Get Together, we kick it off with a fun party with the Amish in Shipshewana. Also I posted a video I recorded in Colon 30 years ago which I know you will enjoy, too. All is on The Magic Word at http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/ground-zero-abbotts-get-t...
by Scott Wells
08/06/14 02:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Day Zero from Abbott's Get Together
Replies: 0
Views: 154

Michael Dardant - Bitten By A Wizard

Michael Dardant hails from "The Big Easy" and he makes it look like it is! He has won multiple awards in magic including most recently the $2,000 first prize from the I.B.M. at the combined convention. He also secured a spot to compete in close-up at F.I.S.M. next year. Michael recently co...
by Scott Wells
07/31/14 07:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Dardant - Bitten By A Wizard
Replies: 0
Views: 190

Ray Anderson - Esther's Follies

I want to go on record to say that Ray Anderson is one of my favorite magicians. He may not be as well known in the magic community, but those "in the know" have traveled thousands of miles just to see him in action. Ray is part of a satirical comedy troupe in Austin, Texas, that parodies ...
by Scott Wells
07/24/14 07:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ray Anderson - Esther's Follies
Replies: 0
Views: 245

My Week at the Castle 2014 - Part Five

Okay, this is the fifth and final podcast from my chats with friends during the recent week I performed at The Magic Castle. The Magic Castle hosted a blood donation drive that was well-attended during the Friday luncheon. Paul Green (my first guest) expressed his thankfulness to everyone who donate...
by Scott Wells
07/22/14 09:38 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My Week at the Castle 2014 - Part Five
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Re: Helping Joanie Spina

To hear how she's doing in her own words, then listen to this update http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... 014-update
by Scott Wells
07/12/14 01:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Helping Joanie Spina
Replies: 2
Views: 868

Simon Lovell & Joanie Spina Health Update Podcast

I spoke with Simon Lovell a couple days before he left for England; however, the quality of the phone on his end was horrible, so it will require you to pay close attention to hear what he has to say. But basically, it sounds like a version of "Shutter Island", according to Simon. At least...
by Scott Wells
07/10/14 07:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Simon Lovell & Joanie Spina Health Update Podcast
Replies: 0
Views: 450

Re: IBM SAM Day 6

Great job of reporting, Craig. Always good to see you and talk with you. I wish we would have had time to record something together. Perhaps next time. To hear my podcast for the last day of the combined convention, see photos, and more, visit the Magic Word at http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwe...
by Scott Wells
07/07/14 12:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM Day 6
Replies: 8
Views: 1922

Podcast from July 5th of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention

It's over and I'm sleep deprived but I've seen some wonderful magic, some old friends, and recorded some great podcasts...well, in my opinion. Lupe Nielsen was the guest speaker at the annual Order of Merlin breakfast this year. She talked about the Nielsen Poster Collection and showed many examples...
by Scott Wells
07/06/14 09:16 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Podcast from July 5th of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention
Replies: 0
Views: 237

Podcast from July 4th of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention

Happy Independence Day to those from the U.S. For the rest of the world, well...may the "fourth" be with you! Today was a full day of competition and fun. The podcast starts off with a chat with Eric Jones then a visit with Christian Painter. We head to the reception and banquet where I ta...
by Scott Wells
07/05/14 08:41 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Podcast from July 4th of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Podcast from July 3rd IBM/SAM Combined Convention

In today's third full day of the convention, we start in the dealers room with a chat with Danny Archer who tells us about the recent mentalism convention he hosted in Germany. Jim Steinmeyer has a fourth "Impuzzlebilities" book out plus he talks about his consulting on the Broadway play, ...
by Scott Wells
07/04/14 10:29 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Podcast from July 3rd IBM/SAM Combined Convention
Replies: 0
Views: 201

Re: IBM SAM Day 3

The Podcast with people recorded today is available now at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... ntion-2014

Lots of good stuff in this nearly two hour podcast. This longer one makes up for the relatively short one from July 1st.
by Scott Wells
07/03/14 01:23 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM Day 3
Replies: 6
Views: 1192

Podcast from July 2nd of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention

Another full day at the combined convention in St. Louis starting with the S.A.M. Life Member breakfast where I chat with Alan Watson and later with the S.A.M. Dean, George Shindler. Shawn Farquhar was the guest speaker and you get to hear most of his speech where he talks about his life in magic. A...
by Scott Wells
07/03/14 01:19 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Podcast from July 2nd of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Re: IBM SAM Day 2

IF you haven't yet found it, The Magic Word podcast for today is at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... ntion-2014 complete with photos and show notes.
by Scott Wells
07/02/14 04:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM Day 2
Replies: 7
Views: 1203

Podcast from July 1st of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention

This was the first full day of the combined convention so I consider this as Day One. I start the day in Starbucks with a quick chat with Richard Hatch, formerly of H&R Magic Books. I head to the dealers' room where just outside the door I catch Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger who talk about the ...
by Scott Wells
07/02/14 01:55 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Podcast from July 1st of the IBM/SAM Combined Convention
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Ground Zero from the Combined Convention

The convention doesn't officially get underway until Tuesday July 1st, but there were plenty of people and activities on Monday evening. I chatted with Jeff Lanes, Frank Seltzer, Steve Bryant, Dal Sanders, John Graybeal, Karl Hein and Oscar Munoz in this first podcast from the convention floor in St...
by Scott Wells
07/01/14 10:01 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ground Zero from the Combined Convention
Replies: 0
Views: 359

Re: IBM SAM - Day 1

by Scott Wells
07/01/14 09:52 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM - Day 1
Replies: 4
Views: 855

My Week at the Castle - Part Four

This week on The Magic Word we have lunch and a chat with Master Mentalist Bob Casssidy who was working this particular week in the Parlour of Prestidigitation. We talk about pre-show, the "powers" you proclaim to possess, Q&A, and more. Back at the Castle, John Carney brings us up to ...
by Scott Wells
06/27/14 10:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My Week at the Castle - Part Four
Replies: 0
Views: 162

My Week at the Castle 2014 - Part Three

Need a trim? I did. And who better to have do it than hair stylist and magician, Dean Dill at Dean's Shoppe in Glendale, CA. It was "Magic Wednesday" when local magicians stop by for a chat and to see who's in town. Alan Bursky and Pete Biro were there while I got my hair cut on this parti...
by Scott Wells
06/19/14 08:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My Week at the Castle 2014 - Part Three
Replies: 0
Views: 210

My Week At The Castle - Part Two

We continue our romp through Hollywood-land with a side trip to The Magic Apple in Studio City, CA, just a short drive from the Castle. I enjoyed a chat with proprietor, Brent Geris, who talked about brick-and-mortar magic shops plus the importance of reading and following directions and practice. A...
by Scott Wells
06/12/14 07:08 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My Week At The Castle - Part Two
Replies: 0
Views: 224

My Week At The Castle - Part One

Last year I posted a podcast from my week at the Castle that was over three hours in length. I will not submit you to that this year. I will be breaking up my chats into several manageable, bite sized (or maybe I should say "bit" sized) pieces which I will release throughout the month. Loo...
by Scott Wells
06/05/14 07:25 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My Week At The Castle - Part One
Replies: 1
Views: 301

America's Got Talent Season 8 Finalist, Leon Etienne

America is obsessed with "reality" TV shows and "competitions". One such popular show, "America's Got Talent" (sic) has seen many magicians and mentalists move into the finals. Last year, illusionist Leon Etienne and Romy, finished in 13th place on AGT. I caught up with...
by Scott Wells
05/29/14 07:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent Season 8 Finalist, Leon Etienne
Replies: 0
Views: 250

Flim & Flam: an American mentalist & a British comedian

Mentalist, Bill Gladwell, found an interesting path to Gatlinburg, TN, a tourist Mecca in the Great Smoky Mountains. His was not an easy one, but hard work paid off in spades as he now is under a seven year contract at the Isis Theater there. A recent addition from Great Britain, Keith Fields, adds ...
by Scott Wells
05/23/14 09:35 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Flim & Flam: an American mentalist & a British comedian
Replies: 0
Views: 243

The Comedy Writing Process

While I was at the 2014 F.F.F.F. convention, I sat down late at night (read: early in the morning) after the final night show with Stephen Bargatze, Rick Merrill and David Corsaro. Steve and Rick had just closed the Saturday night show (for the seventh consecutive year) with their unique brand of co...
by Scott Wells
05/15/14 07:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Comedy Writing Process
Replies: 0
Views: 209

Jim Sisti Goes On the Record and On the Menu

Jim Sisti edited and published The Magic Menu for 11 years. It was a seminal publication that still stands as an important contribution to close-up workers around the world whether or not you perform, have performed or plan to perform in restaurants. Some of the top workers of the day contributed ar...
by Scott Wells
05/08/14 07:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Sisti Goes On the Record and On the Menu
Replies: 0
Views: 400

Re: Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air

I returned home sleep deprived but remarkably refreshed after a non-stop immersion in close-up magic and witnessing some of the most incredible magic in the world. Plus there was the added benefit of seeing and spending time with some of my best friends. The internet in the hotel was incredibly slow...
by Scott Wells
04/28/14 10:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air

Long night, lotta scotch, and VERY slow internet. It took all night to upload. I'll fine tune it later. But for now, everything is here: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... -ffff-2014
by Scott Wells
04/26/14 11:07 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air

Day two is hot and ready now. Check it out at http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... -ffff-2014

This podcast may well be one of my top five ever with great material by Chris Pilsworth and a second chat with Tim Ellis.
by Scott Wells
04/24/14 11:50 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air

So much to report but so little time to write about it. So it's all in the daily blog and podcast. Day one update at http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... -ffff-2014 complete with photos and time stamps for the podcast.
by Scott Wells
04/24/14 10:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic is On the Air
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: Peter McLanachan - Straight Shooter

I offered his lecture to all those cities except Chattanooga and they all said "no". If anyone is interested, then send me a private email at lectures@scottwells.com and we might be able to work out something.
by Scott Wells
04/17/14 09:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter McLanachan - Straight Shooter
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Peter McLanachan - Straight Shooter

Scottish card man, Peter McLanachan, is touring the U.S. with his lecture while his main focus is on attending next week's F.F.F.F. convention. I guess what I should say is that his main interest is with the U.S. Space Program. While in Houston, he visited NASA on a VIP tour. After the F.F.F.F. conv...
by Scott Wells
04/17/14 01:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter McLanachan - Straight Shooter
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Eric Roumestan - Second Life

French National Champion and street magician, Eric Roumestan, has been on a nationwide lecture tour. During his stopover in Houston, we sat down to talk about his philosophy, brain power and stories from the street. But it was interesting that Eric opened up to me to relate a personal story about ho...
by Scott Wells
04/10/14 07:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric Roumestan - Second Life
Replies: 0
Views: 165

Re: The Nation's Largest Magic Auction

The auction is over. If you're interested in what some of the items sold for in the live auction, then read the update from Ron Cartlidge at the bottom of the page: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... ic-auction
by Scott Wells
04/07/14 12:10 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Nation's Largest Magic Auction
Replies: 1
Views: 402

"Now You See It With Scott Wells" - East Coast Mind Jam

Marc Salem was running late following his flight from the U.K. So, to give the registrants something extra for their money, I filled in with an impromptu version of my TV-type talk show featuring some of the performers from the Mind Jam. The show was recorded in both audio and video. The podcast of ...
by Scott Wells
04/03/14 07:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Now You See It With Scott Wells" - East Coast Mind Jam
Replies: 0
Views: 104

Re: East Coast Mind Jam

Patrick Redford and Eric Citron sit down to give us a recap of the weekend and a look back on the highs and lows of this weekend's East Coast Mind Jam. http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/east-coast-mind-jam-epilogue Be sure to check bank after 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on April 3, ...
by Scott Wells
04/02/14 02:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: East Coast Mind Jam
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: East Coast Mind Jam

Tony Spina arrived to humbly accept his award and peer admiration at the East Coast Mind Jam today. You can hear Tony accept the award plus hear testimonials from a few people who shared some stories. Afterwards, we enjoyed "Now You See It With Scott Wells" with my guests: Patrick Redford,...
by Scott Wells
03/31/14 02:24 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: East Coast Mind Jam
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: East Coast Mind Jam

Day two is complete and on the air. Lots of more good stuff in here with chats with Ben Salinas, Joe Curcillo, Docc Hilford, Eric Dittelman and Joe Atmore. Enjoy it all at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/east-coast-mind-jam-day-2 Tomorrow will be a lecture by Joe Atmore plus a show a...
by Scott Wells
03/30/14 12:35 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: East Coast Mind Jam
Replies: 3
Views: 495
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