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#224: My Week at The Magic Castle 2015 - Part Five

Who knew that when I chatted with Rob Zabrecky and Steve Valentine three weeks ago that both would win AMA awards (Parlour and Lecturer of the Year awards, respectively). But this week you get to hear both of them along Patrick Benneyworth, a server at the Castle by night and actor by day, plus Andr...
by Scott Wells
05/21/15 10:47 AM
 
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Topic: #224: My Week at The Magic Castle 2015 - Part Five
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223: My Week at the Magic Castle 2015 - Part Four

In this fourth installment of podcasts I recorded with a variety of magicians during my time in Los Angeles, we walk into the foyer of the Magic Castle and whisper "Open Sesame" to the owl as the bookcase slips into the wall and opens to a world of magical wonders and friends inside. First...
by Scott Wells
05/14/15 07:15 PM
 
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Topic: 223: My Week at the Magic Castle 2015 - Part Four
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222: My Week at the Magic Castle 2015 - Part Three

This week we have two separate curiosity conversations with radically different people. First up is a chat with puppeteers Lisa and Scott Land who were performing on stage at the Castle during the week I was there. They talk about making the figures, Scott sculpts them and Lisa paints them. Scott al...
by Scott Wells
05/07/15 02:35 PM
 
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Topic: 222: My Week at the Magic Castle 2015 - Part Three
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221: My Week at The Magic Castle - Part Two

In an effort to try to keep current with the podcasts as they are posted, the second part of "My Week at The Magic Castle" series went up this morning. BTW, if you don't already know it, new podcasts are posted on The Magic Word each Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (GMT-6). Thi...
by Scott Wells
04/30/15 01:57 PM
 
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Topic: 221: My Week at The Magic Castle - Part Two
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Views: 246

220: My Week at The Magic Castle - Part One

For the past two years, I have published a podcast series from the Magic Castle featuring many of the "Knights of the Castle" who frequent the Academy of Magical Arts. I continue this popular series for the third year beginning this week with part one of multiple podcasts. This opening pod...
by Scott Wells
04/30/15 09:27 AM
 
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Topic: 220: My Week at The Magic Castle - Part One
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Views: 181

219: Lee Earle - Clear Vision

Lee Earle seemed to have a clear vision of where he was going from the very start. In this week's podcast, Lee talks about performing on a self-made circuit in Recreational Vehicle (RV) Parks. On a side note, I spoke with Oscar Munoz who said he remembers watching Lee perform back in the 1970's in a...
by Scott Wells
04/16/15 10:48 AM
 
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Topic: 219: Lee Earle - Clear Vision
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Views: 256

218: Steve Spill - "I Lie For Money"

Steve Spill was a "fixture" at the Magic Castle for many years and hung out as a teenager, unheard of in those days...or any days; however, with a famous father, Sandy Spillman, being the medium in the seances each night, Steve had unprecedented access to the Castle. As a result, he met, h...
by Scott Wells
04/09/15 05:17 PM
 
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Topic: 218: Steve Spill - "I Lie For Money"
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217: The Good Old Days

This week's podcast isn't for everybody. I talk with some old magicians about even older magicians. Kent Cummins first offers us a short lecture on the history of the annual Austin (Texas) Magic Auction. You will hear the late Claude Crowe introducing Kent (RIP, my friend). Next up, Arthur Moses, no...
by Scott Wells
04/02/15 01:36 PM
 
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Topic: 217: The Good Old Days
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Views: 412

#216: Brad Henderson - Part Two, Tales from the Mansion

In this second and concluding podcast with Brad, he tells us some incredible stories about his friend, billionaire Richard Garriott aka Lord British. Richard really knew how to throw a party and he had the right guy in Brad to plan and coordinate everything. You might think it would be simple when y...
by Scott Wells
03/26/15 10:42 AM
 
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Topic: #216: Brad Henderson - Part Two, Tales from the Mansion
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#215: Brad Henderson, the Esoteric Escamoteur - Part One

Brad Henderson and I have been long-time friends but rarely had the time to sit down and talk about magic. Most of our conversations have focused on magic but they have been...well, lighter. This chat is heavy. And if fact, may be overlooked by some as "too theoretical" but to those I say,...
by Scott Wells
03/19/15 10:23 AM
 
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Topic: #215: Brad Henderson, the Esoteric Escamoteur - Part One
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214: Martin Cox - How Bad Could It Be?

Have you seen the YouTube video of "Magic Gone Bad" where the magician holds the hand of a volunteer and smashes her hand down on the wrong Styrofoam cup and impales her hand? Well, enough time has elapsed that Martin Cox, the magician who "starred" in that video, can talk about ...
by Scott Wells
03/12/15 04:42 PM
 
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Topic: 214: Martin Cox - How Bad Could It Be?
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Views: 292

213: Chicago's Magic Bars & Lounges

It seems timely that we should post this podcast today since the Chicago Magic Lounge will have its grand opening tonight. I know that most of you can't make it, but I know you will enjoy hearing about how the vision and commitment of two guys (Joey Cranford and John Sturk) made this happen. Perhaps...
by Scott Wells
03/05/15 11:20 AM
 
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Topic: 213: Chicago's Magic Bars & Lounges
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Views: 225

212: Talking Trash with Steve Trash

The 1970's must have been a magical time for street magic in Central Park...at least the way that Steve Trash tells it. Jeff Sheridan, Philippe Petit, Chris Capehart and others honed their chops on the street and Steve Trash found his "environmental" character there, too. But in addition t...
by Scott Wells
03/04/15 09:13 AM
 
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Topic: 212: Talking Trash with Steve Trash
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Views: 191

211: Nick Lewin - A Brit Under the Brim

The tables ware turned this week on Nick Lewin. You may know him from his many fine articles he publishes in VANISH Magazine as well as his weekly updates in the New Zealand eZine on "Remarkable Magicians". In this week's podcast on The Magic Word, Nick tells us stories from his life and t...
by Scott Wells
02/19/15 05:14 PM
 
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Topic: 211: Nick Lewin - A Brit Under the Brim
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Views: 367

210: Shawn Farquhar - Tales From The Sea

Last week Shawn Farquhar talked about his early days of working behind the scenes in the film industry. This week in the second and final installment of our chat, we pick up where we left off with Shawn talking about entering and winning magic contests, working aboard cruise ships, and being a magic...
by Scott Wells
02/12/15 06:57 PM
 
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Topic: 210: Shawn Farquhar - Tales From The Sea
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Views: 239

209: Shawn Farquhar - Behind the Scenes in the Cinema

Did you know that long before Shawn Farquhar was an award winning magician and cruise ship entertainer that he was a special effects consultant for television and the movies? In this part one of our two part podcast, Shawn talks about how he got into this business and lots of stories about the busin...
by Scott Wells
02/05/15 11:19 AM
 
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Topic: 209: Shawn Farquhar - Behind the Scenes in the Cinema
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Views: 161

#208: Speaking with Joe M. Turner

Some of you have considered moving from (or supplementing) magic/mentalism to speaking. Before you make the leap into that market, perhaps you might like to hear what the International President Elect of the I.B.M., Joe M. Turner has to say on the subject. Also, if you are interested in learning the...
by Scott Wells
02/02/15 01:39 PM
 
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Topic: #208: Speaking with Joe M. Turner
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Views: 217

Paul Daniels, Part Two - There's More To Say

In this week's podcast on The Magic Word, Paul Daniels moves from talking about his years on television to telling stories about his role as Max Malini, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, cutting off his finger, his legacy DVD, his current touring show and more. Paul has so many stories and along the...
by Scott Wells
01/22/15 01:42 PM
 
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Topic: Paul Daniels, Part Two - There's More To Say
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Views: 225

Paul Daniels, Part One - Live and Life on the "Telly"

Undoubtedly, Paul Daniels is still a well-known name in the world of magic. At one time, he was THE most recognized person in the U.K. second only to Prince Charles (according to one news report). His notoriety was built mainly on the success of his many years on the BBC with his regular TV show plu...
by Scott Wells
01/15/15 02:08 PM
 
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Topic: Paul Daniels, Part One - Live and Life on the "Telly"
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Views: 278

Mile High City to the Big Apple - Tickets and Shows

In this podcast you get a "two-fer" meaning that you get two great interviews for the price of one. And by "price", I mean "free", unless you have chosen to help sponsor The Magic Word. We first have William Rader, a mentalist who moved from Oklahoma City to more of a &...
by Scott Wells
01/15/15 01:58 PM
 
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Topic: Mile High City to the Big Apple - Tickets and Shows
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2014 Magic Year in Review - the Podcast

2014 Magic Year in Review - This podcast on The Magic Word has David "Silly Billy" Kaye and Cameron Ramsay talking about important events in our magic community that happened this past year. The website also includes a rather lengthy listing of those who have passed on during 2014. You can...
by Scott Wells
01/02/15 09:14 AM
 
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Topic: 2014 Magic Year in Review - the Podcast
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Views: 208

Re: Banachek, the Mentalist, on "The Supernaturalists"

And, BTW, I don't mean to spark controversy, so I edited the blog. Banachek was right (as usual), there was nothing nefarious intended. Thanks, Brad, for your comments.
by Scott Wells
12/27/14 05:50 PM
 
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Topic: Banachek, the Mentalist, on "The Supernaturalists"
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Views: 782

Re: Banachek, the Mentalist, on "The Supernaturalists"

Well, Brad, the website for "The Supernaturalists" refers to Banachek as "from South Africa" so I thought it seemed an accurate appellation for continuing the international hype for the troupe. No disparagement was intended towards him or Americans not born in Africa. Though he w...
by Scott Wells
12/27/14 05:41 PM
 
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Topic: Banachek, the Mentalist, on "The Supernaturalists"
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Banachek, the Mentalist, on "The Supernaturalists"

This coming June, Banachek will be part of Criss Angel's new show, "The Supernaturalists" premiering at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. This week on The Magic Word, Banachek talks about his long relationship with Criss, preparations for the new touring show and the new documentary by James...
by Scott Wells
12/26/14 07:06 PM
 
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Topic: Banachek, the Mentalist, on "The Supernaturalists"
Replies: 8
Views: 782

MagicianBusiness.com Talks with The Magic Word

Ken Kelly & Julian Mather produce a wonderful weekly podcast at MagicianBusiness.com that features top working pros who share great advice on how to run a successful magic business. This week on The Magic Word, they talk about marketing and a new product...Magic Tap. They also offer a great disc...
by Scott Wells
12/20/14 01:53 PM
 
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Topic: MagicianBusiness.com Talks with The Magic Word
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Views: 173

Murray Sawchuck - Celebrity Magician

This past week I posted a new podcast with Murray Sawchuck. He just completed a two and a half year run at the Laugh Factory in the Tropicana in Las Vegas and recently signed a contract for a new afternoon show at the SinCity Theater in Planet Hollywood. His new show will reflect more of his interac...
by Scott Wells
12/15/14 06:26 PM
 
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Topic: Murray Sawchuck - Celebrity Magician
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Views: 394

Eugene Burger - The Grinch

Okay, I don't mean that Eugene is a mean, old Grinch. What I mean is that Eugene reads the part of the Grinch in this Christmas offering on The Magic Word. Last year we featured several magicians reading parts of "The Night Before Christmas" so this year I asked several friends if they wou...
by Scott Wells
12/04/14 08:03 PM
 
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Topic: Eugene Burger - The Grinch
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Views: 743

Charles Gauci - A Lifetime of Magic

77 year old Australian mentalist, Charles Gauci, has led a lifetime of magic performing as a hypnotist, touring Australia with Peter Reveen, regularly performing for the rich and famous on the French Riviera, creating hundreds of commercial effects, touring the world and more. He discusses all of th...
by Scott Wells
11/27/14 09:31 PM
 
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Topic: Charles Gauci - A Lifetime of Magic
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Views: 229

Eric Henning - Presidential Performer

I have been remiss in updating you with the past two weeks of podcasts on The Magic Word. Lots of travel and shows (which is a good thing) but only able to post the podcasts and not so much the promos. Anyway, Eric Henning resides in Maryland, just outside of our nation's capitol and has loads of st...
by Scott Wells
11/26/14 01:38 PM
 
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Topic: Eric Henning - Presidential Performer
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Views: 261

School Shows, Library Shows and Kids...Oh My!

Lots of magicians perform for children. Most do birthday parties, but there is a select group who entertain and educate at school assemblies and libraries. Julian Franklin is one of those unique and very successful entertainers. Also, McDonald's has provided opportunities for some to represent their...
by Scott Wells
11/06/14 08:00 PM
 
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Topic: School Shows, Library Shows and Kids...Oh My!
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Views: 347

The Bullet Catch

John Gaspard just released his second in the Eli Marks mystery series this week. Eli Marks is a fictional professional magician living in Minneapolis and working in his uncle's magic shop. But he constantly seems to be drawn into a swirling vortex of intrigue and murder and he has to use his knowled...
by Scott Wells
11/05/14 12:18 PM
 
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Topic: The Bullet Catch
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Views: 284

Magic Theaters Across The U.S.

Do you have an act but no place to perform it? Then look for one of many magic theaters spread across the U.S. where you might be able to book your act. If they are too far from your residence, then perhaps you might want to use the successful template used by entrepreneurs who have ventured into th...
by Scott Wells
10/25/14 04:28 PM
 
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Topic: Magic Theaters Across The U.S.
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Views: 269

Podcast #193 - Putting Your Show Together

In this week's podcast on The Magic Word, I talk with Erik Dobell and Chris Collins about their successful production of "Impossibilities". They started with the idea this past June and put it all together, found theater venues, got the tickets, posters, website and everything in short ord...
by Scott Wells
10/16/14 07:02 PM
 
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Topic: Podcast #193 - Putting Your Show Together
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Red Hot Passion for Magic - FISM Winner David Sousa

David Sousa recently traveled to the U.S. from Portugal for an abbreviated lecture tour. His was quite different from the typical lecturers who talk about close-up and stand-up magic. David engaged his audiences with information on how he developed his FISM award winning act "The Red Envelope&q...
by Scott Wells
10/13/14 02:59 PM
 
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Topic: Red Hot Passion for Magic - FISM Winner David Sousa
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Views: 266

Buy Magic Online? A Podcast Discussion

Last March, The Magic Word Podcast featured three diverse Brick and Mortar Magic Shop owners (see: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/brick-and-mortar) to talk about the current state of business and possible future. Some listeners to that podcast suggested that we have the counter discu...
by Scott Wells
10/03/14 10:08 AM
 
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Topic: Buy Magic Online? A Podcast Discussion
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Views: 246

#189 - Noel Britten, Magician & Humanitarian

U.K. comedy magician, Noel Britten, is finding less and less humor in the world today. He and his wife spend six months out of each year working with orphaned orangutans for International Animal Rescue in Ketapang, Indonesia. The rest of the year back in Bath, England where he conducts a walking tou...
by Scott Wells
09/18/14 07:01 PM
 
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Topic: #189 - Noel Britten, Magician & Humanitarian
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Views: 686

#188 - Charlie Randall, the "R" Behind H&R Magic Books

On my ride from Houston to Ft. Worth for the annual Texas Association of Magicians convention over Labor Day weekend, I sat in the backseat and chatted with Charlie Randall, half of the H&R Magic Books team. I thought it a perfect time to record a podcast with a captive candidate who has a lot o...
by Scott Wells
09/11/14 07:04 PM
 
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Topic: #188 - Charlie Randall, the "R" Behind H&R Magic Books
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Views: 314

Kevin James, the Inventor

Kevin James and his troupe closed the Sunday night show at this year's T.A.O.M. convention in Ft. Worth. It was a great show and thoroughly entertaining. He also delivered an inspiring lecture filled with lots of his signature tricks that showed his creativity. During the lecture, several people ask...
by Scott Wells
09/04/14 07:01 PM
 
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Topic: Kevin James, the Inventor
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Views: 483

The T.A.O.M. 2014 Podcasts

The T.A.O.M. in Ft. Worth is now in the history books. It was not very well advertised (if at all) and not as well-attended as previous T.A.O.M. conventions. But those who attended seemed to be in agreement that it was superlative. I think like a swan gliding on a serene pond, it looked beautiful ab...
by Scott Wells
09/02/14 07:06 PM
 
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Topic: The T.A.O.M. 2014 Podcasts
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Views: 319

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
 
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Topic: Wayne Houchin - Real to Surreal
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Views: 247
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