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by Scott Wells
February 18th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 344: Connecting with David Hira
Replies: 0
Views: 76

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: 269

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
Replies: 0
Views: 111

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: 192

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: 206

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: 197

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
Replies: 0
Views: 174

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: 169

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: 515

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: 515

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: 336

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: 189

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: 265

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: 518

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: 518

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: 262

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: 318

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
Replies: 0
Views: 245

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: 304

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: 314

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: 1315

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: 1315

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: 1315

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: 265

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...
by Scott Wells
October 6th, 2016, 11:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Garrett Thomas in Studio City!
Replies: 1
Views: 297

Re: Garrett Thomas in Studio City!

To help you get excited (and to enter the contest to win a FREE deck of cards for the Anniversary Waltz), check out these two recent podcasts with Garrett: Part 1 - http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/324-garrett-thomas-part-1 Part 2 - http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/325-ga...
by Scott Wells
September 30th, 2016, 8:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen
Replies: 19
Views: 2927

Re: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen

As a follow-up to his recent announcement, Stan Allen answers questions and talks about the thinking behind his decision on this week's podcast at: http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwel ... mas-part-1
by Scott Wells
September 29th, 2016, 11:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 324: MAGIC Legacy Update Plus Garrett Thomas on "Astonishment" Part One
Replies: 3
Views: 654

324: MAGIC Legacy Update Plus Garrett Thomas on "Astonishment" Part One

We have all heard Stan Allen's news, and now that the dust has settled and opinions have been posted on various social media, he adds a few details in this week's podcast about the thinking that went into his decision. I think he pretty well covered it all here so we can move on. Next up is the firs...
by Scott Wells
September 24th, 2016, 9:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen
Replies: 19
Views: 2927

Re: Big News from MAGIC Magazine and Stan Allen

Ted M wrote:
CraigMitchell wrote:And now IBM SAM + Live + Genii ...

...and Abbott's 80th (and possibly final?) Get-Together


Well, I don't know about that. I find it hard to believe that the Get Together legacy will end. My crystal ball says that it will continue, but perhaps not with the Abbott's name.
by Scott Wells
September 22nd, 2016, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 323: David Sandy Produces
Replies: 0
Views: 333

323: David Sandy Produces

Many of you already know David, but some of you don't know how prolific of a producer he is. He has produced shows for Darren Romeo in Branson, Missouri, as well as Tom Mullica in his one man Tribute show to Red Skelton, plus other musical, non-magic performers (like the Haygoods and Tony Roy as &qu...
by Scott Wells
September 15th, 2016, 4:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 322: Kirby VanBurch - From Vegas to Branson
Replies: 0
Views: 326

322: Kirby VanBurch - From Vegas to Branson

Kirby VanBurth, the "Prince of Magic", recently returned to his home roots in Houston, Texas, to regroup and decide what will be his next venture. But during his hiatus from Houston, he has been a bit of an enigma in that he is a bit of a mystery and not as well known in the magic fraterni...
by Scott Wells
September 14th, 2016, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 321: Turning the Table on Scott Wells
Replies: 0
Views: 345

321: Turning the Table on Scott Wells

Last week's podcast was a bit unusual. The tables were turned on Scott Wells, the host of The Magic Word, as Jamie Salinas conducted the interview and did quite a nice job of capturing the cogent points that qualify Scott to be the host of this show. After receiving several verbal and written reques...
by Scott Wells
September 14th, 2016, 10:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 Texas Association of Magicians Convention Updates
Replies: 0
Views: 308

2016 Texas Association of Magicians Convention Updates

During the past Labor Day Weekend, the Texas Association of Magicians (TAOM) hosted a spectacular convention on the gulf coast resort city of Corpus Christi. Over 250 magicians trekked to the "Third Coast" to learn, share, buy and watch magic. I was more than pleasantly surprised to attend...
by Scott Wells
August 25th, 2016, 10:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: #316: The End of MAGIC Magazine PLUS Thommy Ten & Amelie van Tass
Replies: 0
Views: 393

#316: The End of MAGIC Magazine PLUS Thommy Ten & Amelie van Tass

Most of you have heard, read or already know about the dissolution of MAGIC Magazine as we know (knew) it and the regeneration of the limited run of 25 issues of the reincarnated MAGIC Legacy. But for those who don't or want to learn more about some of the mystery surrounding Stan Allen's decision a...
by Scott Wells
August 19th, 2016, 10:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Abbott's Get Together, P.C.A.M. and MAGIC Live, oh my!
Replies: 0
Views: 442

Abbott's Get Together, P.C.A.M. and MAGIC Live, oh my!

Wow, what a whirlwind of magic conventions over the past couple weeks...and with the T.A.O.M. coming up in two weeks, my season of daily podcast reports isn't quite yet over. I posted ten, count 'em, ten podcasts (so far) during August. For those of you who subscribe or regularly follow The Magic Wo...
by Scott Wells
July 29th, 2016, 2:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 305: Lance Burton - Second Act
Replies: 0
Views: 420

305: Lance Burton - Second Act

Since Lance Burton's 2010 retirement from performing magic at the Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas, he has been very busy with his "second act" in his life. Two words: Billy Topit. Lance has been writing, producing, directing, acting and marketing his cherished project for the past six year...
by Scott Wells
July 21st, 2016, 10:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 304: Gay Blackstone - First Lady of Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 312

304: Gay Blackstone - First Lady of Magic

I know that this moniker isn't original, but in my opinion, Gay Blackstone is the one living person most deserving of this title. She has led such a wonderful, colorful life full of stories and well-deserved accolades and she continually reinvents herself. In this week's podcast on The Magic Word, G...
by Scott Wells
July 19th, 2016, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Abb Dickson - RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1560

Re: Abb Dickson - RIP

I received an email from Maria Ibanez at 2:32 p.m. CST that was short and to the point: "It saddens me to report that we have lost another member of our magic family; Past International President of IBM, Abb Dickson. May he rest in peace." I read Facebook posts from the past few days sayin...
by Scott Wells
July 17th, 2016, 1:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 303: What's App with Carl Andrews
Replies: 0
Views: 302

303: What's App with Carl Andrews

After a few days in San Antonio and posting daily updates from the I.B.M. convention, we are back again with our regularly scheduled podcasts. This week we feature a chat with Carl Andrews, a creative and resourceful restaurant magician and the idea man behind many popular magic apps including "...
by Scott Wells
June 23rd, 2016, 12:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 297: Mike Robinson - Just Venting
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: 297: Mike Robinson - Just Venting

Sorry, this was supposed to be listed as podcast #298 and not #297. I cannot see how to edit my post to correct the subject.
by Scott Wells
June 23rd, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 297: Mike Robinson - Just Venting
Replies: 1
Views: 427

297: Mike Robinson - Just Venting

They say that in a magic convention show, the variety act is the one that gets the standing ovation. Well, in a way, that's the same for me with the Magic Word Podcast. I am nearing 300 podcasts and this one with Mike Robinson is one of my favorites. I say that perhaps because not only is he very in...

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