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by Scott Wells
October 6th, 2017, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Orson Bean - It Began With A Fir Tree
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Orson Bean - It Began With A Fir Tree

This week we visit the home of comedy and television legend, Orson Bean. We are joined by his lovely and talented actress wife, Alley Mills (who, among many other parts, played Norma Arnold on "The Wonder Years"), who together regale us in the back part of this podcast with an excerpt from...
by Scott Wells
September 28th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Armando Lucero - Looking at Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 271

Armando Lucero - Looking at Magic

In a rare recorded conversation, Armando Lucero talks about his philosophy on magic as an art and how we should respect the art and ourselves. For example, why do we denigrate ourselves and our art for the cheap laugh when we offhandedly say, “well, that was six years of my life,” or “yeah, I have n...
by Scott Wells
September 23rd, 2017, 11:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Second "Magic Castle" Opening in October 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1150

Re: Second "Magic Castle" Opening in October 2017

Is this still slated for an October 2017 opening? I may have missed hearing/seeing/reading anything more about this.
by Scott Wells
September 21st, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 385: Saratoga Ballantine - My Father
Replies: 2
Views: 267

385: Saratoga Ballantine - My Father

Do you like magic history and hearing stories of famous magicians from our rich heritage? This week on The Magic Word Podcast, Saratoga "Sara" Ballantine talks about her late father, the legendary actor, comedian and magician: Carl Ballantine. Not only famous within our small community (MA...
by Scott Wells
September 14th, 2017, 11:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 384: Two-Fer - Neal n' Bull
Replies: 0
Views: 232

384: Two-Fer - Neal n' Bull

Two diverse conversations about building an act and building a legend with Jonathan Neal and "Le Grand David" Bull. While at the recent Combined Convention of the IBM' and SAM in Louisville, KY, I chatted with Jonathan Neal on the first day of the convention then with David Bull on the las...
by Scott Wells
September 14th, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rachel Colombini...
Replies: 9
Views: 1870

Re: Rachel Colombini...

I reported what I had read from the Ulster Magic Society where she was their Vice President. They reported that she had passed. She called me from Spain over a year ago and said that she was still too emotional to record a podcast about Aldo. I later heard that her physical health condition required...
by Scott Wells
September 8th, 2017, 3:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 383: The Expert - New Documentary: Looking for S.W. Erdnase
Replies: 4
Views: 744

383: The Expert - New Documentary: Looking for S.W. Erdnase

Many of you attended the 2017 MAGIC Live convention and heard the scholarly Focus Session with Richard Hatch and Jason England who spoke about the mysterious author of "The Expert At The Card Table". Well, Jim Davey has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to pay for a...
by Scott Wells
September 6th, 2017, 1:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 379-382: Daily Updates from T.A.O.M. 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: 379-382: Daily Updates from T.A.O.M. 2017

Apparently the truncated URL's that I posted didn't direct to the podcast page. Here are the correct and complete links: Day One: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/379-day-one-2017-taom Day Two: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/380-day-two-2017-taom Day Three: ht...
by Scott Wells
September 5th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 379-382: Daily Updates from T.A.O.M. 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 304

379-382: Daily Updates from T.A.O.M. 2017

Due to the Hurricane Harvey, there were a few people who couldn't make it to this year's Texas Association of Magicians (T.A.O.M.) convention in Frisco, Texas (a northern suburb of Dallas). Thankfully and fortunately, I was unaffected in that my home and neighborhood was dry and escaped the devastat...
by Scott Wells
August 28th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician friends in Texas?
Replies: 3
Views: 569

Re: Magician friends in Texas?

We are located just two miles west of downtown and three blocks from the Buffalo Bayou that runs through uptown. The Bayou is well over its banks and I ventured out yesterday and posted a live stream on my Facebook page. It is incredible. I posted an update earlier today showing that the water reced...
by Scott Wells
August 24th, 2017, 11:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 378: Tom Frank - Street Wise
Replies: 0
Views: 220

378: Tom Frank - Street Wise

Tom Frank was on an extensive lecture tour earlier this year when we sat down to talk about some of the things in his lecture. Tom was a long time street performer at Universal Studio's "City Walk" but was replace by a "real wizard", Harry Potter. Apparently they didn't want to c...
by Scott Wells
August 17th, 2017, 5:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 377: MAGIC Live! Day Four Podcast Update
Replies: 3
Views: 387

377: MAGIC Live! Day Four Podcast Update

Well, it's a wrap. The ninth MAGIC Live! is part of the history books and Stan Allen has already slated the dates for next year, August 5-8, 2018, which will come quick on the heels of Abbott's Get Together which runs August 1-4. But to hear all of the final day fun and catch up with some of your fr...
by Scott Wells
August 16th, 2017, 2:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 376: MAGIC Live! Day Three Podcast Update
Replies: 1
Views: 296

376: MAGIC Live! Day Three Podcast Update

More random chats with people I saw in the theater, in the lobby, and in the dealers' room that gives you a snapshot of conversations from Day Three of MAGIC Live! This podcast is less than one hour, but I took a couple hours out of my day to record a separate podcast with Jeff and Tessa Evasons whi...
by Scott Wells
August 15th, 2017, 5:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 375: MAGIC Live! Day Two Podcast Update
Replies: 1
Views: 295

375: MAGIC Live! Day Two Podcast Update

Lots of conversations with conjurors on the first full day of activities. It's late (actually early at nearly 3:00 a.m.) so I'll be brief. Please listen and enjoy. I'm going to bed to sleep for a couple of hours...literally. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/514e3e26e4b023ca28fd5cc8/t/5992bc293...
by Scott Wells
August 14th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 374: MAGIC Live! Day One Podcast Update
Replies: 0
Views: 317

374: MAGIC Live! Day One Podcast Update

Too much to write about. Just go listen if you'd like to hear what happened on Day One.
https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/sco ... magic-live
by Scott Wells
August 4th, 2017, 9:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 372: Rick Wilcox - At Home In His Own Theater
Replies: 0
Views: 163

372: Rick Wilcox - At Home In His Own Theater

This week we catch up with Susan and Rick Wilcox who are in their 19th year in the Wisconsin Dells performing magic in their own theater. I have known Rick for many years and have wanted to record a chat with him for quite some time. Not only is he a wonderful stage performer, but also he is an adep...
by Scott Wells
July 28th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 371: "Club Deception" by Sarah Skilton
Replies: 0
Views: 198

371: "Club Deception" by Sarah Skilton

This week we take a fork in the road as it bends toward the fictional, private magic club in Los Angeles...Club Deception. Sarah Skilton is the author of this new book that is her first adult novel about something she knows: magic. Sarah is married to full time magician, Joe Skilton, who belongs to ...
by Scott Wells
July 26th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 370: My Week At The Magic Castle 2017 - Part Four
Replies: 0
Views: 171

370: My Week At The Magic Castle 2017 - Part Four

Now that the IBM/SAM Combined Convention is over and my daily updates have all been posted, we return for one last installment of my conversations with conjurors at the Castle. I conclude my week of performing and recording with chats with Carl Christman talking about mentalism; Simon Coronel and Ar...
by Scott Wells
July 26th, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bargatze tonight
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Re: Bargatze tonight

You can listen to Steve talk about his son on the podcast here: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/sco ... ntion-2017
by Scott Wells
July 16th, 2017, 2:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 369: Day Five - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 232

369: Day Five - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

Lots of great chats to conclude the five part series of daily updates from Louisville. Today's podcast kicks off with a chat with Michael Close talking about a retrospective of his work as Editor of M.U.M.; New National S.A.M. President, Dick Bowman, talking about his upcoming year in office; Robert...
by Scott Wells
July 14th, 2017, 11:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 368: Day Four - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 262

368: Day Four - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

At the conclusion of the I.B.M. Merlin Breakfast, today's podcast kicks off with a brief chat with Lance Burton and Steve Bargatze who, we find out, went to the same high school together just three years apart. Then we talk with Mac King who, along with Lance Burton, were the guest speakers on the m...
by Scott Wells
July 14th, 2017, 12:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 367: Day Three - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 263

367: Day Three - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

In today's daily update from the IBM/SAM Combined Convention in Louisville, KY, we have chats with Dan Garrett, Past National President of the S.A.M. then we go into the Dealer's Room where we randomly chat with Mark Mason (JB Magic), Roger Nicot (Card Shark), and Paul Richards (Paul Richards Magic)...
by Scott Wells
July 13th, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 366: IbM/SAM Combined Convention 2017 - Day Two
Replies: 0
Views: 254

366: IbM/SAM Combined Convention 2017 - Day Two

Today's podcast feature chats with John Sturk with an update on the Chicago Magic Lounge; Steve Bryant talks about seances in southern Illinois and Indiana; Steven Bargatze chats about the success of his son, Nate, professional comedian; and, Rick Heath who talks about working with Le Grand David Ma...
by Scott Wells
July 12th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 365: Day One - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 409

365: Day One - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

The convention hasn't even officially begun, but we kick off with some lively conversations with Dale Salwak, Fielding West, Oscar Munoz, Dal Sanders, Michael Perovich, Jason Andrews, and Jeff Sikora. Plus Lance Burton allowed me to record and post the Q&A panel discussion that followed the scre...
by Scott Wells
July 6th, 2017, 4:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 364: My Week at the Magic Castle 2017 - Part Three
Replies: 0
Views: 215

364: My Week at the Magic Castle 2017 - Part Three

Take a ride with Steve Spill as he drives Martin Cox and me from his Magicopolis around Santa Monica, CA. Be sure to also check out the video tour of Magicopolis on the blog, too. Steve gives us a "behind the scenes" look at the theater, lobby, back stage and dressing rooms. At the end of ...
by Scott Wells
June 29th, 2017, 11:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 362 & 363: My Week at The Magic Castle Parts 1 & 2
Replies: 0
Views: 249

362 & 363: My Week at The Magic Castle Parts 1 & 2

I have been in Los Angeles and otherwise tied up and was unable to post an update on the current podcast episodes. Last week's episode was the first of probably four installments of my annual series of podcasts featuring chats with many of the people in and around the Magic Castle. I record these po...
by Scott Wells
June 15th, 2017, 1:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 361: Terry Herbert - A Right Jolly Old Elf
Replies: 1
Views: 375

361: Terry Herbert - A Right Jolly Old Elf

All the way from London, world renown children's show entertainer and Past President of the British Ring, "The Great Fiasco" (aka Terry Herbert), joins us this week on The Magic Word Podcast. Terry talks about working with children and also his association with some of the top legends of B...
by Scott Wells
June 9th, 2017, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 360: A Magician Prepares
Replies: 0
Views: 412

360: A Magician Prepares

This week we talk with the authors of a book that could have been a podcast. Joshua Stenkamp and Jason Wethington took their microphone to interview 19 top magicians and hear their personal stories of how and what led them to their success. They then transcribed and edited each interview to make suc...
by Scott Wells
June 3rd, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5258

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Okay, I may as well get this one started, too: equivoque
by Scott Wells
June 3rd, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 358: Mat Franco - Magic Reinvented Nightly
Replies: 0
Views: 408

358: Mat Franco - Magic Reinvented Nightly

Well it just occurred to me that I forgot to post the update about the recent podcast with Mat Franco broadcast last week. This is not one to be missed nor overlooked. It was the last installment of our "Las Vegas Chronicles" that have been running for the past three months. After his show...
by Scott Wells
June 3rd, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 359: Andrew Goldenhersh - Not A Hare Out Of Place
Replies: 0
Views: 378

359: Andrew Goldenhersh - Not A Hare Out Of Place

Performer, consultant, creator, musician, and award winning magician, Andrew Goldenhersh, joins us this week on The Magic Word Podcast. This was recorded this past February within hours of him learning that he was nominated (again) by the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) for "Close-Up Magician of ...
by Scott Wells
May 18th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 357: Timo Marc - An Unexpected Visitor
Replies: 0
Views: 488

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!
Replies: 0
Views: 391

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: 386

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: 451

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: 443

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
Replies: 0
Views: 537

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: 484

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: 434

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
Replies: 0
Views: 465

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...

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