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by Scott Wells
September 13th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Malone and Charlie Frye & Company - Seriously Funny!
Replies: 1
Views: 307

Bill Malone and Charlie Frye & Company - Seriously Funny!

A few of the bright lights in our magic community attended this year's MAGIC Live! even though they were not booked on the schedule. But they just like hanging out with friends and seeing and sharing magic. They included funnymen (and women) Bill Malone and Charlie Frye and Company (Sherry), among s...
by Scott Wells
September 6th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Don Wiberg on Magic Shops in Old Chicago and the Chicago Round Table History
Replies: 0
Views: 92

Don Wiberg on Magic Shops in Old Chicago and the Chicago Round Table History

Past International President of the I.B.M., Don Wiberg, is a long-time resident of Chicago. He has also been involved on the local (and international) magic scene for decades. So, over the years he has met, known and worked with many of the greats and legendary figures in our art. In this two part p...
by Scott Wells
September 6th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Legend of "Pop" Haydn
Replies: 1
Views: 338

The Legend of "Pop" Haydn

There are a few magicians who have found the secret of success in finding their on-stage character. This often takes years of experience and trial and error. Whit Haydn developed his "Pop" Haydn character over time and lives the part on and off stage. Many actors research "back storie...
by Scott Wells
August 19th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chicaco Magic History - Part One: Magic Shops
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Chicaco Magic History - Part One: Magic Shops

Chicago has a rich history of magic dating back over 100 years. Quite a few of those who are well-known in our community have roots in the Midwest and many have come out of Chicago. To understand where we are, how we got here and to chart a course for our future, we need to look to our past. It is g...
by Scott Wells
August 9th, 2018, 6:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 MAGIC Live Day Four Update
Replies: 0
Views: 306

2018 MAGIC Live Day Four Update

Sorry that this podcast ran a little longer than normal, but the past two days were shorter than the usual one hour. This one makes up for it running almost two hours. But the variety of guests is quite diverse with some really good stuff including expanded discussions from some of the presenters pl...
by Scott Wells
August 8th, 2018, 3:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 MAGIC Live Day Three Update
Replies: 0
Views: 247

2018 MAGIC Live Day Three Update

Once again it was a long day with lots of highlights and more conversations with friends old and new. Here is a link to another a recap of recent convention activities.

https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/sco ... ree-update
by Scott Wells
August 7th, 2018, 3:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 MAGIC Live Day Two Update
Replies: 0
Views: 287

2018 MAGIC Live Day Two Update

The first full day of activities means I was in the sessions rather than recording a lot of conversations. So, this one is a bit shy of the one hour podcast I strive for each day. But I hope you enjoy the chats with friends old and new. https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/440-2018-ma...
by Scott Wells
August 6th, 2018, 2:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 MAGIC Live Day One Update
Replies: 1
Views: 401

2018 MAGIC Live Day One Update

Fresh and hot off the laptop...the first day's podcast update:
https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/sco ... ve-day-one

I've got to get a few hours sleep.
by Scott Wells
August 4th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andy Dallas - Escaping From The Ordinary
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Andy Dallas - Escaping From The Ordinary

Andy Dallas was the National President of the S.A.M. (2006-2007) but that is not what defines him. In fact, it is hard to put a label on this Renaissance man. He was a professional escape artist for many years garnering attention and press far and wide. He then bought and expanded on a brick and mor...
by Scott Wells
August 4th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: C.J. Johnson - Game On!
Replies: 0
Views: 106

C.J. Johnson - Game On!

C.J. Johnson is one of the "workers" whose name may or may not be familiar to you...until after you have heard this podcast. C.J. is currently performing his hypnosis show in a two week engagement (ending August 11) in Lake Coushatta in Lake Charles, Louisiana. But aside from being a hypno...
by Scott Wells
August 4th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Curent Events (On The Road)
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Curent Events (On The Road)

I recently took a long road trip (over 3,200 miles) from Houston to Chicago then on up to Grand Rapids, Michigan (for the I.B.M. convention), back to Chicago than up to the Wisconsin Dells to see the Rick Wilcox theater. Next it was down to Oklahoma and through Dallas and home again. This was nearly...
by Scott Wells
August 4th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Curt Miller (Illusionist) - Making Plans
Replies: 0
Views: 142

Curt Miller (Illusionist) - Making Plans

Houston illusionist, Curt Miller, has been performing his illusion show in Galveston's Moody Gardens for the past decade. In this week's podcast, Curt talks about his journey from Houston's Magic Island in the close-up room to becoming an illusionist and one of the busiest corporate entertainers in ...
by Scott Wells
August 4th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please
Replies: 15
Views: 1655

Re: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please

I will be posting daily updates from the convention each day on The Magic Word Podcast. It will be the next best thing to being there! Pictures and videos will be on the blog to supplement the podcast. Enjoy!
by Scott Wells
July 10th, 2018, 12:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1272

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

rrath1 wrote:Just for clarification, I thought 'Gold' wasn't awarded? Was it, or wasn't it. The broadway show from China wasn't awarded a 'Gold'? First place winners? Interested to know.


Melody Munoz, co-chairman of the contest committee confirmed that the Gold Medal was awarded as mentioned in my post above.
by Scott Wells
July 9th, 2018, 6:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1272

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

Scott: Follow up question: In your talking to folks, have you heard how are the dealers doing there? (Please forgive me if you have already addressed this in one of your podcasts--I haven't finished them yet) If the attendance is that low, it would seem to be a not insubstantial risk for the IBM an...
by Scott Wells
July 9th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1272

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

And for an extended podcast (that runs about an hour and a half), I bring you the final day’s update and wrap: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/sco ... n-day-four
by Scott Wells
July 8th, 2018, 1:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1272

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

Contest Winners: Stage Adult: Gold Medal, First Place and People's Choice - Zhou Zhou and Yuan Yuan; Award of Merit: Sebak Stage Youth: First Place - Red Star; Award of Merit - Luna; Fantasma Award - Theo Chattra Close-Up Adult: Erik Tait; Award of Merit - Chong Huang; People's Choice and Obie's Fou...
by Scott Wells
July 8th, 2018, 12:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1272

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

Day Three update from the I.B.M. convention featuring various chats with talent and registrants: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/sco ... -day-three
by Scott Wells
July 6th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1272

Re: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

Day two update now ready for your listening pleasure with chats with more people from the convention including Amazing Jonathan. https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/sco ... on-day-two
by Scott Wells
July 5th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 17
Views: 1272

2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

This is one of the best I.B.M. Conventions I’ve attended in years. Tons of headliners like Nick Lewin, Jeff Hobson, Pop Hayden, Larry Wilson, The Amazing Jonathan, Steve Valentine, Lance Burton, Jeff McBride and so many more. With an attendance of around 450 people, there is a real intimacy about th...
by Scott Wells
July 5th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates
Replies: 0
Views: 155

2018 I.B.M. Convention Updates

This is one of the best I.B.M. Conventions I’ve attended in years. Tons of headliners like Nick Lewin, Jeff Hobson, Pop Hayden, Larry Wilson, The Amazing Jonathan, Steve Valentine, Lance Burton, Jeff McBride and so many more. With an attendance of around 450 people, there is a real intimacy about th...
by Scott Wells
June 25th, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gone in 60 Seconds
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Re: Gone in 60 Seconds

Peter Ross wrote:I'm interested in stories/warnings/tips about traveling by air (domestically) with equipment. Both checking baggage and carry on.


Good subject. i'll work on it. Thanks for the suggestion!
by Scott Wells
June 21st, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gone in 60 Seconds
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Gone in 60 Seconds

It's horrible when it happens to anyone, but especially when it happens to you: your magic equipment gets stolen. This week on The Magic Word podcast, we hear the tales of woe from over a Baker's Dozen of magicians who have had their magic stuff stolen. All are sad tales but some are funny, some are...
by Scott Wells
June 14th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Fern Brings it!
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Will Fern Brings it!

I love this guy. Will Fern is always entertaining and that is why he is a successful strolling magician. This week's podcast is the last of the chats I recorded at this year's F.F.F.F. convention and includes a lot of really good information on how you can make your strolling magic more fun. He also...
by Scott Wells
June 7th, 2018, 5:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geoff Williams - The Man Behind The Hand
Replies: 0
Views: 424

Geoff Williams - The Man Behind The Hand

Many pictures you see of comedy magician Geoff Williams have people's hand waving in front of Geoff's face. It's just his quirky personality that encourages people around him to be playful. Geoff is a very funny and creative guy. In this week's podcast on The Magic Word, Geoff talks about creativity...
by Scott Wells
May 31st, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Adrian Vega - From Spain With Love
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Adrian Vega - From Spain With Love

Spanish Close-Up Winner, Adrian Vega, has been on a successful nationwide lecture tour of over 20 cities. His creativity and engaging personality caught the attention of Criss Angel who featured him in "The Supernaturalists" tour. This week on The Magic Word Podcast, Adrian talks about att...
by Scott Wells
May 24th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Raj Madhok -Mysteriouser and Mysteriouser
Replies: 0
Views: 394

Raj Madhok -Mysteriouser and Mysteriouser

Raj Madhok may be a successful, unassuming dermatologist by day, but he puts a lot of thought into creating original mental mysteries and confounding magic. Raj has been a quiet voice in the world of mystery only poking up his head for the occasional lecture for the P.E.A. (Psychic Entertainers Asso...
by Scott Wells
May 17th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil McNally - The Doug Henning Project
Replies: 0
Views: 482

Neil McNally - The Doug Henning Project

Who knew there could be so much information about Doug Henning that it would warrant something being posted every weekday? Well, Neil McNally hosts a blog called "The Doug Henning Project" where he posts new "finds" about Doug including stories, photos and more. He just celebrate...
by Scott Wells
May 17th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Theaters Redux
Replies: 0
Views: 361

Magic Theaters Redux

As most of you know by now, the Chicago Magic Lounge was so successful that they moved from sharing their weekends with a burlesque troupe to operating their own full-time-magic lounge in a renovated dry cleaning building. They also rejuvenated the old "Chicago Round Table" as part of the ...
by Scott Wells
May 17th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obie's 4F Convention 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 490

Obie's 4F Convention 2018

In case you missed this "invitation only" close-up event and would like to know what all went on, then here are links to daily reports and conversations with some of the attendees. Special thanks goes to Marc DeSouza who helped recap each day with some amazing detail. Day One Report: https...
by Scott Wells
May 17th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Vincent - Hearing Less But Listening More
Replies: 0
Views: 536

Michael Vincent - Hearing Less But Listening More

While at Obie's 4F convention this year, i had a chance to sit down with Michael Vincent, one of the world's foremost card magicians, for an inspirational chat. Much like Richard Turner doesn't like to define himself as a "blind magician", Michael should not be categorized as a "deaf ...
by Scott Wells
April 20th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Genii Convention 2019: Date CHANGE
Replies: 18
Views: 2163

Re: The Genii Convention 2019: Date CHANGE

Thank you. I have updated our Convention Guide.
https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/mag ... ion-guide/
by Scott Wells
April 19th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gregory Wilson - Second Chance
Replies: 0
Views: 623

Gregory Wilson - Second Chance

As most of you are aware, Gregory Wilson suffered a near-fatal heart attack earlier this year. It preempted a few lecture dates on the front end of his lecture tour. He quickly rebounded and only had to reschedule five dates before he jumped right in and lectured for the remaining 17 cities. I heard...
by Scott Wells
April 14th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic In The Big Apple
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Re: Magic In The Big Apple

Congratulations to...uh, no one. There was not one entry for the free tickets to tonight’s Salute to Magic. Either no one in NYC listened to the recent podcast yet or they just don’t care nor plan to go. Maybe it’s the weather??? I’m sure the show will be successful and I hope it will be well attend...
by Scott Wells
April 14th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: SAM dues increase
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: SAM dues increase

It makes Lifetime Membership sound better and better. If anyone has the means when you are young, then I recommend getting lifetime membership in all organizations to hedge inflation. And as to costs for magic, there is still one great FREE source for magic entertainment and education: podcasts. Sup...
by Scott Wells
April 14th, 2018, 11:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning

... except magicians but of course they don't count. Except in terms of attendance at magic conventions. I think that Chip was envisioning this as being a conference for magicians rather than the general public. Perhaps there would be more of the public interest and attendance in Canada who would r...
by Scott Wells
April 13th, 2018, 11:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slight Club
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Slight Club

Mahdi Gilbert wrote:Hi,

I call it "Slight" as a pun because I don't have hands.

Best,
Mahdi


The perfect answer in every way! Thanks, Mahdi.
by Scott Wells
April 13th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning

My feeling is that any event should be held in Canada. That is where he hails from. Yes, but the key word in your post is “from”. He made it big in the U.S. and the reason I suggest (and it’s only a suggestion) that it be in Louisiana is so people could see Chip’s collection rather than having him ...
by Scott Wells
April 13th, 2018, 6:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning

My feeling is that any event should be held in Canada. That is where he hails from. Yes, but the key word in your post is “from”. He made it big in the U.S. and the reason I suggest (and it’s only a suggestion) that it be in Louisiana is so people could see Chip’s collection rather than having him ...
by Scott Wells
April 13th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Chip Romero - A "Chip" Off Of Doug Henning

So, Chip mused whether or not there would be interest in holding a one-time magic event honoring Doug Henning. If such a “Doug Henning Weekend Of Wonder” was held in or near Lake Charles, Louisiana (so registrant could visit Chip’s collection), how much interest would there be?

Would you attend?

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