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by Scott Wells
October 6th, 2019, 2:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Daily Updates on The Magic Word Podcast
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Re: Genii Convention Daily Updates on The Magic Word Podcast

There was a numbering problem with a few of the podcasts. Here are the links that work: Day One: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/521-2019-genii-convention-day-one Day Two: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/522-2019-genii-convention-day-two Day Three: https://www...
by Scott Wells
October 5th, 2019, 1:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Daily Updates on The Magic Word Podcast
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Genii Convention Daily Updates on The Magic Word Podcast

In case you have missed the first three days of updates on the podcast and you want to know what's been going on, you can find them on The Magic Word Podcast And of course, you can always download the episodes wherever you get your podcasts. Just subscribe to The Magic Word Podcast. But the first th...
by Scott Wells
September 30th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Looking for a room at Genii
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: Looking for a room at Genii

Something just came up so it looks like I’ll be attending and posting daily podcasts. I have a registration and flight but need to share a room. I’ve sent a request to join the Facebook group, but time’s growing short. Anybody have an opening in the convention hotel room to share that might not mind...
by Scott Wells
August 29th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Bannon - Scholar, Solicitor, Sorcerer
Replies: 0
Views: 332

John Bannon - Scholar, Solicitor, Sorcerer

This week we finally catch up with John Bannon. Our paths have crossed several times over the past three years with promises to sit down and record a chat. This week on The Magic Word Podcast John talks about his experience inn recording his DVD's from the old VHS days with A-1 to his appearances on...
by Scott Wells
August 27th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Greg Koren and John Gaspard - New Books for Young and Old
Replies: 0
Views: 421

Greg Koren and John Gaspard - New Books for Young and Old

Magic books and tricks come out so very often, but there are precious few books written that feature magicians doing real sleight-of-hand and not fairy tale, Harry Potter-type magic. Such is the case with two suggestions for mystery novels released this month. Both authors join me this week on The M...
by Scott Wells
August 1st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Regal - Scene and Heard
Replies: 0
Views: 547

David Regal - Scene and Heard

Leading up to the epic 500th episode of The Magic Word Podcast, I don't want listeners to miss out on the 499th episode featuring the incomparable David Regal that debuted a few weeks ago. Since that episode was released, many more followed but I didn't get a chance to tell you about it. It has alre...
by Scott Wells
August 1st, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daily Updates from I.B.M. Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Re: Daily Updates from I.B.M. Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona

Thank you, Scott--fine job as always! <snip >- Scott, do you have any attendance figures on the convention and do you know whether or not we broke even? Thanks! I was told that they had a little less than 500 attendees thanks to "walk-ins" and day passes. That includes organizers, youth, ...
by Scott Wells
July 16th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daily Updates from I.B.M. Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Daily Updates from I.B.M. Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona

If you were unable to attend this year's I.B.M. convention, or you did attend and would like to hear some perspectives of other registrants, then be sure to listen to the four daily updates from the convention hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. Overall, it was a good convention attended by nearly 500 peo...
by Scott Wells
July 16th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 500 Episodes! Uri Geller - Not Bending the Truth
Replies: 2
Views: 450

500 Episodes! Uri Geller - Not Bending the Truth

The Magic Word Podcast recently reached a significant milestone of 500 episodes. The epic 500th featured the celebrated and controversial Israeli Phenomenon, Uri Geller. Uri seldom grants interviews for print, video or audio so this was significant. He granted unlimited access to ask any question wi...
by Scott Wells
June 26th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Kaufman Wins Second Allan Slaight Award
Replies: 10
Views: 1541

Re: Richard Kaufman Wins Second Allan Slaight Award

Congratulations, my friend. Well deserved...again.
by Scott Wells
June 20th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pat Hazell - Part One: Notes From Home
Replies: 0
Views: 448

Pat Hazell - Part One: Notes From Home

Pat Hazell starts off saying that he may be one of my most obscure guests. I disagree. I know that many of you remember him from his offerings in the Adam Fleischer books, "New York Magic Symposium" (Collection 4 & 5), his multiple appearances in comedy clubs and on late night TV "...
by Scott Wells
June 19th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Convention Room Mate Finder
Topic: Looking for Roommate for 2019 IBM Convention in Scottsdale
Replies: 0
Views: 829

Looking for Roommate for 2019 IBM Convention in Scottsdale

I have a room reserved for four nights (July 10-13) at the Talking Stick Hotel, host hotel of this year’s IBM Convention. If you are a non smoker and don’t mind me being up late working on daily Convention updates for my podcasts, then let me know if you want to share the room. I have the convention...
by Scott Wells
May 30th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Danny Orleans - The Omni-Magician
Replies: 0
Views: 371

Danny Orleans - The Omni-Magician

Danny Orleans used his skills as a kindergarten teacher to launch a successful career as a children's entertainer having done hundreds and hundreds of school shows for both children and teenagers. During that time, he put his foot into the trade show market where he found new footing. And then (with...
by Scott Wells
May 23rd, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Gertner - The Ultimate "Show" Man
Replies: 0
Views: 503

Paul Gertner - The Ultimate "Show" Man

While attending the recent Tomsoni Memorial Service, I got to spend some time with my good friend (and yours, too), Paul Gertner. We sat down at the airport awaiting our "red eye" flight and to kill the time, we recorded a very interesting conversation. Paul and I talk a bit about the pers...
by Scott Wells
May 16th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

Werner Reich - Death Camp Conjuror

There is one person at each MagiFest that attracts my attention. I love and enjoy watching the "usual suspects" whom we often see and hear at magic conventions. But Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin have a way of always finding and attracting that "certain someone" whom I have never se...
by Scott Wells
April 22nd, 2019, 11:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Cornelius Has Died
Replies: 5
Views: 1365

John Cornelius Has Died

It is with much regret that I report on the passing of another great, creative, FISM winning magician, John Cornelius. I’m not sure of the details but I think he died at home over this last weekend. The sadness continues. I posted a short conversation with him during a recent TAOM Convention here: h...
by Scott Wells
April 14th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Celebration of Life Service
Replies: 2
Views: 1087

Johnny Thompson Celebration of Life Service

Hundreds of friends gathered in Las Vegas on April 9th at the Penn & Teller Theatre to honor the legendary Johnny Thompson. The service that was intended to be about an hour and a half with 18 speakers actually ran a little over two hours. But the attendees could have stayed all night and everyo...
by Scott Wells
April 4th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric Stevens - Perspective
Replies: 0
Views: 343

Eric Stevens - Perspective

It is hard to keep track of all the young, up and coming magicians, but I try to catch a few. One example of the "new breed" is Eric Stevens who is the guest on this week's episode of The Magic Word Podcast. He recently completed a nationwide lecture tour and on this podcast, he talks abou...
by Scott Wells
March 28th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Les Arnold - More Inspired
Replies: 0
Views: 298

Les Arnold - More Inspired

According to Genii's Magicpedia, Les Arnold is the grandson of The Great Leon and nephew of Leon Leon and performs with his daughter Alex as "Les Arnold and Dazzle". He was also the President of the famed "Long Beach Mystics" in 1962. In this week's podcast, we go much deeper to ...
by Scott Wells
March 28th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jessica Jane Peterson - Right Place, Right Time
Replies: 0
Views: 286

Jessica Jane Peterson - Right Place, Right Time

At 27 years of age, Jessica Jane Peterson has been in the right place at the right time. Things have been lined up like dominoes as they have begun falling in place. But fortune favors the prepared. She came from a background of entertainment and was performing on stage as an adolescent and she's ju...
by Scott Wells
March 18th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Guy Hollingworth - The Expert At The Card Table
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Re: Guy Hollingworth - The Expert At The Card Table

Ron Giesecke wrote:I just subscribed. The Hollingworth episode is stated to be “temporarily unavailable.”

I’ll check back! Thank you!


Thanks for the note. I believe I have fixed the link. Please try again. If it's not still working, then PM me. Thanks again.
by Scott Wells
March 18th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penguin MAXX - Southwest 2019 - Convention Update on Podcast
Replies: 0
Views: 326

Penguin MAXX - Southwest 2019 - Convention Update on Podcast

I hadn't necessarily planned to attend nor cover the one day event known as Penguin MAXX. But at the last minute I decided to attend since it was only a short four hour drive from Houston to Dallas. I'm glad I did both (attend and report) because it was really more of a one day mini convention rathe...
by Scott Wells
March 18th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Guy Hollingworth - The Expert At The Card Table
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Guy Hollingworth - The Expert At The Card Table

Guy Hollingworth was the Guest of Honor at this year's MagiFest in Columbus, Ohio, and the "cover boy" for the March 2019 issue of Genii Magazine. As reported earlier, it was a good convention with some outstanding talent including many of the world's best such Juan Tamariz, Yann Frisch, a...
by Scott Wells
March 9th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Thompson Passes
Replies: 20
Views: 3917

Johnny Thompson Passes

I just learned that Johnny Thompson passed today, I think due to complications of pneumonia leading to heart failure. He will leave a gaping hole in the magic community. Aloha, my friend, and friend to all magicians.
by Scott Wells
March 8th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Dusheck Passes
Replies: 16
Views: 2684

Steve Dusheck Passes

I read on a Facebook post that Steve Dusheck died on the morning of March 8, 2019. Has this been verified? If so, then it is another sad loss upon another after hearing about the passing of Marshall Brodien last night.
by Scott Wells
March 7th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Looking For Erdnase" a Feature Film in Production by Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer
Replies: 4
Views: 962

"Looking For Erdnase" a Feature Film in Production by Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer

There seems to be an unceasing interest in the mystery of the true identity of the author of "Expert at the Card Table". There is now yet another effort to bring this mystery to life on screen in a documentary. Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer is a German filmmaker who is taking a little differe...
by Scott Wells
February 28th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Hatch (Part Two) - The Plains Magicians
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Richard Hatch (Part Two) - The Plains Magicians

In the second and final part of our conversation with Richard Hatch, he finishes with his stories regarding his search for Erdnase then goes into some detail about his findings on Washington Simmons who was a magician in the late 1800's who traveled through Utah and the Plains States. He also talks ...
by Scott Wells
February 22nd, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Hatch (Part One) - Searching for S.W. Erdnase
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Richard Hatch (Part One) - Searching for S.W. Erdnase

Richard Hatch (the "H" in the partnership with Charlie Randall in "H&R Magic Books") speaks to us this week about the beginnings of the book business, his work on the Hofzinser book, his association with Walter Graham, and a little about Karl Fulves. But the meat of this week...
by Scott Wells
February 14th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Three Fer: Jamy Ian Swiss, Stan Allen and Tom Gagnon
Replies: 0
Views: 352

Three Fer: Jamy Ian Swiss, Stan Allen and Tom Gagnon

While attending magic conventions, I post daily updates featuring short conversations with talent, registrants, dealers and organizers. While at the recent MagiFest, I spoke with three registrants that were a bit longer than what usually fits for "convention update content" but not long en...
by Scott Wells
February 7th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The House of Cards in Nashville, TN
Replies: 0
Views: 345

The House of Cards in Nashville, TN

One of the reasons I drove from Houston to Columbus for the MagiFest was so I could take my time and stop in Nashville, TN to visit one of the newest magic-themed restaurants/nightclubs in the U.S., the House of Cards (HOC). This is a lovely, old world type of underground bars (physically) that has ...
by Scott Wells
February 7th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Vorjohan on Tipping, Tricking and Twisting
Replies: 0
Views: 280

Tom Vorjohan on Tipping, Tricking and Twisting

On my recent trip to Columbus, Ohio for the annual MagiFest, I stopped in Nashville, Tennessee to visit the House of Cards and my friend tom Vorjohan. Tom is on the Board of Trustees of the I.B.M. and has been a successful restaurant magician for many years working two or three restaurants per week....
by Scott Wells
January 19th, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magi-Fest 2019 Updates
Replies: 1
Views: 629

Re: Magi-Fest 2019 Updates

by Scott Wells
January 19th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magi-Fest 2019 Updates
Replies: 1
Views: 629

Magi-Fest 2019 Updates

Not a lot of time for editorials here due to all that is going on here in Columbus, Ohio. But you can listen to the daily updates on the Magic Word Podcast. Day One Update: https://www.themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/470-2019-magi-fest-day-one-update Day Two Update: https://www.themagicwordp...
by Scott Wells
January 10th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chad Long - Seriously Silly
Replies: 0
Views: 401

Chad Long - Seriously Silly

Chad Long is a well-known name among most of us. But when was the last time (or even the first time) that you've gotten to sit down with him one-on-one for a one hour conversation? Well, this week on the Magic Word Podcast we "Chat with Chad" about the recent MagiCuba convention, creativit...
by Scott Wells
January 3rd, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joe Curcillo - The Mind Shark
Replies: 0
Views: 275

Joe Curcillo - The Mind Shark

Continuing with our series of Cuban conversations with conjurors, this week on The Magic Word Podcast we chat with Joseph Curcillo who closed a successful law practice to pursue another successful career in the corporate market as a professional mind reader and public speaker (hence the name "M...
by Scott Wells
December 29th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Goudeau - Everything Falls
Replies: 0
Views: 262

Michael Goudeau - Everything Falls

While in Havana attending MagiCuba, I sat down with Michael Goudeau to chat about his juggling career and how his path fortuitously crossed with Lance Burton and how they worked together for many years in Las Vegas. He also talks about his first meeting Penn & Teller while he and they were stree...
by Scott Wells
December 25th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obituary for Denny Haney
Replies: 17
Views: 2371

Re: Denny Haney is seriously ill

We had a nice chat at a MAES Convention a few years ago that was recorded and posted to YouTube. I have hosted a dozen of these talk shows with a variety of performers (like Ali Bomgo, Bud Dietrich, John Calvert and so many others) at Magic conventions over the years but this is the only one that ha...
by Scott Wells
December 20th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Ragsdale on John Scarne
Replies: 1
Views: 506

Bill Ragsdale on John Scarne

While I was in Havana for MagiCuba, I met a gentleman who teaches the occasional class on lock picking at the Magic Castle. Bill Ragsdale is uniquely qualified and his classes have been massively popular. I recorded a conversation with him for The Magic Word Podcast and learned quite a bit about loc...
by Scott Wells
December 16th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jonathan Levit - Never Stop Creating
Replies: 0
Views: 492

Jonathan Levit - Never Stop Creating

Most magicians remember Jonathan Levit as the co-host (along with Julie Eng) at MAGIC Live! over the past two years. But he was also a consultant for television and film like “Burt Wonderstone” and “Now You See Me” among others. He has also had acting roles on TV shows like the “X Files” and more. P...

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