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by Scott Wells
February 23rd, 2018, 7:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rachel Colombini
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: Rachel Colombini

I am sincerely sorry for my part in misreporting her death. I have never been so happy to have been so wrong. I, too, am very sorry for reporting her demise. But it was based on unrefuted testimony from those whom I thought should know best. I am so glad to read that she is “on the right side of th...
by Scott Wells
February 22nd, 2018, 1:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Walter "Zaney" Blaney's Surpri"Z"e 90th Birthday Party
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Walter "Zaney" Blaney's Surpri"Z"e 90th Birthday Party

Many were invited though few could make the trip, but a great time was had by all who attended. And if you were not one of those who could make it to Walter "Zaney" Blaney's Surpri"Z"e ("Z" for "Zaney") 90th Birthday Celebration, then you can vicariously enjoy...
by Scott Wells
February 22nd, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Podcast Report from Blackpool
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Podcast Report from Blackpool

Martin Cox sent in an audio report from the 2018 Blackpool Magic Convention. Martin recorded conversations with several friends throughout the three days including chats with dealers, registrants, talent and organizers. If you didn't attend this year's event, then this may be the next best thing...a...
by Scott Wells
February 15th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Q&A With Richard Turner on DEALT
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Q&A With Richard Turner on DEALT

Following a recent screening of Richard Turner's documentary, "DEALT", here in Houston, Texas, I was fortunate to conduct a Skype chat with Richard projected to the big screen. In attendance were film buffs from a local film club plus about two dozen local magicians and guests. Richard cha...
by Scott Wells
February 8th, 2018, 10:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rudy Coby - Around the World on Four Legs
Replies: 0
Views: 217

Rudy Coby - Around the World on Four Legs

A few years ago I was surprised when I heard a couple guys talking on a podcast that they didn't know much about Rudy Coby or who he is/was. I guess I can understand that because he has been at the extremes; either high profile with his own network TV specials and working at the Crazy Horse in Paris...
by Scott Wells
February 1st, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MagiCuba
Replies: 0
Views: 210

MagiCuba

This week on The Magic Word Podcast we finally release a conversation we recorded last summer at MAGIC Live! with Jon Stetson and John Rose. They are organizing MagiCuba (http://magicuba.org/) which will be November 7-11, 2018 with a stellar line-up of talent. This podcast was held back pending ever...
by Scott Wells
January 29th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MagiFest 2018 Updates
Replies: 0
Views: 396

MagiFest 2018 Updates

During this past week, I posted daily updates from the convention floor in Columbus, Ohio. For those of you who already subscribe and follow The Magic Word, you know that I always post such updates so those who cannot be there get the next best thing with conversations from the day and posted late a...
by Scott Wells
January 24th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Brief History of Magic on the Internet
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: A Brief History of Magic on the Internet

Thank you, Steve, for the clarification and details on your important contribution. I did not remember the name of your BBS nor the timeline but I did know that you had developed that program. So, that is great to have your post for historical reasons. To assure that it stays embedded with the podca...
by Scott Wells
January 20th, 2018, 2:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Brief History of Magic on the Internet
Replies: 3
Views: 671

A Brief History of Magic on the Internet

Jim Sisti was the creator, publisher and editor of "The Magic Menu" for several years beginning in the 1990's. During that time, his newsletter went through many "desktop publishing" changes as the technology evolved. He was also intimately and actively involved with posting on B...
by Scott Wells
January 16th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Berglas - International Man of Mystery, Part Two
Replies: 2
Views: 391

David Berglas - International Man of Mystery, Part Two

We conclude our two-part podcast with David Berglas this week with a lively conversation about some topics near and dear to David's heart. First off we chat about his work with the film "Casino Royale" starring Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers. This was what got Dav...
by Scott Wells
January 4th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Berglas - International Man of Mystery, Part One
Replies: 0
Views: 391

David Berglas - International Man of Mystery, Part One

In an historic meeting in 2002, Banachek and I (along with our wives) had a memorable dinner with David Berglas and his wife, Ruth. Since then we have been friends and it was nice to catch up for an epic podcast. This week The Magic Word Podcast celebrates its 400th episode with this first of a two-...
by Scott Wells
January 4th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anthony Owen - Behind The Scenes
Replies: 0
Views: 315

Anthony Owen - Behind The Scenes

Anthony Owen, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star, definitely has the credits to his name as a producer, director, and creator of magic shows on stage and television. He has won numerous awards from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and Rose D’or for his work. He has produced all of Derren Brown's television ...
by Scott Wells
January 4th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Andre Kole and Company
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Andre Kole and Company

On a recent visit to Phoenix, AZ, I had the opportunity to have dinner with a long-time friend, Andre Kole, and his lovely wife, Kathy. My hope was to record our chat for a podcast. But due to Andre's health, memory and speech, I thought it would be better to just enjoy our time together rather than...
by Scott Wells
January 4th, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bill Palmer - Renaissance Man
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Bill Palmer - Renaissance Man

"Merlin the Magician", "The Cups and Balls Guy", "The Borodin and Punx Books Translator", "Bluegrass Aficionado" and "The Renaissance Man". All are monikers which describe Bill Palmer. In this podcast, Bill gives a mini-lecture for a one-on-one audie...
by Scott Wells
December 14th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: John Gaspard - Author of "The Linking Rings", an Eli Marks Mystery
Replies: 0
Views: 343

John Gaspard - Author of "The Linking Rings", an Eli Marks Mystery

Just in time for the holidays, John Gaspard offers his fourth in the mystery novel series about Eli Marks, a fictional magician who gets embroiled in solving homicides. In this latest book, Eli Marks travels with his uncle Harry (a character loosely modeled on Jay Marshall) to London, England to vis...
by Scott Wells
December 14th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another "Murray" Christmas with Murray Sawchuck
Replies: 0
Views: 313

Another "Murray" Christmas with Murray Sawchuck

Murray Sawchuck, Celebrity Magician, has quite a following. And with over a half BILLION views on his YouTube channel, his moniker is well-deserved. The Magic Word Podcast has traditionally visited with Murray each December to check out what's going on in his world and in the Las Vegas magic scene, ...
by Scott Wells
November 23rd, 2017, 1:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Charvet - History Comes Alive
Replies: 0
Views: 282

David Charvet - History Comes Alive

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow magi around the world, even though we are celebrating this day today only in the U.S. This week we offer you a low calorie yet delicious treat...David Charvet. David shares lots of stories from his vast knowledge of our rich history’s past. David knew and even wor...
by Scott Wells
November 23rd, 2017, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Flom - Social Media Sensation
Replies: 0
Views: 262

Justin Flom - Social Media Sensation

I’m a little late in posting this reminder for last week’s podcast, but it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Justin Flom performed in Branson for many years and lost hundreds of thousand stories of dollars. So he switched to close-up where he has found great success. Thanks to his social media foo...
by Scott Wells
November 9th, 2017, 1:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 772

Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience

Martin Lewis has resided in the U.S. for 50 years and has left and is still leaving) an indelible mark on our craft. His creative genius has brought us several original effects that have found their way into the acts of many of us including Michael Weber, Dan Garrett, and David Copperfield, just to ...
by Scott Wells
November 2nd, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Evasons - Two Minds - One Thought
Replies: 0
Views: 312

The Evasons - Two Minds - One Thought

While attending MAGIC Live! this past summer, Jeff and Tessa Evason were among the attendees. We had a chance to sit down to record a chat about their lives, how they met (Tessa was a fashion model), their work as magicians on cruise ships, and how they came to add the two person mind reading to the...
by Scott Wells
October 26th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Larry Becker - A Piece Of My Mind
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Larry Becker - A Piece Of My Mind

Larry Becker is one of those names in our business who has developed nothing less than a cult following since hitting the mentalism scene so many decades ago. Larry was cool when people didn't even know what mentalism was. He worked at his craft for many years and, with Lee Earle (and their company,...
by Scott Wells
October 19th, 2017, 10:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alan Howard - Passing the Torch
Replies: 0
Views: 348

Alan Howard - Passing the Torch

During last weekend’s memorial service of the late John Moehring, several people traveled great distances to honor our late friend in Houston, Texas. On of those who eulogized the late Editor of MAGIC Magazine and the M.U.M. Journal was Alan Howard. On this week’s podcast, Alan talks about his late ...
by Scott Wells
October 18th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Garrard: The Ace of All Trades
Replies: 0
Views: 288

David Garrard: The Ace of All Trades

On this week's podcast, we visit with one of the real "workers" who may not be as widely known in the magic community as he should. As a youth minister, he divides his time performing in nearly every venue from stage shows to trade shows, close-up to mentalism, intimate venues to State Fai...
by Scott Wells
October 6th, 2017, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Orson Bean - It Began With A Fir Tree
Replies: 0
Views: 398

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: 486

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: 1370

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: 451

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: 426

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: 2509

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: 1078

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: 488

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: 488

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: 784

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: 396

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: 496

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: 410

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: 403

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: 424

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: 290

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: 342

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 ...

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