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385: Saratoga Ballantine - My Father

While I was performing at the Magic Castle in 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down for a visit with Saratoga "Sara" Ballantine, the daughter of one of our "magical legends", Carl Ballantine. Carl was a treasure who was known not only throughout the magic community but also to the general populace in many television roles. His most notable role was as "Lester Gruber" on the popular TV show, "McHale's Navy". He appeared in many television shows and movies in the 1960's and 1970's. Billed as...

Duration: 01:12:27

384: Two Fer - Neal 'n Bull

While at the IBM/SAM Combined Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, I recorded some extended chats with a couple friends that were too long to be part of the daily convention updates but too short to complete a full hour for the podcast. So, this episode for the first time brings you not one, but two excellent chats with world class magicians: Jonathan Neal and David Bull. Two routines: Scarf through Rope and Original Two Ring RoutineA rare inside glimpse of a magical world- Marco the Magi's...

Duration: 01:33:21

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

Jim Davey is a filmmaker based out of Los Angeles, California who is currently raising funds to produce a documentary film about the book The Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase, it's history, legacy and the mystery surrounding it's authorship. The Indiegogo campaign features a variety of great perks including items from Daniel Madison, JM Authentics, David Ben and Ellusionist. Be sure to view the sizzle trailer (below) that features Brent Geris, David Ben, Richard Hatch, Jason...

Duration: 01:42:00

382: Day Four - 2017 T.A.O.M.

MONDAY 10:00 a.m. Lecture Doug Anderson Time Stamps for this Podcast: 00:01:37 - Gregg Lancaster and Bob Porttillo recapped the convention from their attendee perspective, plus we talk about establishing your own theater. 00:24:59 - 14-year-old Jacob "Jake" Rangel gives us his perspective from a young magician's perspective. Be sure to check out his YouTube Channel. 00:38:01 - Scott Wells wraps up the four day convention. Download this podcast in an MP3 file by Clicking Here and...

Duration: 00:50:45

381: Day Three - 2017 T.A.O.M.

SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Invisible Lodge 8:30 a.m. Gospel Program 9:30 a.m. TAOM Meeting 1000 a.m. Dealers open 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Houston Registration open for T.A.O.M. 2018 10:30 a.m. Lecture Gregory Wilson 1:00 p.m. Frankly Speaking (TED-like Talks): Doug Anderson, Trent James, Fred Becker, Christian Painter 3:00 p.m. Pro Close Up: Gregory Wilson ,Doug Anderson, The Other Brothers, Brent Braun, Christian Painter 4:00 p.m. Tech stage show 5:00 p.m. manager's cocktail reception 7:00...

Duration: 00:57:33

380: Day Two - 2017 T.A.O.M.

SATURDAY 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Registration open 9:00 a.m. Collectors meeting 10:00 a.m. dealers open 10:00 a.m. tech for stage contest 10:30 a.m. Lecture Brent Braun 12:00 noon Willard Lunch David Charvet 1:30 p.m. Lecture Nathan Phan 3:00 p.m. Close up Contest 4:00 p.m. Lecture Bizzaro 5:00 p.m. Managers cocktail reception 7:00 p.m. Dealers Close 8:00 p.m. evening program Stage Contest, Nathan Phan MC, Variations on a Theme 10:15 p.m.- Midnight War of the...

Duration: 01:04:50

379: Day One - 2017 T.A.O.M.

FRIDAY 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Registration open 12:00 noon Lecture Kylie Knight noon dealers open 2:30 p.m. Lecture The Other Brothers 4:00 p.m. Lecture David Charvet 5:00 p.m. TAOM Board meeting 5:00 p.m. managers cocktail reception 8:00 p.m. dealers close 8:00-9:45 p.m. Evening program Christian and Katalina and Gregory Wilson 10:00 p.m. Lecture Christian & Katalina Time stamps for this podcast: 00:09:20 - Diamond Jim Tyler is a dealer at this year's convention and he...

Duration: 00:54:43

378 - Tom Frank - Street Wise

Tom Frank crossed the U.S. on a major lecture tour in early 2017. While he was in Houston, Texas, I had a chance to chat with him about some of the things in his lecture plus some of the things that weren't. Tom performed on Universal Studio's "City Walk" for a number of years until he was bumped by Harry Potter. Tom Frank lectured for the Houston Association of Magicians and took some time to sit behind the new microphones to chat with Scott Wells for The Magic Word Podcast. Be sure to...

Duration: 01:10:13

377: Day Four - 2017 MAGIC Live!

Final day of MAGIC Live! filled with more sessions and conversations with friends. One of the best things about this convention is the opportunities to visit with old friends and make new ones. Certainly that can be said about all magic conventions, but because this one is during the weekdays, more professionals can attend because they are usually working on weekends. Time stamps for this podcast: (I will complete this later. I am going to bed now) 00: - Jon...

Duration: 01:34:05

376: Day Three - 2017 MAGIC Live!

Day Three was the second full day of activities, and depending upon the color of your lanyard holding your badge, determined whether one attended the morning General Session or two of the three Focus Sessions. I had the red lanyard which meant that I attended the General Session in the morning which was again capably hosted by Jonathan Levitt and Julie Eng. Their guest were interesting and entertaining and included Jonathan Goodwin, Levent, David Williamson and Richard Turner. The Focus...

Duration: 00:44:40

375: Day Two - 2017 MAGIC Live!

A run down and recap of many of the second day's activities. Actually, this was the first full day and for me, it went long into the night with a special honor given to Walter "Zaney" Blaney by David Copperfield at his museum. Time stamps for this podcast: 00:00:30 - Stan Allen kicks off the convention by explaining the vision 00:08:46 - Trixie Bond weighs in on her viewpoint as a female magician 00:17:31 - Bill Herz talks about the Michael Carbonaro tour plus the...

Duration: 00:32:49

374: Day One - 2017 MAGIC Live!

In this report from the first day of MAGIC Live!, we chat with quite a few people in an effort to get around to as many attendees as possible since there are 1,600 attendees. We also chat with a couple people prior to the start of the convention since we arrived two days early and attended a few shows. " data-lightbox-theme="dark"...

Duration: 02:19:44

373: John Cox is Wild About Houdini

John Cox is passionate about one prestidigitator...Harry Houdini. You could say he is "Wild About Harry". At least he says that. For nearly seven years, John has maintained a daily blog about Houdini. Who would have thought there is that much information to be found on a daily basis about Houdini? Well, there is new stuff being revealed more regularly than you could ever imagine. I first met John Cox when I was the "Medium" for the "Official Houdini Seance" in 2012 when we enjoyed the...

Duration: 01:52:24

372: Rick Wilcox - At Home In His Own Theater

Rick Wilcox has been a long-time friend and one whom I have been wanting to feature on this podcast for some time. I have known Rick for many years as a fellow "Four F'r" (from Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic annual close-up convention) who helps Jimmy C with the A/V for the close-up shows. We have talked about being an illusionist versus a close-up guy, but Rick does both. I knew he and his wife, Susan, had a long-running illusion show playing in their own 500 seat theater in...

Duration: 00:58:35

371: "Club Deception" by Sarah Skilton

As regular listeners of this podcast, you know that most episodes are chats with friends plus convention updates. I rarely post a podcast that is for self-promotion of a person or product. It is only if I think that the person or item is unique enough to warrant notice by our magic community. This podcast is one such episode. There are countless magic books and DVDs coming out each year on tricks, technique, theory and marketing. But the number of interesting fictional novels is much...

Duration: 00:47:39

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

This episode wraps up my week of short conversations with "Knights of the Castle" who were either performing with me that week or passing through and agreed to chat for a few moments. There will be additional, longer episodes devoted to longer conversations with some people in and around the Los Angeles area in upcoming podcasts. Time stamps for this podcast: 00:02:12 - Carl Christman, local California mentalist talks about his craft. 00:17:03 - Simon Coronel and Armado...

Duration: 00:59:27

369: Day Five IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

SATURDAY JULY 15 SCHEDULE 8:00 AM - NOON - Pre-Registration Opens for 2018 - Registration Area 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - I.B.M. Board Meeting- French Room 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Dealers Open - Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM - Martin Lewis Lecture | Group A Only - Grand Ballroom 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Close-Up Gala | Group B Only— Bomhard Theater 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Close-Up Gala | Group A Only— Bomhard Theater 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Martin Lewis Lecture | Group B Only - Grand Ballroom 3:00...

Duration: 02:33:47

368: Day Four IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

FRIDAY JULY 14 SCHEDULE 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Registration Opens - Registration Area 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Order of Merlin Breakfast- Cochran 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Dealers Open - Exhibit Hall 9:30 AM - NOON - Close-Up Contest - Grand Ballroom 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Max Maven Lecture - Grand Ballroom 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Juliana Chen Lecture - Grand Ballroom 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Grand Banquet - Archibald-Cochran, Rivue Tower 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Internat’l Magic Competition - Whitney Hall...

Duration: 01:41:16

367: Day Three - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

THURSDAY JULY 13 SCHEDULE 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Registration Opens - Registration Area 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Annual I.B.M. Business Meeting- Carrol Ford 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Dealers Open - Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - David Deeble - Grand Ballroom 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Stage Contest 2 - Grand Ballroom 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - David Ginn Lecture - Grand Ballroom 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM - S.A.M. Life Member Reception - Presidential Suite 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - World Stars of Magic - Whitney Hall...

Duration: 01:32:38

366: Day Two - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 SCHEDULE 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Registration Opens - Registration Area 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - S.A.M Annual Meeting - Carroll Ford Spouses Orientation - Combs Chandler 10:30 - NOON - I.B.M. Board Meeting - Nunn 11 AM - Noon - Bruce Kalver | Tech Tricks Lecture - Grand Ballroom 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Stage Contest 1 - Grand Ballroom 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Fielding West Lecture - Grand Ballroom 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Magic Circle Reception - Presidential Suite 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM...

Duration: 00:59:24

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