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>A Podcast For Magicians That's About Magiicians and Hosted By A Magician.

>A Podcast For Magicians That's About Magiicians and Hosted By A Magician.
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>A Podcast For Magicians That's About Magiicians and Hosted By A Magician.




397: John Gaspard - The Linking Rings, an Eli Marks Mystery

John Gaspard's professional magician (and unassuming detective), Eli Marks, is at it again solving crimes while spinning his own web of mystery for his audiences during his visit to The Magic Circle in London, England. Here is a quick overview: Eli's trip to London with his uncle Harry quickly turns homicidal when the older magician finds himself accused of murder. A second slaying does little to take the spotlight off Harry. Instead it's clear someone is knocking off Harry's elderly peers...

Duration: 00:32:57

396: Another Murray Christmas

It’s that time of year. It’s holiday magic as we return for our annual visit with Murray Sawchuck in Las Vegas. I like to chat with Murray to find out how he has evolved and grown plus get updates on what’s happening on the Vegas scene. I think it will be an interesting comparison to look back over the years to see how a professional magician has evolved and achieved success in this business. Each year Murray has changed casino venues, changed his act (from CD’s to comedy), married and...

Duration: 02:21:52

395: Andre Kole and Company

According to Genii's "Magicpedia", Andre Kole is an American magician and inventor of magical effects. He is also a committed Christian and is a public speaker for the evangelical group Campus Crusade for Christ International. But more than than, I know him as a friend and creative genius. He has received numerous awards in and outside of the magic community. One such accolade I remember him receiving was the "Guest of Honor" when the I.B.M. hosted its annual national convention in...

Duration: 00:45:13

394: David Charvet - History Comes Alive

David Charvet is a noted historian of our art and well-known for his uncanny portrayal of the late Harry Blackstone, Jr. David is not only a performer and historian, but an author of several books including biographies of Alexander, Willard the Wizard, Emil Jarrow and others. He has trouped with Stan Kramien and worked with many of the greats in magic showbiz. You can hear David's scholarly talk about Willard the Wizard that he gave to a select group at the recent T.A.O.M. convention by...

Duration: 03:40:01

393: Justin Flom - Social Media Sensation

Justin Flom started his career with a seven year stint in Branson, Missouri and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars. But not discouraged, and thanks to the prompting of Shawn Farqhuar to go from large to small (that is, illusions to close-up), Justin posted a video of the "Soldiers Deck of Cards" that went viral (with over 5MM views and counting) and led to his many appearances on "The Ellen Show" and a variety of other chat shows then to his association on "Wizard Wars" to his current...

Duration: 02:28:42

392: Martin Lewis - A Study In Experience

Martin Lewis is an enigma and a most creative genius. His creations are integral parts of many professional magicians including David Copperfield and many others. Here is a live performance of Martin Lewis' "Cardiographic" effect. The kid he was doing the trick for accidentally flashes her card to me. Martin says, "I wish it were always that easy :)" Time Stamps for this podcast: 00:01:54 - Martin talks about Earthquake Magoon's in San Francisco, California where a cache of...

Duration: 01:23:26

391: The Evasons - Two Minds, One Thought

Jeff and Tessa Evason are of one mind.when it comes to...well, about everything. We sat down at the 2017 MAGIC Live! convention in Las Vegas for a wonderful chat about their experiences as a two-person mind reading duo. Since 1983, Jeff and Tessa have performed in over 35 countries across the globe and made numerous TV appearances on major networks like NBC, FOX, and Discovery Channel. The international Psychic Entertainers Association (P.E.A) gave them their most prestigious honor for...

Duration: 02:15:53

390: Larry Becker - A Piece Of My Mind

Larry Becker is a legend in his own time. He is a master mentalist who blazed the trail for many who followed. As mentioned in the podcast, Larry was cool long before mentalism was cool. He and his business partner, Lee Earle, created one of the most successful partnerships in mentalism with their company "Mentalism Unlimited". Between them they created some of the most original material that is still used by top mentalists today. Larry would like to be remembered for his "Russian...

Duration: 01:33:37

389: Alan Howard - Passing the Torch

This episode is entitled "Passing the Torch" because Alan Howard will be the next Editor and Chief of the M.U.M. journal for the Society of American Magicians. The "torch" will be passed from Michael Close and, to continue the analogy, Alan is a juggler so he is used to passing torches...literally. We had the opportunity to chat with Alan Howard when he was in Houston for the memorial service for long time friend, John Moehring. Alan traveled from Florida just for this special occasion to...

Duration: 02:44:38

388: David Garrard - The Ace of All Trades

During his travels across the country on a lecture tour, David Garrard stopped by the microphone of The Magic Word to talk about his life in magic and his diverse background that has kept his life fulfilled. Moving to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1975, David became fast friends with local magicians including Lance Burton and Mac King. During his 50+ years of magic, David has found success in performing in churches, trade shows, children's parties, stage shows, television, close-up and more....

Duration: 01:24:05

387: Orson Bean - It Began With A Fir Tree

The cover of a 1960 comedy album showed Orson Bean holding a "Fir Tree" (made from rolled-up newspaper) which started the search. While in the Los Angeles, California area, I learned that Orson Bean had an interest in magic and even belonged to the Academy of Magical Arts. In a fortunate turn of events, The Magic Word Podcast was able to visit the home of legendary actor and comedian, Orson Bean, and his lovely wife (and talented actor in her own right), Alley Mills. What started out as a...

Duration: 01:04:15

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...

Duration: 01:12:27

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

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

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