The Magic Word Podcast

The Magic Word Podcast

Your host, Scott Wells, is a full time professional magician who has traveled around the world where he has met, worked with and become friends with some pretty cool people. Enjoy listening to these podcasts with magicians talking about their magic, magic conventions and what's going on in the magic scene today.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 74 min
Called by MAGIC Magazine as one of the 100 "Most Influential Magicians of the 20th Century", Max Maven joins us this week for a chat. Max has appeared in nearly every magic magazine in the world and even on the cover of several. He is a noted mentalist and magician and recipient of many awards including The Allan Slaight Award for Lifetime Achievement. Max has appeared on this podcast from time to time when we ran into each...
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February 18, 2021 69 min
Winner of the Academy of Magical Arts (the Magic Castle) trophy for “Close-Up Magician of the Year”, Suzanne the Magician joins us this week to talk about her experience of preparing then fooling Penn & Teller on their hit television show and also discuss ideas for performing in restaurants. This is the video discussed on this week’s episode with Matt Mercy performing his PowerPoint Presentation on “Penn & Teller Fool Us”As...
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February 11, 2021 64 min
Las Vegas-based magician, Tim Wise, talks about 3-D printing, working with David Copperfield, leaving school to tour with Dennis Loomis, hosting Jeff McBride's "Wonderground", Abra.TV and more. Tim has so many stories that it was hard to keep this podcast to one hour as we could have easily spent the entirety of our conversation on any one subject.





















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Atlanta-based magician, Ken Scott Wisenbaker, dropped his legal last name to a shortened stage name of “Ken Scott.” Find out this week why he changed it and who recommended it. Ken is a multiple year winning Magician of the Year for the Atlanta club. He will be the incoming International President of the I.B.M. at this year’s annual convention slated for July 7-10 in Pittsburgh, PA. He is also the organizer of the annual Atlanta Ha...
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Luna Shimada is the second generation of the Shimada family dynasty but she has made her own way into the world of entertainment. Not to be defined by her father’s fame nor style, Luna has forged a successful stage persona that caused Jeff McBride to say, “You are a female me!” Indeed, her “mask” act is unique and not a copy of Jeff’s but is her own character. And that is just one part of her performances.This is a full act version...
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The Dean of the Society of American Magicians, George Schindler, has lived through many generations of magicians both celebrated and relatively unknown and he remembers them all. This week George shares many of his stories. George will be celebrating his 92nd birthday on March 31st this year and his memory of events is as clear as if they happened yesterday. He is an author, actor, performer, creator, lecturer, magic dealer, ventri...
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During a recent trip from Houston, Texas, to Michigan, I had the opportunity to sit down for an in-depth conversation with one of magic’s creative thinkers, Sean Bogunia. Although he might be best known to you as the creator of the Ultimate Dancing Hank (in a Bottle), he prefers for that not to be his seminal legacy. He has many other creations to his credit that are in the working repertoires of professional magicians and he has e...
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January 7, 2021 73 min
From behind the radio microphone to trade show floors to celebrity charity shows to casino showrooms to a one-man show, Dave Magee is one of those performers who excels in every category. He is one of the busiest magicians who most magicians have never heard of. He doesn’t have products for sale to magicians and rarely appears at magic conventions. But he has found more than one niche where he is comfortable and earns a very comfor...
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From England, Romany talks about the arc of her career that brought her from the dreams of a young girl to seeing her name in lights on the grand stage. It has not all been a “bed of roses” and she has dealt with hardships, heartbreak and mental issues. From a nine to five job with British Telephone to performing the streets then to Las Vegas and cruise ships, Romany has had quite a life. Or should I say she “is” having quite a lif...
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This has been a tough year for the entire world but particularly for “gig” workers…like magicians. And Las Vegas seems to employ the most magicians per square mile than any other place on earth. So, what was this past year like in Las Vegas? What is it like now? And what does the future look like? Well, this week we “return to Vegas” for our annual holiday visit with “Celebrity Magician”, Murray Sawchuck. Murray is currently the on...
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This week I reconnect with an old friend who used to live and perform in Houston , Texas, before moving to our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C.. Charles Greene III was the single busiest restaurant performer in the early 1980;s in Houston with about a dozen restaurants per week. He literally wrote the book on working magic at restaurants. He then launched a successful career in trade shows which has been his “bread and butter” fo...
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December 10, 2020 71 min
More than a magician and more than a comedian, Harrison Greenbaum is in high demand. Our industry refers to those of us who are “comedy magicians” like Mac King, for example. But for someone who stand behind a microphone without any accoutrements and makes people laugh, well…that is a true comedian. Harrison is also well versed as a magician having attended then later taught at Tannen’s Magic Cam and performing magic at magic conve...
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December 3, 2020 71 min
Multiple award winner, Stuart Macdonald continues to reinvent himself. From a nine to five job in the corporate world, he developed a contest act that won awards after awards that took him around the world. Along the way, he performed magic on the college circuit and spent many years producing a haunted house that had thousands of visitors annually with a staff of over 50 employees. He developed a character (Richard Presto) for the...
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Eileen McFalls spent much of the 1980’s with legendary street magician, Jim Cellini, during his formative and growth years on the street. All of this “underbelly” of an otherwise unseen world is brought into focus in the memoirs of his traveling companion, Eileen McFalls in, “No Ordinary Magic - Unexpected Travels with the Great Cellini.” Few books give such details recounting the sights, sounds, smells and ambiance of an era and,...
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November 19, 2020 70 min
Ran’D Shine has embraced and thrived in the current environment with the knowledge that his virtual shows will be added value to his clients that include colleges and corporate audiences. Ran’D has a great lecture for magicians that He understands business and marketing. But he also appreciates the importance of originality and authenticity. He revels in his originality and “being different” from the crowded field of magicians.Magi...
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November 12, 2020 72 min
Ariann Black was voted the Female Magician of the Decade in Las Vegas. Though her one-woman show has long since disappeared from the Strip, she continues to be relevant in our magic community. Nowadays Ariann can be found in her native home in Canada working on her coffee table book about female magicians from yesteryear. She also currently hosts a weekly cooking show on Facebook called, “Ariann Black’s Magic Kitchen” which feature...
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Sir Pat Trick came on the radar of most magicians at the 2013 MAGIC Live! convention when the late Joanie Spina gave a presentation about developing a stage persona. By example, she showed a video of one of her students who had submitted a video then she introduced us to Patrick Thernes who performed a completely different act with a totally new character. The transformation was evident and it led to Patrick achieving his lifelong ...
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This Halloween season we travel to Colorado to visit the “Stanley Hotel” where resident magician and medium (at large), Aiden Sinclair presents bizarre magic with a decided twist. You may recognize the Stanley Hotel as being the inspiration for Stephen King to write “The Shining” that was later produced into a blockbuster movie. Not only does Aiden perform his “Illusions of the Passed” (yes, that is spelled correctly) at the Stanle...
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October 22, 2020 65 min
Edgar Allan Poe is a “favorite son” of Baltimore, Maryland (though it is not his birthplace). Our guest this week, Vince Wilson, has established “Poe’s Magic Theatre” in the Lord Baltimore Hotel where he performs stage shows with a bizarre theme. He also welcomes guest magicians to perform in the theatre, too. To supplement the magic shows, Vince also offers dinner theatre experiences with Murder Mysteries featuring themes like She...
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October 15, 2020 66 min
British magician, humorist, consultant, coach and Tommy Cooper imitator, Clive St. James has accomplished so much as he continues to spread the joy of laughter to classes and audiences. Clive is also a Guinness World Record holder for the most jokes told in in one minute. He also teaches “laughter yoga” to groups for reducing stress and generally enjoying life more But the focus of this episode is on his tribute show to Tommy Coope...
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