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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.

The Magic Word Podcast Scott Wells

    • Performing Arts

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.

    552: Daniel Summers - Zig Zag in a Suitcase

    552: Daniel Summers - Zig Zag in a Suitcase

    The name of Daniel Summers has come up on more than one occasion on this podcast. So, I thought it is time that we talk with this person who started as a ventriloquist, then became a cruise ship performer, college entertainer, hypnotist, “phone room” marketer, creator and builder. Dan is all of these plus a pretty nice guy and friends to many in the magic world. His original illusions are performed all over the world by all of the top illusionists including David Copperfield, Greg Gleason, Hans Klok and others. He has had feature articles published about him in VANISH Magazine and in MAGIC Magazine, but it is high time that you get to hear his voice.
    compressed illusion Daniel Summers performed by Papa Chico
    Greg Gleason performing Daniel Summers “Cutting Edge” illusion on Masters of Illusion television show.
    Lou Dupont, a ventriloquist who lived and performed in Las Vegas inspired Daniel Summers. (viewer discretion advised)
























































































































































































































































































    Dan talks with us this week about how his career could have taken a different turn had he decided to take the job of Cruise Ship Director. He also talks about his life on cruise ships in the early years, his work in theme parks, creating illusions, building il

    • 1 hr 28 min
    551: Coronavirus - Impact on Magicians

    551: Coronavirus - Impact on Magicians

    We are at the beginning of a “new normal” for an undetermined period. This pandemic is affecting the whole world and in particular, impacting our magic community in a serious way. Groups are postponing or canceling events where we were booked and then, almost literally overnight, many of our bookings over the next few months have dried up. Businesses and schools have closed or reduced their hours, people are asked not to congregate, and international travel has been banned.
    This episode is intended to keep us connected and to let each of you know that you are not alone as we are all feeling the pain. The assortment of guests on this week was random but includes performers from various backgrounds from cruise ships to corporate and birthday parties to trade shows. It is uncertain how long this trip will be and where it will take us, make us, or break us. Hopefully, it will be short and we can all return to doing what we love…entertaining people with magic!
    In this episode, Jamie Salinas discusses the cancellation of shows during this Pandemic.


































































































































































































































































    A link is mentioned on the podcast that refers you to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Here is the link for all of the State Departments in the U.S.: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html
    Johns Hopkins has an excellent website with regular updates and news on the virus. Click Here to visit their webs

    • 1 hr 41 min
    550: Diamond Jim - the Bamboozler

    550: Diamond Jim - the Bamboozler

    Diamond Jim Tyler is a world class close-up magician who has lectured and performed for magicians and corporate clients around the world…well, he hasn’t yet been to Japan, but I’m sure that’s coming soon. Diamond Jim is well known as the author of the three volume series of “Bamboozlers” books which contain bar bets and friendly cons. He is working on a fourth volume and ultimately a compendium of the series. Diamond Jim is also known for his many appearances with Brian Brushwood on his “Scam School” episodes.
    This week we give you the first in a series of episodes guest starring Brian's pal, the award-winning badass magician Diamond Jim Tyler! Be like Diamond Jim ...
























































































































































































































    This week Diamond Jim talks about how he got his stage name, stories from the road, work with difficult clients, and and interesting chat about his many lectures around the world.






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    Click on the image above to visit Penguin Magic and download Diamond Jim’s 5 Star lecture discussed on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    549: Mercer Helms - Trust Me

    549: Mercer Helms - Trust Me

    Mercer Helms is a retired dove magician, though he shouldn’t be “pigeon-holed” like that (pun intended). He has retired to Houston, Texas after a long and illustrative career in Los Angeles California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Many years ago he continues to work in and around Houston due to his wife’s failing health. We frequently worked together at Houston’s Magic Island where he was the opening dove act and much loved by the audiences.
    You can view a video of him performing his dove routine on the Magicana.com website by Clicking Here





































































































































    In this week’s episode, Mercer talks about his relationship with Phyllis Diller, how they came to know each other, a few “tales from the road”, plus what it was like working in the old circuit that included the Catskills and old Las Vegas.






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    The Magic Book Shop: This week our sponsor is offering listeners the chance to win a copy of Daryl’s “Ambitious Card Omnibus” on their website. A winner will be drawn on March 15, 2020. Also, you will receive a 15% discount on ALL purchases just for listening to The Magic Word Podcast. Just put in the promo code: magicword

    548: Jamie Allan - the iMagician

    548: Jamie Allan - the iMagician

    Jamie Allen is known as the iMagician and the “High Tech Houdini” who brings magic into today’s age using modern technology. His stage show is unlike traditional magic shows and even some of the classics in magic (i.e. sawing in half, sub trunk, and the zig-zag) have all been updated with original twists and video introductions that give some entertaining and historical background on some of those effects. He also uses Augmented Reality (A/R) to perform some of his close-up effects that are projected on the big overhead screens.














































































































































































































































    Jamie talks about what it’s like performing magic in today’s age with interest in high-tech and how he develops magic for today’s world and today’s audiences. He also talks about the “stigma” associated with performing on cruise ships ,traveling with a stage show, the changes in venues and audience’s tastes in the U.K. He also talks about the changes in the cruise ship industry as it affects magicians.






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    • 58 min
    547: Hannibal - Making a Connection

    547: Hannibal - Making a Connection

    Hannibal is another magician who got into magic later in life. He was 26 when he decided to make it a career. In this episode, he talks about being creative, finding his character, developing his unique act after he was forced to improvise. He also talks about scripting versus “Jazz magic”, performing in theatres vs. intimate venues, the benefits of street performing, and his Renaissance character as Hannibal the Liar. He also discusses what “Magic” is to him. We even have a little workshop on creativity and “not stopping too soon” when thinking about your act or a routine. The main point of this episode is inspiring you create a memorable moment in your act that your audience will take home and keep forever.
    He also has a blog entitled, “The Truth Is…” which you can find by Clicking Here.
    A fun little effect performed at the Magic Castle. Enjoy! Thank you for watching,





































































































































    This week, Hannibal talks about how (out of necessity) he developed a new close-up act, how he developed his character, the progress of developing his act, and he even holds a little workshop on how to think beyond what you believe is “finished.” It’s almost like a mini-lecture, all tied up neatly in this week’s episode.






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    • 1 hr 10 min

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