The Magic Newswire

We follow Scott Wells excellent on site coverage from ground zero of the 40th Anniversary incarnation of Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic by interviewing the gathering's founder and this year's Guest of Honor, Obie Obrien.  Obie  has been it's organizer since the inception of the FFFF. In 1993-1994 Obie served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and has served as a F.I.S.M. judge and currently runs their close-up shows. He was also the official Hockey scorer at the 1980 Olympic Games. Obie shares a bit of the back story of the event which this year attracted 22 FISM winners, magicians from 31 different states in the U.S., performers from 5 continents and 18 countries as well as 16 winners from major magic conventions.

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

Scott Wells wraps up his coverage of the 40th annual FFFF convention honoring Obie Obrien by interviewing Bob Reas, Ed Ripley, Richard Hatch, Rocco, Bob Sheets, Geoff Williams, Obie Obrien, Boris Wild, Raj Madhok, Babel, Rick Merrill, Paul Gertner, Paul Norman, Howie Schwartzman, Tim Ellis and Charming Choy.

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

On Day Three of FFF 2010, Scott Wells interviews Mark Fitzgerald, Marv Leventhal, Bill Malone, David Acer, Dan Garrett, Harry Monte, Rich Wilcox, Robert Jaegerhorn and gets a few jokes from Howie Schwartzman.

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT

Scott Wells continues his interviews from the 40th Anniversary of Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic. In this episode he talks with with Shawn Farquhar,  Geoff Williams, Jep Hostetler, Eric DeCamps, Oscar Muno, Tim Ellis, Rick Wilcox, Rolando Sanos and many more of the magicians in attendance. 

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

Scott Wells brings Magic Newswire listeners to the 40th anniversary of Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic with daily interviews and reporting from the original closeup conference. In this episode, Scott chats with Richard Hatch,  Charlie Randall, Boris Wild, Tim Ellis, Mike Miller, Mark Desouza, Steve Bagatze, Roger Wicks, Rolando Santos, Brian Lancaster, John Luca, Gene Anderson, Obie Obrien and many more of  the attendees. Stay tuned for daily updates over the next few days and thanks to Scott for making this happen while attending this fantastic event!

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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 12:04am EDT

On this episode of the Magic Newswire's "This Week in Magic" podcast, Scott Wells, Chase Goforth, Cameron Ramsay, David Kaye & I are joined by Magicana's David Ben & Julie Eng.  This annual multi-disciplinary celebration of theatre, literature, music, food, dance, celebrations, visual arts, fashion, film will now feature magic. David & Julie are responsible for coordinating this unique event.  Scheduled performers include Spain’s Juan Tamariz who will perform one show each in Spanish, English, and French. Mentalist Max Maven will display his skill as a master mind reader, while Mac King will use his blend of magic and comedy to enchant viewers of all ages. In addition, Bob Sheets brings his own brand of manic comic showmanship to the streets of Toronto in a series of free performances. Among other topics, we also discuss some of the worst magic that our guests have ever witnessed. 

Direct download: themagicnewswire-226760-04-19-2010_pshow_349467.mp3
Category: Podcast -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

Swedish card maestro Lennart Green has been baffling audiences for years with his chaotic style of magic. In 1991 he won the grand prize in close-up card magic from the International Federation of Magic Societies (FISM). He almost won at FISM in 1988 except for the fact that his act so fooled the judges that they were convinced that he had used stooges and disqualified him. His magic has taken him around the world and even led to his appearance on NBC's The World's Greatest Magic. I recently had the opportunity to meet Lennart when he was in Atlanta for the "Gathering for Gardner" and we discuss his interest in this unique gathering as well as his passion for magic in this episode of the "Spirit of Magic" podcast!
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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

On the April 5th, 2010 episode of This Week in Magic we are joined by the latest addition to our panel of co-hosts, David Kay. David has just returned from the ninth annual Gathering For Gardner where he was joined by Lennart Green, Bill Kalush,  Joe Turner and many others for this invitation only conference.  In addition, this show provides the first opportunity that we have had to discuss the first annual Magic-Con with co-host Chase Goforth. Was it a success? What were the highlights and what were the low-lights?  Join us now to explore these unique gatherings on This Week in Magic!
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Category: Podcast -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

Hypnotist Bill Gladwell sends in the latest of his Secret Order interviews for the Magic Newswire's "Magic Newscast."  In this episode he talks with magician and motivational speaker Jon Petz. While you might not know his name, Jon Petz is a busy corporate magician who has found a way to work true miracles, bringing magic to children facing serious illnesses and was profiled in the March issue of Magic Magazine.

Direct download: themagicnewswire-224121-04-04-2010_pshow_347740.mp3
Category: Podcast -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

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