It's that time of the year when we try to "put the band back together" and chat with members of the hosts from the MagicNewswire.com podcast, "This Week in Magic". Trying to get a time to arrange everyone's schedule is like "herding cats". So, due to work and health conflicts, this year we have David "Silly Billy" Kaye and Cameron Ramsay join Scott Wells to discuss what went on in the magic world this past year.
To supplement our chat about Magic on TV, here is a little up-to-the-minute information that I read on IndieWire.com after our chat:
"Magic is in the air, or at least on the airwaves. "Masters of Illusion" did well enough for CW last year to make an order for 13 more episodes materialize – and that's after being canceled by MyNetworkTV in 2009. It joins the network's other magic show, the British ITV production "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," as well as magic programs gaining traction on basic cable. TruTV's "The Carbonaro Effect" will be back for a second season, while "Wizard Wars" returns to Syfy in January for six additional episodes. Even shows that don't have magic as a focus are shuffling it into the deck: "American Masters" is kicking off a new season January 23 with an episode about master magician Ricky Jay, and Nat Geo's "Brain Games," regularly tosses a sleight-of-hand artist into the mix."
Of course this is from a personal perspective of the guest on this podcast and does not include a lot of things you perhaps found to be more relevant. But we hope you enjoy our chat.
Instead of bouncing all over the globe, we try to stay on topic with an agenda that includes: magic on television; live touring magic shows; magic conventions; notable passings, and; predictions for 2015.
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Although the list below is not exhaustive, it does reflect the names of many well-known (and some lesser known) magicians, spouses and assistants who passed on in 2014. If you are unfamiliar with any of these names, then it would behoove you to do a little online search of what these people have contributed to our craft. If you have someone you think was overlooked, then please post the name in the comments below on this blog.
Montecore (S&R’s tiger)
Judge Arnold Drennen
Robert “Bob” Knigge
Robert L. “Bob” Bluemle
Stella P. Coward (wife of Noel Coward)
John T. Fedko
Robert “Bob” W. Klamm
Alan “Ace” C. Greenberg
Ronald A. Wohl
Philip “Phil” Reed Willmarth
Joe M. Bertuzzi
Renee Lorayne (wife of Harry Lorayne)
Bernard Samuel Lerner (aka “Bobby Bernard”)
Lester “Larry” Fulton Weeks
Andi Diamond (wife of Paul Diamond)