Dick Cavett On The Dick Cavett Show

Posted by Michael on January 22nd, 2021

Just because Dick Cavett hosted a talk show did not mean he needed guests… Dick, like Johnny Carson, was a magic enthusiast. In fact, I believe the two even knew each other as young men through magic clubs or conventions

Harry Anderson On Letterman

Posted by Michael on January 22nd, 2021

From sometime in the early to mid 1980s…

Ricky Jay Circa 1983

Posted by Michael on January 22nd, 2021

Another chestnut from The Merv Griffin Show, this time with master card magician Ricky Jay.

Mark Wilson Passes Away [Broken Wand]

Posted by Michael on January 22nd, 2021

Sad news this morning as Greg Wilson has sent out an email announcing his father, pioneering television magician Mark Wilson, passed away early this week on Tuesday the 19th. I have actually had the pleasure of seeing Mark Wilson and Nani Darnell perform and, in fact, somewhere I have footage of them performing on the streets of Appleton, Wisconsin at a Houdini Days celebration. Between their magic shows and specials on television and Mark Wilson’s Complete Course In Magic the couple have launched countless people on a journey of magic, either as a hobby, career or simply as a devoted fan.

Unfortunately I am traveling today and already have a Video Friday program planned. Next week, though, we will pay proper video tribute to Mark Wilson.

TV Talk Show Magic Video Friday!

Posted by Michael on January 22nd, 2021

Today is a special all nostalgia Video Friday… focusing on the old TV talk shows. Walter “Zaney” Blaney is going to kick things off with a 1973 appearance on the Merv Griffin Show.

Zaney Blaney On The Mike Douglas Show

Posted by Michael on January 21st, 2021

A 1974 appearance on The Mike Douglas Show, which I distinctly remember being on in the days before I started elementary school, by Walter “Zaney” Blaney. Just feeling a bit nostalgic.

Debbie McGee Talks Being Sawn In Half

Posted by Michael on January 21st, 2021

ITV’s This Morning hosts tried their hands at sawing someone in half last week and were joined by Debbie McGee to lend her experience to their experiment.