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Magic News and Notes - December 10, 2012

By December 10, 2012

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Joel Ward Brings Magic to the Hollywood Parade
Magician Joel Ward recently announced that he will be appearing as a special guest on this years "Hollywood Christmas Parade." According to a release by Ward, the event will premiere on December 10th at 6pm on The Hallmark Network and then air in syndication throughout the remaining month of December.

Wayne Houchin Back Home and Healing
Unofficial, but it was posted on his Facebook page, Wayne Houchin was given the okay from the doctors and has returned home. Of course, Houchin was a guest on a Dominican Republic television show when in a bizarre and horrific incident he was intentionally set on fire by the show's host. You can learn more here.

On Thursday, Houchin posted the following letter on Facebook to his attacker:

You say that you are not hiding, yet you canceled all your appointments in Santo Domingo and left the country as soon as the arrest warrant was issued. I have been advised by the court not leave the Dominican Republic until you are in custody and we both have an opportunity to give our official statements to the judge. I would like to return home to be with the rest of my family, to rest and to heal. Please turn yourself in so we can both begin the process of moving on. I can forgive, but I expect accountability. Always Love instead of hate.

In later posts, Houchin talks about testifying and then making it home. I wish the very best to him.

Rich Ferguson Interviewed
I reported earlier on the antics of Rich Ferguson who recently had a video that went viral. The video showed him roaming a town and causing his head to drop. I've always recognized that Ferguson is a fantastic magician but I didn't know of his back story and upbringing, which were brought up in a recent interview. (He's also a mentor and spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Right on.) You can read the interview here.

Bill Smith - The Builder Behind the Magic
It's not often that the talented people behind the magic - those who actually design and build the illusions: the John Gaughns, Jim Steinmeyers and such - get profiled by the lay press. Recently, Bill Smith was profiled in a story. "Through his company, Bill Smith's Magic Ventures, he builds boxes that can compress a person to just 18 inches tall and giant spinning fans that allow magicians to walk through unharmed," says the story. "Since he moved to Las Vegas, Smith has built props for magicians from David Copperfield and Penn and Teller to Lance Burton and John "The Great Tomsoni" Thompson." You can read the story here.

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