The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy is a 3 volume tale of magic and wonder that recalls the cherished values of friendship, loyalty and courage. This timeless tale of Oz reminds us of the value of overcoming our deepest fears and conquering the challenges that might otherwise defeat us.

Volume One; Magician of Oz, Volume Two; Shadow Demon of Oz and Volume Three; Family of Oz are now available for your reading enjoyment, as well as The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless & Blu.

The Emerald Slippers of Oz
, featuring an Introduction by Roger S. Baum; great grandson of L. Frank Baum, as well as Tails of Oz are also
available for your reading enjoyment.

The newest adventure in Oz, entitled: Nomes of Oz is now available and fast becoming a best-seller in the Land of Oz.

All are available in both paperback and Kindle.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Wizard of Oz and Magician of Oz meet at the Dunes!

Magician of Oz found himself attending the annual Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton, Indiana this past weekend. For those not in the know, Chesterton, Indiana is located adjacent to Dunes State Park at the bottom end of Lake Michigan, hence the Meeting at the Dunes...

It was, by all accounts, a splendid and very successful event. Magician of Oz had a wonderful time as well and intends on attending every year from now on. Book sales exceeded expectations and many new friends were made.

As I understand it, this festival celebrates its 28th year of celebrating all things Oz. There was a gaggle of Glindas and a ton of Tin Mans!

A den of Dorothys and a warren of Witches! I love the Ruby Sandals!

A smattering of Winged Monkeys...

One lone Witches Guard...

... and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz himself!

Magician of Oz was very fortunate indeed to have been placed next to Dennis Anfuso and his wonderful wife, Linda.

She was most talented and created the winning Best Dressed Dog costume on Saturday morning right before my very eyes.

In case you're curious, the dog's name is Vito!

As for Dennis Anfuso, I was greatly impressed with his talent and humor. I felt as though I have made two new friends this weekend and look forward to seeing them at any opportunity. They done learnt' me some stuff over the two days we were there.

I was especially pleased and honored to have met Robert & Clare Baum and presented him a copy of Magician of Oz as both a personal and professional courtesy. The two of them were very kind and generous to me...

In addition, I also had the honor and pleasure of meeting Roger and Charlene Baum and likewise, presented him a copy of Magician of Oz. Like his brother, Roger and his wife were equally kind and generous to me and I am most grateful for the kind words of support offered by Roger and Charlene, Robert and Clare.

Although I missed the Saturday morning parade as it did not pass by our booths, I was lucky enough to catch the Oz look-alike contests and the winners were......

A fine looking group from Oz if ever I saw one!

Overall, Magician of Oz felt right at home and only now begins to understand the wisdom of Princess Ozma when she chose me as her Royal Liaison and charged me with spreading the word of Oz throughout the Great Outside.

I'll bet this one would make a great beehive!!!!

Porro Ago Oz!!!

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Snagglepuss & the Wizard Of Oz ???

Once more, I find the oddest things on the Internet machine while promoting Magician of Oz. This time, it was an ebay listing for a 33 1/3 LP vinyl record album entitled: Snagglepuss Tells The Story Of Wizard Of Oz

As you can see by the cover, it features one of my favorite cartoon characters, Snagglepuss escorting Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and Toto down the Yellow Brick Road towards Emerald City.

Ahh yes... Where to begin???

As we can see, Dorothy has black hair, contrary to conventional wisdom, which suggests Dorothy's hair is light brown in color. She's got a green turtle-neck sweater and Capri pants for an outfit. Not quite how it is in the book, or even the movie. No Silver Slippers either, just dark loafers. Maybe they were thinking of a Laura Petrie sequel? I can just see Dick Van Dyke as The Wizard!
She is accompanied by the Scarecrow, who seems to have vision problems and is wearing a suit and tie. Hmmm... A corporate Scarecrow... What a thought.
Now the Tin Woodman appears to be made out of an engine block of sorts, with brake pads for shoes, a piston head and some sort of weird spark plug for a nose.
As for the Cowardly Lion, that's where Snagglepuss comes into the story. He was kinda cowardly in nature. Oddly enough, all large cartoon cat characters from the 60's, such as Snagglepuss and Pete Puma (I loved that guy!!!) have a cowardly nature to them. Perhaps this is a direct influence from the Wizard of Oz stories? Or the movie...
Finally, Toto now comes in white and rides a skateboard. What a hoot!
If that wasn't enough, the Emerald City looks like something out of the Jetsons.

Now, in defense of Hanna-Barbera, one of the leading animators of the 60's, this type of cross-promotional schtick was fairly common, as shown by the back cover of the album.

As you can see, the Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Magilla Gorilla, and even Top Cat got into the act. The one apparent reason behind this was probably due to the fact that there was only voice talent to deal with, without regards to the immense amount of time involved in frame-by-frame animation, unlike today's computer animation techniques. Take a popular story (Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, ect..) and combine it with a popular cartoon character and voila!!!

Hey, whatever it takes to make a buck I suppose...

Anyway, I found it amusing and only wish I had the 40 bucks to purchase it and add it to my Oz collection.