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.

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

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Oz the Great and Powerful and Magicians!


Today be the day for the Disney film; Oz the Great and Powerful and already, word is coming down from all sides, be they good words or bad words.



In L. Frank Baum's original Oz book; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), the Wizard is described as a humbug magician.


In the 1939 MGM Wizard of Oz film, he is also called a humbug, though he himself admits that "I'm not a bad man... just a bad wizard." No mention of whether or not he was a true magician.



In the 1978 film; The Wiz, Richard Pryor takes up the role of Wizard, though he is actually a failed politician... Go figure?



Now, in the 1985 Disney film, Return to Oz, no Wizard shows up, though there is one very nasty Nome King.

Finally, when the Muppets did their take on Oz in the 2005 ABC tv movie, The Muppets Wizard of Oz, the Wizard turned out to be tour bus driver with a single trick and a tv show. I liked him... and that hat!



And now, with the new Disney film, Oz the Great and Powerful, we gets a new Wizard and learn how he came to Oz. Turns out he is an actual magician, though he does tricks, which Duke Stern always said... "Tricks are for charlatains and those up to no good." That's why I do effects, sleight-of-hand and illusion, not tricks! My sources tell me he did a fine job though, although I'll find out tomorrow night.


I am curious as to whether or not any of our Wizards were ever members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians? Probably not, though I'm proud to declare that I've been a member for 43 years now. My father and I were charter members of I.B.M. Ring 210; Duke Stern chapter; Ann Arbor, Michigan. We knew many of the great magicians of those days and we attended Magi-Fest, a great gathering of magicians in Columbuis, Ohio all thorughout the 70's, late 80's and early 90's.



When I wrote the Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy (Magician of Oz, Shadow Demon of Oz, Family of Oz), I included two very special magicians and the Magi-Fest in my storylines. They were Duke Stern and Al Goshman.

Albert Goshman
Duke Stern

These two incredible magicians, along with my father, were my mentors of magic. I do believe either of these gentlemen would have made a fine Wizard of Oz! Don't you agree?

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz

4 comments:

  1. Now see, there you go fleshing out your writing for me in a way that I cannot ever forget. I knew you were a Magician......but now know you are really a Magician. And knew quite a number of real magicians. Thanks for sharing. I love learning new things about folks I think I know. I sounded a bit like the scarecrow, thinking a think huh? Oma Linda

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  3. I've had my tickets for awhile and have been looking forward to seeing the movie since I first found out about it but decided seeing it on the first day was not the way I wanted to do it.
    This is the first time I've commented as I'm new here. I've already thanked Oma Linda for introducing me to your wonderful blog and because I've always been a fan of all things Oz I know I'm going to love visiting here. I can't wait to see what you think of the newest Oz movie.

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  4. No matter what people say! I like every season of Oz. The film is real treat for eyes and every time I see it it amuses me. I've never seen this quality blend of magic and drama before.

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