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.
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.