September 2009

The  President’s Message

scotto_nlGreetings. My name is Scott  Hollingsworth.  I am honored to serve as president of TAOM during 2008-2009. I  hope to meet each of you personally.

Until then, here’s a bit of my magical history.  My childhood interest in magic evolved  into an educational background in theatre and then into  sales with Gulf Oil for 15 years, where I was District Manager in the Southwest Region. When  Magic Island opened in Houston in 1982, I gave up the corporate world to live my dream in an Egyptian palace  of magic and mystery.  As Entertainment Director and Resident Magician, I  have fulfilled my ambition to perform and help  other performers along the road to success. I  have coached some of the world’s  most successful…and not so successful…  magicians. My personal philosophy is that every person should have lofty goals and that the power is inherent in all people to attain those goals. Achieving  my goal to become president of TAOM gives me deep  satisfaction and I promise to do my best to uphold the  traditions and standards of this great organization.


Fort Worth 2008 – WOW!  It was great  with high-quality shows,  excellent organization,  and the wonderful ambiance of Fort Worth’s Sundance  Square.

Go to

for Scott  Well’s excellent detailed review of the entire convention.  It is well-worth the read.

Congratulations, 2008 TAOM Contest Winners!  Following TAOM tradition, we invite these  performers to be part of the Houston 2009  convention: Senior Close-up winner  Michael Williams of Coppell; Club winner Masami Ishizawa  of Niiza, Saltama, Japan; Comedy winner Michael Tallon of San Antonio; and Senior Stage winner Rachael  Dunn of Houston. Here’s to their continued  success!

Best wishes, also, to Fumio Inagaki of Tokyo,  Japan, who was this year’s sole recipient of the Order  of Willard.

Houston, Austin, and San Antonio will have to  raise their bars to meet the high standard set by 2008  TAOM President Randy Keck and his outstanding  team.


Get  to Know Your TAOM Board

hull_youngblood_headshot_copyTAOM Vice  President Hull Youngblood is a corporate attorney who turned his childhood fascination with magic into a dedicated commitment to our art. His 40-plus years as a performer have laid a solid foundation for his rise  to prominence in Texas and international magic  organizations.  He currently serves as the Presient of Austin’s award-winning Assembly 206 of the Society of American Magicians (the second largest Assembly in the world), is Chairman of the SAM Insurance Committee, is a member of the SAM  National Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of the SAM National Magic Center Foundation. Hull is a member  of Austin’s Ring 60 and his home magic club, San Antonio’s Ring 18.

Hull has an extensive magic collection, some of which is displayed in his wonderfully magical law office in a downtown Austin high-rise. Posters of Thurston and Raymond grace the walls, making the prefect backdrop for a beautiful performance table. A spotlight focused on the table turns his office into a mini magic theatre

Hull’s Austin TAOM Convention team is already making plans to assist Houston in 2009, then bring Austin to the forefront for the TAOM convention in 2010.

Magic  Around Texas

filenameTexas A & M University is famous for many  things the Aggies, the 12th Man, Kyle Field, the annual bonfire, excellence in academics in the 250 degree programs in ten colleges, and over 800 student organizations. One of those organizations was created by Houston’s own Ben Jackson.

Ben, a senior Biomedical Science major, started & first instructional magic club when he was a freshman. With over thirty members, the Brotherhood of Aggie Magicians (B.A.M.), is one of the few student-run magic organizations at a major university.

Ben credits his mentor with the development of his skills and style and encouraging his endeavors in teaching other collegian magicians. Members of B.A.M benefit from Ben’s experience as well as lectures given by such real world working professionals as Michael Ammar, Scott Hollingsworth, Daniel Garcia, Nathan Kranzo, Scott Wells, Tyler Wilson, Jamie Salinas, and Andi Gladwin.

He has performed at The Magic Castle  in Los Angeles, where he won the Strolling Olympics competition in 2008. He performs frequently at Magic Island, Houston’s premier five-star dinner theatre. Ben won the 2007 Texas Association of Magicians Close-up Contest. He will be featured as a professional close-up entertainer at the 2009 TAOM convention.

An article published in the College Station newspaper prompted a Houston TV station to interview Ben. You can see some great magic Ben performed during that interview at

Ben is a prime example of the blending of traditional magic skills with the avant-garde approach to magic of the future.

Spotlight  on Houston

Houston is very fortunate to have a strong team of multi-talented magicians willing to contribute their leadership and skills to making the 2009 Texas Association of Magicians convention a spectacular magical happening.

  • Convention Chairman, Dick Olson
  • Registrar and Treasurer, Judy Donaldson
  • Performers and Special Events, Trixie Bond
  • Dealers, Scott Wells
  • Contest, Jamie Salinas
  • Advertising and Promotion, Gene Protas
  • Production Director, Doug Kornegay
  • Stage Manager, Phil Kampf
  • Youth Activities, Braeden
  • Webmaster, Robert  Smith
  • …and a cast of thousands!

During the coming months, we will shine the spotlight on several of our team leaders.

2009 Convention Update

houprk-pro-0The stars come out for TAOM and TOAM 2009 in Houston will uphold that tradition. We have already booked many of the top names in the business and are talking to others. Dealers from around the world will offer their wares. A special late night session with Banachek and an after -hours Side Show Circus are extra added attractions. Youths will be treated to several events just for the young crowd. All these exciting events will take place at the magnificent Omni Riverway Resort. Free transportation will be available to area eateries and shopping, including the Galleria. Complete convention information and secure registration available at

Make your reservations today.The sooner you register the better your reserved seating assignment will be.

Final  Thoughts

Hurricane Ike’s  devastation of areas in and around Houston has proven the caring and concern of magicians for each other and their communities. We’ve heard from many, many magicians reporting on their welfare and that of fellow-magicians who were without power and the means to  communicate. It renews one’s faith in human nature to hear of so many instances of friends helping friends with creature comforts and survival necessities. We are, indeed, blessed to be part of such a close-knit group of associates who step up to the plate when need rears it ugly head. Personal thanks to all of you who have inquired about the welfare of those affected. The offers of help and moral support from magicians around the world are truly gratifying. Thank you.


Magicians the world over were saddened to learn of the death of your friend and mine, Roger Klause. Roger’s innovations in the early years of TAOM established the tradition of a midnight close-up conclave that has evolved into a marvelous forum called “Roger Klause’s Midnight Madness”. This year’s gathering was filled with poignant tributes to this great magician. You can read my personal tribute to this dear, dear friend at


I hope you’ve enjoyed the first edition of this newsletter. Please let me hear from you about any magic happenings in your area you’d like to share. I hope to meet each of you personally when I visit the various clubs throughout the state during the coming year.

To your continued success,

Scott  Hollingsworth

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