Our Motto- "There Really IS Magic in The Laughter of a Child"
Terry & Wendy Scott & family
pastor's son. At the young age of 5 Terry’s dad invited a Gospel Magician and
Ventriloquist into the church for a weeklong Kid's Crusade. Rev. Kelly Webb
and his wife conducted each service that week with songs, games, and an offering
competition between the boys and girls, with the losing group having to serve the
winning group at a hot dog supper the last night of the crusade. Even though Terry
was only 5 years old, he still remembers many of the tricks that were used & the
message that went along with them. Rev. Webb also used a ventriloquist dummy
named Jeremiah who was always interrupting the Bible story and causing great
laughter among the kids. Because Rev. Webb was staying near the church during
the week, Terry was able to spend a great deal of time with him. Rev. Webb even
taught Terry how to pronounce the Ventriloquist's alphabet without moving his lips,
and Terry never forgot it. One night after service during the week of the crusade
Terry considered all the minister had talked about that night. A Gospel song was
playing on the car radio and little Terry was moved to tears. It was at that moment
that he accepted Christ into his life.
Little did young Terry know, that someday hewould become a magician and
ventriloquist himself, bringing the Gospel to boys and girls in a way that would keep
their interest and that they would never forget. At the ageof 18, he met Wendy,
his future wife. After 3 years of dating they were married and have since had
three children, two daughters (Torrye and Miranda), and one son named Trevor.
Praise Team and taught the Wed. night Royal Ranger’s class for boys. But in February
of the year 2000 he and Wendy made a trip to Memphis. While driving around they
passed a little magic shop. It was at that moment, that the kid's crusade came back
to Terry, and he pulled into the parking lot. He told Wendy that he could purchase a
few small magic tricks to use in his Wednesday night class. Terry thought that he
could use a trick like an object lesson, to make it easier for the boys to remember
what he was teaching them. He spent about $80 that day buying a number of small
tricks, and took them home to practice.
After practicing each effect and getting comfortable with them, Terry spent the
remainder of that year using at least one trick every Wednesday night…and he made
several more trips to the magic shop in Memphis over the next year. A short time after
that first visit to the magic shop, however, the Royal Rangers had a sectional lock-in
where boys and men from a number of churches in West Tennessee came together for
a time of fellowship, food, and fun. The event was hosted at Terry's church, and the
pastor approached him informing Terry that the planned speaker for the night was not
going to make it. He wondered if Terry had something that he could use as a devotion.
Terry happened to have a small trick that he had been practicing, in his truck. It was
a cup and ball trick. Three small cups were stacked on top of one another, and each
time the top cup was tapped, a ball would appear under the bottom cup. Terry told the
boys how that ball was like a sin that had been committed, such as stealing. Many times,
when we make a mistake and do something wrong, it leads to other wrong decisions. For
example, when we steal something, in order to prevent getting caught, we wind up lying
to our parents and others about where we obtained the stolen item, and the sins just
kept multiplying over and over, until there were eventually 4 balls. The eyes and attention
of the boys were glued on Terry as he proceeded with the trick and the devotion.
Afterward, the pastor spoke to the boys and gave an opportunity for them to accept
Christ. Five boys from the ages of 7-9 were saved and became Christians that night.
When that happened, something moved inside Terry's heart and at that moment Terry
realized that he had finally found his Calling. He knew that children's evangelism was
where his heart was destined.
In November of 2000 Terry purchased a book on eBay on Gospel Magic Object
lessons. The seller was a magician named David Ginn www.ginnmagic.com. It turned
out that David was one of the world's leading experts on doing magic for children, and
he was also a devoted Christian. When David learned what Terry wanted with the
book, he told Terry about an organization called the Fellowship of Christian Magicians.
David further informed him that the FCM had an annual international conference each
year, and he highly recommended that Terry attend it if at all possible. Terry joined
the FCM and continued to build his skills and talents over the next year, eventually
doing small Gospel magic shows in his church. In the summer of 2002, Terry and
Wendy made an 8-hour trip to Marion, Indiana and attended their first International
ventriloquism, chalk art, juggling, drama, and face painting. Since then, they have
attended almost every annual conference and have incorporated what they have learned
into their ministry. Now they use many dramatic arts to bring the Gospel to children
and adults alike as they travel from church to church. Many lives have been touched
over the years as a result of their ministry and dedication to God’s work.
wanted to have a special celebration. She wanted her Daddy to perform a magic show.
She further informed him that it was going to be a "dress up" party, and she wanted
her Daddy to dress up like a clown. Long story a little shorter, Terry’s alter ego,
“Bananas the Magic Clown” was born. Not long after this Torrye's mother even got
into make-up and costume, and Peaches the Clown was born as well. Now, many years
and many clown classes later, the Scott's are a clowning family bringing smiles and
laughter wherever they perform.
Terry’s focus remained mostly on magic, while Wendy started out being the
balloonist. Terry eventually learned to make basic balloon animals, but had no desire
to learn more. That all changed, however, at the 2006 FCM conference that he
attended without his wife. Trevor (Terry and Wendy’s son) was just over a year old
at the time, and Wendy did not want to leave home for a week without the baby. So
Terry promised to take a few balloon classes at the conference for Wendy so that she
would not feel as badly about not being able to go to the conference that year.
One of the classes that Terry took was taught by Greg Schuerman
www.gospelballoons.com. Greg demonstrated how balloons could be used in a church
program and how they could even be incorporated into a magic show. Terry was awed
by Greg's presentation, and he immediately began working on and improving his own
simple balloon skills. Since that time, Terry and Wendy have progressed with balloons
further than they could have ever imagined. They have even built giant balloon
sculptures and won numerous awards for their creativity. Terry has now added balloons
to the majority of the magic shows that he performs, and he and Wendy use balloons
to decorate for weddings, proms, parties, and many other events. Their dream is to
one day be able to resign from their “regular” occupations and go into the ministry,
entertainment and decorating business full-time while also taking their Kids' Crusades
on the road and bringing the Gospel to families around the world in an "illuminating" and
Terry wants to especially thank David Ginn and Duane Laflin for the way they have
mentored and instructed him in magic through the use of their educational materials,
illusions, and the examples that they have been as Professional Christian Performers.
Terry would also like to express heartfelt gratitude to Greg Schuerman and Mike
Edwards. They are both excellent magicians, but also great balloon artists and have
truly inspired Terry’s balloon creativity. They have been so willing to share what they
know, and Terry and Wendy greatly appreciate the friendship that has developed over
the past few years with Greg and Mike.
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