This article appeared in USA Today Sports
By: NATE SCOTT March 18, 2015 2:19 pm ET
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Dr. Neil “The Whiz” Baum is a New Orleans urologist and part-time magician who, every year at the start of March Madness, offers a vasectomy special to local men. The deal is patients get a scalpel-free vasectomy, a pizza, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, a frozen gel pack, and a bell, so that patients can sit on the couch and ring for someone to “bring them a fresh beer or whatever they need.”
Dr. Baum hopped on the phone with For The Win to discuss his special, its popularity, and his friendship with Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.
FTW: So I remember when I lived down in New Orleans, I used to hear about your special on the radio, and my friends and I thought it was the funniest thing in the world. Is it still happening?
NB: Oh yes. I have to limit it to about ten a weekend. I could probably do more. I want to make sure I’m not exhausted so I can enjoy the games myself. I limit it to ten each weekend.
FTW: When did this start?
NB: This started about 3 or 4 years ago. [It actually began back in 2009.] I’ve tried to do it for Super Bowl weekend and I’ve tried to do NBA playoffs, but neither worked, and I can’t figure out why.
But Super Bowl weekend, there are too many parties. No one wants to be by themselves. And NBA, I just don’t think it’s as big.
FTW: It’s also a lot more spread out, the NBA playoffs. Where March Madness all happens right in a row, so it’s OK to sit on the couch for a day.
NB: Yep. March Madness. It works every year. The patients love it.
FTW: Am I remembering wrong? Didn’t you at one point give out a bag of frozen peas with this special?
NB: We give out a gel pack now. And it has my name on it. It lasts longer than the frozen peas.
FTW: Are you still doing magic shows as “The Whiz”?
NB: Oh yeah. Absolutely. It’s so cool that I can call up people and say “Oh hi, it’s the Whiz,” and everyone who knows me and has interacted with my magic knows it’s me, and gets the double entendre with my name. Urologist and a magician. And my license plate is “THE WHIZ.”
FTW: I remember seeing it around New Orleans.
NB: Oh yeah. I gave my daughter Lauren my car once, she was in high school, and she didn’t quite have the confidence she has today. And she would scream: “I don’t want a car that has THE WHIZ on the back!”
FTW: So, to change topics a bit, Matt Forte used to live in your house when he was finishing up his degree at Tulane, right?
NB: Yes, Matt. He lived here for four months after his rookie year. We used to play ping pong. If I lost, I had to do 25 push-ups, and if he lost, he had to do 50 push-ups. And I used to beat him badly, for so many months, his big arms are due to me. [Laughs] No, no. He used to beat me. And the thing with Matt is, you can’t trash talk him. He’s been around all that. You can’t get under his skin, ever.