Goodsell holds degrees from Harvey Mudd College, Harvard University and The University of Georgia. "Dr. Goodsell" was a school teacher, college professor and administrator, headmaster of three prep schools, director of a science education center and consultant, author and editor during his 40-year career in education.
Goodsell has also released several magic tricks through dealers, along with original art work and lecture notes. 
- Literary Fellowship from The Academy of Magical Arts
- The Milbourne Christopher Literary Award,
- Finding Dariel Fitzkee (2008)