Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pop Haydn at Santa Clarita

This video is from the 2011 Cowboy Festival. I have performed at this festival since 2005. Magill and I love it and always have a great time.

I will be appearing once again at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival held this coming year on April 19 – 22, 2012 at Melody Ranch Movie Studio.

I will be performing just on Saturday and Sunday at the Medicine Show Stage, along with Professor Dave Bourne and the incredible John Reynolds. I will be doing some magic and pitching the Amazing Miracle Oil.

It is a wonderful festival, with lots to see and do. It is great for the kids, with farriers, leathersmiths, rope spinners, campfire cooks, and other demonstrations of the skills of the range, as well as cowboy poetry readings, and lots and lots of cowboy music. There is great food to eat, and the ambience is wonderful–it is the set of the HBO show Deadwood. It is a wonderful place to come dressed up in Old West duds and take photos. Steampunk is welcome.

Pop at Melody Ranch

Pop Haydn at Melody Ranch

Karin McKechnie, Pop Haydn, Jan Harness at Melody Ranch

Karin McKechnie, Pop Haydn, Jan Harness at Melody Ranch

For more information about the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, go here:

The Senior Pitchman’s Reunion

In 2008, the first Senior Pitchman’s Reunion was held in Las Vegas. All pitchmen over 60, no Johnny Come Lately’s. These are the men and women who pitch svengali decks, kitchen gadgets, mops, shamwows, knives and all the other products that are demonstrated and sold in flea markets, carnivals, streets, malls, mega-stores and television.

Nancy Magill and I attended this wonderful convention and interviewed the participants for hours, with Magill manning the camera. We released those in a School for Scoundrels DVD “The Senior Pitchman’s Reunion.”

In 2010, we went to the second reunion and will be releasing a DVD soon from those interviews.

Billy McComb — Palace of Mystery 2005

This is the incredible Billy McComb the year before he died, performing his classic comedy and magic in the Palace of Mystery in the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This is a lesson in performance technique from a true master. He makes it seem off the cuff and effortless. He was the best.

Here is a clip from the movie “Presto” of Billy doing the bird cage vanish uncovered and without camera tricks:


Revamped Pop Haydn’s YouTube Channel

Check out my revamped YouTube Channel:

Pop Haydn’s YouTube Channel


Pop Haydn’s Radio-Medicine Show

Jagger Peyton Entertainment Group

The Pop Haydn Radio-Medicine Show is now being distributed by Jagger Peyton Entertainment Group in association with Radio Submit (
To hear some clips and get more information about our show, go to:
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