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There are still free campaign kits for Election 2012 available, folks!

Get ‘em while they are free!

You get a Pop Haydn campaign button, a campaign poster Postcard, and a Greater American Confidence Party membership card.


Free shipping and Handling!

Now we can’t keep this offer up for very long (the button alone sells for $3.25 in our online store) but we want to give everyone a chance, and don’t want to put up with the whiners who come back saying, “Why didn’t you tell me you were going to quit giving stuff away free?”

So this is your chance. All you have to do is sign up on our membership list at the GACP Online Headquarters

Don’t be a loser!

Sign up for the sake of the country.

At least go look at the page to find out what this is all about.

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Pop keeps abreast of the pulse of what’s going on…

Pop Haydn and Friends


With the campaign season fast approaching, I am doing my best to keep abreast of current affairs, trying to keep a finger on the pulse so to speak…
Events are moving fast with the Greater American Confidence Party, and it looks very likely that I, Pop Haydn, will be the presidential candidate for the Old Weasels.
I will be gathering information and keeping my eye on things as Magill and I travel around preparing for the campaign, meeting people, shaking hands, kissing babies and making promises–lots of promises.
We may be taking a trip to the Mediteranean next to see how things are going there…

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Julie D’Aubigny makes Katniss look like a weak sister…

Female Opera Diva and Fencing Master, Julie D’Aubigny dueling to the death

Julie D’Aubigny, La Maupin was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who killed or wounded at least ten men in life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest and most highly-respected opera stage in the world, and once took the Holy Orders just so that she could sneak into a convent and bang a nun.

She has an incredible and surprising story that is absolutely captivating.


“Julie d’Aubigny was born 1670 to the family of Gaston d’Aubigny, who was a secretary to Louis de Lorraine-Guise, comte d’Armagnac, the Master of the Horse for the king Louis XIV. Her father trained her in dancing, literacy, drawing and fencing, possibly for self-defense. In her teens she became a mistress of the Count d’Armagnac and through him was introduced in the court. The count had her married to Sieur de Maupin of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Soon after the affair ended, her husband received an administrative position in the south of France but she decided to stay in Paris.

The fictional Mademoiselle de Maupin, based on Julie D’Aubigny by Aubrey Beardsley, 1898

“In the following years, d’Aubigny gathered a reputation as a wild woman who hit shopkeepers and fought duels with young aristocrats. She became involved with an assistant fencing master named Serannes. In about 1688, when lieutenant-general of the police Gabriel Nicolas de la Reynie tried to apprehend Serannes for killing a man in an illegal duel, the pair fled the city to Marseille.

“In Marseille, d’Aubigny and Serannes gave dueling exhibitions, sang and told stories in inns. When dueling, d’Aubigny dressed in male clothing but did not conceal her sex[clarification needed], which served to increase interest in her. While in Marseille, it is said she joined the music academy of Pierre Gaultier, singing in the theatre under her maiden name.

“Eventually she grew bored of Serannes and became involved with a young lady. When the girl’s parents put her away in a convent in Avignon, d’Aubigny followed, entering the convent as a novice. There she stole a body of a dead nun, placed it in the bed of her lover and set the room afire to cover their escape. Their affair lasted for three months before the young lady returned to her family. D’Aubigny was chargedin absentia—as a male—with kidnappingbody snatchingarson and failing to appear before the tribunal. The sentence was death by fire.

“D’Aubigny left for Paris and again earned her living by singing. Near Poitiers she met an old musician named Marechal, who began to teach her until his alcoholism got worse and he sent her on her way to Paris. Along the way, she continued to earn her living singing dressed as a man.

“In Villeperdue she fought a victorious duel against three squires and drove her blade through the shoulder of one of them. The next day she asked about his health and found out he was Louis-Joseph d’Albert Luynes, son of the Duke of Luynes. The next evening one of his companions came to offer his apologies and she appeared in his room in female clothing. They became lovers.

“After the Count d’Albert recovered and had to return to his unit, d’Aubigny continued to Rouen. There she met Gabriel-Vincent Thévenard, another singer and began a new affair with him. They continued together towards Paris. In Marais she contacted Count d’Armagnac for help against the sentence hanging over her and he convinced the king to nullify it.

“In Paris she began to use the name of Mademoiselle Maupin. The Paris Opéra hired Thévenard in 1690, but initially refused her. She befriended an old singer Bouvard who convinced Jean Nicolas Francin, master of the king’s household, to accept her in the opera. She debuted at the Paris Opéra as Pallas Athena in Cadmus et Hermione by Lully the same year.

“Due to both her beautiful contralto voice and her flamboyance, she became quite popular with the audience. Her relationship with her fellow actors and actresses was tempestuous. From the first she was enamoured with Marie Le Rochois, at the time the Opera’s star. This quickly embroiled her in arguments and even duels with other members of the troupe. She also fell in love with Fanchon Moreau, another singer who was the mistress of the Great Dauphin, and tried to commit suicide when she was rejected.

“On the side, she became a professional duelist. When she fought three noblemen in a court ball around 1693, she fell afoul of the king’s law that forbade duels in Paris. She fled to Brussels to wait for calmer times. According to the legend, she was briefly a mistress of Maximilian EmanuelElector of Bavaria.

“According to documented theatre history she appeared at the Opéra du Quai au Foin from November 1697 to July 1698, after which she returned to the Paris Opera, where she replaced Marie Le Rochois (who had retired), from the end of the year. Until 1705 La Maupin sang in new operas by Pascal CollasseAndré Cardinal Destouches and André Campra. In 1702, André Campra composed the role of Clorinde in Tancrède specifically for her bas-dessus (contralto) range. She later reconciled with her husband and lived with him until his death in 1701 or 1705. She appeared for the last time in La Vénitienne by Michel de La Barre (1705). After she retired from the opera in 1705, she entered a convent in Provence, where she died in 1707.”


Dave Bourne and the Medicine Show Band at Soapy Smith Night

Dave Bourne and the Medicine Show Band with their Jim-Dandy Old Time Music will be appearing at Soapy Smith Night at the Magic Castle on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

They will be performing in the Inner Circle from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Photos of Soapy Smith Night at the Magic Castle

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Soapy Smith Night at the Magic Castle in Hollywood this year will be on Sunday, July 8th, beginning at 6:00 pm.

It is a costume party celebrating the gunfight at the wharf in Skagway, Alaska on July 8, 1898 during the height of the Gold Rush in which Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith was killed.

Soapy Smith was the con man and gangster that ran the town of Skagway with his gang of 100 trained con men and hustlers. He had the fix in with the law and the government of Alaska, and stripped almost everyone going into or out of Skagway with some kind of scheme or other. He had previously controlled Denver and then Creede, Colorado during the Silver Rush of the 1880’s.

After his death, members of his gang later scattered around the country, and included famous playwright and aphorist Wilson Mizner, Alexander Pantages who founded the Pantages theater chain, and Alexander “The Man Who Knows” Conlin who made over twenty million dollars as a fake psychic in vaudeville.

We have live Old Time Music by Dave Bourne and the Medicine Show band, a trickshot demonstration by 2 time world champion Chef Anton, a toast by great-grandson Jeff Smith and family, and gambling at old time gambling games like Faro and Chuck a Luck on antique equipment provided by Phil Gessert of Tombstone, Arizona. Nick Lewin will demonstrate his amazing linking finger ring routine, and John Reynolds will demonstrate bi-labial fricatation.

There will also be three-card monte, shell game, lotteries and other swindles designed to take your Soapy Money all around the Castle.

People dress up in Gay Nineties, Old West, Gold Rush and Steampunk attire for the event. There are prizes for most authentic, sexiest, and funniest costumes.

Proceeds of the event go to the Vernon Fund.

Stories of a Street Performer by Pop Haydn

Silver Shells go to winner on Soapy Night at the Magic Castle!

On Soapy Smith Night at the Magic Castle, coming up on July 8th, the dealer who wins the most Soapy Money wins a set of School for Scoundrels Colorado Silver Shells.
These are made of solid sterling silver by Jurgen Maerz of the Platinum Guild, and the set weighs almost four ounces.
Dealers can work at one of our Faro or dice tables, or set up their own game. They must pay $20 to register as a dealer, and in return they each get $1000 dollars in Soapy money to start their game. They can purchase more money during the evening, but at the regular price–$5 US for 100 Soapy dollars.
The dealer with the most Soapy money by 9:30 pm wins the Silver Shells.
One year it was won by a shell game man, the next by a guy selling tickets to a non-existant lottery.
These beautiful shells are designed by Pop Haydn, and are our “top of the line” shells for the shell game at They sell for $450 a set.
These were inspired by the story of Nutshell Jim who won so much money from the silver miners of Creede, Colorado during the 1880’s that he had his favorite shell game shells cast in silver.
The sheen of the silver shells gliding across the table inflamed the avarice of the miners and cowboys who lost everything they had trying to “follow the little pea.”
The player who wins the most Soapy money will also win a great prize.
Players get 100 Soapy Dollars for five dollars US, and can buy more at the same price.
If you are not a member of the Magic Castle, and would like to come, you should private message me, and I will set you up if I can.
There is twenty-five dollar door charge for non-members, and a five dollar charge for members and the guests who are with them. The five dollars gives you $100 in Soapy Money to play with, and goes completely to the Vernon Fund.
People dress up in Gold Rush finery, Old West and Steampunk styles.
The normal Magic Castle dress codes do not apply to costumes, though if you are not in an obvious 19th Century costume, the standard dress code will apply.
Check any guns at the door.

Soapy Smith Night at the Magic Castle July 8th

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