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Magnetized Water — Pop Haydn in the 21st Century!

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Coming to Santa Monica! Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! An historical theatrical event! March 7th and April 4th at Magicopolis

Tickets available here: Pop Haydn in the 21st Century!

Pop Haydn appearing with Professor Dave Bourne and the Medicine Show Band, and featuring the dazzling fire magic of Sophie Evans, the sassy, sexy music of our Louisiana Songbird Bonnie Gordon, and Tesla Girl who will channel the force of gravity itself.

Comedy, magic, music and variety! Teleportation demonstrated!

Certifiable Genius Pop Haydn demonstrates teleportation, and proves gravity harnessed by the power of the mind! He explains the health and science behind Radio-Magnetism, Electric Oil and Magnetized Water!

Excitement designed and created especially for the 21st Century!

Steampunks, Dandies, New Victorians, Old West Reenactors, and other 19th Century expatriates are welcome. No weapons please.

Daniel Boone’s Knife-Swallowing Trick

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

My dear friend, Kurt Freitag brought me a lovely present while working the Magic Castle this week, a book on Southern Folklore. In it I discovered an interesting selection from a book about the early frontier, telling a tale of Daniel Boone using sleight of hand to get out of trouble:

“Boone, according to James Jall, was once resting in the woods with a small number of his followers, when a large party of Indians came suddenly upon them and halted–neither party having discovered the other until they came in contact. The whites were eating, and the savages, with the ready tact for which they are famous, sat down with perfect composure, and also commenced eating. It was obvious they wished to lull the suspicions of the white men, and seize a favorable opportunity for rushing upon them. Boone affected a careless inattention, but, in an undertone, quietly admonished his men to keep their hands upon their rifles. He then strutted towards the reddies unarmed and leisurely picking the meat from a bone. The Indian leader, who was somewhat similarly employed, arose to meet him.

“Boone saluted him, and then requested to look at the knife with which the Indian was cutting his meat. The chief handed it to him without hesitation, and our pioneer, who, with his other traits, possessed considerable expertness at sleight of hand, deliberately opened his mouth and affected to swallow the long knife, which, at the same instant, he threw adroitly into his sleeve. The Indians were astonished. Boone gulped, rubbed his throat, stroked his body, and then, with apparent satisfaction, pronounced the horrid mouthful to be very good.

“Having enjoyed the surprise of the spectators for a few moments, he made another contortion, and drawing forth the knife, as they supposed, from his body, coolly returned it to the chief. The latter took the point cautiously between his thumb and finger, as if fearful of being contaminated by touching the weapon, and threw it from him into the bushes. The pioneer sauntered back to his party, and the Indians, instantly dispatching their meal, marched off, desiring no further intercourse with a man who could sallow a scalping knife.”

–From Our Western Border, Its Life, Combats, Adventures, Forays, Massacres, Captivities, Scouts, Red Chiefs, Pioneer Women One Hundred Years Ago…carefully written and compiled by Charles McKNight, pp 289-290. Philadelphia: J. C. McCurdy and Co. 1876.

This section quoted in “A Treasury of Southern Folklore,” edited by B. A. Botkin  copyright MCMXLIX

From Wikipedia:

“Daniel Boone (November 2, 1734 [O.S. October 22] – September 26, 1820) was anAmerican pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia but on the other side of the mountains from the settled areas. Despite some resistance from American Indian tribes such as the Shawnee, in 1775 Boone blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolinaand Tennessee into Kentucky. There he founded the village of Boonesborough, Kentucky, one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians. Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 European people migrated to Kentucky/Virginia by following the route marked by Boone.[2]

“Boone was a militia officer during the Revolutionary War (1775–83), which in Kentucky was fought primarily between the American settlers and the British-aidedNative Americans. Boone was captured by Shawnee warriors in 1778, who after a while adopted him into their tribe. Later, he left the Indians and returned to Boonesborough to help defend the European settlements in Kentucky/Virginia.

“Boone was elected to the first of his three terms in the Virginia General Assemblyduring the Revolutionary War, and fought in the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782. Blue Lick was one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War, coming after the main fighting ended in October 1781.”


Help Support This Wonderful Project for Women in Variety

This is from my dear friends Sophie Evans, Stephanie Castellone and Penny Wiggens, please help support this wonderful project for women in variety:

Help Make Our Dreams Come True!

     We, Stephanie Castellone ( amazing contortionist), Sophie Evans (stunning magician and fire eater), Erica Vanlee (gorgeous silk performer as well as burlesque dancer), and myself Penny Wiggins (comedienne and had a thirteen year run with Amazing Johnathan as Psychic Tanya), have decided it was time to take our talents and create our own show! 

     Our dream is to have a successful, all female, variety show on the Las Vegas strip! We envision having people from all over the world coming to see it! Including, adding special guest acts from around the world. 

    We have successfully produced this show twice to sold out audiences. We received standing ovations from audience members after each show. So many people have asked us when we are going to run this show again, because they enjoyed it so much. So finally, we have gathered a few of our closest, most talented, performer friends; and we are very excited to get this show going! 

    The greatest part about this show is that the hostess, Coco Channel (pronounced chan- nell), greets people as they walk up the red carpet. Once you enter the show room, the mood is set with strolling celebrity look a-likes and characters. The show then begins with a surprise opening!

    Opening a show in Las Vegas is expensive and challenging.  Thankfully, we four women have a combined total of over 50 years experience having worked within entertainment. We are quite familiar with the in’s and out’s of this industry. 

    With the support of the hotel/casino, great friends, fellow performers, and people anxious to push ticket sales, this can and will be successful.  However, in order to accomplish our goals we need financial support from you!

    Where is your money going?

             1.  To secure a room in one of the major hotel/casinos in Las Vegas (Money raised will determine the location we choose).

   2.  Advertisement:

                    * Costs to be part of ticketing agencies and box offices

                    * Rack cards for all the different ticket brokers

                    * Advertising: Postcards, flyers, magazine ads, posters, billboards

                    * Graphic designing, website costs

                    * Theater costs: light and sound 

              3.  Show opening costs and down payments

              4.  Legal and accounting fees

              5. Additional insurances

              6. Props and costumes

     These are a small part of the costs in opening and maintaining a show in Las Vegas.  While your help goes without question, we also feel like everyone who helps us is part of our show. And there is no question that your help is actually making come true, an amazing show on the strip that you can be proud of and part of!

     All donations received will come with the rewards shown at the categories listed at the right of this page.

                                    We want you to be part of the experience!  

                                                      Let’s make this happen!

     You can help make so many of our dreams come true! By helping us you can also boast to all your friends and say: “Hey! Look what I helped to create!” Now that’s saying something!

                           This is NOT just another show, this is an experience!! 


Other Ways You Can Help:

     Even if you can only donate a small amount, it helps! Plus, you can also help by posting this link to your Facebook wall, Tweet it, email it, and liking the Shenanigans Facebook page for free!

           “Ability is of little account without opportunity.”  – Lucille Ball


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Pop Haydn in the 21st Century!

Pop Haydn in the 21st Century!

Pop Haydn is coming to Santa Monica March 7th and April 4th!

Pop Haydn in the 21st Century!  is a wonder-filled evening of fun, with good-time music, song, dance, comedy and magic.

Pop Haydn demonstrates his incredible Teleportation Device and he also pitches his Amazing Miracle Oil and his new Magnetized Water–a modern miracle for health and energy!

Pop appears as the great seer–the Diviner of Destiny. He will take time to answer audience questions about the future–about health, love, money and lost objects–with the aid of his magnetically-energized crystal ball.

This show features the sassy song and dance of our Louisiana Songbird  Bonnie Gordon, the fire magic of sultry sorcerer Sophie Evans, and the good-time music of Professor Dave Bourne and the Medicine Show Band.

Pop Haydn presents our intrepid electronaut Tesla Girl, who will bend the very force of gravity itself while immersed in a radio-magnetic field generated on stage by Pop Haydn‘s Tesla C-2000–a highly modified version of a Tesla Coil.

Pop Haydn in the 21st Century!  is a lot of fun and is geared toward an adult audience–but it’s still family-friendly.

Steampunks, time-travelers, dandies and other 19th Century expatriates are welcome–no weapons, please.

The show will be in Santa Monica, California at 8:00 pm in the 150 seat theater at Magicopolis on 4th Street.

There are only 150 seats, so order your tickets in advance so you won’t be disappointed.

Tickets are $29 online, and $34 at the door.

To order tickets for the show click HERE

Or Call: 323-344-8793


Photos by Billy Baque

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