Monthly Archives: April 2015

Dave Mirto’s Vintage Cases

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This is my new vintage case made for me by Dave Mirto. I am very excited to have it. It was custom made for my Magnetized Water routine. “The pieces are all cut at 90 degree angles and framed together, then I put on the outside panels. The reason for the 90 degree cuts is that each piece is upholstered separately prior to construction. The exterior is upholstered with 3 pieces per side of case and held entirely with upholstery tacks and upholstery nails. I did research on the process and this is the earliest process that I was able to identify.” ~ Dave Mirto You can contact Dave here:

Pop Haydn at the Cowboy Festival ~ The Color-Changing Handkerchief

Pop Haydn performs the Color-Changing Handkerchief at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival April, 2015.

Pop Haydn at the Cowboy Festival ~ The Mongolian Pop Knot

Pop Haydn performs his routine, The Mongolian Pop Knot at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at the William S. Hart State Park, April 2015.

Pop Haydn at the Cowboy Festival ~ Chinese Rings

Pop Haydn performs his own routine for the Chinese Linking Rings at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at William S. Hart State Park, April 2015.

Pop Haydn at the Cowboy Festival ~ The Newspaper

Pop Haydn performs the classic Torn and Restored Newspaper at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, April 2015.

Pop Haydn at the Cowboy Festival

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April 2015, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, William S. Hart Park

“Scoundrels Touch” S4S Shell Game video available as download!

Scoundrels Touch

Chef Anton, Whit “Pop” Haydn, and Bob Sheets outline their advanced system for the shell game and teach routines complete with patter and alternate endings for walk around, as well as demo the methods used by hustlers to work the scam for money. The psychology and philosophy of the game are explained and demonstrated. The advanced system for working the shells that was briefly outlined on Volume I, is here explained in full and seen in operation in live performance videos.

On Disc I, Bob’s complete original instructions for handling his Sheets Acquitment and his system for working the shells (Absolutely Nuts) is here amplified and expanded, with new and more detailed explanations and a live performance of the routine for a regular audience in theMagic Castle’s Close-Up Gallery. Bob has added a number of new ideas and deceptive ruses, but more importantly, you see the whole thing up and running. Whit adds some maneuvers and moves, along with some new devices that make they system unassailable.

On Disc II, Chef Anton performs and explains his own routine. Whit discusses psychological outs while contrasting two very different live performances in the Magic Castle’s Close-Up Gallery of is shell routine. Incredible video of a street hustler working his craft at a music festival is shown and explained, with Scoundrel Member Giuseppe Aliotta discussing the props and betting cycles used by the contemporary street hustler. Pop shows how the Maneuvers can be very useful for working with a hand held board. New shells and props for the game are demonstrated.Pop and Chef discuss the idea of “Thinking like a Scoundrel” and how it is applied to magic performances. The Escobar Move is demonstrated along with some variations by Chanin. Several versions of the Kick Steal are demonstrated.

Included in this download are a number of pdf and other files that can be used as a further resource and several training aids that make learning the moves easier. These are enclosed in a .zip file. All the moves and maneuvers from Introduction to the Shell Game are briefly taught here.

For More Info or to Buy: Pop’s Magic

“Introduction to the Shell Game” available as download!

IntroShellGame 2

This is the downloadable video (.mp4 — 479 mb — 1 hr 16 min) of our School for Scoundrels Introduction to the Shell Game DVD

In November of 2004, Bob Sheets, WhitPop” Haydn and Chef Anton combined their original methods for the ancient swindle, the Shell Game, and taught this new system to the School for Scoundrels class at the Magic Castle

This video is far more than an introduction to the game, it is an introduction to a whole new way of looking at the shell game, and a new system for performing the game that is rock solid, unassailable, and easy to learn. 

For more info, or to buy: Pop’s Magic

S4S Three Card Monte video available as Download!

Three Card Monte Case

Whit “Pop” Haydn and Chef Anton Riniti have taught a course at the Magic Castle every year since 1996 as part of the Magic University2015 will be our 20th year of School for Scoundrels at the Magic Castle. This eight hour course covers the history, moves, ruses, psychology and application to magic of the three classic street swindles: Three-Card Monte, Fast and Loose, and the Shell Game.

This is the complete School for Scoundrels DVD on Three-Card Monte in downloadable mp4 format.

This download contains close to three hours of video in mp4 format, including fine-point instruction in all the major moves, psychology, and misdirection used in the monte, plus a three-camera shoot on the street of a reenactment of Cracker Parker’s London mob scam, an interview with Gazzo discussing the methods of the London Mob, and actual footage of three-card monte being played on the streets in Khiva, Uzbekistan.

Includes Chef Anton’s complete presentation and explanation of Three-Card Gold, an excellent, unique exhibition routine created by Chef and Whit Haydn.


This download also includes the 160 page book School for Scoundrels Notes on Three-Card Monte in pdf form.

Over 160 pages with authentic photographs and illustrations! This is by far the most comprehensive book ever written on the history, psychology, and moves of this classic swindle.

We explore its application to magic and include the School for Scoundrels complete three-card monte routine called Three-Card Gold. We also feature some of the most clever endings ever devised and are proud to introduce Bob Kohler’s Knifed and Gazzo’s Creased Lightning, and many other ruses which have never previously appeared in print.

Get it NOW!

ONLY $20!

To purchase, or for more information, click HERE

Pop Haydn nominated for Stage Magician of the Year!

Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle)
The AMA Elections Committee, Board of Directors, and Board of Trustees are proud to announce the 2014 Showroom Award Nominees!

Woody Aragon
Bill Goodwin
Armando Lucero
Garrett Thomas
Richard Turner

Chris Capehart
Handsome Jack (John Lovick)
Derek Hughes
Gregory Wilson
Rob Zabrecky

Mike Caveney
Shoot Ogawa
Garrett Thomas
Steve Valentine
Gregory Wilson

David and Leeman
Pop Haydn
Tina Lenert
Shoot Ogawa
Arthur Trace

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