Category Archives: Art and Theater

Views about art and theater, ancient and modern.

Bell, Book and Candle at the Knightsbridge Theatre/NASC

Pop Haydn demos the Teleportation Device

Pop Haydn demonstrates the Teleportation Device at Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies. This was a special turn of the century edition of Monday Night Tease at the 3 Clubs in Hollywood.

Pop Haydn Medicine Show Fundraising Campaign

This is our new fundraising campaign for the Pop Haydn Post-Modern Medicine Show.

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Stories of a Street Performer by Pop Haydn

Pop Haydn at World Steam Expo


Pop Haydn will be appearing at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, Michigan Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28th. Pop will be doing his mind-bending magic and his medicine spiel, but he will also be introducing Sophie Evans as Tesla Girl, who will be demonstrating her unique abilities in organic magnetism and radio-electrics.

Nancy Magill will also be there.

For more information about the World Steam Expo, go here:

World Steam Expo Website

“Machine of Death” Variety Show:

Photo by Nancy Magill

Pop Haydn's Teleportation Device at the FAKE Gallery

Pop Haydn entertains at the Machine of Death Variety Show last night at the FAKE Gallery

Nancy Magill and I had a wonderful time last night at the FAKE Gallery on Melrose. It was a great event to celebrate the success of the Machine of Death (MoD).

There were lots of refreshments, magic, music by Lucciana Costa, games and actual operating steampunk contraptions, all in a wonderful environment, a trove of strange and interesting art and sculpture–what a fun time!

Video of the entire event here:

Machine of Death is an anthology of short stories edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki !, inspired by this episode of Ryan’s Dinosaur Comics. From January 15, 2007, through April 30, 2007, Ryan, Matt, and David invited everybody in the world to submit short stories for the book, without fee or prejudice. Hundreds of writers from five continents took them up on the offer.

Ryan, Matt and David chose their favorites from the nearly 700 submissions, and invested personal funds to pay each contributor. The manuscript was shopped for several years to agents and publishers who liked it, but were unable to sell a book full of material by largely-unknown writers.

Faced with this rejection, the editors self-published the book and, on October 20, 2010, announced that October 26 — six days later — would be MOD-Day, in which they encouraged everybody to buy the book from Amazon at once in an attempt to become, for one day at least, Amazon’s #1 best-selling book.

On October 26, exactly that happened. The book shot up the charts and hit #1 in all categories, staying there for approximately 30 hours.

On October 28, the editors got wind that Glenn Beck, on his radio program, called out MOD as being part of a “liberal culture of death” — for beating his own book (which had apparently been released the same day) to #1 on Amazon. We continue to find this hilarious.

On November 2, 2010, the manuscript was placed online, in PDF form, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–Noncommercial–Share Alike 3.0 license. That means you can (and should!) read, copy, and distribute all the stories for free.

There is also an ongoing audiobook version, which is being released as a free podcast.

For more info, go here:

About the FAKE Gallery:


Pop Haydn

Kenny Raskin’s wonderful “My Old Friend”

This is from Kenny Raskin, who created this presentation:

“I created my piece (a version, filmed for Danish television, can be viewed on youtube) in 1981. Like any normal performer, I began putting it out there when I was gigging, but also at clown and mime festivals throughout the United States. So the great thing is, if it’s a good piece, people notice you. You get some good press and you build your reputation in the business. You might even get hired by Cirque du Soleil, which is what happened to me.

“The bad thing is, people begin to copy you, and when you are new in your profession, sometimes your authorship gets called into question. That is hurtful… It’s been a long time, and most people that came up in the clown world with me know the true story. I may not have been the first person to do a routine like this, but I didn’t see someone do one and then go out and create my own… My focus these days is more on teaching the craft, so my livelihood is not at issue here. But for those who I know saw my work and used it to create their own version — Tina Lenert, Sasha, Gayle LaJoye, Peter Shub, Jason McPherson — you are welcome…”

The Lovely Isabella Star:

Isabella Star

Isabella Star

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to the very lovely Isabella Star. She’s two fifths Clara Bow, two fifths Keith Moon, and one fifth Popov Vodka. She is gorgeous and sexy and she is going to take her clothes off for you at the Monday Night Tease’s show Scoundrels and Trollops at the 3Clubs on Vine Street (just north of Santa Monica) in Hollywood, California. Mark Monday, October 24th on your calendar. 9:30 pm.

Please join me and Phil Van Tee and Isabella and the rest of Pop’s Tarts for a fun, sexy, and entertaining show.

The Monday Night Tease is the longest running traditional burlesque show in Hollywood.

It is run by the fabulous and talented Lili VonSchtupp. The crowd is mixed and friendly, and welcoming. It is a good show for couples as well as single ladies and men. The atmosphere is fun and upbeat, and a maybe just a little raunchy. Magic, music, comedy and near-nekkid ladies–what could be better?

Scoundrels and Trollops

Monday Night Tease hosted by Pop Haydn

Burlesque by:

Anastasia Vonteaserhausen
Isabella Star
Miss Angie Cakes
Glama Sutra
Kate Fox
Venus Demille

with a special guest appearance by Phil Van Tee

$15 advance tickets:

Bar Opens: 6pm
Seating Starts: 9:30pm
Show Starts: 10pm

3 Clubs
1123 Vine St.
(Vine at Santa Monica)
Los Angeles, CA 90038

No photography. Performers subject to change without notice. Plenty of free street parking.

21+, full bar, no food.

Intricate Web of Distraction:

This is my original routine for the color-changing knives, a great classic effect of close-up magic. This is called “The Intricate Web of Distraction.” The routine is available on DVD from School for Scoundrels, and the knives designed for my routine are available from Joe Mogar as the Whit Haydn Color Changing Knives.

I have been digitizing a number of video tapes for my new website at Pop’s Website, and I have one more to go to complete the set.

There are half a dozen stage and parlor clips and a dozen close-up clips at my Video Gallery.

To one who loved not poetry:


Sappho, Drexel University, Philadelphia

“THOU liest dead, and there will be no memory left behind

Of thee or thine in all the earth, for never didst thou bind

The roses of Pierian streams upon thy brow; thy doom

Is now to flit with unknown ghosts in cold and nameless gloom.”

to one who loved not poetry, Sappho, translated by Edwin Arnold


“I think that in some later Spring,

Echo will bear to men these songs we sing.”

— Sappho, fragment

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