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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.

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 www.ScoundrelsStore.com. 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


Pop Haydn to appear at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival


On the Medicine Show Stage, August 21-22nd:

Pop Haydn with Professor Dave Bourne, John Reynolds and world champion gunslinger Joey Dillon.

The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is once again coming to Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio and other venues throughout Santa Clarita. Saddle up and step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons. This year’s festival will include a mix of new attractions and returning favorites, including dutch oven peach cobbler, trick ropers, authentic gear and a show stopping musical talent lineup.

Festival guests can expect to see some of the Cowboy Festival’s most beloved returning performers. Grammy nominated singer-guitarist Don Edwards will hit the stage, as well as The Quebe Sisters Band and Waddie Mitchell. Dave Stamey and Jon Chandler will also be back at the Cowboy Festival in 2012, entertaining guests with their fantastic Western songs.

In addition to the list of musical performances, guests can expect the full Cowboy Festival experience. Fun activities are set to take place for guests of all ages, including living history exhibits and leatherworking for children. Multicultural entertainment will also make its return to the Cowboy Festival. Enjoy North American Indian performances by the Wild Horse Singers and Dancers, accurate portrayals of Civil War era music by The Band of the California Battalion, and authentic Hispanic cultural performances.

As always, the Cowboy Festival will feature the best in Western gear, food, clothing, and living history exhibits.

More info:

Cowboy Festival Website

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs


 

Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass

 

I never met Earl Scruggs, but I was always a big fan. His passing is quite a loss. No one did more for the popularization of the banjo than that wonderful performer.

In 1977 I opened for Lester Flatt at Tombstone Junction in Kentucky. The youngest member of the band and I hung out all day–that was mandolin player Marty Stuart kneeling on the lower left.

What a great band that was!

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 (RadioSubmit.com).
 
To hear some clips and get more information about our show, go to: PopHaydn.com

Fun time in Hollywood!

Monday Night Tease, Tonight!

Get your free GACP campaign kit!


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.

You don’t want to be the last one to know, do you?

Help strike a blow for the thin “Sanity Fringe” of American politics.

 

To get you in the mood, here is Pop’s new campaign theme, by Professor Dave Bourne:

Bombasto March — Dave Bourne

You can find Dave Bourne’s CDs and more information about him at: www.SaloonPiano.com

The Bombasto March is from the CD Dawn of the Century Ragtime Orchestra

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