Category Archives: Steampunk, Renaissance Faire and Pirates

Posts about Steampunk, Renaissance Faires and Pirates–the historical and fantasy dress up and play artists.

Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies with Pop Haydn

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Fun times at the Monday Night Tease on May 7th at 3 Clubs in Hollywood: Pop Haydn emcees Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies.

All photos by Jason Kamimura.

Pop Haydn with the comedy and magic of Phil Van Tee and the burlesque performances of:

Miss Lili VonSchtupp

Miss Anastasia VonTeaserhausen

Miss Glama Sutra

Miss Sass A Frass

Miss Kate Fox

Miss Bella Luna

Miss Angie Cakes

Miss Isabella Star

Dino Staats and Robo Rynie

Monday Night Tease Website

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

Wondermark Calendar

Wondermark Calendar -- Limited Edition


I was honored to be mentioned in a limited edition Wondermark Calendar by my friend David Malki. David is an incredible person, and a wonderful creator of the fantastic. You can find his work at

“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

Fun time in Hollywood!

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.

Pop Haydn performs his own version of Winged Silver

This is a newly uploaded video of a 2007 performance in the Close-Up Gallery at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This is my own version of Coins Across/Winged Silver.

I like this routine for the false explanation of the method. The common explanation of magic is that it goes “up your sleeves.” Here, the spectator’s common explanatory concept of coins going up the sleeve becomes the effect itself.

About the rumors in the press…

Whitehorse Ranch

Facing the 21st Century

There have been some nasty rumors and innuendoes in the media, and especially here on the world wide internet web, about me and about my sincerity in running for what has become the most important office in the land–the presidency of the United States.

I will not dissemble.

I am, in fact, developing a reality television series. That part is true.

It is the true story of 19th Century expatriates trying to get by in the 21st Century any way they can–the struggles of common hard-working people who are basically undocumented aliens in their own country. These are people who–by no fault of their own–were translated into a world 100 years in the future.

The True Story of these brave and resourceful transplants is available at Pop Haydn’s True Story. The working title is either “Desperate Townfolk” or “Househusbands of the California Desert” but that may change until we get a final working title.

In this little reality series about our village in the California desert there will be sex, violence, nudity, drama, and whatever else it takes to get ratings.

But this is a reality series meant to confront real issues and raise real questions.

We have serious and artistic goals to accomplish that are much more important than the quick infusion of cash this might supply our other projects.

And most importantly, it reflects nothing on my current campaign for the presidency of the United States.

My campaign is much more than just a publicity stunt for a reality television show!

I am surprised that the magazines and talk shows would suggest as much.

Surprised and disappointed!

Why, this is the type of yellow journalism that has soiled news gathering for so long now, and is beneath the contempt of right-thinking individuals who know what to believe when they see it.

Those who have tried to minimize and ridicule my candidacy as such are just desperate and unhappy people…people who may have something to fear from my entrance into the fray.

I don’t know why these media bullies need to pick on a small group of unfortunate maroons from another era who are just trying to get by in the 21st Century like anybody else, but let me just say that whether the show gets picked up or not, my campaign will continue just as seriously.

I will sit here puzzled and saddened by these charges, but undaunted.

My faithful dog Cash is beside me, and he seems to have a higher opinion of me than many of those whose opinions I value less.

Thank you for your attention, and for your continued support in this important cause.

–Pop Haydn

The Scarlett Harlott

Fallon Ellingson, better known as the Scarlett Harlott, was the PyrateCon 2008 Grand Marshal in the Pirate Invasion on Bourbon Street parade!

Karin Mckechnie is the dressmaker for this beautiful outfit, as she was for the one in our last post of the beautiful pirate lass Erika Melody.

By the way, Erika Melody is a make-up artist and model and Fallon Ellingson is her mother. Two lovely, lovely pirates.

Pirate Babe:

Costume by Karin Mckechnie


This wonderful model is Erika Melody, who was Miss May in the Hot Pirate Babes Calendar 2008. I know it is a day late for “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” but I didn’t think I would get any complaints. She is a make-up artist and model, and you can find her page here:

Erika Melody

The costume was made by my dear friend, Karin Mckechnie, who creates fabulous costumes from many eras including Victorian, Steampunk, pirate, Gay Nineties, etc., and for men and women.

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