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Something Brand Spanking New in the 21st Century!

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Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! is coming to Magicopolis.

This show, presented March 7th and April 4th in Santa Monica, will demonstrate three Steampunk/Magical devices…but unlike most artistic “replica” devices, these all actually work under scientific test conditions.

This is new for Steampunk, and new for Magic. These are not boxes that do magic, these are magical devices that have histories and stories that are untold in the show, and can only be hinted at:

The Teleportation Device which sends a dollar bill (borrowed, signed, corner torn and serial number noted) into a freely chosen pristine raw egg under scientific test conditions

The Tesla C-2000 a highly modified version of a Tesla Coil, which bends the force of gravity in such a way that a 110 pound girl can withstand with one hand the full weight of any large man in the audience and can not be lifted barefoot from the floor by anyone in the audience.

The Sphere of Destiny, also known as Cleopatra’s Eye, which will answer any question the audience dares to ask with deadly accuracy and insight.

I have followed Steampunk for some time. I was a featured performer at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn for two years. I was a panelist on Steampunk at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, and was featured in the book Steampunk Gazette. This is something new in Steampunk.

I am a past Vice President of the Magic Castle, and a six-time “Magician of the Year” at the Magic Castle, and nominated again for Stage Magician of the Year this year. This show is something new in Magic.

It is made for the 21st Century by people who are not originally from the 21st Century.

We have live music, magic, comedy, and the wonders of radio-magnetism.

It is not a reenactment of vaudeville, the medicine show or anything else.

It is History being made in the Present.

Hope you can make it!

It is going to be a hoot!

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Pop Haydn and the Sphere of Destiny

SpherePoster web

Coming to Santa Monica in the 21st Century!

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Crowd-Funding — “It’ll Make You Feel Better!”

Pop Haydn fires his Teleportation Device

Pop Haydn’s Post-Modern Medicine Show uses lateral marketing in its crowd-funding campaign at IndieGoGo.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) July 19, 2012

What would a troupe of talented vaudevillians and con artists from 1910 do if they were suddenly thrust here into the 21st Century? That is the premise of Pop Haydn’s Post-Modern Medicine Show, a live variety show in the Los Angeles area. The story goes that medicine pitchman Pop Haydn and his small band of time-displaced mountebanks are still able to put on their song and dance and to pitch their medicines just as they did back in 1910, but now it’s even easier—here you can sell a half pint of water for four bucks!

If there really were a group of 19th Century expatriates trying to mount a show here in our time, and they were hip to the internet, they would probably turn to crowd-funding. That is exactly what the real Pop Haydn did.

Pop Haydn is a real person as well as portraying a character in the show. He and his variety company have recently started a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo. They hope to raise enough money by August 31st, 2012 to support producing a regular show in local vaudeville theaters.

So, what is crowd-funding? It’s a joint effort on the part of a large number of individuals on the internet, who freely give their monetary support to various efforts initiated by other people or organizations.

Crowd-funding works for a wide range of purposes, including disaster relief, support for the arts, political campaigns, startup companies, movie development, and scientific research. IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, RocketHub, BelieversFund, StartupAddict and Quirky are a few of the crowd-funding sites available. Successful funding of any project depends on its intrinsic appeal to investors and on the campaign’s ability to promote its cause to as wide a market as possible.

Local theatrical productions can be a difficult to pitch to a world audience. To attract donors, it is helpful if the group seeking funds can appeal to a more general cause than just the realization of their own local project. Having an appeal of some kind to a thing of wider concern, such as support for children’s theater or for tolerance education can open a campaign up to a larger pool of donors.

This lateral approach is important because it helps to connect the campaign’s project with the concerns and interests of the donors, and makes them feel better about giving. Finding ways to make the donors feel good about giving is extremely important to a successful campaign.

The Medicine Show trusts there are plenty of people around the world who support live variety theater and Old Time music who would be willing to help fund this new production even though they might never expect to see it. These online supporters donate directly to the Medicine Show through IndieGoGo. Here prospective donors can also find nformation about the show, video and photos.

Perks are another important consideration. Offering attractive perks can help motivate people to donate. IndieGoGo makes setting up and managing these perks very easy. The campaign will give each donor a thank you perk. These include such things as sponsor credit, a theatrical poster of the Medicine Show, or a bottle of the Amazing Miracle Oil.

Magician Whit “Pop” Haydn is a six-time award winner at Magic Castle in Hollywood, and a past vice-president of that organization. He and his fellow performers have created a show that combines theater and variety arts with live music intermingled with demonstrations of Pop Haydn’s Teleportation Device and other steampunk-oriented inventions. Haydn pitches the Amazing Miracle Oil in a send-up of modern medical quackery—“It’ll make you feel better!”

Says Haydn, “We are going to produce our show no matter what, but with a little startup money we will be able to get things moving much sooner. What we like about IndieGoGo is that even if we don’t quite meet our goal we still get to keep what we have raised. Everything helps and this assistance makes it possible for us to keep things moving forward.”

“The Medicine Show is just a hoot!” says Sophie Evans an award-winning Las Vegas act. Evans performs with her “fire magic” routine on the Medicine Show, and then plays the part of intrepid electronaut Tesla Girl in a performance with Pop Haydn. That bit involves a large Tesla Coil and several able-bodied men from the audience, and is a recreation of an old 1890’s Vaudeville act known as The Georgia Magnet.

“I enjoy working to live music, which you rarely get to do, and re-working my Vegas show to fit a more 1910 style has been fun and very stimulating…as has been working with that Tesla Coil!” Evans laughed.

Pop Haydn Medicine Show Fundraising Campaign

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

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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

Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies May 7th!

Pop Haydn to Emcee “It’s Magic!”

I will be performing and emceeing the Milt Larsen and Terry Hill production “It’s Magic!” this Saturday, March 3, at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts in Rolling Hills, CA.

There are two shows on Saturday, a matinee at 2:00 pm and evening show at 7:30 pm.

Other performers include Jonathan Pendragon, Jason Andrews, Michael Goudeau, Chuck Jones, and Joel Ward

Tickets can be found at:


I will also be performing and emceeing the “It’s Magic!” show at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara on Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 pm and that evening, Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 pm.

This show’s lineup also includes Murray Hatfield & Teresa, Michael Grandinetti, Victor & DiamondJason Andrews, Rob Watkins and more.

Tickets can be found here:


More information on “It’s Magic!” can be found at

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