It’s Red Nose Day! Get your nose on! #RedNoseDay

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(CNN) You’ve probably noticed a lot of photos lately of celebrities wearing red clown noses.

It’s all part of an effort to bring attention to “Red Nose Day,” which started in Britain in 1988 to raise money for poverty-stricken children in the UK and Africa. This year, the fund-raiser has extended to the United States, where NBC is airing a three-hour special Thursday night.

What is it? It’s sponsored by Comic Relief UK, an organization founded after the 1985 Live Aid concert. (It helped inspire — but has no other relation to — the American telethon started by Bob Zmuda and long hosted by Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal.) The British event is held every two years. There are also Red Nose Days in Finland, Germany and Iceland.

How has it done? According to the Red Nose Day website, it’s raised more than £78 million (about $122 million at current exchange rates).

Why is it just coming to the United States? Part charity and part business, according to accounts. Variety reported that NBC executive Paul Telegdy used to work for the BBC, which has aired Red Nose Day events since the late ’80s. He’s seen the power of the event in Britain for raising money for a good cause.

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Pop Haydn Captures Stage


Pop Haydn, “Stage Magician of the Year” by Steve Mitchell

Pop Haydn’s Magic Castle Awards




These are the performing awards I have won from the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle). The wands are all made from rosewood, ebony and silver by famous magic craftsman John Gaughan. The cases are made of cocobolo wood, except for the 1979 case which is made of walnut. They are engraved on the bottom with Johnny Gaughan’s signature. The crystal globe is from the year that Johnny didn’t make the wands, 2004. That was for “Close-Up Magician of the Year.”


Bob Sheets, Pop Haydn and Doc Eason, 2004.

All the awards I have won at the Castle up until now have been for the “Whit Haydn” character. This year’s award is the first for the “Pop Haydn” character, which I adopted in 2005.

The awards are these:

1979, Stage Magician of the Year

1995, Parlour Magician of the Year

2002, Parlour Magician of the Year

2003, Close Up Magician of the Year

2004, Close Up Magician of the Year

2005, W. C. Fields Bar Magician of the Year

2014, Stage Magician of the Year

2015 Academy of Magical Arts Awards Show Winners!

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The member-voted award winners are:

Lecturer: Steve Valentine
Close-Up: Richard Turner
Parlour: Rob Zabrecky
Stage: Pop Haydn

A Junior Award of Merit was awarded to Sean Self.

The Junior Achievement Award went to Mark A. Gibson.

The Trustees awarded Awards of Merit to Randy Pitchford and Alan Watson

The Trustees bestowed the following Fellowships:

Creative: Mark Setteducati

Performing: John Carney

Literary and Media: Dan and David Buck

Lifetime Achievement: Walter “Zaney” Blaney

Special: Avner Eisenberg

Masters: Silvan

And the 2014 Magician of the Year is Michael Carbonaro.

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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Photos by Billy Baque at

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


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