Excellent thoughts! Relaxing and following the thread!
Originally posted on Jack Shalom:
“Do we need to suffer in order to make great art?”
This question was asked the other day. A student actor was disturbed about being in an acting class where the teacher was abusive. The teacher’s theory was that one needs to “break down the students” before they can learn how to be artists. This is not an uncommon theory among acting teachers. I suspect it is pervasive in other forms of art education as well—dance, music, studio art. The theory further posits that one must be hardened to the sufferings of the soul a life of art will inevitably entail.
Please, please, please, let’s dispel a few destructive, though popular myths.
Most artists suffer whether we want to or not. It’s a tough life. No use making it tougher. Certainly, it’s no use putting ourselves in a position where we will be abused by others. So one more time,
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A mild little rant. I have had several people–young magicians, actually–saying nice things about me online, but then saying something like “He’s old school, but really good” or things to that effect.
This doesn’t really hurt my feelings, but it just isn’t really accurate.
I am not Old School, I am just old.
This act and character never appeared before 2005. There really is no school for this. It is new. It was made in the 21st Century, by a citizen of the 21st Century, for the 21st Century.
It is not a reenactment, or an old-style act. It is a 21st Century show.
It is something hopefully refreshing, that will make people “feel better.”
Of my seven performing awards as “Magician of the Year” at The Magic Castle®, five of them were won here in this Century, in front of the people–young and old–of the 21st Century.
And let me say I LOVE it here. I wouldn’t go back to the 20th Century for anything. It is the best and most exciting time in the history of the planet.
I have put down roots here, and Magill and I plan to continue working, performing and inventing in this great and brave new Century for the rest of our lives!
Pop Haydn! This month, in Vanish Magazine!
Pop Haydn will be performing at The Melbourne Magic Festival, July 2015!
Also appearing from the USA is Rob Zabrecky. Pop Haydn just won “Stage Magician of the Year” at the Magic Castle, and Rob Zabrecky is this year’s “Parlor Magician of the Year”
These are comprehensive lecture notes (21 pages) from Pop Haydn‘s acting and character development workshop.
This workshop will help the magic performer to stretch and improve their own performances. Whatever approach you take to performing, and no matter how much your performing personality is “natural” and just ” you yourself” you are already a character in the eyes of your audience.
Pop teaches you how to take control of that character and enliven and energize your performance. Pop will show you strategies for engaging and connecting with your audience. This is not esoteric theory, but concrete exercises and acting tools that can immediately begin helping your performance.
Only $10 for the downloadable pdf!
These are the comprehensive notes for Pop Haydn’s lecture on the art or routining magic, Creating the Magic Routine. Twentynine dense pages with live links to videos books and other important resources.
Pop Haydn started out as a street performer in the 1960’s, and has worked all over the world in every type of venue. He is a six-time award winner at the Magic Castle. Pop will talk about the psychology and the process of routining magic. He will discuss the philosophical principles that underlie his approach to magic using his own original routines to illustrate his thinking.
He will explain how to use patter to strengthen the effect of the trick and to develop humor out of the situation rather than through “lines” and jokes. The routines he will be discussing include both stage and close up magic, and are all award-winning routines designed for real world situations. He teaches useful principles and sleights and ruses that can be applied to any routine.
Stage: Four Ring Routine, the Mongolian Pop Knot, and the Six Card Trick and The Teleportation Device
Close Up: Chicago Surprise, Multiple Peeked Cards to Pocket, Specific Resonance, Intricate Web of Distraction (color-changing knives).
ONLY $10 for downloadable .pdf!
(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.
More Here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/21/entertainment/feat-red-nose-day-explainer/
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.”
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