And…the “Magician of the Year” nominees are:

Magician of the Year Award

Rosewood, ebony and silver wand by John Gaughn

I am excited to announce that I have been nominated once again for “Stage Magician of the Year” by the members of the Magic Castle. This is a very great honor, and especially considering the excellent performers who have been nominated this year. I am a big fan of everyone on the list.

I have won six performing “Magician of the Year” awards from the Magic Castle.

I won “Stage Magician of the Year” in 1979, “Parlor Magician of the Year” in 1995 and 2002, and “Close-Up Magician of the Year” in 2003 and 2004.

I was named “W.C. Fields Bar Magician of the Year” in 2005, an award that has only been given out twice in the history of the Magic Castle.

It is very exhilarating just to be in the running. I am looking forward until the 44th Annual Awards Show on Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at the beautiful Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.


Saban Theater, Beverly Hills

Saban Theater, Beverly Hills


From the Magic Castle website:

“The elegant evening begins at 5:30 PM with a cocktail party in the theater lobby. The show starts at 7:00 PM, hosted by the star of the best magic show in Las Vegas, Mac King. There will be amazing magic acts (including some never seen here before), legendary presenters and recipients, plus comedy, surprises, music and much more. And the evening ends up at the Magic Castle, which will be closed to the public that night so that we can have our afterparty at our own club, with a lavish buffet dinner.

“This will be an inclusive event, and for that reason we’ve kept the ticket prices as low as possible. All tickets include the afterparty with dinner at the Castle. Prices are $30, $60, $90 and a VIP package at $180. Tickets are available at the Saban box office, 323-655-0111, or on-line at



Below are the names of the final nominees for each showroom; listed in alphabetical order.


Jon Armstrong

Derek DelGaudio

Bill Goodwin

David Regal

Richard Turner


Chris Capehart

Michael Carbonaro

Mike Caveney

Paul Green

Helder Guimaraes

Mark Haslam

Kevin James


Rich Bloch

Mike Caveney

Farrell Dillon

Whit “Pop” Haydn

Rob Zabrecky


Dani DaOrtiz

Howard Hamburg

Kevin James

Shoot Ogawa

Rob Zabrecky

Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!

Posted on February 10, 2012, in Magic and the Magic Castle, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good luck Pop. A fantastic honor for a fantastic man. You have given so much in this field of entertainment. Keep up the good work.


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