Monthly Archives: August 2013

Clarifying the Suspended Glass Trick


Pop Haydn explains the procedure and the method for the suspended glass trick using Pop Haydn’s Original Magnetized Water from California:

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Suspending a Glass of Water!


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Conlin Collection Claims Forgery as Sphere of Destiny!


Cleopatra's Eye

Courtesy, Conlin Collection, Conlin Galleries

http://www.studentsocculthistory.com/sphere-of-destiny.html

This is a tissue of lies!

Don’t be deceived, folks! This is not the real Sphere of Destiny, and I can prove it!

I am in possession of the true Eye of Cleopatra. It has been under my protection for a long time.

One day I will tell the whole story–a story you won’t find in any history book!

Here is the one, true Sphere of Destiny, and the Conlin Collection is making a huge mistake not to listen to my offer…

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Pop Haydn with the Sphere of Destiny

 

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Pop’s Magic is Open!


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For magicians, I have just opened a new website, Pop’s Magic where I will be selling my books, dvds, and magic props.

I am just starting it, beginning with a wonderful new prop, The Hydro-Static Glass.

Hydro-Static Glass

In this very “easy to do” miracle, the magician fills a glass with water, covers the mouth with a piece of blotting paper, and turns it over.

The water stays in the glass!

This is Science.

He then removes the paper, and the water remains in the glass still–

This is Magic!

On command, the water releases itself and falls into a pitcher or tub.

This classic trick is amazing and fun to do, but it has been hard to find the right prop. The glass tumblers were too easy to break, and made too much noise when the gimmick is being placed.

Finding a plastic tumbler that looked like real…

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Pop Haydn performs the Hydro-Static Glass


 

Steampunk Carnival! Wonderful!


New Pop Haydn Adventure Slideshow!


New photos by Nancy Magill, Billy Baque, The Jokesters and John Collins are up in a Pop Haydn character adventure slideshow on my character photos page:

Character Photos

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Photo by Billy Baque

“Hokkabaz” An enchanting film. A celebration of magic!


Hokkabaz

“Hokkabaz” means in Turkish “The Magician.” This is a delightful film from Turkey. It is funny, wistful, exciting and warm. Never a slow moment, even when I watched it with English subtitles. This film understands the importance of magic, even amateurish magic, and has great affection for the craft of magic that shines throughout the film. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Magicians especially will like it, but anyone who knows what it is like to have a dream will empathize and be carried away with this irresistible romp.

Here is some info from Wikipedia:

“The Magician (Turkish: Hokkabaz) is a 2006 Turkish comedy-drama film, directed by Cem Yılmaz and Ali Taner Baltacı, about a magician who tours around Turkey with his father and best friend so that he can make enough money for laser eye surgery. The film, which was released on October 20, 2006 (2006-10-20), was short-listed for Turkey’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards but lost out to Takva.

The film was shot on location in Istanbul, Gallipoli and Eceabat, Turkey.[2]

Plot

Iskender is a juggler. Actually he is a magician but everybody else except himself and his childhood friend Maradona, thinks he is a juggler. The two friends undertake a great deal of risk by including Sait to their tour program while they are forced to escape Istanbul. Moreover Father Sait had quit appreciating Iskender years ago. While the tour makes them come much closer, it also results in a magnificent fall-out. Iskender, Maradona and Sait, keep coming back together and falling out with their fellow traveler Fatma.

Cast

Release

The film opened in 378 screens across Turkey on October 20, 2006 (2006-10-20) at number one in the Turkish box office chart with an opening weekend gross of $1,462,608 and was later released across a number of European territories.”

–Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magician_(2006_film)

The 20th Century: 1900 — 1927


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My dear friend Patrick Culliton sent me these wonderful photos taken at the turn of the 20th Century. Then he asked, “What was it like?”

Well, many of these photos were taken after I left the 20th Century, but they all look very familiar–as if nothing much changed between 1910 and 1927.

I felt a rush of nostalgia for this time long gone.

I can tell you a bit about what it was like, at least in 1910, when I left the 20th Century for good.

It was quiet, much more formal, but less stuffy than you probably imagine. People then were all so different, more eccentric, and less codified in dress and ideas than they are depicted in the moving pictures today.

Progress was being made. Most everything really important that could be invented had already been invented–by that we meant that we had created all that we could possibly imagine we might need for a happy, productive life. Telephone, automobile, radio, jazz…what else could you possibly need?

We believed the next real progress would be in international relations, better living conditions for workers and the poor, and progress in education and science and technology.

The Gold Rush/Old West mores of “Get while the getting is good” “Every man for himself” “Do unto others before they do it to you.” “Never give a sucker an even break” and “Everyone is responsible to deal with things for himself” were slowly being replaced with Progressive values–except among the businessmen.

The excesses of the robber barons and the powerful cabals, and their merciless repression of labor convinced the majority that the individual really couldn’t fend for himself against these vested interests, and needed to band together in unions and parties to defend and protect their interests from those who would despoil the environment, take national resources for their own use, and exploit working people in unsafe, ill-paid and harsh working conditions.

The world of the 21st Century is much better!

Progress really has been made, and freedom and civil rights have been extended further than I could have imagined, even as a “free-thinker” in 1910!

There is still much to be done, and much that can be lost if we forget the hard won struggles that created our middle class, and forget the lessons we should have learned under Teddy R.

–Pop Haydn

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