Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas from John Lennon


 

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Merry Christmas!


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Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and safe travels.

Brookledge Follies almost there…


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Broookledge

 

We are SOOOOOO close to reaching our goal!

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has supported the Brookledge Follies by backing or boosting this project. I am deep touched by the outpouring of love, enthusiasm and encouragement. We have set the date for the Brookledge Theater Grand Re-Opening next year: May 17, 2014.

My goal is to have all of the work completed by May 8, 2014. That is the anniversary of my dad’s birthday, and this will be our gift to him… and to everyone who loves Brookledge. Thank you to all. Truly and deeply. xoxoxo

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1678855215/brookledge-follies-2014-season-and-beyond

— Erika Larsen

Magnetic Water and MRI Warnings


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Received this notice from my friend Dr. Larry Barnowsky from Cooperstown. It seems they have been having some problems with magnetized water and the  30,000 Gauss MRI they are using.

More essential information on Pop Haydn’s Original Magnetized Water from California is available here:

http://www.pophaydn.com/magnetized-water.html

 

 

Peter O’Toole dies at 81 years old.


Swans sing before they die. Actors take a great bow. Here is Peter O’Toole’s Alan Swann accolade from “My Favorite Year.”

It is a fitting tribute to this beloved actor.

Should the Live Audience Stay Connected Online?


At the Magic Castle, it is well-known you can’t have your cell phone, i-pad or other devices on during a show. You cannot take photos or videos. No texting. These rules are posted at the front door, and repeated in each showroom at the beginning of each show. It is increasingly hard to enforce.

Do people in your audience stay connected to the internet during live performances?

Do you try to stop it? Encourage it? What do you think?

What is changing in live performance?

The Pop Haydn show in the Palace of Mystery at the Magic Castle last Spring tried a different tack:

We may be moving into an era when people are always with divided attention. In vaudeville, the audience talked, ate food, walked around, sometimes threw stuff. Our audiences may be more like that in the future, and less like the passive movie and television watchers…

Sometimes, people are tweeting to their friends what a great show they are watching.

People will be secretly videoing shows with their cameras–this will be streaming online at the same time.

It is a new world.

Are we planning for it?

What was a Shakespearean audience like? Quiet and respectful, you think? Or rowdy hecklers?

I don’t think this is going to change. The distracted audience–half here/half connected to the online world–is here to stay.

It is the new reality. People will not go to events where they must disconnect from the hive. Live entertainment may need to incorporate and accept the presence of distracted audiences.

We need to learn to deal with it and to use it. I think we ought to develop strategies to take advantage of it.

“Say something nice about us on Twitter!” “You can buy that right now at…” “If you were to Google magnetized water…”

Perhaps live shows need to find a way to incorporate the digital world, rather than trying to fight its encroachment.

We may be applying the standards of the second half of the twentieth century to the situation we are in here in the 21st.

Do we learn to take advantage of the new “expanded” live, or do we try to force a new and different audience into an old bottle?

If we want to reach the younger audience, we will have to bend to do it–I think they will not go to live entertainment if they have to cut their umbilical cord to the online.

I noticed that only a couple of people in each audience actually utilized their devices, but when we told the audience to light up their I-phones if they wanted, the reaction was almost always clearly pleasant and relieved. They get tired of being lectured and told to do things–especially at the Castle where they get it in every showroom.

What is the alternative?

Here Disney is using the Second Screen concept to give everyone in the theater an app that allows them to interact online during the movie.

http://movies.disney.com/the-little-mermaid/second-screen-live

What ways might we be able to use the internet to enhance our live performances?

The show has to be designed to accommodate this. You can’t do the same kind of things as you did in a darkened house. This really has to be a “second screen”–one that enhances the experience of the live show and extends it into the after show.

I think the idea of a passive audience, quietly sitting in the dark with their full attention on the stage is going to be more and more rare. It will be a special thing like Jazz or Opera–for a more disciplined audience. The world of live performance is going to increasingly be an interactive happening shared online in real time. We need to think of ways to adjust and benefit from these changes.

Using the internet, it is possible to enhance and enlarge our characters and backstories, connect with the audience in new ways, and even sell them stuff. We can hook them into our content-oriented websites, as a way of getting them to spend time with us, to want to come back and see more, and to want to come back and join us in a live show.

Live show business will be immersed in the online world. We should be looking for ways to take advantage of it, not shut it down.

A Tribute to Goldfinger and Dove in Las Vegas. Be there or be square!


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IMG_3337The Fantasma IBM Ring 257 in Las Vegas is very excited to be hosting a Gala Celebration event in honor of Goldfinger & Dove at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday December 8th. There will be a buffet dinner followed by close-up magic and a Gala show. The Show will be hosted by Fielding West and feature a galaxy of magical stars including Max Maven and Victor and Diamond. There will be many surprises and treats for those attending this prestigious event and it is not to be missed!

There are a variety of ticket prices and special hotel room rates and to get full details and rates contact John McClenahan at 702.395.3856 or via email at doctormagiclv@embarqmail.com There is also a special program being prepared for the event, for details contact George Napier at 702.641.7128 or georgenapiercnapier@centurylink.net This event promises to be a highlight…

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Shell Game in the W C Fields Bar


Pop Haydn performs the Shell Game in the W. C. Fields Bar at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Pop is one of only two performers to have ever been named “Magician of the Year” in the WC Fields Bar by the members of the Magic Castle.

This performance was recorded by photographer Billy Baque on Dec 1, 2013.

Pop Haydn Color-Changing Silk


Pop Haydn performs the Color-Changing Silk in the W C Fields Bar at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

http://www.pophaydn.com

videographer, Billy Baque http://www.blog.baquephoto.com

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