Monthly Archives: December 2015

Pop Haydn meets Nico


I met a member of the Magic Castle for the first time last night as I worked the W. C. Fields Bar. He is a wonderful artist named Nico. Nico is Nicolas Marlet, a top animation and character artist at Dreamworks. He showed me some of the sketches he drew while watching me, and gifted me with one:

Nico draws Pop

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From Wikipedia:

Nicolas “Nico” Marlet is a French-American animation artist, character designer and skilled drummer. He is best known for his character design work in the Dreamworks films Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, although early in his career he worked on Disney television shows such as TaleSpin and DuckTales. He also worked on an unproduced animated version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. His work has appeared in several “art of” books, including The Art of Kung Fu Panda, The Art of How to Train Your Dragon, The Art of Bee Movie, and his own limited edition sketchbook containing some of his personal works. ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nico_Marlet

More here: http://artofnicomarlet.tumblr.com/

I love working at the Magic Castle. I am always meeting new and amazing people.

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Pop Haydn in the W.C. Fields Bar this Week!


Pop in the WC Fields Bar

Pop Haydn will be performing in the W. C. Fields Bar at the Magic Castle in Hollywood this week, except for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Pop has won “Magician of the Year” in the W. C. Fields Bar, and has won six other performing awards at the Magic Castle.

Pop especially loves working the bar, with its freewheeling, anything goes style, and with the lively and often loud give and take with the audience. The spontaneity and playfulness gives the performance a special energy and fun.

Pop Haydn in the W.C. Fields Bar this Week!


Pop Haydn will be performing in the W. C. Fields Bar at the Magic Castle in Hollywood this week, except for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Pop has won “Magician of the Year” in the W. C. Fields Bar, and has won six other performing awards at the Magic Castle.

Pop especially loves working the bar, with its freewheeling, anything goes style, and with the lively and often loud give and take with the audience. The spontaneity and playfulness gives the performance a special energy and fun.

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Pop Haydn at Mirtollucci & Sons


Magicians of India, 1950’s


Mark Lewis does the Svengali Pitch


Coins Across & Intricate Web of Distraction


Both of these routines have been made available to the magic community, and can be purchased as a DVD or Download at PopsMagic.com!

Intricate Web of Distraction Download $15 Buy HERE

Coins Across Download $10 Buy HERE 

Doc Jon Cheats and Steals


Join School for Scoundrels in an amazing weekend with a real card and dice cheat who went by the name of Doc Jon (John Deems, Born Oct 27, 1943, Died May 9, 2011).

Doc lived an extraordinary life as a dealer, mechanic, cross-roader, and as a card and dice cheat for crime mobs in Las Vegas and Hawaii, as well as for the Yakuza in Japan.

He sits and talks with us for nearly four hours on these videos, telling us his thrilling life story and talking about what it takes to be a successful cheat.

This is not a video for those with sensitive ears. Doc Jon uses more expletives and insensitive language than Tony Soprano, and talks about mob activities, brothels and strip joints as well as his cheating skills and stories.

He talks about being busted with a gang for drilling the slots on the floors of Las Vegas casinos, about betrayals and friendships in the world of professional gamblers, and about going to prison for running a juiced dice table in an illegal gambling house for the Milano Family in Los Angeles.

It is fascinating to hear about this strange life from a man who has really been there, and who has spent time in prison and was nearly blown up by a car bomb as a result.

Doc Jon talks about how you develop the moxie to move under fire, and the difference between being a great card handler and a true card cheat. This is the real deal, and the authenticity and authority of the story is apparent from the very beginning.

He teaches how to handle a deck of cards in a way that won’t make a pro grimace. He shows some never-before published cheating moves and advanced handlings and nuances on some of the classics.

He explains chip stealing moves as well as card handling. He talks about what is actually useful and important and tips his method for marking and re-sealing a deck of cards for Blackjack. A great unpublished version of the Mexican Turnover is also shown.

This is a fascinating and gripping story filled with humor and danger, and a remarkable “real world” feel. This is a rare glimpse into a life to which few ever get a peek. Doc’s story explains how he moved from a young dealer for the house, just looking to learn how to protect his game, to a full-fledged card mechanic, cross roader and dice cheat.

Download just $15

Buy HERE

Jeff Hobson Cigarette Magic


Cigarette Manipulation with Ukulele Ike


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