Category Archives: Vaudeville and Burlesque

Posts about the history and present day revivals of vaudeville and burlesque.

Something Brand Spanking New in the 21st Century!


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Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! is coming to Magicopolis.

This show, presented March 7th and April 4th in Santa Monica, will demonstrate three Steampunk/Magical devices…but unlike most artistic “replica” devices, these all actually work under scientific test conditions.

This is new for Steampunk, and new for Magic. These are not boxes that do magic, these are magical devices that have histories and stories that are untold in the show, and can only be hinted at:

The Teleportation Device which sends a dollar bill (borrowed, signed, corner torn and serial number noted) into a freely chosen pristine raw egg under scientific test conditions

The Tesla C-2000 a highly modified version of a Tesla Coil, which bends the force of gravity in such a way that a 110 pound girl can withstand with one hand the full weight of any large man in the audience and can not be lifted barefoot from the floor by anyone in the audience.

The Sphere of Destiny, also known as Cleopatra’s Eye, which will answer any question the audience dares to ask with deadly accuracy and insight.

I have followed Steampunk for some time. I was a featured performer at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn for two years. I was a panelist on Steampunk at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, and was featured in the book Steampunk Gazette. This is something new in Steampunk.

I am a past Vice President of the Magic Castle, and a six-time “Magician of the Year” at the Magic Castle, and nominated again for Stage Magician of the Year this year. This show is something new in Magic.

It is made for the 21st Century by people who are not originally from the 21st Century.

We have live music, magic, comedy, and the wonders of radio-magnetism.

It is not a reenactment of vaudeville, the medicine show or anything else.

It is History being made in the Present.

Hope you can make it!

It is going to be a hoot!

Tickets can be purchased HERE

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Pop Haydn and the Sphere of Destiny


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Coming to Santa Monica in the 21st Century!


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“Pop Haydn in the 21st Century”


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“Pop Haydn in the 21st Century” is coming March 7 and April 4th, 2013 to Magicopolis in Santa Monica , CA.

Pop Haydn will demonstrate his Teleportation Device and his Tesla Coil-2000 with the help of our intrepid electronaut and  gravity manipulator, Tesla Girl.

Pop pitches his new system for magnetized Health Water and his world-famous “Amazing Miracle Oil.”

We will also present the fire-magic of Sophie Evans, and the music and dance of our sexy Louisiana Song Bird, Bonnie Gordon, along with the Old-Time music of Dave Bourne and the Medicine Show Band!

You can buy buttons and other memorabilia here:

Pop’s Dry Goods

A fun, exciting show for people from any century! 

Pop Haydn demos the Teleportation Device


Pop Haydn demonstrates the Teleportation Device at Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies. This was a special turn of the century edition of Monday Night Tease at the 3 Clubs in Hollywood.

Pop Haydn Medicine Show Fundraising Campaign


This is our new fundraising campaign for the Pop Haydn Post-Modern Medicine Show.

Just Click the icon below to see it:

 

 

Please help support us financially if you can, but we also love it if you just join our group on Facebook  or SHARE or TWEET this to help get the word out.

Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies with Pop Haydn


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Fun times at the Monday Night Tease on May 7th at 3 Clubs in Hollywood: Pop Haydn emcees Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies.

All photos by Jason Kamimura.

Pop Haydn with the comedy and magic of Phil Van Tee and the burlesque performances of:

Miss Lili VonSchtupp

Miss Anastasia VonTeaserhausen

Miss Glama Sutra

Miss Sass A Frass

Miss Kate Fox

Miss Bella Luna

Miss Angie Cakes

Miss Isabella Star

Dino Staats and Robo Rynie

Monday Night Tease Website

Diamond Lil’s Gold Rush Follies May 7th!

Talking with Joe Franklin…


Photo by Jim Herrington

Joe Franklin

Photo by Jim Herrington

Last week, I met the legendary Joe Franklin–once the undisputed king of Late Night television in New York City, and possibly the inventor of the television talk show. I was very impressed.

I was introduced to him in his office near Times Square by Alex Shlaferman.

What a charming and interesting gentleman Joe is! He welcomed us in to an ongoing discussion with two or three friends of his who are morning regulars in the office coffee gathering.

Franklin’s office is neatly stacked floor to ceiling with papers and tapes and vhs videos and other memorabilia.

He is extraordinarily friendly and interested, and knows everything there is to know about silent films, Tin Pan Alley and early show business.

Out of the stacks of tapes he found with ease a segment of his show featuring Bill Cosby and Kamarr the magician and popped it in a VHS player.

Kamarr was his good friend, he said, and had been on his show numerous times. In this sequence, he makes a stage size dove cage with three doves vanish close up at Cosby’s seat while Joe looks on bemused. Franklin said that he was the one who got Kamarr on Letterman years later.

I found this video on YouTube with Kamarr in Joe’s office:

From Wikipedia:

Joe Franklin (born Jose…ph Fortgang on March 9, 1926) is an American radio and television personality. From New York City, Franklin is sometimes credited with hosting the first television talk show. The show began in 1951 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993.   After retiring from the television show, Franklin concentrated on an overnight radio show, playing old records on WOR-AM on Saturday evenings. He currently interviews celebrities on the Bloomberg Radio Network.

An author, Franklin has written 23 books, including Classics of the Silent Screen.

His 1995 autobiography Up Late with Joe Franklin chronicles his long career and includes claims that he had dalliances with Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and that Veronica Lake “threw herself at me, but I always refrained.”

He has appeared as himself in countless films, notably Ghostbusters and Broadway Danny Rose.

Frankin’s show was often parodied by Billy Crystal during the 1984–1985 season of Saturday Night Live. Franklin was also a pioneer in promoting products such as Hoffman Beverages on the air.

There is more information here:

“Machine of Death” Variety Show:


Photo by Nancy Magill

Pop Haydn's Teleportation Device at the FAKE Gallery

Pop Haydn entertains at the Machine of Death Variety Show last night at the FAKE Gallery

Nancy Magill and I had a wonderful time last night at the FAKE Gallery on Melrose. It was a great event to celebrate the success of the Machine of Death (MoD).

There were lots of refreshments, magic, music by Lucciana Costa, games and actual operating steampunk contraptions, all in a wonderful environment, a trove of strange and interesting art and sculpture–what a fun time!

Video of the entire event here:

http://machineofdeath.net/mod-magic-variety-show

Machine of Death is an anthology of short stories edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki !, inspired by this episode of Ryan’s Dinosaur Comics. From January 15, 2007, through April 30, 2007, Ryan, Matt, and David invited everybody in the world to submit short stories for the book, without fee or prejudice. Hundreds of writers from five continents took them up on the offer.

Ryan, Matt and David chose their favorites from the nearly 700 submissions, and invested personal funds to pay each contributor. The manuscript was shopped for several years to agents and publishers who liked it, but were unable to sell a book full of material by largely-unknown writers.

Faced with this rejection, the editors self-published the book and, on October 20, 2010, announced that October 26 — six days later — would be MOD-Day, in which they encouraged everybody to buy the book from Amazon at once in an attempt to become, for one day at least, Amazon’s #1 best-selling book.

On October 26, exactly that happened. The book shot up the charts and hit #1 in all categories, staying there for approximately 30 hours.

On October 28, the editors got wind that Glenn Beck, on his radio program, called out MOD as being part of a “liberal culture of death” — for beating his own book (which had apparently been released the same day) to #1 on Amazon. We continue to find this hilarious.

On November 2, 2010, the manuscript was placed online, in PDF form, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–Noncommercial–Share Alike 3.0 license. That means you can (and should!) read, copy, and distribute all the stories for free.

There is also an ongoing audiobook version, which is being released as a free podcast.

For more info, go here:

http://machineofdeath.net/about/

About the FAKE Gallery:

http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/comedy/venue/1%3A6253/fake-gallery

 

Pop Haydn

www.pophaydn.com

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