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Pop Haydn — The Ambitious Card


Pop Haydn performs the Ambitious Card in the W. C. Fields Bar at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. September 8, 2013. Pop Haydn was named “W. C. Fields Bar – Magician of the Year” in 2005.

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Pop Haydn does the Phoenix Aces


Pop Haydn performs the Phoenix Aces in the W. C. Fields Bar at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. September 8, 2013.

Pop Haydn — Repeat Card to Pocket


Pop Haydn performs his own routine for Repeat Card to Pocket in the W. C. Fields Bar at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

September 8, 2013.

Six Card Trick–Pop Haydn at the Magic Castle


From July 7th performance by Pop Haydn in the Palace of Mystery at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

This is his own routine for a classic effect called the Six Card Trick.

Richard Turner, live at the Magic Castle:


Richard Turner has a new Youtube channel featuring many of his card routines live at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

To watch Richard Turner live at the Magic Castle visit his new channel here:  WWW.Youtube.com/CatchAThief52

Start with episode 1 above then move on to episode 2, 3 and 4.

Richard is up for “Close-Up Magician of the Year” this year at the Magic Castle. This is the act that won him the nomination. It is well worth checking out.

Richard Turner at the Magic Castle this week:


Richard Turner

My friend, Richard Turner is working this week at the Magic Castle. He is the foremost card expert in the world today, even though he is legally blind. His discipline and perfection is stunning. These photos show him in 1986 when he received his first black belt, and then in 2012 when he is 58 years old. There is only four ounces difference in his weight.

As a measure of the type of skill Richard displays in his work, let me quote Jon Raucherbaumer, an internationally recognized expert who is writing a biography of Richard Turner:

“The action of perfectly alternating playing cards, 26 and 26, is not easily named if the goal is accuracy. Even the noun “shuffle” seems inexact because it suggests clumsy randomness and asymmetrical mixing. Sure, the relative positions of the cards change, but the changes are cyclically predictable and in this regard, perfect…

“…But there are two types of this kind of Interlace: The Faro Shuffle and what can be called a Volitional Faro Shuffle. The physics of the Volitional Faro Shuffle in terms of what happens with and to the cards is identical, but the means of making this happen is different. The Faro Shuffle is semi-automatic because the two 26-card sections are butted together in precise ways and the cards will then automatically alternate. The Volitional Faro Shuffle depends on the operator’s volition. He must will his thumbs to precisely and alternately release cards until all 52 of them are interlaced. This is not automatic. It is a matter of pure dexterity and unerring timing.

“Richard’s high-lift, soft interlace table Faro Shuffles are done in less than one second. Formerly a fantasy in MacDouggal’s mind, Richard can execute a Volitional Faro Shuffle in 8.1 seconds.  

“If you think this is easy, try making love while standing up in a hammock and juggling seven ice-cream cones.”

Richard Turner, my good friend Johnny Ace Palmer and I were all named in the comic book the Spirit as magic teachers to the Spirit. It was very cool to be included in such incredible company:

Richard Turner is performing in the Close-Up Gallery at the Magic Castle in Hollywood until Sunday.  It is worth your time to make an effort to see this incredible and unique talent.

Revamped Pop Haydn’s YouTube Channel


Check out my revamped YouTube Channel:

Pop Haydn’s YouTube Channel

 

Pop Haydn in the Close-Up Gallery


Suzanne the Magician


Suzanne the Magician

Suzanne the Magician

My dear friend Suzanne the Magician is back in town. She did a performance in San Diego, last night, and is now here in Los Angeles to star in the early Close-Up Gallery beginning tonight through Sunday.

Suzanne is a wonderful performer, and an all-around splendid lady. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Louis, and son Ian. She is a full-time magician, and a busy one at that. Her mentor is a great magician and magical creator, Al Schneider.

The members of Hollywood’s world-famous Magic Castle and the Academy of Magical Arts have honored Suzanne by choosing her as Close-Up Magician of the Year for 2010.  The award ceremony was held on April 10, 2011 at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. Suzanne is the first woman magician ever to be nominated for this award, and also the first to win it.

She has recently been on the cover of two international magic magazines.

 

Suzanne the Magician
Suzanne on the cover of Genii

Suzanne’s website is: suzmagic.com

You can see video of Suzanne’s magic here:

http://www.suzmagic.com/videos.htm

The Rising Card


This is the last of the Close-Up Gallery clips I am putting up on my Video Gallery.

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