Interview with Pop Haydn




Interview with Pop Haydn


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Guest

Whit "Pop" Haydn

Whit "Pop" Haydn is that strangest of creatures, an honest cheat--a fake scoundrel. Whether on stage or performing close-up magic at an elegant private party, Pop combines his magic with the wit and charm of a professional con artist and the deftness of a pickpocket.

Caesars chose Pop Haydn to be one of the acts to open the new $60 million Caesars Magical Empire at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He has also performed at Caesars Tahoe, and at other casinos. Whit works on some of the world’s largest and most prestigious cruise ships—including the QE 2, the Norway, and the Westerdam. He has performed as the opening act for Jerry Seinfeld, Loretta Lynn, Gallagher, and others.

Pop Haydn has appeared on television in the United States, Canada, and Japan. You may have seen Whit on the Discovery Channel in the documentary Houdini—They Came to See Him Die for which he acted as a contributor and consultant. He has worked as a consultant for David Copperfield’s television specials, and was the chief magic consultant for the Norman Jewison film Bogus starring Whoopie Goldberg, Gerard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment.

The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle), has honored Whit Haydn with six academy awards— once as "Stage Magician of the Year," twice as " Parlour Magician of the Year," twice as "Close-Up Magician of the Year" and once as "W. C. Fields Bar Magician of the Year."

Each year in November since 1996, Haydn and Chef Anton, along with guest teachers like Bob Sheets, Gazzo and Doc Eason, teach a popular ‘masters’ course known as the School for Scoundrels for members of the Magic Castle. This eight-hour course concerns the famous street swindles the Shell Game, Three-Card Monte, and Fast and Loose (the Endless Chain)—the subject of Whit’s books and DVDs for School for Scoundrels.

Pop Haydn is an expert at these games, and one of the acknowledged authorities on their history and psychology. With his business partner, Chef Anton, Pop runs the company School for Scoundrels that supplies training, props, and educational products concerning hustling, pool, swindling, con games, and sleight of hand.

Pop Haydn is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Magic Castle, and has his own 1908 medicine show featuring Old Time Music, magic, comedy, and variety entertainers--Pop Haydn's Post-Modern Medicine Show.








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