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"Haydn has a very different and engaging manner of talking--it is infectious and the audiences loved it. He also performs his magic superbly." - Dai Vernon (the "Professor") Genii - The International Conjuror's Monthly

"You aren't just a magician, you are a great actor!" - Alan Alda

"Haydn is one of the best close-up magicians I have ever seen..." - Merv Griffin

"In my opinion, Pop is one of the few magician's left along with Darwin Ortiz who really understands magic as a craft and as a theatrical experience. Pop, along with Darwin are two people in magic whose opinion about my work really matters to me." - Michael Vincent

What will he teach?



Close-Up:
  • Chicago Surprise: Pop’s version of the Chicago Opener/Red Hot Mama which contains an extra piece of magic, plus an absolutely killer ending.
  • Impromptu Card Code/Routine for the Blind: An impromptu ESP routine in which a blind person acts as psychic.
  • ESP Survey: A Street Scam that can make money for street performers when it is too cold to work.
  • Fast and Loose: Pop's routine for the Endless Chain is recognized as one of the best ever.
  • Intricate Web of Distraction: Pop's routine for the color-changing knives will make you dig yours out and start performing with them again.
Standup and Stage:
  • Six Card Repeat: Pop's new routine for this old classic is a beautiful mixture of solid, comedic timing and subtle sleight-of-hand.
  • Multiple Peeked Card to Pockets: Pop has a couple of people simply peek at cards and both appear in separate pockets… then reappear AND switch pockets… then another card repeatedly jumps to his pocket… and finally, the whole deck. It’s a fantastic sleight-of-hand routine, not for the faint of heart.
  • Mongolian Pop Knot: Pop teaches everyone how to tie this infamous knot which makes two pieces of rope restore back into one… or does he?
  • Four Ring Routine: Yes, this is Pop’s routine for the linking rings, and you’ll love how much entertainment he is able to wring from this classic of classics!

Who is he?



Whit "Pop" Haydn is the winner of six "Performer of the Year" awards from the Magic Castle, the Hollywood clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts. In February 2006, he also became Vice-President of that organization, and served for four years in that capacity. He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, the Smothers Brothers, Loretta Lynn and others, and performed on cruise ships of many different lines, including Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2, and the Diamond Princess. Haydn has worked hotels and casinos including Caesars Tahoe, and was one of the first acts chosen in 1996 to open Caesar's Magical Empire in Las Vegas. He was the chief magic consultant on Norman Jewison's major film Bogus starring Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment, and worked as well as a consultant on multiple television documentaries including the Discovery Channel's "Houdini, People Came to See Him Die" and David Copperfield's television special, "Orient Express." Pop was the consultant for an episode of "Franklin and Bash" (Sony) and for "Bunheads" (ABC Family). He appeared on an episode of "Haunted Collector" (Discovery) as a gambling expert.

Haydn studied acting with Robert Leonard and also with Allan Rich. He worked for two years in the mid-Seventies with the touring improvisational company The Road Co. and has appeared in several plays in the Los Angeles area in the past few years. He is a published poet, with a selection of his poems appearing in the books Tar River Poets and Trio in Gold from the East Carolina University Poetry Forum Press. Pop Haydn, with his business partner, Chef Anton, started a company called School for Scoundrels in 1996. School for Scoundrels teaches a course every year at the Magic Castle on street scams like the Shell Game, Three Card Monte and Fast and Loose. School for Scoundrels also markets numerous books, DVDs, and props for these ancient scams and hustles. Pop Haydn is dedicated to revitalizing live variety entertainment, and his Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! show is his vision of a 19th Century Medicine Show revamped and reinvented for the 21st.

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Magicians flock to see “workers” give talks. Why? Because these guys see and learn things that you won'’t find in any book or DVD. Yes, you'll be learning some incredibly powerful A-material, but the INVALUABLE stuff will be the insight you learn along the way.

This lecture is for everyone, from the beginner to the professional and for magicians and mentalists alike. Don’t miss it!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 1st, 2014
Hey guys, I love Whit. I used to table hop in Long Beach at Bogart's, in Seal Beach at Rum Runners, and in Santa Monica at Merlin McFly's during the late 70's and 80's. Whit was performing at a restaurant for the richer folk in the Malibu area! Needless to say during this time he was known as one of the best in the business, then 20-30 years go by... I've followed his career and he never ceases to show his expertise, charm, and understanding of magic. A true delight, just watch and learn from someone who has earned his rite of passage. :)
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Classic plots, killer methods and devastating performances! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 28th, 2014
Pop took the stage rocked the studio audience and I'm sure like me, everyone at home.

You could earn a great living ( and many have ) with what Pop taught.

Nothing was glossed over, but was taught in-depth to guarantee surefire success with your audiences.

You don't just learn the mechanics of the tricks, but get a lifetime of experience imparted on how to make them show pieces!
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Some great stuff, not all taught Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 29th, 2014
I love Pop's performances at the Castle and I catch him every time I can as I know he's a crowd pleaser. I also thought he had some great stories and some fun material here, however some big things were glossed over. I saw some great moves in the color changing knives routine that weren't taught, and the linking rings are performance only, not explained.

All in all I was entertained and I did learn some new things (his coins across is great,) however this lecture assumes that the viewer already knows quite a bit.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 8th, 2017
This Penguin Lecture had a HUGE impact on my magic. Pop's routines and theory on his performance really can open your mind on what magic and performing can be. Pop is a great storyteller both when presenting magic, and when talking about theory so it's easy to listen and learn from him.

I personally didn't take any stars away for this because I feel like this is one of the best Penguin Lectures I ever bought, but a negative for some people may be that multiple routines were shown and not fully taught. For full teaching you would need to buy his routines as a separate download.

Close-Up and Parlor routines are shown and the REAL gold of this lecture are the theories behind the routines and performance.
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Incredible Lecture - Worth Your Time! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 20th, 2016
Whit "Pop" Haydn is an overlooked gem in the world of magic, as well as my favorite living magician.

He's the most charming and charismatic performer out there, with a fleshed out character who's taken on a life of his own.

He's also a master of the classic tricks/plots in magic - Cut and Restored Rope, Color Changing Silk, Linking Rings, Color Changing Knives, Six Card Repeat, Ambitious Card, Red Hot Mama/Chicago Opener. Not only does he perform these effects flawlessly, he builds upon them and improves them with a real finesse.

Pop, along with Chef Anton and Bob Sheets (all with the School for Scoundrels), are the authorities on Con Games in the magic world. If you have ever been interested in performing Three Card Monte, the Three Shell Game, or Fast and Loose, buy this lecture.

You will also learn a lot in the way of trick construction, scripting, character, and acting, and will get to hear Pop's stories from his days as a street performer.

You will learn so much in this lecture - trust me when I say you won't regret this purchase. This lecture is worth your time.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2014
I am on the monthly subscription for the Penguin lectures
and I have only good things to say about it. To get a three
to four hour lecture from people in the know is priceless.
The knowledge they share has helped me massively on presentation, attitude, and finding about twenty tricks to do well than instead of buying a new trick each week and
not learning how to do it well,and getting caught. If you plan on doing this for a living, or want to make money,
while entertaining, this is a must. The Pops Haydn lecture
was one of the best I have ever seen. I have the school for scoundrels DVDs, but his lecture blew them away. after his
lecture I went to my magic room, dug up my shell game, and started practicing his moves, and now I am now using it at the bar for drinks and cash. The chain game also goes straight to the bar, still practicing it, but cant wait to start betting on that little jewel.
In short:
1. Get the all access lecture pass from Penguin.
2. If you missed Pops Haydn " GET IT " if you want to make
money not just tips. Everyone knows the three shell game
and everyone knows they are going to loose, but they
can't help themselves they are going to play and they
are going to bet five bucks, just to be entertained.
3. Stay out of my territory.

Thank you Penguin for being the number one website for magic.
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Wonderful! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 3rd, 2014
Pop Haydn has always been one of my favorite performers, not just for his amazing technical skill (he makes it look so easy you don't realize he's doing anything) but for his warm, charming presentation. But hearing Whit in lecture mode equaled the performance. The knowledge and wisdom of how to present magic, entertain, and develop a character were nothing short of terrific. This lecture is not only worth every penny, I feel it is a must for a serious performer.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2018
I hope the younger magicians take advantage of this lecture. When I was a younger man< I was looking for the "right" tricks to take me higher. It is not the tricks per se, but the character of the magician that elevates the tricks. This is what Pop demonstrates. His character is relate-able, a fun-loving trickster. He reminds me of my two grandfathers, both "Southern rascals" in their own right. I know this lecture might not appeal to all, but to those who are trying to grow into a magical performer, it is gold.
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Pop Haydn Rules !!!!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 1st, 2018
I have studied Pops work for many years, the material is always first class. Pop is a also great lesson in character development and routining excellent crafted routines.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 15th, 2017
Pop Haydn is a true master, not only a great Magician but also an entertainer too!
There are so many technically brilliant Magicians but is very rare to find a real showman.
Buy it and learn!
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