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Topic: Video of my Soapy Smith week Palace Show
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Jul 13, 2005 01:09AM)
Here are some clips of my new costume and character just introduced for Soapy Smith week (July 5-10) in the Magic Castle's Palace of Mystery: http://whithaydn.com/video_clips.htm

Color photos of the costume are here: http://whithaydn.com/morepictures.htm

The clips are long, they are entire routines of the Silk to Egg, Mongolian Pop-Knot, and my Comedy Four-Ring Routine.

Let me know what you think.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 13, 2005 04:17AM)
I think they are great.
Nice character. Nice routines. Nice work.
Message: Posted by: Euangelion (Jul 13, 2005 07:37AM)
Super Whit.

I love the psychology of the extended woven knot when it comes to the end with the two knots and picking them clean. It makes what, actually, happens seem entirely impractical and unlikely and invisible psychologically. I've used the picked knots and whole rope restoration in my family and kids act for years and it always gets them. BTW, I have copies of all the SFS manuscripts in my library and with Mike Close's Worker's series I consider them some of best ever real world work. Thanks for all your efforts.
Message: Posted by: chrisrkline (Jul 13, 2005 07:47AM)
Fantastic. It was great seeing you actually perform the Pop Knot routine. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jul 13, 2005 08:31AM)
Whit, I can't even count the amount of times I've seen you do those routines and they never cease to amuse me.
As matter of fact, you could probably do them in a Scottish or Italian accent and they would still be funny. I bet it would even work in Pig Latin.

Great job... as usual.

Greg
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Jul 13, 2005 09:23AM)
Great character! It really suits your natural performing style. I can't even count how many times I have watched your linking rings routine. It's one of the few routines where my mind actually stops thinking about "how" you do it - I just sit back and enjoy the magic along with everyone else.

Kent
Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Jul 13, 2005 09:44AM)
Thanks for posting these clips. Excellent work. Man that's fun to watch.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jul 13, 2005 11:26AM)
We saw Whit's performance on Soapy Smith night with a couple of guests; they were almost rolling on the floor they were laughing so hard.

Whit: you need to update your avatar with your new look. (Marlana didn't recognize you when you pulled up out front of the Castle; I think the mustache threw her.)
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Jul 13, 2005 11:29AM)
I love the character! Great look, timing, voice, and audience interaction.

Larry D.

P.S. - When you make the "bulging eyes" expression it reminds me of Dennis Wolfberg, one of my favorite comedians (sadly no longer with us).
Message: Posted by: Scott Compton (Jul 14, 2005 08:10AM)
Whitt,

I have seen your routines performed many times by others, but this was my first chance to see you perform them yourself. Absolutely brilliant! The character reminds me of a cross between Gentleman Jim Williams (from Midnight in the Garden of Eden) and Dabney Coleman. Very funny stuff.

I love the line about "grinding your own", followed by the "stupid question" line. I almost fell out of my chair laughing!

Scott Compton
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Jul 14, 2005 03:23PM)
BTW, just put up some photos from Soapy Smith Night at the S4S site:

http://www.chefanton.com/scoundrelsstore/news_and_info.htm

It was a great evening, and we made over $2000 for the Vernon Fund.
Message: Posted by: Magicmaven (Jul 14, 2005 08:58PM)
Whit, the linking rings routine is amazing. You have taken the linking rings to a whole new height. Fabulous!
Message: Posted by: Sam Tabar (Jul 14, 2005 10:29PM)
I love your Linking Ring routine, Whit! It's amazing and extremeley funny!
Message: Posted by: Al Kazam the Magic Man (Jul 15, 2005 08:00AM)
I agree as well. I have a question about the format of the files. The Mongolian pop knot only worked in Apple format, and the silk to egg in Real format and the linking rings in WMV. Is this correct? Just thought it was funny.

BTW, I bought the Pop Knot booklet last year and was stuck on a couple of points and was thrilled to see you perform it. Great stuff. Thanks a bunch.

UPDATE: Just tried again and everthing seem to be working fine. Sorry, don't really know why I kept getting an error page before.

All the best.
Message: Posted by: Chris Stolz (Jul 15, 2005 09:55AM)
"This is just stupid trick!"

I'm going to be laughing about that one for the rest of the day!

Chris.
Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Jul 15, 2005 01:35PM)
Well done Whit!

Next thing you know, they will calling you act that character out in a Western TV series.

That was one (no, actually three) Fine bits of pure entertainment!

BroDavid
Message: Posted by: rawdawg (Jul 16, 2005 12:37AM)
Hello Whit,

I've seen your "Mongolian Pop Knot" at the Castle and I recall it being different than what is depicted in the video linked here. As I recall, when you did the 2 knot/3 section phase, you magically removed the knots by holding the rope out at arms length and stepping on the rope to keep it tight. You then used your scissors to pluck the knots out of the rope, tossing them out into the audience. The rope was restored, clean as a whistle.

Am I smoking crack?
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Jul 16, 2005 02:44AM)
I used to occasionally do the first knot that way. I decided that I would rather keep the attention more on my face.
Message: Posted by: Curtis Kam (Jul 16, 2005 10:58PM)
Wow. Now Thas' What I'm Talkin' 'bout! Bravo, Whit.

When you see a character come to life like that, with timing and style all his own, it's magic--what else? The fact that these are routines we all know just makes it easier to be amazed at how well that character's timing and inflections work with the humor of the routines. I'm guessing: a) it was pretty liberating to work the routines through a new character like that, and b) that "he" surprised even you sometimes. Looks like you had a ball.

Please thank whatever muse possessed you to put those videos up for us, and thank the nice lady who asked, "is it fresh?" This is required viewing, IMHO.
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Jul 18, 2005 11:04PM)
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On 2005-07-16 23:58, Curtis Kam wrote:
Wow. Now Thas' What I'm Talkin' 'bout! Bravo, Whit.

When you see a character come to life like that, with timing and style all his own, it's magic--what else? The fact that these are routines we all know just makes it easier to be amazed at how well that character's timing and inflections work with the humor of the routines. I'm guessing: a) it was pretty liberating to work the routines through a new character like that, and b) that "he" surprised even you sometimes. Looks like you had a ball.

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Thanks, Curtis. a) Yes, it was. b) Yes, he did. I had a ball. I'm keeping the character.
Message: Posted by: Samuel (Jul 20, 2005 02:37PM)
Whit, I wish that I at a point in my life may be as entertaining as you :D It was incredibly funny to watch these clips, thank you so much for putting them out :D

It must be so great to say something, and not be able to finish the sentence because of the laughter. It was great to see the performer actually laugh as well...

By the way, I laughed so I cried :D "Any more STUPID questions?"

With respect,
Samuel
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Jul 20, 2005 07:31PM)
Thanks, Samuel. I am glad you enjoyed the clips.
Message: Posted by: Leppy (Jul 27, 2005 04:55PM)
Whit...Loved watching the clips and can't wait for the opportunity to see you perform live. Not sure how soon that will be, but looking forward to it none-the-less. Have a few of your videos and books and always a pleasure to see you. Love the character.

Patrick
Message: Posted by: Jerrine (Jul 29, 2005 06:44PM)
Whit, the character you have created is quite the character. Having never heard you I have no way of knowing, but even if the voice is yours it fits like a glove the duds you chose. The mustache sets the whole thing off so well. Love the presentation and the southern pause used perfectly. I'm a sucker for anything with the word Mongolian in it and the Chinese Linking Rings phrase rings in my head. Thanks for the expenditure of bandwidth to share the Magic.
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Jul 29, 2005 06:51PM)
Whit, question...I noticed you changed your website to a Western theme. Does that mean the old Whit Haydn is dead, and replaced by Whitney?
Message: Posted by: dandanmagicman (Jul 29, 2005 11:58PM)
Whit:
I am a lone magician stranded in the middle of Kansas with very little opportunity to see others perform. Your clips were very inspiring. I am now ready to dig more classics out of the cabinet and try them with a new character. I really appreciate sharing your talents with us.

Thanks
Dan
Message: Posted by: Michael Bilkis (Jul 30, 2005 09:45AM)
Whit,

I loved your acting persona. I recently added the silk to egg routine to my act. Your rendition was terrific. The Mongolian Pop not was also very funny. I love the way you were cracking yourself up. Didn't get a chance to see the Rings clip, but I do have the DVD.

Magically yours,
Michael
Message: Posted by: Richard Shippy (Jul 30, 2005 10:49AM)
VERY entertaining Whit!!! I really enjoyed your routines. :)

The character you created is fantastic! I can watch your performances over and over and they are equally entertaining each time. Thank you very much for sharing these videos with us. You always contribute significantly to making the Magic Café a wonderful place. Thank you!

Warm regards,
Rich
Message: Posted by: C Christian (Jul 30, 2005 11:12AM)
I hope you remember me Whit, I was the young gentleman who came up to you and said, it was an easy sell as soon as you walked to center stage,
well I`ve been thinking and it also is a great way not to get bored with your own effects day in and day out.
That`s ENTERTAINMENT!
Cheers Chris Christian
Message: Posted by: Michael Bilkis (Jul 30, 2005 12:08PM)
Whit,

What Size rings are you using? And, Who made Them?

Thanks,

Michael

PS: I performed the Chicago suprise recently in a one on one situation. I was asked to show a trick. The response was that was great, "I thought you were just going to perform a card trick, where I pick a card and you tell me what it was."
Message: Posted by: Dan LeFay (Aug 1, 2005 02:16PM)
Thank you so much for letting us experience what entertaining magic can be!
These are the clips I like to show to laypeople-friends. Kudos!!!
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Aug 1, 2005 02:25PM)
[quote]
On 2005-07-30 13:08, Michael Bilkis wrote:
Whit,

What Size rings are you using? And, Who made Them?

Thanks,

Michael

PS: I performed the Chicago suprise recently in a one on one situation. I was asked to show a trick. The response was that was great, "I thought you were just going to perform a card trick, where I pick a card and you tell me what it was."


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The rings are 15" Owen hollow stainless steel rings. They are 1/2" in diameter. They are really huge, and this is the first time I used them. They were a gift from Jon Stetson, and I really love them. It will take me a while to get used to them. I bonked myself in the head at the end of the routine, and they push me two to three feet away from the mike, so my voice was going in and out. I will have to switch to a headset or lapel mike, which is a shame, since I like to use the mike stand for misdirection, and for a reason to keep turning away from the spectator assistant.

But they sure show up well. I will be using them from now on, instead of my 10" Merv Taylor Orb Eternals.

Glad you like Chicago Surprise.
Message: Posted by: WhiteAngel (Aug 4, 2005 10:58PM)
This was one of the most entertaining preformances I've ever seen. I laugh everytime I watch it, and it never gets old. Look out, Lance! I only hope one day, I can be half as good as that preformance.
Message: Posted by: Euangelion (Aug 5, 2005 05:21AM)
Whit, why not use both a body mike and the stage mike but just use the standing mike as a dead prop. It takes care of the sound issue if you must stand back. With a sound pro he can, of course, manage the use for you.
Message: Posted by: Whit Haydn (Aug 5, 2005 12:08PM)
When I have a sound pro, it won't be a problem. But that is not very often except in casinos and cruise ships. I'm afraid the standup mike is going to go the way of the dinosaur soon. It will not be familiar to people after a while.