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Whit Haydn
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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.
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I think they are great.
Nice character. Nice routines. Nice work.
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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.
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Fantastic. It was great seeing you actually perform the Pop Knot routine. Thanks.
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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.

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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.

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Thanks for posting these clips. Excellent work. Man that's fun to watch.
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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.)
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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).
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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!

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Whit Haydn
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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.
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Whit, the linking rings routine is amazing. You have taken the linking rings to a whole new height. Fabulous!
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I love your Linking Ring routine, Whit! It's amazing and extremeley funny!
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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.
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"This is just stupid trick!"

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

Chris.
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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!

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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.

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I used to occasionally do the first knot that way. I decided that I would rather keep the attention more on my face.
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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.
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Quote:
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.



Thanks, Curtis. a) Yes, it was. b) Yes, he did. I had a ball. I'm keeping the character.
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