‘Legend of Magic’ Pop Haydn to perform for First Fridays at the Museum

Whit “Pop” Haydn. Courtesy photo

The Catalina Island Museum is excited to welcome magician Whit “Pop” Haydn for a performance at its upcoming First Fridays at the Museum.

Throughout the summer, the museum has been working closely with the Magic Castle in Hollywood to showcase the most elite magicians in the nation. Haydn’s magic and comedy performance will take place during First Fridays at the Museum on Friday, Sept. 7.

Haydn has been dubbed a “legend in magic.” He has opened for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, the Smothers Brothers, Loretta Lynn and many others. He has performed on large cruise ships of many different lines, including the Queen Elizabeth 2, and the Diamond Princess. Working hotels and casinos including Caesars Tahoe, Haydn was one of the first acts chosen in 1996 to open Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas.

In March 2015, he was named Stage Magician of the Year at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

He is the winner of seven Performer of the Year awards from the Magic Castle, the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts.

Haydn was the chief magic consultant on Norman Jewison’s major film Bogus starring Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment.

As a consultant, Haydn has worked on multiple television documentaries including the Discovery Channel’s Houdini, People Came to See Him Die and David Copperfield’s television special, Orient Express. Recent work has included television shows such as Bunheads, Franklin and Bash and The Haunted Collectors. He both consulted on and appears in the upcoming theatrical release documentary Dealt.

Throughout the evening, Haydn will circulate among the crowd performing close-up magic tricks.

At 7:30 p.m., he will take the stage for the main magic performance.

First Fridays at the Museum will take place on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The museum will re-open for this event at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members and $5 for children (ages 3-15). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Each ticket includes a variety of snacks and freshly popped popcorn. Wine, beer, soda and water will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink allowed.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the museum, online via CatalinaMuseum.org, or by phone at 310-510-2414. Visit CatalinaMuseum.org for more information.

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film.

Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The museum’s new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Ave.

For more information, call 310-510-2414 or visit CatalinaMuseum.org.

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