Mental Radio by Upton Sinclair and Addendum by Dr. Prince

Mental Radio

Mental Radio by Upton Sinclair (1930), which regards his and his wife’s startlingly successful experiments with telepathy.  Also the addendum written by Dr. Walter Franklin Prince, first published by the Boston Society for Psychic Research (1932).

This book is in the public domain.  Click the link below to download the PDF.

Mental Radio, Upton Sinclair and Addendum by Dr. W. F. Prince

 

The Family Show

Although this act is currently in semi-retirement, I still do shows from time to time for community festivals and circus and magic conventions.  It’s a good show.  I’ve seen it myself, about a thousand times.  And it keeps gettin’ funnier every time!

It’s not just a show, it’s an event!Lulu and the Bunnies

Scotty Walsh has performed this award-winning family show across the globe for more than two decades.  These shows have been specifically developed to entertain adults and children equally, and will engage the audience with impressive magic tricks, funny parlor stunts, witty repartee, and excited audience volunteers. 

Kids and parents alike will marvel at the magical transformation of a silk into an honest-to-goodness real egg, a dizzying rope escape performed in the manner of the Great Houdini, paper-folding drollery, and the cutest little “bunny” trick you’ve ever seen!

All that and much more can be found in this 30-45 minute action packed event, featuring delightful audience participation, arcane home entertainments, and Professor Scotty Walsh’s signature glib speech and rapid patter.

The Scotty Walsh & Co. Family Show. Filmed at Villa Godiola, Tuscany, 2012

The Kids Show

One of the side effects of having a seven year old daughter is that I’ve honed my “children’s show” in a way that I never expected I would.  I’ve been performing benefit shows and at my daughter’s schools since she was three.  And if I do say so myself, it’s one of the best #%!&?@$ kids shows in town!

These 30-45 minute shows captivate children with hilarious magic, juggling, and slapstick comedy like no ordinary kids show can.

As a veteran circus entertainer and former arts director for one of the top Children’s Museums in the US, Professor Scotty Walsh has professionally developed his children’s program to empower children while focusing their attention through continual interactions.  Kids marvel at his rarely-if-ever-seen spaghetti juggling; coins pulled from happy heads, ears and noses; the mayhem of jumbo magical wands, a glass of milk drunk by a fez-wearing monkey and much, much more!

 The Scotty Walsh & Co. Kids Show. Filmed at Monte San Savino, Tuscany, 2012

Grandpa’s Comedy Kit

Here’s a blast from the past:  This was an experimental clown act I developed using a full face mask I designed and constructed in Berlin.  I included the piece in my final project, for my Masters in Fine Arts in Physical Theater in Tuscany.  The show was a four person one-man show, called “Meet the Silverstones.”

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Meet Grandpa and his Instant Comedy Correspondence Course…

Watch what happens when our hapless hero tries to follow a recording’s instructions for classic practical joke  using a shoe borrowed from a victim spectator in the audience.

From whoopie cushions, to peanut cans filled with spring loaded snakes, chaos ensues.  The harder Grandpa tries to be funny, the more the comedy backfires in this hilarious and poignant five minute contemporary clown piece which questions the nature of comedy itself.

Scotty Walsh created this mask and character during his residency with Familie Flöz in Berlin in 2013.

Recorded at Villa Godiola in Tuscany, Italy.  2014.

Painting exhibition in Paris (2010)

In 2010 (or so) several of my paintings were put on exhibition in a gallery in Paris.  I just came across these photos and thought I’d add them to my blog roll.  Obviously, they are heavily influenced by the retro modernist school of pop abstract geometric expressionism. That is obvious, right?

Cucake Royale Tribute, Root Beer and Bubblegum
Cupckake Royale 3@ 30cm x 30 cm

Orange, Lime, and French Vanilla

French Vanilla with Pumpkin and Lime 20cm x 20cm

World’s Largest Twister Board Viewed From Outerspace

Giant Twister Viewed From Outer Space 80cm x 60cm

French BistroParisian Awning Cafe 90cm x 65cm

Mod Madness (The Missing Piece)

The Missing Piece 15@ 20cm x 20cm

UntitledThe Missing Spots 6@ 30cm x 30cm

Tuscan StudiesTuscan Autumn 2@ 20cm x 20cm

Tuscan dotsTuscan Autumn, 50cm x 50cm

Red Wine and French Vanilla Stripes

Tuscan Christmas in Wine and Crème Brulée 60cm x 60cm

The Whispering Imps

whisperingimps2015For more than a hundred years, these mischievous little pranksters have been the naughty and clever sidekicks to magicians.  Their likenesses were first caught on paper in 1894, when Harry Kellar, known then as “America’s Greatest Magician,” commissioned an advertising poster featuring his personal devilment advisors.  One is peeking over his right shoulder and the other sprite is whispering a new mystical trick into Kellar’s left ear as the renowned magician considers its shrewd words.

When Kellar retired, he bequeathed the illustrious title of “America’s Greatest Magician” to his successor Howard Thurston. Evidently, Kellar also passed along his clever counselors as they next appeared in the same poses on Thurston’s posters. During his “Wonder Show of the Universe,” Thurston explained to the children in his audience that his imps were named Hocus Pocus and Conjurokus – and that Hocus Pocus was a real troublemaker!

Soon, Thurston’s competitors of the day, such as The Great Blackstone and The Great Raymond, began recruiting their own elvish entourage- similarly featuring them on posters of their own.

The imps eventually found themselves sailing across the ocean to Europe.  And perhaps they became a little seasick as they are seen in a verdant hue in this poster from the legendary Professor Benevol.

But no matter what their color, the rascals were always playful. Check out this particularly humorous moment in a poster from the great Raymond which shows the “King of Mystery” lighting his cigar with the heat from the tip of a little imp’s tail!

And so, in-keeping true with the long-held tradition, I am proud to say I have managed to attract a couple of convivial imps myself.   It hasn’t always been easy, but my mischief-makers have been keeping me company as I’ve traveled the world for over a decade. Below, you can see our first happy portrait together back in 2003.

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Reading Minds for the UCC Psychological Society

Scotty PosterThis week, I’ll be performing and lecturing for the UCC Psychological Society.  Last Friday, in order to promote the show, I was a guest on The Rock Block on UCC 98.3FM, hosted by Conor Crowley and Robbie Byrne.  The crux of the interview centered around a locked and sealed box that I delivered to Conor five days prior to the interview.  Inside this box were exactly ten predictions which I claimed would appear in The Irish Daily Mail on the day of the interview.  My first prediction was a direct hit.  I predicted the weather summary on page two would read: “cloudy and damp.”  (I start with the easy ones!)

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Of the remaining nine predictions, there were direct hits (Lady Buttons to finish sixth in the 4:00 race) as well as a complete miss (a picture of fit, elderly ladies with a giant cheque on page 41).  The rest fell somewhere between direct and eerily nearly direct hits like my prediction for the Rugby page (“Brian O’Driscoll Exposes Self” which turned out, in actuality, to read “O’Driscoll Exposes the Insecurities Which Drove Him On”) and my prediction for page three (“Great Legs, Flat Tummy” which actually read “Killer Heels and a Lot of Leg but No Bump as Princess Kate Returns to Work”).

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Along the way, there was fun conversation and some great music.  They even played Smells Like Teen Spirit for me one and a half times.  (The half was an accident.)  I recreated a sketch, virtually stroke for stroke, which Conor had drawn in secret and sealed in an envelope several days earlier, and I taught Trudy to read Robbie’s mind.  It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the show this Wednesday at The Cyprus Avenue at 8:00!

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You can hear the interview portions of the radio program (and Smells Like Teen Spirit) below: