Archives – Entertainment – 2017

Entertainers who have been part of the Programming at previous Steampunk World’s Fairs. You can also view the 2017 Merchant content.


2017 Buskers at Glimmerdark

Who knows what wonders you will find – entertainment awaits around every corners! Buslkers at Glimmerdark will include: Boy Andersen – Bootblack, shoe shine and leather care Captain Zorikh – Comedic songs | Website Courtney Gwenn, Sky Sprite – stiltwalking The Creepy Bard – minstrel | Website Gypsy Funk Squad – world music and dance | Website […]

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A Halo Called Fred

In their role as musical Emissary to the fairies, A Halo Called Fred has been bridging the gap between all forms of the magic and the mundane for over 20 years. Over the years they have been spotted at such events as Wicked Faire, The Steampunk World’s Fair, and the Mythmusica Music and Faerie Festival […]

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A History of Magic – Magic Through History

This presentation explores some of the changing attitudes towards magic, magicians, witchcraft, sorcery, demonology, alchemy, heresy, divination, spiritualism, Satanism, and performance magicians throughout history. From the dawn of time, mankind has been fascinated by the idea of magical power and all it implies – from foretelling the future to conjuring demons and other denizens of […]

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A Very Fae Murder Mystery

Enter the dangerous landscape of Katherine McIntyre’s novel, Hunting for Spring, a darker side of Philly filled with fae, necromancers, witches, and the hunters who keep order. The Order of the Serpent, a group of Unseelie, has their eyes set on destroying this city, so the Philadelphia Coven has called a council of representatives from the supernatural […]

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Audie: Bellydancing

Audie’s Earthkin Belly Dance Audie will perform a fusion belly dance routine evoking the spirit of the Woodland Faerie. Audie’s Earthkin Belly Dance: Shapeshifting Through Time Audie the Earthkin faerie dances through space and time a when she discovers a strange crystal in the wood. Learn Fusion Belly Dance with Audie Participants will discover the […]

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Author Guest of Honor: Melissa Marr

Best-selling author of dark fantasy worlds for adults and teens Melissa Marr grew up believing in faeries, ghosts and various other creatures. After teaching college literature for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Her first novel, the New York Times bestseller Wicked Lovely, was published in 2007. Others in the Young […]

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Body and Face Painting Demo

Do you love the look of face or body painting? Do you enjoy getting painted up at your local Renaissance festival or party? How would you like to learn some of the basic tips and techniques to create beautiful face and body art? This demo class will go over some basics of mixing colors, applying […]

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Can a TARDIS get you out of Fairyland?

As any seasoned traveler knows, it’s sometimes easier to get into places than to get out. This can be for a variety of reasons, ranging from angry locals to arcane hospitality customs to nonstandard rules of physics. Our collected panel of world-walkers is here to tell you stories of their escapes and answer any questions […]

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Consent Based Flirting

So, you meet a cutie. You want to do sweet and possibly sexy things with them. What happens next? How can you practice good consent and still end up having a chance to “taste that rainbow”? Well, Akabi is here to help. Through a series of discussions and activities, we will practice and explore how […]

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Coveilance Dance Project

The Desert Mermaids of Coveilance Dance Project invite you to experience the shimmering beauty of the veil. Veil work is one of the most beautiful forms of Belly Dance – ethereal and other-wordly in its flow and movement, with the ability to transport you to an incredible place of meditation and peace . . . […]

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Creating Magical Characters

Draw and paint your own original magical characters for RPGs, comics and illustration. Guided by Teresa DeFabrizio, artist and teacher, develop character concepts, anatomy, and costumes for your own original character. Artist, educator , and creative person, Teresa DeFabrizio has been an arts advocate, educator, and working artist for close to 20 years now. She […]

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Daniel Greenwolf: Celtic Magician

The Faeries weren’t always called Faeries. In fact, they didn’t always have wings… and they sure as hell weren’t always nice. They were called the Aos Sí and they originated in the Celtic Isles. Let Daniel GreenWolf be your mischievous guide through a world of Magic and Myth. Every show he will be performing at […]

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Court of Queen Mab

Co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti is today remembered for the sensuality and haunting realism of his works. While the influences of Dante Alighieri, Sir Thomas Malory, and religion have long been acknowledged and studied in his works, a fuller understanding of Rossetti’s oeuvre is only truly possible by examining the artist’s […]

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DIY Fairy Disguise

Have you ever wanted to mingle among the fae without tipping them off that you are a human? In this crafting class you will be able to do just that by making your own mystical mask. All you need to bring is a small nominal fee ($5 cash to cover supplies) & your idea of […]

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Dolly Glitter

Just a reminder, that you may want to bring a bathing suit to Glimmerdark! Introducing…….Dolly Glitter! A beautiful, fierce, and wild creature, the Unicorn has eluded humans since the beginning of time.  Said to be untamable by man, this breath-taking creature soars through the clouds with elegance and style. Can you tame this mythical beast? […]

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Dr Andy’s All-Night Retro Theater

If you’ve attended a Jeff Mach Event in the last 8 years, you’ve no doubt encountered everyone’s favorite Special Event Operations Mercenary Group, CIRCUIT SIX.  Late Friday evening, C6’s own Commander will take control of the Witherspoon Balleoom and invite night-owls, insomniacs, and eccentric cinemaphiles to sit back and share the joy of late night movies together. […]

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Drinking with Puck

O Puck! Thou without shame or guilt For you this whole damn bar was built And for this night of possibility We decline all responsibility Come hoist a glass with the lord of mischief makers! Come talk, brag, joke, and kick back over a glass of fine mead, or maybe some whiskey, or perhaps some […]

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Euphoria Elementalis

Come watch as we explore how the pieces of the world came together to create the elemental masterpiece that is life. Journey with us through air, earth, fire, and water in a luminous acrobatic display filled with fae, dream spirits, and great beasts. Crooked Wing Circus is a performance group that combines aerial acrobatics, martial […]

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Feather Painting with Leslie Casilli

Join Artist Guest of Honor Leslie Casilli as she guides you in the intricate art of Feather Painting. Using Acrylic paint participants will learn how to paint their own feathers. They will be able to choose between painting on a pre-designed feather, or creating one completely from scratch. Both beginner artists and those more experienced […]

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Frenchy and the Punk

A whole lotta high energy Folk Punk Cabaret exudes from this dynamic powerhouse duo. These two New York-based artists bring their Batfrog covered world and uniquely quirky and alternative songs to international stages year-round. From the UKs famed 3 Wishes Fairie Fest to Pennsylvania’s Spoutwood Faerie Festival – the US’s largest and longest running Faerie […]

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Hangover Brunch

A note from the Puck: You know what i do the morning after a few too many potions, cordials, draughts and tipples? Well, first i turn all the gold back into leaves, and laugh uproariously. That makes my head throb, and so i turn to the greatest restorative of all – eggs. chicken, robin, sturgeon, […]

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Holly Brewer

Multi-Award winning vocalist, composer, and producer Holly Brewer (HUMANWINE), (The Folks Below) (Nervous Relatives Records) travels the world bathing heroes, philosophers, peers and courtiers with sound. Come for the voice, stay for the worlds she creates. Holly will be joining Glimmerdark as both a performer and a panelist. Panel – We’re Free Here: R.A.C.K. and Sex Positivity […]

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Intermural Floral Wreath Making

Fae-Human relations have never had a better intermural gathering than Glimmerdark! In this session, mortals and faeries join together to create beautiful floral wreaths to wear to the festivities! Open to mortals and fairies alike! Ages 8+. There will be two sessions. attendee cap: 20/session $5 materials fee – collected in cash at the session. Preregistration is recommended, […]

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Intro Hoop

Discover the joy of hooping! This class will cover a variety of moves both on and off-body. Prior ability to waist-hoop is helpful, but never required. Get moving and find your circle! Class is limited to 10 participants. Having taught at numerous festivals and retreats along the East Coast, jessu works to spread the joy […]

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Intro to Contact Juggling

Come and learn the basics of contact juggling in this informal share session. If you picked up a ball and never got a chance to learn to use it, bring it and get started on your way. Don’t have a ball already? Zack will have some to loan out for the session. Are you already […]

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Intro to Leviwand

Learn to dance with a magical, floating fairy wand! This class is designed for participants with no prior flow arts background and will cover basic moves to get you flowing! Each class is limited to 10 participants due to classroom size and equipment availability. Having taught at numerous festivals and retreats along the East Coast, […]

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Jess-O-Lantern performs live, singing spooky songs to soothe your ghoulish hearts! Free trick-or-treat candy at every performance! Jess-O-Lantern is a spooky songstress, originally from the scary swamps of Florida, now residing in New York City! Imagine a walk through a punk rock cemetery, filled with ghostly crooning, grinning ghouls, friendly fiends, and all the trick-or-treat […]

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Founded in 2011 and featured in both Weird NJ magazine and The Star-Ledger, Karnevil is New Jerseys premier carnival sideshow experience and is touted globally as “The world’s most dangerous sideshow!” Whether bringing you death defying escapes, astounding acts of skill, classic sideshow fare, ridiculous games, or informative presentations on macabre Victorian subject matter, the […]

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Katie Kat

Recently described as “Exquisite” by Gothamist, Katie Kat is the ethereal voice of Crooked Wing Circus, and the Off Broadway immersive shows Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning, and The Illuminati Ball. Her performance at Glimmerdark is costumed by the ineffable Kristin Costa. It includes powerfully crafted, evocative classical art songs and showcases her recently released […]

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Learn to Spin Yarn for Glamour Bombing!

Learn to spin yarn from roving for your glamour bombing! Mortals and faeries welcome! Ages 10+ Attendee cap: 12 $5 materials fee – collected in cash at the session. Pre-registration is recommended, as we expect the session to be full. Saturday, Time TBD Direct link to the registration form here Deborah Castellano writes for many […]

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Lilith Lore

Poison Apples & Pretty Witches Gather ’round for Lilith’s wickedly salacious retelling of classic stories from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault. Be prepared to see the darker side of heroes and heroines, and to have illuminated the twisted motives of your favorite villains. Once upon a time… but only rarely happily […]

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Mad Hattress Aerials

The Mad Hattress is back with a FAE-tastical twist. Do you love circus?? What about all things mystical and magical?? Well, you’re in luck as this aerial act has it all. Come watch Faerie Queen of the sky, Azkadelia, defy gravity and bewitch your senses as she dances in the sky 18ft high. You never know […]

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Maharal is a sound-chameleon band whose steep is a delicious ancient-future blend. Their soul moving sound whips through lively world music, tribal fusion funk, and original scores offering a Zeppelinesk presence appropriate for audiences of all ages and settings. The band is a duet combo of Brett on the world’s only double neck saz, bluesy […]

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Maskwork Storytelling

The first stories were not told, they were lived. Come enjoy an immersive storytelling experience where audience members have the chance to join the story as it unfolds through the use of masks artfully designed for this purpose. Come ready for fun as you show off your improvisational skills and become part of the show. […]

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Mead Tastings

Hosted by Verlyn Hays. The 3 meads sampled will be from b. nektar meadery. Verlyn has been making wine, beer and mead for about 1 6 years. His interest in mead can be, like many, traced back to Renaissance Faires and an interest in historical brewing techniques. After an “interesting” (super strong) first attempt at […]

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Mermaid Pearlie Mae, Oracle/Seer

Her Royal Highness Pearlie Mae, Most Sirene Empress of All the Seas. Mermaid Extraordinaire, Oracle of the Oceans, Seer of the Seas, she sees all and can tell you your fortune…or drag you down to the endless dark depths to your doom! Ask your questions of this denizen of the deep and she will reveal […]

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Musical Guest of Honor: SJ Tucker

A fairytale-flavored fusion of Folk & Jazz, steadily fueled by self-generated pixie dust. A dynamic live performer known for her willingness to follow an evocative ballad with a tune about ninjas or pirates, SJ Tucker is never in danger of taking herself too seriously. She lets it be plain on stage that she loves her […]

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Myths and Modern Media

This will be a discussion group about modern interpretations of mythology, including fables, fairy tales, and the like. Feel free to bring in your favorite films, books, comics, statues, poems, music, or other types of art pieces in order to fuel discussion. This will not be a fandom meet-up, so plan for real discussions, rather […]

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Nicole Oliva: Music

Music for a Day in May Ok, we know its not May, but we would like to imagine it is. Warm air, sunshine, and flowers. Music for a Day in May will be an operatic concert of all fun, flowy, and spring themed music. Come! Welcome to all my Fairies, Sires, Nymphs, Creatures, Flower Children, […]

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Open Sorcery: Fairywall LARP

Glimmerdark is under attack by magical malware! We are Open Sorcerers, programmers who use code and magic to change the world, and our defense starts right now. Search the hotel for pop-up ads, collect them, and translate the alchemical symbols. Then bring them to the LARP and use alchemical anti-virus software to end this threat […]

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Photographing the Imaginary

Want to shoot werewolves, elementals, magic, battles and enchanted forests or Fae kingdoms? Learn how by bringing your work into the digital realm, and make a piece of art that is otherworldly. Attendees will learn how to plan for the best and the worst for a shoot (if a spell goes incredibly right or wrong), […]

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Professor McClendon presents Labyrinth

Everyone knows the movie Labyrinth. The Goblin King, Jareth, has kidnapped young Sarah’s baby brother. Now Sarah must rescue her brother and defeat Jareth before it’s too late. Well, come and listen to a few excerpts from the novelization of this beloved movie. Professor JP McClendon has traveled far and wide to entertain and educate. […]

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Psyche Corporation

Afternoon Fairytale Songs with Psyche Corp. Tarry a while under the spell of Psyche’s angelic voice, framed in minimalist folk music from the Otherworld. Evening Supernatural Electro-Rock with Psyche Corp. Get your folktales and legends of the supernatural with a heavier alternative world music sound, rocking out like the charge of a thousand electric unicorns. […]

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Sales Skills for Fae

You have a dream to sell, and a mortal whom you wish to buy it for the mere cost of his name or her dearest memory, yet many mortals remain stubborn against your charms. Why do they resist? Why do they not understand what you offer? In this workshop, Michael Whitehouse, dynamic sales trainer and […]

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Scot Helland

Scott Helland creates melodic, euphoric guitar instrumentals rooted in the realms of folk, punk, alternative and world. His eclectic musical past, keen melodic sense, live looping technique and tasteful use of guitar effects creates a compelling soundscape. Armed with his trademark Godin Multiac guitar, Helland has created a musical world of his own influenced by […]

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The Crafts Forge

“I’ll seek a four-leaved shamrock in all thy fairy dells, And if I find the charmed leaves, oh, how I’ll weave my spells!” ~Samuel Lover We invite the crafty and the makers to come forth and make things with us. While children are welcome, this is NOT just for kids, and some of our later-evening […]

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The Endless Tea

“In Britain, a cup of tea is the answer to every problem. Fallen off your bicycle? Nice cup of tea. Your house has been destroyed by a meteorite? Nice cup of tea and a biscuit. Your entire family has been eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex that has travelled through a space/time portal? Nice cup of […]

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The Faerie Ballpit

“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords. Also, ballpits.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien on Fairy-stories We’ll […]

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The Glamour Revolution

Learn how to unleash your inner glamour! Glamour isn’t about looking or acting a certain way, it’s what’s already inside you. We will be discussing historical examples as well as modern examples. We will be doing ritual work, so familiarity with meditation and ritual is suggested. Open to all gender identities! Ages 16+ to attend. […]

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The Green Fairy Literary Society

The Green Fairy Literary Society is a chance for you to read your work, listen to others, learn about the world of independent publishing, and find out what opportunities are out there for you. Bring your magnum opus, your fairy wings, and the darkest corners of your imagination. Moderated by David McLain. McLain is the […]

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The Long Losts

If Tim Burton hired Siouxsie Sioux and Johnny Ramone to write the soundtrack for a romantic movie that takes place at a haunted carnival on Halloween night you would have the unique goth-punk-rock sound of The Long Losts. The Long Losts are a musical act duo made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick […]

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The Munchausen Society

Celebrity Charity Munchausen, the Magical Edition We are the Munchausen Society. We are an infamous group of world-travelling adventurers. Every once in a while, we get together and share some of our incredible tales with one another, and with an approving audience. But this time is extra special. We will be telling the tales of […]

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The Overly Dramatic Readers

Overly Dramatic A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare’s most Glimmerdark-appropriate tale! Now this wonderful story is getting its Overly Dramatic upgrade! Hear us recreate scenes and recite monologues from this amazing play in the only way the Overly Dramatic Readers know how. Remember, no one shows up wanting to see under the top. They want […]

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The Serenity Lounge

“I love hard work. I enjoy sitting in a dimly-lit room, upon an appropriate divan, and considering the many merits of lively activity from a safe, faraway vantage point.” ~Lord Byron While our meditative space is for quiet, often silent contemplation, our serenity lounge is for relaxation and calm. Have an escape from the hustle […]

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The White Elephant Burlesque Society

The White Elephant Burlesque Society, est. 2006, is a queer-operated, body-positive, hot-for-all-genders-inclusive troupe and production company, under the leadership of Viktor Devonne. Created to bring theatrical storytelling, character study, and Weimar cabaret-influenced pathos to this brand of burlesque, WE is noted for longform theatrical presentations, delightful club shows with rotating casts, and unconventional convention entertainment. […]

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Uke On!

Uke On! Performance Tunes familiar and unexpected. Uke On! Ukelele Workshop Learn how to play a few chords on the uke and play a song or two! There will be a few extra ukes available, but we encourage you to bring your own! Uke On is a rockin’ ukulele duo from Highland Park, NJ. We […]

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Unseelie Meetup

Far be it for us to tell the Unseelie what to do. But the Unseelie and their compatriots are cordially invited to join us at the Atrium Pub for convocation, collaboration, and, possibly, concatenation. Those who’d like to can also take photos with our Dark Fae colleagues. Hosted by Sabryna – a rowling, howling, yowling ball of […]

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