Steampunk & Glamour Magic: A Retrospective & Reading

Steampunk & Glamour Magic: A Retrospective & Reading
by Deborah Castellano

Steampunk is now rich with memes and has its place in pop culture, but what was it like before Steampunk was an established subculture? Where does Steampunk overlap with glamour magic and the occult?

Deborah Castellano reflects on ten years of her experience with both from her time starting the first Steampunk convention to now, waiting for her first book to be published this summer with Llewellyn. She will be reading from her current essay and taking questions if time allows.




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Jake von Slatt & The Steampunk Roadster

Jake von Slatt is a maker, tinkerer, and all around techno dilettante living and creating just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Jake is interested in the blending of 19th century aesthetics and technology with the modern world and showcases projects of that ilk on his website. While he eschews the temptation to rigidly define the term “Steampunk,” he does know that it has something to do with the intersection of technology and romance.

The Steampunk Roadster

Steampunk World’s Fair is honored to be able to showcase the Steampunk Roadster, Jake von Slatt’s Last Steampunk Project. [see above link for more information]

In celebration of The Steampunk Workshop’s 10th anniversary, Jake von Slatt created a steam powered vehicle from a 1970s kit car. The car’s construction has been documented on such things as the PBS show Make: Television and has been featured in such things as WCVB’s Chronicle and SPACE TV’s Fanboy Confessional.


As of April 14, 2017 the Steampunk Roadster is for sale.


Amy Wilder

Steampunk World’s Fair is proud to welcome Amy Wilder to our fair halls.

When Amy Wilder discovered the Steampunk scene at DragonCon in 2010, she quickly found that, like a Dickensian Orphan, she wanted more. It seems more is definitely what she got, as she is now one of the top Steampunk models in the U.S., appearing in publications such as Obscurae, Surreal Beauty, and Clockwork, as well as reaching almost iconic status in her work with Brute Force Studios.

Not content with rocking the Steampunk world, she has achieved success in the world of mainstream modeling as well, most recently working with the Black Tape Project. When not gallivanting around the country taking pictures, she enjoys tea, bird watching, and the occasional book. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with four ridiculous cats.


The Mad Hattress Azkadelia


The Mad Hattress Aerials Extravaganza

Azkadelia & Her Minions are back with more fun and nonsense planned than ever! With 16 feet of height and just silky fabric to keep her up you’ll never know what could happen!

Come join in and watch as The Mad Hattress takes to the sky, you might even see a flying squirrel and more!!

Also check out her awesome Aerial Demo Classes to give it a try yourself!

All shows in the Radisson Courtyard


This could be you! (With looooooots of classes and practice. Start now with Azkadelia at SPWF!)


Mad Hatter Aerial Demo Classes

Ever wanted to try what The Mad Hattress does, or maybe you want to try something new?
Maybe it’s a friends birthday and you don’t know what to get them while at SPWF?!?
Whatever the reason why not try a Aerial Demo Class with the Mad Hattress herself.

Demos will be 30 minutes in length and are 100% interactive. Participants must be 18 or over, or 16 and over with parental supervision. Please wear comfy yoga like clothes you are comfortable going upside down in.
Class with take place at ground level but we will play with some basic skills in the fabric and of course some spinning about and flipping upside down.

Space is limited so reserve your spot at [email protected] 
Cost is $20 per participant. CASH only.

All shows in the Radisson Courtyard



Want a chance to appear on Cake Boss?

Steampunk with wings from The Steampunk World's FAir!

A previous Steampunk World’s Fair attendee – photo by Babs Who Takes Pictures

We’re going to be on the hit TV show Cake Boss (link has sound!) — they’re going to make the most creative Steampunk cake you ever saw!

Want your chance to be on the show?  We need a small group of very dressed up (doesn’t have to be fancy/high class, just has to be really eye-catching and exciting!) people with great energy who want to eat the cake!

REQUIREMENTS:  It’s on Saturday.  You’ll need to be in the Courtyard early, at 3:30, for an estimated film time of 4:15.   If it’s raining, don’t worry – bring an umbrella!


  1.  You MUST buy or have bought at least one weekend pass to The Steampunk World’s Fair by ten p.m. EST on Sunday, April 30th.
  2. Post a picture of yourself, in the Steampunk garb you hope to wear (or a variation of it) to your Facebook status, Facebook page, or other social media.  Post this text:  “I’m going to The Steampunk World’s Fair –!”  You can play with the text a bit if you want; basically, say you’re going, and give the link.
  3. Email the link to THAT post to me personally at [email protected]
  4. I will reply to ALL emails unless the response is SO big that I get overwhelmed; if I do, I’ll post about it in the Facebook group:  I highly recommend joining the group (but if you don’t, it won’t be held against you!) They’ve told us “about 30 people”.  We obviously don’t control who they decide to film.  We DO control who gets to eat the cake, so if you’re selected, you get cake!  At least, until the cake runs out.  We think it’ll be big enough for 25.  We’ll be giving out 25 tickets.
  5. Again, tickets do NOT guarantee that you’ll end up on camera, but we do EXPECT that if you’re in the lucky 30, you’ve got a very good chance of being on camera.  Bring your high energy and be ready to be excited!

I’m excited!  Are you?

 You can also keep up-to-date by RSVPing for the Facebook event at

Galia’s Slightly Perilous Children’s Wonderland

A Steampunk Programming Track for Kids

Children’s Programming returns to The Steampunk World’s Fair in 2017 under the slightly wacky guidance of our own fabulous Galia!


Locations for events are subject to change prior to the start of Steampunk World’s Fair. Please keep an eye here for updates until then!



Start Time End Time Title Description Location


6pm 7pm Make a Flying Hot Air Balloon Using household items, we will experiment with the power of heat, air, and physics to make our very own, absolutely flyable, hot air balloons! Courtyard
8pm 9pm Spooky Stories & S’mores  Make s’mores and quiver in fear as we read terrifying and horrible spooky stories! Courtyard Patio


10am 11am Dirigible Safety Test Something has gone terribly wrong! Your airship has malfunctioned and is plummeting rapidly towards the earth! Will the passengers survive?!
Using household materials, construct a container which will protect a raw egg from cracking when it hits the ground.
11am 12pm Mischief Making Learn how to play pranks, trick your parents, and sneak around causing trouble! Courtyard
12pm 1pm Origami Class and Japonism Fold small pieces of paper into intricate objects while learning about the Victorian craze for Japanese culture!
Adults welcome!
1pm 2pm Capture the Flag Run! Chase! Grab! Steal! Show your prowess on the field of glorious battle by snatching small strips of fabric and defending your land! Courtyard
2pm 3pm Create a Pirate/Explorer Part I – Use your excellent imagination to come up with an explorer or pirate character, and draw them! Courtyard
3pm 5pm Device Creation Need a new robot companion? An energizing ray hat? A magnetic snorgifer?

Come to device creation and turn everyday junk into your next technological marvel!

5pm 7pm Kid’s Scavenger Hunt Run around the convention and find as many list items as possible, as quickly as possible, to earn prizes, glory, and some really cool stories.

This scavenger hunt will use an app, so at least one team member must have a smart phone.

This event starts at the patio, but could take you to many other places at the Fair!

 5:30pm 8:30pm Adult’s Scavanger Hunt  Run around the convention and find as many list items as possible, as quickly as possible, to earn prizes, glory, and some really cool stories.

This scavenger hunt will use an app, so at least one team member must have a smart phone.

 6pm 7pm DIY Treasure Map Part II – Now make a treasure map for your explorer to use! Courtyard


10am 11am Jewelry Making Come make pretty steampunk jewelry! Boardroom C
11am 12pm Make Your Own Compass More fun with household objects! We will make a functional, working compass to guide you through adventures, peril, and being quite lost! Boardroom C
1pm 2pm Bubble Art You are ENCOURAGED to blow bubbles with a straw – and you’ll make beautiful art with it!

This class is recommended for children under 8 – older kids may find it boring.

Boardroom C