The Weapons Master is highly civilized, but not afraid to fight dirty.
Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning author, historian, screenwriter, and television producer as well as internationally renowned duelist, swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.
Photograph by the Keystone Academy of Dueling and Swordsmanship
A gentleman of world renown and fame,
with knowledge of historical events,
Professor Mark P Donnelly’s his name,
and anachronism’s what he represents.
He’s published many works of print and prose,
on history and swashbuckling and lore,
he’ll lecture us on all the things he knows,
with tales of torture, piracy, and more.
But then to change the pace, he’ll take up arms,
if skirmishing or sparring strikes a chord,
his martial skills will back his wit and charm,
he’ll demonstrate, with stick, and cane, and sword!
The Steampunk World’s Fair humbly beckons you,
see the PROFESSOR’s derring-do revue!
Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Torture 201: More Weight with Prof. Mark Donnelly (Panel)
Torture 101 was a big success at Wicked Fair, but we have only just begun to scratch the surface of this lurid topic.
Friday, 7:15 to 8:15pm
Centennial Room (Embassy)
It Was Prof. Donnelly in the Parlor with the Port
This is a time for gentlefolk to gather, and listen to The Professor share stories of his travels, his adventures, and various events.
Port wine (and other classy beverages) served at the CASH BAR.
Saturday, 1:00 to 1:45pm
Gangs of New York: Irish Faction Fighting (Panel)
Good-time girls swing from rafters in oversize canary cages, sword-slinging mobs rule the streets, and murder lurks in every corner. This is Manhattan’s infamous Five Points slum. Many of us will be familiar with Scorsese’s film, but the historical truth is just as interesting. When Dickens reported on Five Points in 1842, the neighborhood was on the edge of an explosion. Spurred on by the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, waves of threadbare immigrants arrived in New York City with the wherewithal for only the most miserable lodgings—the drooping tenements of Five Points. “Five Points,” wrote one Methodist reformer, had become “the synonym for ignorance the most entire, for misery the most abject, for crime of the darkest dye, for degradation so deep that human nature cannot sink below it.”
Saturday, 2:00 to 2:45pm
Courtyard Stage (Radisson)
Irish Shillelagh Workshop with Prof.Mark Donnelly
The shillelagh was originally used for settling disputes in a gentlemanly manner—like pistols in colonial America, or the katana in Japan. Modern practitioners of bataireacht study the use of the shillelagh for self defense and as a martial art. Methods of shillelagh fighting have evolved over a period of thousands of years, from the spear, staff, axe and sword fighting of the Irish. There is some evidence which suggests that the use of Irish stick weapons evolved in a progression from a reliance on long spears to shorter spears, to the shillelagh, alpeen, blackthorn (walking-stick) and short cudgel. By the 19th century Irish shillelagh-fighting had evolved into a practice which involved the use of three basic types of weapons. We will be exploring their use. Please bring a stick if you have one.
Saturday, 4:00 to 4:45pm
Kernoozers & Antiquarian Antagonists with Prof. Mark Donnelly (Panel)
The Kernoozers were a select Victorian Gentleman’s club dedicated to the collection and study of antique armour and weapons (if you define ‘study’ as getting drunk and then putting on a 14th century cuirass to dance around and shout look at me, I’m El Cid, before falling down the stairs). The Antiquarian Antagonistics professors included Capt. Alfred Hutton, Egerton Castle and Sir Richard F. Burton. Together these two movements were an expression of the late Victorian Fascination with all things Medieval and Renaissance. And the work and research and public demonstrations of their knowledge and skills laid the foundation for all medieval and renaissance researchers and practitioners to follow.
Saturday, 6:00 to 6:45pm
Courtyard Stage (Radisson)
Intro to Bartitsu Workshop with Prof. Mark Donnelly
This workshop will be an extensive introduction to this esoteric Victorian/ Edwardian system of self-defense incorporating: fisticuffs (in the scientific method); savate (use of low kicks in self- defense; grappling(judo/jiujitsu); as well as the use of numerous commonplace period accessories such as walking-stick, cane, umbrella, top hat, snuff box, opera cape, handkerchief, etc. all employed in an effort to maintain “preservation of person and property when beset upon by ne’er-do-wells of nefarious intent”.
Sunday, 11:00am to 12:30pm
Fusions Restaurant (Radisson)
*Lunch will be available for purchase from the restaurant during this session*
Jujitsu Suffragettes: A History of Ladies’ Self-Defense (Panel)
The term “Jujitsuffragettes” was coined by the editors of Health and Strength Magazine circa 1910, to describe members of the militant Suffragette movement who studied the martial art of bartitsu as a means of self defense and who served as the bodyguards for the leaders of the suffragette movement (such as Emily Pankhurst), against the police and violent anti-Suffrage mobs.
1:00 to 2:00pm
Courtyard Stage (Radisson)
Kicking Ass In A Corset: Bartitsu for Ladies (Workshop)
Presented by Bartitsu Master Professor Mark P. Donnelly, this workshop is designed to be an extensive introduction to this esoteric system of self-defense specifically focused on (and limited to) ladies and gentlewomen. Some of the techniques employed by Victorian ladies studying this art vary from those taught to their male counterparts. Partly this was physical (and partly a constraint of the fashions) but also due to the differing nature of the physical threat and the variety of accessories with which she might be equipped or encumbered. In the Ladies session, therefore, will explore: grappling; savate; canne; parasol; fan; handbag, etc.. Participants will not need to wear anything different or special in order to take part. If you have a parasol or fan which you would like to use, you are encouraged to bring it, though limited equipment will also be provided by the instructor.