Although he once made a living by not saying word, Joe McCord has plenty to talk about these days.
Under his Big Top tent, “Joe Daddy, the Gypsy Fortune Teller” shared stories about his days as a pantomime in the 60s and 70s, his new movie and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.
In the 60s and 70s, McCord mastered an art form called pantozique — what he calls “a marriage and synchronization of mime, music and satire.”
He’s worked all over the world, for such musicians as The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Van Morrison.
In the 60s and 70s, McCord mastered an art form called pantozique — or “a marriage and synchronization of mime, music and satire.” He’s worked all over the world, for such musicians as The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Van Morrison. Jimi Hendrix called McCord his “musician in silence.”
“It was a visual-audio experience,” he says. “There’s nothing worse than a bad pantomime show… But when it’s done well, really well, and you’re working in the fourth dimension … it’s an international language.”
McCord is currently finishing a movie called “Heaven Harp,” which he wrote, co-produced and stars in. The film stars Academy-Award winner Melissa Leo, and features three members of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Alex Ebert plays the pawn broker; Stewart Cole plays the wino; and his son Orpheo McCord plays the bankrupt Beverly Hills millionaire.
“It is a movie dedicated to all of the great artists in the world that everyone almost knew,” McCord said. “It’s about a man who was once very famous but gave up all that fame … He one day hears an old friend playing music in the distance, and like the muse, he follows that sounds to a pawn shop, where his old friend is playing just to him.”
Watch Janglin Souls’ interview with McCord, aka “Joe The Gypsy Fortune Teller,” from Big Top.