Magic Castle


The Magic Castle, located at 7001 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood the district of Los Angeles, California is a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts, as well as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts . It bills itself as "the most unique private club in the world." The building is an authentic Chateau-style or Chateauesque mansion built in 1909 by banker and real estate developer Rollin B. Lane, and is a near duplicate of the 1897 Kimberly Crest House and Gardens in Redlands California. Ownership of the mansion remained in the Lane family until 1955 when it was sold to Thomas O. Glover, whose family still owns the property. (Contrary to some "tour guide" stories, it was never owned by actress Janet Gaynor) In September of 1961, the mansion was leased to Milt and Bill Larson, who began converting it to its present state. The Magic Castle opened for business on January 2, 1963. The Magic Castle is a private club, allowing entrance only to members and their guests, though courtesy invitations can be obtained by magicians visiting from out of town. A typical evening features several magic shows and historic displays, as well as a full service dining room and several bars in a night club atmosphere. A dress code of formal party attire is strictly enforced. The lobby of the Castle has no visible doors to the interior, and visitors must say a secret phrase to a sculpture of an owl to gain access, exposing the entrance to the club. Nightly, five different magic performances are showcased in three different theaters, with additional performances added on weekends. Magicians perform in several different theaters, including the intimate Close-Up Gallery, a larger Parlor of Prestidigitation, and stage illusions in the Palace of Mystery. Informal performance areas around the five bars give magician members the space for impromptu magic for guests and other patrons. In the music room, a piano is played by invisible "Irma," the Castle's "resident ghost," who takes musical requests. Those under 21 years of age are not permitted during evening performances. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Castle hosts a brunch and performances which are open to adults and children. During brunch, the Castle's "Junior Members" (ranging in age from 13 to 20 years old) perform in the Close-Up Gallery. One of the Castle's most famous members was the late Dai Vernon, an expert in slight of hand, who often sat in the bar area entertaining and teaching. Vernon was the Magician-in-Residence at the Castle for many years, up until his death in 1992. Other famous magicians who have been regular performers at the Magic Castle include Mark Wilson, Jay Ose, Senator Crandall, Johnny Plaatt, Kuda Bux and Billy McComb. Many "celebrity magic hobbyists" have also performed at the Magic Castle, including Cary Grant, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Alexander.,

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