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What it’s like inside Hollywood’s exclusive Magic Castle

What it’s like inside Hollywood’s exclusive Magic Castle

BUSINESS INSIDER –  Mikala Jones-Fielder and Joe Avella ,  Aug. 13, 2019, 2:28 PM

The Magic Castle, located in Hollywood, has always been exclusive to its members and their guests.

It’s not easy to get an invitation, but those who do are treated to dinner and a show as well as nonstop magic shows throughout the night.

Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Martin, and Johnny Carson are a few of the famous members who’ve performed there.

Joe Avella: The Magic Castle is an exclusive club run by the Academy of Magical Arts, but only their members and guests are allowed in. Founded in 1963, The Magic Castle looms over Hollywood. It’s pretty hard to miss. I’ve been curious about The Magic Castle since I moved here, and, doing research, turns out it’s incredibly exclusive. There’s really only two ways to get in: be a member or get an invite from a member.

Joe Furlow: We are a private club, very similar to a country club or yacht club, we just deal with the art of magic.

Joe Avella: I got an exclusive tour of The Castle, which, in addition to the many bars, magic theaters, and full dining area, it also features a séance room, a library filled with decades of secret magic tricks, and even ghosts. This is one of most exclusive clubs in Los Angeles, and they have been nice enough to let us in early to show us all the ins and outs of this really great place. For starters, to get into this place, you have to enter through a trick bookshelf.

Rmax Goodwin: So, you say to the owl, “Open, sesame.”

Joe: Mo, you wanna do the honors?

Mo: Open, sesame… (Read More and Watch the Video)

A Brief And Enchanting Visual History Of Los Angeles’ Iconic Magic Castle..

A Brief And Enchanting Visual History Of Los Angeles’ Iconic Magic Castle..

The Magic Castle, one of Los Angeles’ most prized (and private) landmarks, is the headquarters of a members-only club that is intensely dedicated to the art of magic. Called the Academy of Magical Arts, the castle doors opened in 1963, but its history goes back much, much farther.

The 1910-era Gothic Renaissance chateau sits in the middle of what is now historic Hollywood and was originally the personal residence of a wealthy banker, Rollin B. Lane. The mansion fell into disrepair by the late 1940s, even serving for a time as a boarding house, before Bill Larsen Jr. and his brother Milt Larsen purchased the property to breathe life into their parent’s lifelong dream of opening a magic club.  Read more and see pics at: