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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)

This World-Renowned Heart Surgeon Has a Few Tricks Up His Sleeve

This World-Renowned Heart Surgeon Has a Few Tricks Up His Sleeve

DR. RANDALL WOLF IS USED TO BLOWING PEOPLE’S MINDS. The cardiac surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital’s DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center is a pioneer in the minimally invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation called the Wolf Mini-Maze, in which the surgeon makes small marks on the heart while it is still beating. It’s a procedure that requires the steadiest of hands and has saved thousands of lives. Again, mind-blowing.

But in this moment, in his office, it’s another incredible feat that has an observer reeling in amazement. “Hold this in your hand,” Wolf says, placing a miniature Rubik’s cube in his visitor’s palm. The goateed, bespectacled surgeon muses about the toy’s pretty colors for a distracting second, then slaps the cube. An explosion of colored M&Ms fills the astonished visitor’s hand. The cube is gone. “You can eat them,” he says with a grin. “They’re real.”

Wolf isn’t just a world-renowned heart doctor, he’s also a master magician.  Read More… 

By Jeff Balke.. for Houstonia