We took a trip to The Magic Castle for Halloween! The whole place was decorated, I mean, they went to town with the decor! It was amazing! Probably the best part! They had the older magicians doing card tricks on tables which offered a real personable experience! Some of the magic acts were good, some were so-so albeit entertaining! Overall it was a great experience!
I think the only down side was the food. You HAD to buy an entree, no starter, not 4 appettizers, it HAD to be an entree. The waiter we had was the snootiest guy, acted like we were disturbing him and was in general very rude. It was hard to break out spirits, but this guy was a grade A jerk! Otherwise, a really good experience!
Here are 5 ways to see The Magic Castle: https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/ways-to-get-into-the-magic-castle
I recommend staying at the Magic Castle Hotel next door and have them make you a reservation :)
THE MAGIC CASTLE is an exclusive private club. Guests must be invited or accompanied by a Member. Dress Code strictly enforced.
The Magic Castle, located at 7001 Franklin Avenue in the Hollywood 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 unusual private club in the world."
Only members and their guests are allowed entrance, though courtesy invitations can be obtained by magicians visiting from out of town. During a typical evening there are numerous magic shows and historic displays, as well as a full service dining room and numerous bars. The atmosphere is reminiscent of classic night club days, and a strict dress code is enforced.
A Chateaux-style residence, the Castle was built by real-estate investor Rollin B. Lane in 1909, who leased the building to magicians Milt, Bill and Irene Larsen in 1961. The Larsen family converted the building to its present state, and opened the Castle's doors on January 2, 1963.
One of the Castle's most famous performers was the late Dai Vernon, an expert in sleight of hand. Other famous magicians who have been regular performers at the Magic Castle include Mark Wilson, Jay Ose, Senator Crandall, Johnny Platt, Kuda Bux, Billy McComb, and Pop Haydn. Many "celebrity magic hobbyists" have also performed at the Magic Castle, including Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Alexander.
The Magic Castle was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1989.
7001 Franklin Avenue
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