For years, I’ve been a member of the Magic Castle. In fact, after my decision to become a professional, full-time entertainer, I joined immediately. Ever since becoming a professional magician, people have asked about the Magic Castle. Let me explain it in layman’s terms – as it is quite often thought of as simply a theater by those who have not attended this unique, invite only, mysterious old mansion.
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|The Magic Castle is located just behind the Chinese Mann Theater|
one block from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Magic Castle in located in Hollywood, California. It’s the home of the Academy of Magical Arts. Does that statement even make it more confusing? Here’s the deal… The Magic Castle is a place to see amazing shows, discover the history of the magical arts, have dinner and drink ’til you can’t… as there are six bars conveniently located throughout! But the “Castle“, as pro’s call it, is much more than a showplace. It is an invite only club in which public can witness magicians from around the world on any given night. Now, the Academy of Magical Arts is like the worldwide union for performing magicians and entertainers and it’s offices are located inside the Magic Castle! Got it? It gets “trickier”…
|Won Gold Medal for Interactive Magic. |
Right: Gay Blackstone, wife of the late Harry Blackstone Jr.
Within the walls of the Castle, you’ll find endless memorabilia, secret doors, moving parts, numerous showrooms, a fine restaurant, a guarded library and a museum. Shows range from pure sit down sleight of hand presentations to stand up comedy shows to nightly stage shows. It get’s even “trickier”…
When planning on going to the Magic Castle, you might expect or have heard that a particular magician works there… The truth be told, on any given week, it’s different performers from around the world. No entertainer actually works there permanently… but do not confuse this club as the comedy club where acts come and go. Nope. It’s much harder to become a performing member and entertainer than it is to attend as a guest. It gets even “trickier”…
|One of numerous intimate showrooms your discover.|
To become a member is not easily defined. You have to audition or interview first. Believe it or not, most members are not magicians at all. There are thousands of members worldwide that range from people that collect magic, build magic, research magic, perform magic and those that just love it and want to be a member of the most unique club in the world. Each type of membership has it’s perks and path to becoming an accepted member. Performing magicians have to perform in front of a committee that decides their fate while non-magicians have to apply and be interviewed to ensure they have the best intentions and understanding of the club. It’s certainly a special place indeed… and the numerous, similar places that are compared to it are simply wonderful showrooms and do not have the behind the scenes and industry aspects. It gets even “trickier” yet!…
Along with the obvious features of the Castle, there is even a room devoted to Houdini. Here, you will find his original shackles and other amazing memorabilia. This room is open for very special reservation only dinners where you get to whiteness your own personal seance. Another very popular feature is Irma, the piano playing ghost. Oh, this is not just a self playing piano! Nope, you communicate with her and request any song you want. If you are really sharp and know the lyrics to songs, you can hold conversations. That’s tricky! Told you.
|Just behind me, you can see the water barrel Houdini would|
be shackled and submerged in.
Currently, Neil Patrick Harris is a big part of the Magic Castle as well are numerous well known celebrities who love this unique art. The Castle is a source of the worlds best magicians and is often called upon for hiring magicians for private events. You can even host your own party at the club. Just call the Famous Hollywood Magic Castle for details.
The founder of The Magic Castle is an amazing force in entertainment. Milt Larsen transformed an old victorian mansion into the world famous club in 1961 while his brother Bill helped promote it. He also created the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, California, The Variety Arts Theatre in Los Angeles and Caesars Magical Empire at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Milt is seen regularly at the club and still produces top magic shows such as “It’s Magic!”
|With Milt in front of the Magic Owl and “secret” entrance|
To attend and bring guests, expect to make dinner reservations and adhere to a strict dress code. Learn more about it at MagicCastle.org If you know me and want passes/invitations, just email me anytime. It makes an awesome date and is a wonderful place to take an important client. You have to be 21 and over to attend at night or you may attend for brunch on the weekends with kids. I’ll quickly add that there are classes and special events to look out for as well. When you arrive, you’ll notice the house and think to yourself, “That can’t have too much in it”… when you enter, you’ll be very disorientated since the entire building is like an iceberg as 2/3 is underground. Pretty tricky! When you first enter, you will have to say the “magic words” to the golden owl on the bookcase to have the bookcases open to let you into the main building …That’s tricky too!
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Dress code? The Castle was not open yet! Don’t worry.
HIRING A MAGIC CASTLE MAGICIAN: If I can’t appear, I can highly recommend or provide top quality acts from different areas of the country for high end private and corporate events. If you want mind-blowing magic at a party or event, give me a call and I’ll try my best to “appear”… but please only contact me if you are looking for mind-blowing, fun and interactive magic that your guests will rave about for years. I work all over the world and no party is too big or too small. Have a truly magical day.
The Zeitgeist 2012 or Google’s annual Year in Review is a highly anticipated video and event! The tops 10 searched people, events, videos and more are compiled and shared in a very moving and inspirational video called Zeitgeist.
Here’s the made for TV version that aired on every major network worldwide on New Years. These are beautiful videos. You can see me at 1:18:
This is an extended version for web:
If you wondered how Google does it, here’s an answer from their site:
“We studied an aggregation of over one trillion searches (or queries) that people typed into Google Search this year. We used data from multiple sources, including Google Trends and internal data tools. We filtered out spam and repeat queries to build lists that best reflect the spirit of 2012.”
Google posted “2012 was a year of big moments, from global games to historical elections and everything in between. With this site, we’ve analyzed over one trillion queries to showcase what the world searched for.”
Curious what the heck Zeitgeist is defined as? The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought which typifies and influences the culture of a period. Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era.
It was a real honor to make a list and be in their video for my popular head drop prank. This video has so many searches, combined with a somewhat popularity online, it put me into the top 10 of the list! I’ve done a handful of pranks and TV appearances in 2012, but if you missed this very popular one, check it out below. Don’t loose your head over it;)
I wish I could find a copy, but the shortened version of this Year in Review was made for Television and surprisingly showcased me a lot by showing the entire head drop! Wild stuff! I aired on every major network globally on New Years.
January of 2013, I received a surprise gift from Google as well. Although I have a massive collection of mugs & trinkets, this one is a keeper! It’s going right next to Ellen’s Mug!
On a side note, for those interested in numbers, this particular video has a handful of million views on my personal YouTube channel. However, Google bases this Zeiteist off searches everywhere. Quite frankly, a few million views of a YouTube video is nothing compared to the overall searches and views necessary to be on a top 10 list. This video was licensed out to numerous networks such as NBC, ABC, CNN, Yahoo, etc and the searches for this and other videos of mine hit well over 100 million in under a week. The video appears and plays on numerous channels, site and shows globally. So, in the end, I traded exposure on other sites and TV networks for direct traffic to my own YouTube channel. It was well worth it. It’s pretty wild.