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The Magic Castle, Los Angeles

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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."
The Magic Castle is a performance venue, restaurant and private club. A typical evening features several magic and sometimes variety arts performances, as well as a full service dining room and several bars in a country club atmosphere. A dress code of formal party attire is strictly enforced. Entry is only allowed to members and their guests.
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. Magicians perform in several different theaters, including the intimate Close-up Gallery, a larger Parlour of Prestidigitation, and the large stage in the Palace of Mystery. Nightly, five different magic performances are showcased in these three different theaters, and on weekends additional performances are added in the Peller theatre as well as Hat and Hare Pub and W.C. Fields Bar. Informal performance areas near 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.
In addition, there are regular Houdini Séances at the castle in the Houdini Seance room, conducted by Leo Kostka, Rob Zabrecky, or Misty Lee.
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  • The Most Unique Place Ever! It had been 40 years since my last visit. Took my wife and we had an incredible evening. If you think you have “seen everything” in life, you haven’t if you have never... 
    The Most Unique Place Ever! It had been 40 years since my last visit. Took my wife and we had an incredible evening. If you think you have “seen everything” in life, you haven’t if you have never...  more »
  • Our 4 year old was so excited to see the magicians. We stayed at the Magic Castle Hotel, we were made aware of the dress code for adults attending the brunch so Hubby went out and bought new clothes.....  more
    Our 4 year old was so excited to see the magicians. We stayed at the Magic Castle Hotel, we were made aware of the dress code for adults attending the brunch so Hubby went out and bought new clothes.....  more »
  • What a disappointment :( I’ve been wanting to go to the Magic Castle for years but the cost was too prohibitive. I finally saved up enough to go and was SO excited. Maybe my first mistake was going....  more
    What a disappointment :( I’ve been wanting to go to the Magic Castle for years but the cost was too prohibitive. I finally saved up enough to go and was SO excited. Maybe my first mistake was going....  more »

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