I just got back from Hollywood, Ca. Not everyone knows, but there is a private magic club, celebrating their fiftieth Birthday. Happy Birthday to The Magic Castle. Although, it is a private club, the public is welcome with a few easy to meet conditions. If you have the chance to visit, you will witness some of the finest Magicians from around the world. In some ways, it’s like stepping back in time. There is a strict dress code. If not, everybody would be in their jeans and t-shirts. Magic deserves a little more sophistication and respect than a trip to your local burger joint.
You will find a “close up Magic” room. There are only 22 seats in this mini Theatre. The seats are set up as if in a theatre, tiered. Not a bad seat in the house. This is the ways “Close up Magic” should be viewed. When you’re ready, wander over to the “Parlor of Prestidigitation”. Here you’ll see a slightly larger show. Don’t forget the stage show. Laughter and great Mysteries share the same stage. You’ll never run out of things to see, just make your way to the W.C. Fields bar and see more Magicians up close, but a bit more interactive with their audience. A trip to the bathroom may surprise and entertain you. Go check it out. If you find any down time, several club members dedicate their talents to entertain anyone and everyone.
If you are looking for a particular Magician, check the schedule on line. If you don’t gain a new appreciation of Magic and Magicians, I’d suggest you check your pulse. Joe Ferranti, Close up Magician, Massachusetts