I know nobody's posted on this thread for about a year, but I'd just like to say that the Magic Castle is by far one of the coolest places I've ever been, and I've been all over the world. I'm very thankful that my dad is a member, so I'm lucky enough to be able to go whenever I'm back in California. The entertainment is top-rate, the 5 or 6 bars are excellent, and the food is five-star, and a hell of a lot better than it has to be, as is their wine cellar. I'd just advise people to avoid going on a Friday night, which is the most crowded night, unless you enjoy being around drunk guests making assholes of themselves. The same performers are there every night Monday to Saturday, so you don't miss anything going on a weeknight. It's also nice that there's a place in LA where you have to dress up to go to, LA being the capital of casual. I haven't done the Houdini seance thing yet, or the Sunday champagne brunch, but I heard it's just as good, except that on Sundays the magicians make their jokes "G-rated," for the kids.