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The Magic Castle in Hollywood

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Martinis at 8, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Isn't the Magic Castle where Gob from Arrested Development got banned from???
     


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    Hahaha I think so! And where the characters in the movie "Shade" lay low for a while.
     


  3. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Hahaha I think so! And where the characters in the movie "Shade" lay low for a while.


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  5. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Don't think Martini will be responding any time soon seeing as how he's apparently been banned...

    You don't always need an invite. I believe there are a few functions in which you simply need to call and make a reservation without having to know a member. Wouldn't hurt to call up MC for details.
     


  6. phuphyter

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    Yeah. I saw his status. Wishful thinking I guess. I'll try calling up the castle and see what I can do. It just would feel so much more special having a physical card in hand to hand someone once you get there, ya know?
     


  7. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Yeah. I saw his status. Wishful thinking I guess. I'll try calling up the castle and see what I can do. It just would feel so much more special having a physical card in hand to hand someone once you get there, ya know?
    This isn't Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory...
     


  8. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Fashion Hayzus

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    I saw a comic/magician on one of my cruises who was a regular there and apparently you could just email him to get on the "list" to go for a show. I'm sure it is that exclusive in the sense that if you just find a comics Myspace that performs there and email them that they can "get you in."

    If you want to go on a date and impress take them up the hill above it to Yamashiro where at least the views/setting will be gorgeous and the food will be typical "upscale Japanese."
     


  9. Edward Appleby

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    Aw, M8... I wonder how the life of the "Self Sovereign" is treating him.
     


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    Aw, M8... I wonder how the life of the "Self Sovereign" is treating him.
    He still posts crazy stuff on the AAAC Interchange, talking about his "clubs" and lack of national allegiance whilst making vaguely Republican like pronouncements.
     


  11. phuphyter

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    This isn't Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory...

    Hahaha true, but in some way it is.



    hmmm... upscale Japanese food with a view in LA... it's nice and all, but the kid in me would probaly have more fun at the castle.
     


  12. BipgoBumpo

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    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.
     


  13. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    The California Club on Flower is also coat and tie.
     


  14. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Senior member

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    (Unsurprisingly) I can get people passes for The Magic Castle. Just let me know if you would like one.

    I have mixed feelings about The Magic Castle due to some silly industry political stuff. Caveat: Not all the performers are really at the caliber they should be - I can definitely recommend some nights/performers over others.

    Still it has an intriguing storied history, and in its halcyon days (60's and 70's) was producing some truly beautiful, artful magic. It is absolutely still worth a visit if you are in the area.

    (Might be worth it just to meet celebrity magicians like Jason Alexander or Neil Patrick Harris)
     


  15. Nouveau Pauvre

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    The Magic Castle was indeed the inspiration for "The Gothic Castle" in Arrested Development as well as the magician's club in Shade (Which IIRC was shot on location.) Damian Neiman, Shade's director is a member there and friends with several prominent magicians. Shade is a very fun heist movie that should have gotten a US theatrical release. Several amgicians advised and the card stuff is all pretty accurate - which was a lot of fun for me.
     


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