The Magic Castle

The Magic Castle

The Magic Castle
Location 7001 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood
Coordinates 34°6′16.7″N 118°20′30.5″W / 34.104639°N 118.341806°W / 34.104639; -118.341806Coordinates: 34°6′16.7″N 118°20′30.5″W / 34.104639°N 118.341806°W / 34.104639; -118.341806
Built 1908
Architectural style(s) Chateauesque
Designated 1989[1]
Reference no. 406[1]
Location of The Magic Castle in the Los Angeles metropolitan area

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."

Country Club of Magic

Magic Castle entrance

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.[2] 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.

Those under 21 years of age are not permitted during evening performances. However, on Saturdays and Sundays, the Castle hosts an "all-ages" brunch and performances which are open to members and their guests, including those under the age of 21. During brunch, the Castle's "Junior Members" (ranging in age from 13 to 20 years old) perform in the Close-up Gallery.

Magic Castle Junior Group

The Magic Castle is also known for its Junior Program (the Magic Castle Junior Group). The Junior Group comprises highly skilled young magicians, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in magic. One week a year, billed as "Future Stars Week," performers from the Junior Group are showcased in evening performances in the Castle's showrooms.


The principal building of the Magic Castle is a Chateau-style or Chateauesque residence built in 1909 by banker, real estate developer and philanthropist, Rollin B. Lane. The house was designed by architects Lyman Farwell and Oliver Dennis[3] and constructed as a near duplicate of the 1897 Kimberly Crest House and Gardens in Redlands, California that the architects had designed over a decade earlier. Ownership of the building remained in the Lane family until 1955 when it was sold to Thomas O. Glover, whose family still owns the property. In September 1961, the building was leased to Milt Larsen, Bill Larsen., and Irene Larsen, who began converting it to its present state. The Magic Castle opened for business on January 2, 1963.[4] Over the years several additions have been made to the original structure, allowing for the inclusion of several theaters, bars, a library and other meeting spaces. The Magic Castle was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1989.[1]

One of the Castle's most famous performers was the late Dai Vernon, an expert in sleight of hand, who often sat in the bar area entertaining and teaching. Vernon was the Magician-in-Residence at the Castle for many years, up until his death in 1992.[5]

Other famous magicians who have been regular performers at the Magic Castle include Mark Wilson, Jay Ose, Senator Crandall, Johnny Platt, Kuda Bux, and Billy McComb. Many "celebrity magic hobbyists" have also performed at the Magic Castle, including Cary Grant, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Alexander of Seinfeld.

On October 31, 2011, the Magic Castle suffered damage from a fire[6] that broke out in the attic. Significant interior refurbishing was necessary as a result of extensive water damage caused by fighting the fire. The Magic Castle was reopened in its entirety in February 2012.

Academy of Magical Arts

Academy of Magical Arts
Formation 1962
Type Non-profit
Headquarters The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California
Randy Sinnott

The Academy of Magical Arts is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized and devoted to the promotion and development of the art of magic.

Although begun in 1952 as a loose association of magicians by William Larsen, Sr., the Academy was incorporated and its organization formalized in 1962 by his son, William Larsen, Jr., who together with Milt Larsen, another son of William Larsen, Sr., built the Academy into an international organization whose headquarters has been the Magic Castle since 1963.[7]


The Academy of Magical Arts was created by William Larsen and announced in the April 1952 issue of his independent magazine of magic, Genii; of which all the subscribers were automatically accorded membership. "Academy Awards" were presented by Larsen over the next several months for outstanding contributions in various areas of the magic arts. William Larsen, Sr. died at the age of 48 in July 1953. His wife and his eldest son, Bill Jr. continued the publication of the magazine but the "Academy" lacked any formal structure and the organization became dormant. In 1962, William Larsen's younger son, Milt, undertook the job of leasing and restoring an ornately styled, 1909 mansion in Hollywood, California and turning it into a meeting place for magicians which he called the "Magic Castle." As part of their plan to revive the Academy and locate it in the "Magic Castle," William Larsen, Jr. filed articles of incorporation and created a nonprofit corporation, in 1962. The Magic Castle opened its doors on January 2, 1963 as the home of the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. From an initial membership of 50, the Academy has grown to a worldwide membership of over 5,000 today.


There are nearly 2,500 magician members in the Academy today. To become a regular member, one must first be actively practicing or involved with magic as a career or hobby and audition before the Academy's membership reviewing committee. Associate members are people who love magic and the academy. Most of the members are in the entertainment business, law, finance, and medical fields. Some of these associate members are friends of magician members who enjoy the atmosphere of the Academy. Associate Member applications must be approved by the Board of Directors. Honorary members and VIP members are presented by the Board of Directors to magicians, celebrities and individual members of the Academy who have contributed to the advancement of the art of magic. It is also possible to become a junior magician if you are between the age of 13 and 20. Membership in the Junior Group is open to anyone seriously interested in magic who is from 13 to 19 years of age. One may apply if 20 years old, but must be able to be a member in the Group for one full year. These junior magicians are only allowed limited use of the facilities. You must be a talented magician to get accepted through audition.


The Academy of Magic offers classes that are available to the public. The Basic Magic class is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to perform basic magic.[8] The class combines instructor presentation, step-by-step explanation, hands-on instruction, group practice sessions and individual performance. Classes are held one night per week for six weeks, from 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. During the six weeks, the students receive a temporary six week pass that grants the privileges of a regular member, excluding magician member's lectures. They are allowed to bring four friends to stay at the castle, but not to the classes. Men must wear a coat and tie and women must wear a dress or skirt; no casual wear is permitted.


Performing awards are given in different categories at the annual "Academy of the Magical Arts Awards" event. Nominees for the performing awards are chosen from among that year's performers at The Magic Castle.

Other awards include Literary and Life Fellowships awards which go to individuals who, in the view of the Academy, have made significant contributions to the field of magic.

These are the awards given by the Academy of Magical Arts:

One of the five winners of the 1974 Award of Merit is The Magic Castle itself.

List of award winners

Magician of the Year

Year Winner
1968 Dai Vernon
1970 Albert Goshman
1971 Ron Wilson
1972 Mark Wilson
1973 Shimada
1974 Mark Wilson
1975 Siegfried & Roy
1976 Doug Henning
1977 Norm Nielsen
1978 Harry Blackstone, Jr.
1979 David Copperfield
1980 Marco the Magi
1981 Richiardi Jr
1982 Paul Daniels
1983 Siegfried & Roy
1984 Harry Blackstone, Jr.
1985 Lance Burton
1986 David Copperfield
1987 The Pendragons
1988 Harry Anderson
1989 Princess Tenko
1990 Silvan
1991 Lance Burton
1992 Juan Tamariz
1993 Jeff McBride
1994 The Pendragons
1995 Penn & Teller
1996 Ricky Jay
1997 Mark Kalin & Jinger
1998 Luis de Matos
1999 Silvan
2000 Ayala
2001 Rick Thomas
2002 David Blaine
2003 Mac King
2004 Darren Romeo
2005 Criss Angel
2006 Cyril Takayama
2007 Derren Brown
2008 Guy Hollingworth
2009 Ed Alonzo
2010 Topas
2011 Lu Chen
2012 Penn & Teller
2013 Yu Ho-Jin
2014 Michael Carbonaro
2015 Dynamo

Stage Magician of the Year

Year Winner
1968 John A. Daniel
1969 Eric Lewis
Norm Nielsen
1970 Don Lawton
1971 Glenn Falkenstein
1972 Shimada
1973 Shimada
1974 Eric Lewis
1975 Shimada
1976 Johnny Thompson
1977 Peter Pit
1978 Goldfinger & Dove
1979 Whit Haydn
1980 Harry & Leslie Anderson
1981 Tomsoni & Company
1982 Goldfinger & Dove
1983 Lance Burton
1984 Jonathan Neal Brown
1985 The Pendragons
1986 The Pendragons
1987 Jonathan Neal Brown & Liane
1988 James Dimmare & Lisa
1989 Amos Levkovitch
1990 Amos Levkovitch
1991 Christopher Hart
1992 Glenn Falkenstein & Frances Willard
1993 Christopher Hart
1994 Tina Lenert
1995 Glenn Falkenstein & Frances Willard
1996 Jason Byrne
1997 Jason Byrne
1998 John Carney
1999 Ed Alonzo
2000 Ed Alonzo
2001 John Carney
2002 James Dimmare
2003 Kevin James
2004 Danny Cole
2005 Danny Cole
2006 Mike Caveney
2007 Dana Daniels
2008 Kevin James
2009 Jeff Hobson
2010 Dana Daniels
2011 Rob Zabrecky
2012 Rob Zabrecky
2013 Mike Caveney
2014 Whit Haydn
2015 Shoot Ogawa

Close-Up Magician of the Year

Year Winner
1968 Albert Goshman
1969 Johnny Platt
1970 Michael Skinner
1971 Ron Wilson
1972 Bruce Cervon
1973 Michael Skinner
1974 Albert Goshman
1975 Bruce Cervon
1976 Jules Lenier
1977 David Roth
1978 Earl Nelson
1979 Daryl
1980 Daryl
1981 Michael Ammar
1982 Bob Jardine
1983 Michael Ammar
1984 John Carney
1985 Earl Nelson
1986 Johnny Ace Palmer
1987 Johnny Ace Palmer
1988 John Carney
1989 Dave Williamson
1990 Dave Williamson
1991 Martin Nash
1992 Tony Giorgio
1993 Rene Lavand
1994 Paul Gertner
1995 Paul Gertner
1996 Martin Nash
1997 Eugene Burger
1998 Eugene Burger
1999 Steve Valentine
2000 Lennart Green
2001 Steve Valentine
2002 Shoot Ogawa
2003 Whit Haydn
2004 Whit Haydn
2005 Shoot Ogawa
2006 Jon Armstrong
2007 Paul Green
2008 Doc Eason
2009 Doc Eason
2010 Suzanne
2011 Derek DelGuadio
2012 Derek DelGuadio
2013 Tim Shoesmith
2014 Richard Turner
2015 Mike Pisciotta

Lecturer of the Year

Year Winner
1968 Dick Zimmerman
1969 "Senator" Clarke Crandall
1970 Bruce Cervon
1971 Bob Eads
1972 Lou Derman
1973 "Senator" Clarke Crandall
1974 Ali Bongo
1975 Milbourne Christopher
1976 Sid Lorraine
1977 Pat Culliton
1978 Jerry Andrus
1979 Max Maven
1980 Karrell Fox
1981 Albert Goshman
1982 Michael Ammar
1983 Michael Ammar
1984 Eugene Burger
1985 Eugene Burger
1986 Gaetan Bloom
1987 Chuck Fayne
1988 Daryl
1989 Dale Salwak
1990 Dave Williamson
1991 John Carney
1992 Daryl
1993 Dave Williamson
1994 Paul Gertner
1995 Johnny Ace Palmer
1996 David Roth
1997 Tom Mullica
1998 Peter Pit
1999 Johnny Ace Palmer
2000 Aldo Colombini
2001 David Regal
2002 Paul Green
2003 Aldo Colombini
2004 Bob Sheets
2005 Martin Lewis
2006 Flicking Fingers
2007 Martin Lewis
2008 Jeff McBride
2009 Doc Eason
2010 David Regal
2011 Howard Hamburg
2012 Harry Anderson
2013 Steve Valentine
2014 Steve Valentine
2015 Doc Eason

Award of Merit

Year Winner
1968 Milt Larsen
1970 Mattel Corporation
Lou Derman
John Gaughan
Bill Groom
Peter Pit
John Shrum
Eleanor St. Germain
1971 Siegfried & Roy
George Boston
1972 Bob McAllister
1973 Bob Barker
Bill Bixby
Charles Reynolds
1974 Ken Brooke
James G. Williams
The Magic Castle
Jerry Rosen
Henk Vermeyden
1975 Shirley Carroll
Johnny Carson
Danny Dew
Doug Henning
Charles Reynolds & Regina Reynolds
1976 Jerry Blount
David Copperfield
Lewis P. Horwitz
Century III Programs, Inc. Jack Rhodes, Wendell Wilks, Stanley Dorfman
1977 Ralph Edwards
Pat Hennessy Jr.
Peter Kersten
1978 Dick Cavett
Dick Clark
Armand Grant
Ted Salter
1979 Robert Albo
Ernie Evans
Ken & Roberta Griffin
Dale Harney
Don Wayne
1980 John Davison
Christian Fechner
Sammy McKay
Diana Zimmerman
1981 Paul Daniels
1982 Robert & Elaine Lund
Peter Pit
Jamal Rofeh
1983 Fred Anderson
Eric Elkaim
John Fisher
1984 Bill Cosko
Ton Onosaka
Manfred Thumm
1985 Mark Nelson
Jim Steinmeyer
Dick Zimmerman
1986 Lynette Chappell
John "Kaz" Kasnetsis
Jeff Semel
Richard M. Sherman
1987 Bob Dorian
Benjamin Garth
Ray Pierce
1988 Mike Elkan
Margaret Hennessy
Hugh Rappaport
1989 James Starr
1990 Dale Salwak
1992 Stan Allen
Sandy Edberg
1993 Dick Foster
1994 Egil "Egelo" Berg
Luis de Matos
Merv Griffin
1995 Dream Team Gary Ouellet, Gary Pudney, Bob Jaffe
1996 Bill Bowers
Arnold Brema
Triny Peller
John Zweers
1997 Bob Busch
Joan Lawton
Rick Marcelli
1998 Gordon Bean
Robert Carver
Donna Chapman
Mike Elkan
Michael Flint
Joe Hoffman
Ron Jackson
Mike Lacey
Robert Parker
1999 George Juarez
James G. Williams
Fred & Wanda Wood
2000 Jean Boyle
Ray Forgette
Clark James
Carol Marie
Mark Nelson
Scott Tokar
John Zweers
2001 Gary Frank
Terry Hill
Amazing Johnathan
Francis B. Martineau
David Thorsen
2002 Scott Smith
2003 Aldo Colombini
2004 David McKenzie
2006 Alan Rosson
2007 Rich Cowley
Paul Gross
2009 Obie O'Brien
2010 William Scott Anderson
2011 Ira Goldstein
The Skirball Cultural Center
The Los Angeles Fire Department
2013 Neil Patrick Harris

Najee Williams

2014 Randy Pitchford
Alan Watson
2015 Erika Larsen

Creative Fellowship

Year Winner
1968 Ed Marlo
1969 U. F. Grant
1970 Robert Harbin
1971 Alex Elmsley
1972 Joe Berg
1973 Paul Fox
1974 U. F. Grant
1975 Alan Wakeling
1976 Paul Curry
1977 Charles Reynolds
1978 Edmund Spreer
Robert Stull
1979 Ali Bongo
1980 Ken Brooke
Brother John Hamman
1981 Stewart James
1982 Ross Bertram
Jack Chanin
1983 John Gaughan
1984 Karrell Fox
1985 Sam Berland
1986 Gil Leaney
1987 Jerry Andrus
1988 Tenyo Company
1989 Dick Zimmerman
1990 Jim Steinmeyer
1991 Don Wayne
1992 Dick Zimmerman
1993 Patrick Page
1994 Larry Jennings
1995 Finn Jon
1996 John Kennedy
1997 Max Maven
1998 David Roth
1999 Gaetan Bloom
2000 Ted Lesley
2001 Pavel
2002 Nick Trost
2003 George Proust
2004 Kevin James
2005 Eberhard Reise
2006 Paul Harris
2007 Steve Dusheck
2008 Pierre Mayer
2009 Michael Weber
2010 Dean Dill
2011 Lubor Fiedler
2012 Paul Kieve
2013 David Regal
2014 Mark Setteducati
2015 Tom Stone

Literary Fellowship

Year Winner
1968 Lewis Ganson
Jack Potter
1969 Peter Warlock
1970 Walter B. Gibson
1971 Milbourne Christopher
1972 Frances Ireland Marshall
1973 Eric Lewis
1974 Martin Gardner
1975 Ed Marlo
1976 John Booth
1977 J.B. Bobo
1978 John Braun
1979 Glenn Gravatt
1980 Harry Lorayne
1981 Gerald Kosky
1982 Sam H. Sharpe
1983 Sid Lorraine
1984 Edwin Dawes
1985 Karl Fulves
1986 Bill Larsen & Irene Larsen
1987 Robert Lund
1988 Robert Albo
Ken De Courcy
1989 David Pierce
1990 Micky Hades
1991 Bascom Jones Jr.
1992 Karrell Fox
1993 Jon Racherbaumer
1994 Donald Beven
1995 Robert Orbin
1996 Stephen Minch
1997 Richard Kaufman
1998 Mike Caveney
1999 Val Andrews
2000 Richard Buffum
2001 Jim Steinmeyer
2002 Sid Fleischman
2003 Jimmy Reilly
2004 Bart Whaley
2005 David Britland
2006 David Goodsell
Phil Willmarth
2007 Bill Kalush
2008 Louis Falanga
2009 Todd Karr
2010 Stan Allen
2011 Roberto Giobbi
2012 David Charvet
2014 Dan and Dave Buck
2015 Will Houstoun

Masters Fellowship

Year Winner
1968 Dai Vernon
1969 Cardini
1970 Virgil & Julie
1971 Jose Frakson
1972 Charlie Miller
1973 Slydini
1974 Dunninger
1975 Robert Harbin
1976 Les Levante
1977 Werner "Dorny" Dornfield
1978 Walter B. Gibson
1979 MacDonald & Mabel
Fred Kaps
1980 Gene Gordon
1981 Jay Marshall
1982 Joe Berg
1983 Maurice Rooklyn
1984 Eric Lewis
1985 Murray
1986 Tihany
1987 Mark Wilson
1988 John Calvert
1989 Peter Warlock
1990 Channing Pollock
1991 Siegfried & Roy
1992 Ali Bongo
1993 Harry Blackstone Jr.
1994 Albert Goshman
1995 Borra
1996 Karrell Fox
1997 The Morettis
1998 Marvyn Roy
1999 Johnny Thompson
2000 John Booth
2001 Billy McComb
2002 Cesario Perez
2003 Terry Seabrooke
2004 David Berglas
2005 Paul Daniels
2006 Paul Potassy
2007 Patrick Page
2008 Dominique
2009 Norm Nielsen
2010 Lance Burton
2011 René Lavand
2012 Juan Tamariz
2013 Fantasio (Ricardo Roucau)

Performing Fellowship

Year Winner
1968 Willard the Wizard
1969 Frakson
1970 Kuda Bux
1971 Richiardi Jr
1972 Les Levante
1973 Maurice Rooklyn
1974 Marvyn Roy & Carol
1975 Channing Pollock
1976 Roy Benson
Neil Foster
1977 Leon Mandrake
1978 Johnny Platt
Russell Swann
1979 Jimmy Grippo
1980 Wandas Bennett
1981 André Kole
1982 John Calvert
1983 Billy McComb
The Morettis
1984 Carl Ballantine
Bert Easley
1985 Mardoni & Louise
Johnny Thompson
1986 Tom & Liz Tucker
Will Rock
Eddie Tullock
1987 Siegfried & Roy
1988 Shimada
1989 Topper Martyn
1990 Del Ray
1991 Don Alan
1992 Harry Blackstone Jr.
Terry Seabrooke
1993 Norm Nielsen
1994 Chuck Jones & Jan
1995 Doug Henning
Jack Kodell
1996 Mike Skinner
Tommy Wonder
1997 Rene Lavand
Peter Reveen
1998 Goldfinger & Dove
Martin Nash
1999 Ed & Nancy Keener
Bruce Cervon
2000 Richard Ross
Juan Tamariz
2001 Earl Nelson
The Pendragons
2002 Harry Lorayne
2003 Walter "Zaney" Blaney
2004 Magic Christian
2005 Bobby Baxter
Flip Hallema
2006 Eugene Burger
Chen Kai
2007 Penn & Teller
Dr. Sawa
2008 Celeste Evans
Howie Schwarzman
2009 J.C. Wagner
Pam Thompson
2010 Bob White
Franz Harary
2011 Finn Jon
2012 David Williamson
2013 David Kaye

Special Fellowship

Year Winner
1968 Carl Owen
1970 Charlie Miller
Ed Sullivan
1971 Tenaki
1972 Faucett Ross
1973 Carl Ballantine
Marion Chavez
1974 Johnny Giordomaine
1975 Ken Brooke
Henk Vermeyden
1976 Shirley Carroll
Johnny Carson
Danny Dew
1977 Loring Campbell
1978 LLoyd E. Jones
1979 Burling Hull
Virtus Jones
1980 Geraldine Larsen Jaffee
Jane Thurston Shepard
1981 Moi-Yo Miller
1982 Leon & Teddy Leon
1983 Robert Albo
Irving Desfor
1984 Marie Marshall
Shigeo Tagaki
Orson Welles
1986 Stan Kramien
James Randi
Harry Stanley
1987 Bob Barker
Jimmy Ravel
1988 Tom Bradley
Home Hudson
1989 John Fisher
1990 Charles Schulz
1991 Marshall Brodien
1992 Irene Larsen
1993 John Salisse
1994 Ton Onasaka
1995 Lynette Chappell
Maurice Pierre
Litzka Raymond Gibson
John Salisse
1996 Joe Stevens
1997 Roy Walton
Senor Wences
1998 Jules Lenier
1999 Martin Breese
2000 David Berglas
Diana Zimmerman
2001 John "Kaz" Kasnetsis
2002 Rick Heath
Louis Saint Pierre Jr.
2003 Manfred Thumm
2004 Mark Nelson
2005 Rich Bloch
Dale Hoffman
Lewis P. Horwitz
2006 Leo Behnke
2007 Amazing Johnathan
2008 Eric Eswin
2009 Steve Forte
2010 Jules Fisher
2012 Carl Williams
Luis de Matos
David Britland
Marco Tempest
2013 Joanie Spina
Robert Neale

Junior Achievement Award

Year Winner
1976 Dirk Arthur
1977 Robbie Millman
1978 Geoffery Williams
1979 Mark Kalin
1980 Jim Pickens
The Magic Company
Rita Nessett
Yvonne Pickens
Bob Piskins
Mark van Buren
1981 Scott Cervine
Michael Weber
1982 Ed Alonzo
Larry Clark
Bill Goodwin
1984 Ray Kosby
Danny Scott
1985 Scott Tokar
1986 David Doyle
1989 Jason Alexander
Mark Matsumoto
1990 Steve Barnes
1992 Michael Battistoni
1995 Chris Gongora
1996 Mindy Edberg
Matt Marcy
Jason Neistat
1997 Wesley Edberg
1998 Danny Cole
Thomas Meier
Bryan Stoops
1999 James Holguin
2000 Scott Berry
Joseph Tran
2001 Jason Latimer
2002 David Stryker
2003 Jonathon Dabach
Matthew Grunwald
Joel Ward
2004 Tony Elias
2005 Jessica Phillips
2006 Nathan Gibson
2007 Edsel Chiu
Michael Jacobson
2008 Farrah Siegel
2009 Rmax Goodwin
Aaron Rabkin
2010 Jeffery Black
2011 Sean Trinh
Tricky Devil
Krystyn Lambert
2013 John Accardo
Kyle Eschen
Akinoba Mitsui
Hyuma Miyahara

Parlour Magician of the Year

Year Winner
1983 Tom Ogden
1984 Tom Ogden
1985 Michael Ammar
1986 Daryl
1987 Daryl
1988 Kevin James
1989 John Carney
1990 Michael Ammar
1991 John Carney
1992 Chuck Fayne
1993 Chuck Fayne
1994 David Williamson
1995 Whit Haydn
1996 T.C. Tahoe
1997 T.C. Tahoe
1998 Aldo Colombini
1999 Aldo Colombini
2000 Martin Lewis
2001 Martin Lewis
2002 Whit Haydn
2003 Dana Daniels
2004 Dana Daniels
2005 Michael Finney
2006 Jason Alexander
2007 Shoot Ogawa
2008 Shoot Ogawa
2009 Andrew Goldenhersh
2010 Andrew Goldenhersh
2011 Helder Guimaraes
2012 Helder Guimaraes
2013 Johnny Ace Palmer
2014 Rob Zabrecky
2015 Rob Zabrecky

Lifetime Achievement Fellowship

Year Winner
1985 William W. Larsen Jr.
1986 Don Lawton
1987 Milt Larsen
1988 Frances Marshall
1989 John Booth
1990 Jack McMillen
1991 Edwin Hooper
1992 Ron Wilson
1993 Charles Reynolds
1994 John Fisher
1995 Alan Wakeling
1996 Billy McComb
1997 Alex Elmsley
1998 Bev Bergeron
1999 John Gaughan
2000 Stan Kramien
2001 Tihany
2002 Les Smith
2003 Al Cohen
Christian Fechner
2004 Irene Larsen
2005 Martin Gardner
2006 Carl Ballantine
2007 Al Cohen
2008 Bob Fitch
2009 Chuck Jones
2011 John A. Daniel

Comedy Magician of the Year

Year Winner
2003 Dana Daniels
2004 Michael Finney
2005 Ed Alonzo
2006 Ed Alonzo

Bar Magician of the Year

Year Winner
2004 Doc Eason
2005 Whit Haydn

Special Award for Technical Achievement

Year Winner
2006 Bryan Lee

Events, television and movies

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  2. "Magic Castle After Dark," December 16, 2006 documentary on A&E Network
  3. McGrew and Julian, Landmarks of Los Angeles, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., NY, 1994 pp. 144–145
  4. "About". The Magic Castle.
  5. Johnson, Karl (2005). The Magician and the Cardsharp. p. 282. He was cremated, and after the box with his ashes was brought to the Magic Castle, it was placed for display on a ledge at the top of a wall filled with photos and other memorabilia from his long life in magic. The ledge was so high that the box was almost out of sight.
  6. Blankstein, Andrew (November 1, 2011). "After fire, Magic Castle hopes to reopen Friday". Los Angeles Times.
  7. "Castle casts spell on Larsen clan; Founder tells his and club's history". Daily Variety. September 14, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  8. "Magic at the Castle this weekend". Redlands Daily Facts. July 1, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
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