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October 31, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His name, we now know, is Leonard Montano, a.k.a. Valentino, a.k.a. the "masked magician." Fellow illusionists have been aware of this for some time, but Fox, insisting it would send "shock waves" through the magic community, officially unmasked its illusion-spoiling magician Thursday night in the fourth and likely final installment of "Breaking the Magician's Code," specials that have given away trade secrets of the profession.
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November 21, 2013 | Matt Cooper
The new play "God's Gypsy" celebrates the life and times of Teresa of Avila, love is in the air in "Parfumerie," and "The Secret Garden" blooms in Anaheim. Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show Sketch-comedy musical for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sunday, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. $8-$12. (562) 944-9801. Parfumerie Adaptation of the retail-set, holiday-themed romantic comedy that was the basis for the films “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You've Got Mail.” The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.
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March 20, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Milt Larsen is a master of two kinds of magic. There's the abracadabra kind that his magician parents brought him up on, and the sort he began practicing with his late brother, Bill - the magic of preserving buildings, including the Variety Arts Theater downtown and the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica. The capper is the Magic Castle. Here, 50 years ago, the Larsens - presto-changeo - turned a banker's home into a members-only clubhouse for grown-up magicians and their fans. Larsen has three cable radio shows (old comedy and even older music)
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October 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Things were starting to go bump in the night in the Houdini Seance Chamber at the Magic Castle, the private club in Hollywood that is the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. Medium Misty Lee, who also appears at the castle as an illusionist, was attempting to contact the legendary escape artist and master magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926 at age 52 of peritonitis, the result of a ruptured appendix. "Harry, we have waited all night to see your face," she proclaimed as creepy, piped-in music got louder in the intimate room.
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October 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Things were starting to go bump in the night in the Houdini Seance Chamber at the Magic Castle, the private club in Hollywood that is the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. Medium Misty Lee, who also appears at the castle as an illusionist, was attempting to contact the legendary escape artist and master magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926 at age 52 of peritonitis, the result of a ruptured appendix. "Harry, we have waited all night to see your face," she proclaimed as creepy, piped-in music got louder in the intimate room.
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November 1, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
During the run-up to its annual Halloween gala, the Magic Castle in Hollywood announced its theme for the night's shows: "For the last week in October, the Magic Castle will be ON FIRE with the spirit of Halloween!" said the website's special events calendar. In an unfortunate twist, a real fire broke out in the attic of the century-old Victorian about 12:35 p.m. Monday, possibly causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage, closing the venue for at least two days and displacing its popular Halloween night event.
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August 22, 1992 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Magician Dai Vernon, a master of card tricks who helped found Hollywood's landmark Magic Castle, has died. He was 98. Vernon, whose role in influencing several generations of magicians earned him the nickname "The Professor," died in his sleep early Friday at the home of his son in Ramona, officials of the Magic Castle said.
SPORTS
May 3, 1986
Regarding Chick Hearn's offer to buy dinner for the 17,505 of us at the Forum Wednesday night if Magic Johnson missed the second of two free throws in the Lakers' playoff victory over Dallas, I have a few questions. Where? When? Black tie? Informal? Will it be one large gathering, perhaps at Pickfair, or will we meet in smaller groups of no more than a thousand? Lastly, will he be attending or will he be dining at home on his own words. Very hungry, DANA MERINO Burbank
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February 12, 1993
William W. Larsen Jr., 64, co-founder and president of the Academy of Magical Arts, better known as Hollywood's Magic Castle. Born in Pasadena and a graduate of Occidental College, Larsen began his career in television at CBS, working his way up to associate producer of "Playhouse 90" and the Danny Kaye and Jonathan Winters variety shows. In 1953, after the death of his father, attorney and magician William W. Larsen Sr.
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July 30, 1998
Make this disappear! The Academy of Magic Arts has been sued by a man who says a tiger "whacked" him in the wildest jungle of all--Hollywood. Edward E. Milder of West Los Angeles contends that a tiger knocked him to the floor at the academy's Magic Castle in October and left him with painful back injuries. The suit is seeking at least $25,000 in damages. "The tiger took a whack at my client. Mr. Milder was momentarily knocked out," attorney Ralph Boshes said.
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September 28, 2013 | David Ng
John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him numerous fans as well as several film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, has died. He was 102. Calvert died Friday in Lancaster, according to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. No cause was given. Hollywood's Magic Castle said on its Facebook page Friday: "We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician, has passed away at the age of 102. " Calvert impressed many of Hollywood's most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows.
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May 16, 2013 | By Susan King
Renowned sleight-of-hand magician, actor, author and historian Ricky Jay learned his craft from the best in the field, including Al Fosso, Slydini, Cardini, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. These men never made a lot of money during their long careers, and in the case of Cardini, he didn't appear on television for fear of having his act exposed and copied. But to Jay, these master magicians were superstars. "I think the thing about these people who are so good is that they are perpetual students, as well as masters," said Jay, 65, in a recent phone interview.
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March 20, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Milt Larsen is a master of two kinds of magic. There's the abracadabra kind that his magician parents brought him up on, and the sort he began practicing with his late brother, Bill - the magic of preserving buildings, including the Variety Arts Theater downtown and the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica. The capper is the Magic Castle. Here, 50 years ago, the Larsens - presto-changeo - turned a banker's home into a members-only clubhouse for grown-up magicians and their fans. Larsen has three cable radio shows (old comedy and even older music)
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February 5, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Albie Selznick's career has been a long, tiring and, at times depressing trip through comedy, music and acting. But Selznick hopes his story - or at least the version of it he performs each weekend - is a hero's journey. The 54-year-old actor-magician takes the small, intimate stage at the Road Theatre Co. in North Hollywood each weekend to perform a show that draws heavily from this childhood struggles to cope with his father's death by using magic. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures "When I was a kid my friends used to ask me why I wanted to be a magician," Selznick says at the beginning of his show, "Smoke and Mirrors.
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November 6, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
What are you most afraid of? Posing that question directly to the audience at the outset of his “Smoke and Mirrors” theatrical magic show at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, Albie Selznick establishes the evening's unifying theme: overcoming fear as a motivator for extraordinary achievement. As an actor-magician, Selznick sports fine credentials in both domains - he's a company member of NoHo's the Road Theatre (which co-produced this show) and a lifetime member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood - although it's predominantly his experiences in the latter capacity that propel this 90-minute semi-autobiographical narrative threading feats of illusion and legerdemain.
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October 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Neil Patrick Harris will direct a new magic-themed show at the Geffen Playhouse that is set to open on Nov. 27. "Nothing to Hide," featuring magicians Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães, will run at the company's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater through Jan. 6. The show, which Harris will direct but not appear in, is a series of stage vignettes revolving around sleight-of-hand tricks, according to the Geffen. The company said the production won't be part of its regular season and won't be open for critics to review.
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May 7, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many a blue moon, sorcerers have gathered nightly in a tall Victorian home overlooking Hollywood to ply the occult arts. Beyond a secret passageway, in elegant rooms of brass and dark wood, their stage acts have made the Magic Castle one of the most venerable--and otherworldly--of Los Angeles' private clubs. But managers of the famed nightspot are finding that in bleak economic times it takes more than mere wizardry to keep a castle afloat.
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July 10, 1991 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a hillside overlooking Hollywood, developer Bob Klebs stepped through the doors of the mansion--now a private club--and found himself in an old Victorian room hung with red velvet wallpaper. On a bookshelf stood a brass owl. Klebs approached and spoke to it: "Open sesame." Immediately, the bookcase slid aside, giving way to a secret passageway and other rooms--and laughter--beyond.
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June 8, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
First published on Dec. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op - they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this neighborhood either, but you have savvier Hollywood plans. They involve horse trails, hidden hotels, a magic castle, a monastery - and that's just a start. Here are 10 Hollywood micro-itineraries suitable for visitors from across town or across the planet.
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