Hollywood in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Magic Castle
In Sept. 1961, Milton Page Larsen leased this building, which would become the world-famous Magic Castle, with a handshake and a dream. Renovations began on the historic 1910 Rollin B. Lane mansion with the help and contributions of many friends and magic aficionados.
Milt's brother, William Larsen, Jr. and his wife, Irene, spearheaded business operations, launching the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) and recruiting talented magicians to perform. Bill was appointed AMA President for Life but sadly passed away in 1993.
It wasn't as easy as abracadabra . . . With many hours of labor and gallons of paint remover, extensive improvements included the installation of rescued wood paneling, art glass windows, architectural finds and Hollywood studio cast-offs. The Magic Castle opened its doors on Jan. 2, 1963, a celebration noted in Newsweek magazine.
Today, the AMA is the premier organization dedicated to the art of magic, and its headquarters, The Magic Castle, is one of the most unique private clubs in the world, with thousands of members. Known as The Mecca for magicians, it is an internationally revered
AMA members live by the "Magic First" creed, devoted to the advancement of the magic craft, preserving its history and promoting public interest in it as an entertainment medium and hobby.
Erected 2013 by Academy of Magical Arts; and E Clampus Vitus Platrix Chapter No. 2.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 34° 6.273′ N, 118° 20.498′ W. Marker is in Hollywood, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Franklin Avenue near Orange Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7001 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles CA 90028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chinese Heaven Dogs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Award of Excellence KTLA-TV (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hollywood Reporter (approx. 0.2 miles away); El Capitan Theatre (approx. ¼ mile away); Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Max Factor Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Pig ‘n Whistle (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hollywood.
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