What: Magic Castle
For: Ages 21+ at Night/All Ages for Weekend Brunch
The Magic Castle is one of the most exclusive magic clubs in the world, requiring membership or sponsorship to enter. We were fortunate to be invited for weekend brunch, which I attended with my parents and extended family members.
The Magic Castle is perched atop a hill at the end of a winding driveway in Hollywood. Keep traffic in mind, as the Magic Castle is close to the Hollywood Bowl and Dolby Theater. It is recommended to check the schedule for both venues to ensure you leave with enough time to park and walk into the Castle. After entering the castle, you can view a variety of magic themed odds and ends. Lighting is dark with deep red velvet curtains lining the windows and doorways. A full bar is offered with elegant décor and fixtures. In addition, classes are offered to any interested novice to advanced magicians. There is a gift shop to explore for a souvenir of your trip to the Magic Castle. Showtime flyers are handed to guests upon arrival.
Reservations for brunch and dinner are required, and it is suggested to call in at least one week in advance. Brunch was served buffet-style in a beautiful Victorian-style ballroom. Keep in mind that pictures are not allowed in the castle, ballroom, or any of the show areas.
My family on our visit to the Magic Castle.
The Close-Up Gallery is an intimate venue with comfortable lounge-like seating that consists of magic performed right under patrons’ noses. This was my favorite venue, as there were tricks performed that I have never seen before. Skylar had a hard time enjoying it since she couldn’t understand the tricks. Lines fill up quickly for the room, and I would suggest getting there early to ensure entrance to the show.
The Parlor of Predestination is a medium-sized venue that has magic much like you would see at a county fair or circus. Magicians used metal rings, ropes, cups, and animals to perform their tricks. When we went there was a children’s magician that fell short of expectations. Unfortunately the kids were bored and restless for the brunch time show.
The Palace of Mystery is the largest venue provided. The show was extravagant and amazing. Kids and adults were captivated watching the magician and tricks performed.
Smaller show areas also include the W.C. Field Bar and the Peller Theatre which we were not able to experience.
If joining for brunch or dinner (21+), you must have a guest card or sponsor card and bring valid photo identification. There is a very specific page-long dress code that guests must adhere to (listed on the website) or risk being turned away at the door.
Guest valet charges are $15 per car with door charges ranging from $25 to $35 per person depending on the date and time guests are attending. Dining charges are an extra $40-$60 per person with drinks at an additional cost.
Magic Castle Information
7701 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA
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