Hollywood’s Magic Castle bought by video game maker

The world famous magic castle has a new owner.

It was announced on Monday that magician and entertainer Randy Pitchford is buying the Academy of Magical Arts clubhouse. Pitchford is known as the founder of Gearbox Entertainment Company, which developed the Borderlands franchise.

“The Magic Castle is like bedrock – the focal point of magic. People who call the Castle home and the place itself seem to have magical properties that have created and inspired some of the world’s greatest artists” , said Pitchford. “I’m proud to be trusted to both give back to the place that made me guardian of the Magic Castle and to work with its members and the Larsen family to ensure the growth and prosperity of our club. most incredible house for decades to come.”

People arrive at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California on October 13, 2021. – The stereotype of a magician in a top hat sawing his glamorous, sequined assistant in half persists among the general public, who can rarely name names artists beyond

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Pitchford, who is the great-nephew of the famous 20th century master magician, the Grand Cardini, purchased the Magic Castle from the Glover family, who had owned the property since 1961 when Thomas O. Glover purchased the house and land. That same year, Glover leased the building to William (Bill) Larsen Jr., Irene Larsen, and Milt Larsen, all of whom started the Magic Castle.

A view of the Magic Castle, in Hollywood, California, Oct. 13, 2021. – The stereotype of a magician in a top hat sawing his glamorous, sequined assistant in half persists among the general public, who can rarely name performers at the Beyond Harry H

Several famous faces from the magic community and celebrities have performed at the Magic Castle over the years, including Orson Welles, Johnny Carson, Steve Martin and former AMA President Neil Patrick Harris.

The Magic Castle, the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts, is private, allowing entry only to members and their guests, or through courtesy invitations which are available to magicians in visit from outside the United States. More information about the magic castle can be found here.

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