Hollywood's Famous Magic Castle Getting the Movie Treatment
I'm a huge fan of magic, and one of my favorite places to go in Los Angeles is Hollywood's famous Magic Castle. For those of you who have never been, it's always an awesome experience! I'm excited to report that producer Ted Field is looking to make a movie based on the awesome historic 1909 mansion.
There's no word on what the movie will be about, but I imagine it will be a supernatural film, maybe somewhere along the lines of Disney's Haunted Mansion and Night of the Museum... only hopefully it will end up being a lot better. Field's producing credits include films such as The Amityville Horror, Arachnophobia and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The private club is owned by Magic Castles Inc., and they've also has signed with CAA for representation. They are looking for several opportunities for the Magic Castle in areas that include television, film, live events, video games, digital media and even merchandising.
I can't wait to see what this Magic Castle movie ends up being like. Hopefully, it will give people a fulfilling experience of how fun and cool the Magic Castle is.
Have you ever been to The Magic Castle? If so, what is your favorite part about it?
Here's a little history behind the castle:
The Academy of Magical Arts was first begun by William Larsen in 1952 in conjunction with an independent magazine of magic, Genii, of which all the subscribers became instant members. William Larsen, Sr. died at the age of 48 in 1955. His wife and older son, Bill Jr. continued the printing of the magazine but the "Academy" lacked any formal structure or organization and the concept did not flourish. 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 in January, 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.