Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (May 2014)

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 05/01/14 06:53 PM

And Away They Go…

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday the 3rd and, of course, the Magic Castle will be the place to be if you can’t be at Churchill Downs. 1PM to 4PM in the Inner Circle. $15 gets you a buffet and there will be $5 mint julips, a hat contest (of course) and a bourbon tasting is also available (extra cost). Contact Ben Roman to RSVP by Friday the 2nd broman [at] magiccastle [dot] com.

Remembering The Prez

The week of May 5, all of the performers will be paying tribute to Bill “The Prez” Larsen, Jr.

Just Stay Home for a Change

Tuesday May 6 is a buyout at the Castle. No reservations, walk-ins or guest cards will be accepted. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!

Thanks For Your Service

On May 7 there will be a “Tricks for the Troops” perk. A panel of entertainers who have volunteered to go into the “hot zones” to entertain those who are there on orders will talk about their experiences. There will also be a screening of (quote) “Guantanamo Circus, the award winning 1/2 hour documentary about a circus troupe that journeys down to the base of the ‘most notorious prison on the planet’ to infuse a ‘blast of positive energy.’” 8PM in the Inner Circle, all members welcome.

Sorry Mom

Mom (and/or your better half) will be stuck with you on Sunday, May 11 as there will be no lecture that afternoon: it’s Mother’s Day. Consider taking her to Sunday Brunch at the Castle (better call now and hope for a cancelation)!

Ready … Aim … Pick a Card!

The next Strolling Magic Showdown is on May 13. Perform, judge, or spectate; your choice of how you will participate. Registration starts at 7PM in the Inner Circle. For information, contact Scotto Smith at ssmith [at] magiccastle [dot] com.

From the Land of the Rising Sun

日本ウィークの魔法 = “Magic of Japan Week” (according to “Bing” anyway) and it will be held during the week of May 19. Scheduled to appear are Aki Mitsui, Misty Mew, Atsushi Nishida, Motti, Wakaba, HAMAchan, Toritto, Masataka Jimbo, KoKoRo, Kikuty Mammy, and YOURI. Make your reservations now to guarantee a spot for the Palace show.

Books … You Remember Them, Right?

The William W. Larsen Memorial Library (better known as the Castle Library) will be holding a book sale on May 28 at 8PM in the Inner Circle. Proceeds will benefit the Library Fund as well as the Vernon Foundation. Over 300 books will be for sale courtesy of Paul Smith (Charter Member Number 27!). There will be a silent auction for “premium” titles. (The Gift Shop will also have some stuff available at discounted prices—at LEAST 50% off!)

May’s Lecture Lineup

May 4 – Tim Ellis
May 11 – No Lecture (Mother’s Day)
May 18 – Greg Otto
May 25 – Masahiro Yanagida

May’s Munchies

The member menu has—as always—some discounted delectable dishes for us:

May 5, 6, 7 – Potato Chip Chicken, Au Jus, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables
May 12, 13, 14 – Creole Shrimp, Rice with Andouille Sausage, Sautéed Greens
May 19, 20, 21 – Shepherd’s Pie, Rosemary Demi-Glace, Seasonal Vegetables
May 26, 27, 28 – Basil Beef Stroganoff, Basil Chiffonade

Now Playing…

Here is the current schedule:

The Close-Up Gallery
Armando Lucero
Daniel Sylvester
Michael Rangel (5 – 7 PM Thursday – Sunday)

The Parlour of Prestidigitation
Aye Jaye
Tim Ellis

The Palace of Mystery
Chris Mitchell
Yuji Yamamoto & Mariko
Dale Salwak

W.C. Fields Bar (Thursday – Sunday)
Tom Frank

The Peller Theatre (Friday – Sunday)
Kerry Ross
Chuck Jones

Friday Lunch
Armando Lucero

Saturday and Sunday Brunch
Gerald Schiller

Sunday Lecture
(5/4) Tim Ellis

Sneak Peek of Some Future Performers…

John Carney (Close-Up: wk/of 5-5)
The Return of Paul Green! (Close-Up: wk/of 5-5)
Martin Lewis (Parlour: wk/of 5-5)
Harry Anderson and Eva (Parlour: wk/of 5-5)
Milt Larsen (Palace: wk/of 5-5)
Fielding West (Palace: wk/of 5-5)
Doc Eason (WC Fields Bar: 5-7 thru 5-11)
Max Maven (Peller Theatre: 5-9 thru 5-11)
John “Handsome Jack” Lovick (Parlour: wk/of 5-12)
Magic of Japan Week (All Rooms: wk/of 5-19)
Bill Goodwin (Close-Up Magician of the Year) (Close-Up: wk/of 6-2)
Rafael Benatar (Parlour: wk/of 6-2)
Rob Zabrecky (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Ardan James (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Tina Lenert (Palace: wk/of 6-2)

And you can always check it out at http://www.magiccastle.com/schedule/

Schedule is subject to change without notice

後でキャッチ! (I hope… I mean, what if Bing is messing with us?)
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 05/05/14 11:46 PM

Harry the Hat and Eva

Anyone who made it in care to share?
Please?

Trooping with the Troops

This Wednesday (5/7) is the “Tricks for the Troops” perk in the Inner Circle. Steve Valentine, the Bornsteins, Funny Eddie, and Philip Solomon will share their experiences working for the men and women in uniform in the various “hot spots” in the world. 8PM, all members welcome.

Schedule Note…

The Castle will be closed on Tuesday, May 6 for a buyout event.

Because He’s My Friend…

I want to welcome back Paul Green “to the trenches.” Paul is fighting—and beating—leukemia and has been sidelined for a bit. This week he’s back in action during the early-early shift in the Close-Up Gallery. Knock ‘em all down Paul!

Now Playing…

Here is the performer’s schedule for the week of Monday 4/28:

The Close-Up Gallery
John Carney
Tom Ogden
Paul Green (5 – 7 PM Thursday – Sunday)

The Parlour of Prestidigitation
(Tuesday - Sunday)
J. Neal
Martin Lewis

The Palace of Mystery
Liberty Larsen
Dale Hindman
Milt Larsen
Fielding West

W.C. Fields Bar (Thursday – Sunday)
Doc Eason

The Peller Theatre (Friday – Sunday)
Max Maven

Friday Lunch
John Carney

Saturday and Sunday Brunch
Jeanine Anderson

Sunday Lecture
(5/11) No Lecture (it’s Mother’s Day if you have to ask, you heartless cad!)

Sneak Peek of Some Future Performers…

John “Handsome Jack” Lovick (Parlour: wk/of 5-12)
Magic of Japan Week (All Rooms: wk/of 5-19)
Bill Goodwin (Close-Up Magician of the Year) (Close-Up: wk/of 6-2)
Rafael Benatar (Parlour: wk/of 6-2)
Rob Zabrecky (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Ardan James (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Tina Lenert (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
David Minkin (Close-Up: wk/of 6-9)
Arthur Trace (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Willie Tyler & Lester (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Danny Cole (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Jonathan Pendragon (Peller Theatre: 6-13 thru 6-15)



Schedule is subject to change without notice
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 05/12/14 07:21 PM

Schedule Note…

The Magic Castle and its offices will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

Now Playing…

Here is the performer’s schedule for the week of Monday 5/12:

The Close-Up Gallery
Doug Brewer
John George
Rmax Goodwin (5 – 7 PM Thursday – Sunday)

The Parlour of Prestidigitation
Handsome Jack
Joel Ward

The Palace of Mystery
Shawn McMaster
Dave Kaplan
Victor & Diamond

W.C. Fields Bar (Thursday – Sunday)
Tim Wise

The Peller Theatre (Friday – Sunday)
Mark Edward
Greg Otto

Friday Lunch
John George

Saturday and Sunday Brunch
The Magic Genie

Sunday Lecture
(5/18) Greg Otto

Sneak Peek of Some Future Performers…

Magic of Japan Week (All Rooms: wk/of 5-19)
Bill Goodwin (Close-Up Magician of the Year) (Close-Up: wk/of 6-2)
Rafael Benatar (Parlour: wk/of 6-2)
Rob Zabrecky (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Ardan James (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Tina Lenert (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
David Minkin (Close-Up: wk/of 6-9)
Arthur Trace (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Willie Tyler & Lester (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Danny Cole (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Jonathan Pendragon (Peller Theatre: 6-13 thru 6-15)
Joycee Beck (Close-Up: wk/of 6-16)
Oscar Munoz (Parlour: wk/of 6-16)
Eric Buss (Parlour: wk/of 6-16)
Justin Willman (Palace: wk/of 6-16)
Derek Hughes (Peller Theatre: 6-20 thru 6-22)
Handsome Jack (Peller Theatre: 6-20 thru 6-22)



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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/12/14 08:50 PM

Willie Tyler and Lester?
I'd love to see that.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 05/19/14 12:16 PM

It’s a Start…an Op-Ed

Anyone who has actually paid attention to my posts here (and wherever) on the Magic Castle know that I have, for years, championed a third level of membership that would allow those who cannot go to the Castle more than a few times a year, but would still like to be a member of the Academy. (It has always been my stance that anyone serious about magic should be a member of the academy.)

Well, they have created a new level for people outside the USA and Canada called “Global Members.”

I think this fantastic with one problem: the restriction on regular electronic guest passes. I think this is a mistake. Here’s the conversation:

Magic Fan: “So you’re a member of the Magic Castle?”

Magic Boy [proudly]: “Yes, I am a member of the Academy of Magical Arts and our clubhouse is the internationally famous Magic Castle!”

MF: “Wonderful! I’ll be on holiday in Los Angeles this summer. Can I get a pass to get in?”

MB [Sheepishly]: “Well…um…no…I’m not THAT kind of member.”

***

I agree that the Global Member should NOT be able to give out VIP passes, but a regular pass—electronic only so there is no cost for printing to the organization—should be a benefit of membership at all levels. The guest must pay the door charge and have dinner anyway, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone. I can find no reason not to make that a benefit of this new level.

With that minor rant out of the way, I think that this is a fantastic development for the international magic community and I hope people will take advantage of it. Because I know that you are serious about magic and you want to be a member of The Academy of Magical Arts (and together we can work on getting that guest pass benefit for you).

Here are the fine details:

To become a Global Member, you must first:

• Complete a Global Application form
• Provide written statement providing intent of membership
• Provide performance materials: Promo package, DVD, online links, etc.
• Provide references with contact information
• Have one AMA sponsor
• Provide proof of residency
• Provide identification photo

Then, for only a $125 one-time initiation fee and $100 annually, you receive:

• Entrance to The Magic Castle up to three times per year
• Door charges and dinner requirement waived for member plus 1.
• In-person access to one lecture and one "Castle Perk" event each year
• Unlimited access to the Academy's world-famous Library
• Full online access to Academy website, and members-only forums and social-media sites
• Right to proclaim oneself as a proud member of the Academy

Benefits not offered:

• Voting privileges of any kind
• Guest cards (printed, online, or VIP passes)
• Online Genii Magazine or “Ask Alexander” subscription/access

For more information, please contact the Magic Castle’s Membership Department at
MemberServices [at] MagicCastle [dot] com

So please join us and spread the good news!

Schedule Note…

The Magic Castle and its offices will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

Now Playing (With No Bing Translations) …

It’s Magic of Japan Week (produce by Shoot Ogawa):

The Close-Up Gallery
Aki Mitsui
Misty Mew
Atsushi Nishida (5 – 7 PM Thursday – Sunday)

The Parlour of Prestidigitation
Motti
Wakaba

The Palace of Mystery
HAMAchan
Toritto
Masataka Jimbo

W.C. Fields Bar (Thursday – Sunday)
KoKoRo

The Peller Theatre (Friday – Sunday)
Kikuty Mammy
YOURI

Friday Lunch
Aki Mitsui

Saturday and Sunday Brunch
Motti

Sunday Lecture
(5/25) Masahiro Yanagida

Sneak Peek of Some Future Performers…

Bill Goodwin (Close-Up Magician of the Year) (Close-Up: wk/of 6-2)
Rafael Benatar (Parlour: wk/of 6-2)
Rob Zabrecky (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Ardan James (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Tina Lenert (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
David Minkin (Close-Up: wk/of 6-9)
Arthur Trace (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Willie Tyler & Lester (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Danny Cole (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Jonathan Pendragon (Peller Theatre: 6-13 thru 6-15)
Joycee Beck (Close-Up: wk/of 6-16)
Oscar Munoz (Parlour: wk/of 6-16)
Eric Buss (Parlour: wk/of 6-16)
Justin Willman (Palace: wk/of 6-16)
Derek Hughes (Peller Theatre: 6-20 thru 6-22)
Handsome Jack (Peller Theatre: 6-20 thru 6-22)



Schedule is subject to change without notice
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 05/27/14 12:38 AM

We Gots Books and Stuff

There will be a big-ol’-book sale along with a clearance of stuff from the gift shop this Wednesday night (5/28) in the Inner Circle. There will also be a silent auction of some high-end items. The books are from the collection of Paul Smith (Charter Member #27) which was donated to the library. There will also be a couple of raffles if you’re feeling lucky. The sale benefits the Vernon Foundation and starts at 8PM. All members are welcome!

Now Playing

The performer’s schedule for the week commencing on 5/27:

The Close-Up Gallery
Camilo
Rafael Benatar
John Accardo (5 – 7 PM Thursday – Sunday)

The Parlour of Prestidigitation
Mike Bent
Dave Cox

The Palace of Mystery
Murray – “Celebrity Magician”*
Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich

W.C. Fields Bar (Thursday – Sunday)
Steve Wastell

The Peller Theatre (Friday – Sunday)
Joe Monti
Rob Gould

Friday Lunch
Camilo

Saturday and Sunday Brunch
Mike Bent

Sunday Lecture
(6/1) Rafael Benatar

Sneak Peek of Some Future Performers…

Bill Goodwin (Close-Up Magician of the Year) (Close-Up: wk/of 6-2)
Rafael Benatar (Parlour: wk/of 6-2)
Rob Zabrecky (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Ardan James (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
Tina Lenert (Palace: wk/of 6-2)
David Minkin (Close-Up: wk/of 6-9)
Arthur Trace (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Willie Tyler & Lester (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Danny Cole (Palace: wk/of 6-9)
Jonathan Pendragon (Peller Theatre: 6-13 thru 6-15)
Joycee Beck (Close-Up: wk/of 6-16)
Oscar Munoz (Parlour: wk/of 6-16)
Eric Buss (Parlour: wk/of 6-16)
Justin Willman (Palace: wk/of 6-16)
Derek Hughes (Peller Theatre: 6-20 thru 6-22)
Handsome Jack (Peller Theatre: 6-20 thru 6-22)
John Carney (Parlour: wk/of 6-30)
Brian Gillis & Sisuepahn (Parlour: wk/of 6-30)
The Amazing Johnathan (Palace: 6-30 and 7-1 only)


Schedule is subject to change without notice

*Are you really a “celebrity” if you have to tell them that you are?
Just wondering.
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