Guessing the Magic Castle's Secrets in Hollywood, California
“Open Sesame” gains you entry into Hollywood’s most unusual, dare I say magical, club. From the piano that plays any song, to a ghost that pops up in the phone booth, the Magic Castle is true to its name, if not its architecture. From its setting above Hollywood, this century-old Victorian home of the Academy of Magical Arts exudes mystery, miraculously managing to accommodate theaters, dining rooms, a grand salon, parlor, bars, museum, research library and who knows what else. No Vegas-style mega productions here. The magic is personal, performed at close range. Magicians prowl the place, plucking bouquets from your jacket or birds from your hair. You must know a magician to get in. Or stay at the adjacent hotel. And you must dress up.