The place was like a twilight zone movie. Parts of the building I recalled from 30 years ago (which was a very positive experience) but people everywhere, standing in small groups, circles if you will...talking, laughing among themselves. We finally asked a bartender what we were supposed to do or where to go. He told us where the dinner area was. We were early so we walked around and looked at all the stationary people in all the rooms, just standing or sitting, talking, laughing at what we could not really lock onto. Figured out the shows around the castle were on a first come basis. People lining up 45 minutes early only to be turned away because the show had filled up. Very small rooms, so we got a drink. Expensive. The place hadn't seemed to have had a face lift in 30 years, definitely reminiscent of old Hollywood. Antiquated wiring. Old displays of puppets, an old pool table WC Fields had once performed on, a black and white video of his clip running on a small video screen, for the times...pool balls awkwardly moving about the table in patterns and into various holes from a single shot...like still shot photography, probably a surprise and a laugh in the day...zero to anything of today's standards. You could go anywhere in the castle...no one questioned your presence, or acknowledged you for that matter...Saw an open door to a stage control room, functional but very very old equipment, little tiny room, video monitor to see the stage...and the persons job was obviously a behind the scenes type of aid to the magician, or the announcer and stage light person...old equipment and light switches, so so so odd. I went down one hallway to a room like a library. Two girls sat in the corner, one held a deck of cards...that's it...just sitting...two men sat at a table in the same room, seemed to be sharing some type of trick...I asked if the guy was a magician here, he said he was, he was the first guy that would acknowledge me. I told him I had come as a guest of (Magicians name omitted) and that I'd been here 30 years ago. I shared with him, very passively, my observations. He gave me his card and encouraged me to come back, to call him, and explained the Castle was crazy busy this time of year (On a Monday night). Dinner was mediocre, expensive. We got a ticket to insure us one show. We went. Lame lame lame until the main act finally took stage. Okay this portion of the show was very good but seemingly short. Not worth the drive. That's it. My friend and I both wondered what people were so content about. I asked a girl in line for the show we did see if I could ask her a question? She said yes. I asked "Are you having a good time?" She said yes. I asked if she had seen any magic shows? She said no. My friend and I just took it that people in LA are so starved for just being somewhere, anywhere, it didn't matter. The Valet attendant seemed to understand I was dismayed with the whole place. He offered to take my e-mail address to, I guess right the wrong. I declined. Best part of the Magic Castle was when we disappeared Wished I never gone back, ruined a great memory. Glad the other friends of mine weren't able to make it even though I ate the no show charge for each.
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