Magic Castle Magician. Alan Hudson is a UK magician pictured here performing at The Magic Castle, Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The Magic Castle is a members club in LA on Franklin Avenue (near Hollywood Boulevard). It is the most incredible venue and has the most amazing audiences. Full of the Hollywood elite and mixed in with magician members (they are easy to spot) it’s always a really fun crowd to perform for.
I was in the Parlour of Prestidigitation. This is my favourite room at The Magic Castle or ‘The Castle’ as it’s known. As a performer you perform several times an evening. In the Parlour, you perform 3 shows an evening, each lasting around 20 minutes. Audiences queue up to get in and often the shows are full, so the anticipation levels can be high. It’s very exciting. The hosts do an excellent job of hyping the audience (not that they usually need it), so by the time the magician comes on, there is an incredible buzz in the air.
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This time, I performed a new trick I was working on. I get wrapped up in cellophane by a member of the audience. A playing card is chosen and signed by a member of the audience. The cards are placed on the floor and then magically fired up in to air like a playing card firework. This looks incredible. After the cards fly in to the air, everyone sees the signed card has gone through the cling film (or plastic wrap/Saran wrap as they like to call it in USA) and appeared on my chest. It was getting fantastic reactions. I did this on Britain’s Got Talent – see the video below.
I first went to Hollywood when I was around 18. You had to be 21 to get in to The Magic Castle (alcohol laws). I remember thinking that when I’m older, I might be able to get in to watch some shows. I never dreamed I would actually be a Magic Castle magician.
The Magic Castle has several rooms to perform in. There’s a close up gallery for sleight of hand, close up magic. A larger theatre for stage performances and several other smaller interesting rooms of all shapes and sizes for different styles of magic. One of my favourite (non performing) rooms is the music room. A mysterious ghost, Irma, haunts The Magic Castle. She is invisible but plays the piano each night (for tips). Just name a song and she can play it. Absolutely amazing.
This is my 5th time performing at The Magic Castle and I always have a fantastic time. I love Los Angeles. One thing I have observed, is that an American audience can be a very different audience to the British. The Brits are typically reserved (as you’d imagine). The American audience (especially at The Magic Castle) are not only more enthusiastic but have a habit of talking to you and talking out loud during the performance. It always takes a me a few shows the get used to it, but it always makes me laugh. Whilst I’m performing you can hear people saying things loudly like “hey, you’ve got a bag on your head” or “thimbles?? Who’d think of doing a trick with thimbles??”. They don’t hold back their thoughts. I love it.
The Magic Castle Magician for Hire
Alan Hudson is available to hire for private parties and corporate events across Los Angeles. You can have him perform amazing close up magic or a show for everyone (similar to the ones you’d see in the Parlour of Prestidigitation).
House parties can have The Secret Room. Alan sets a room aside in your house and guests come in a few at a time to watch his show. This is just like going to see the type of close up magic you’d see in the close up room. And the best thing is, there’s no dress code!
Virtual Magic Castle Magician
Hire an amazing Magic Castle magician live for your guests without entering Hollywood! Alan Hudson performs an incredible magic show, live and interactive on Zoom for your guests. Mind reading, magic and comedy. It’s one of the most exciting entertainments you can have online.
How do you hire a Magic Castle magician?
Hiring a Magic Castle magician for your event is a fantastic idea. Why should members get all the fun? Contact Alan Hudson to see how he can amaze your guests.
How much is a Magic Castle magician to hire for an event?
The price varies massively depending on which magician, the location, the type of show etc.
Is there a dress code at The Magic Castle?
Absolutely. And it’s pretty strict. For men, a tie is essential. On their website they say ‘When in doubt, err on the side of being overdressed.’
There’s not many places in Hollywood you actually get dressed up for, so it’s great to see everyone in their finest attire. For a full rundown on the dresscode, check out their page here.