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Monday, November 18, 2013

IT'S MAGIC!!

The text (only) in this post is a rerun from July, 2012

                


I am a magic nut.  (Not like a pecan that can do tricks--I mean I’m crazy about magic.)  We’re not magicians, but for many years we were members of the Magic Castle.  The Castle is a private club in the Hollywood hills for magicians & lovers of magic.  You have to be a member or guest of a member to get in.  You enter the main Castle through the foyer.  There’s no door from the foyer to the interior--you stand in front of a wall-to-wall bookcase, say “Open, sesame” & it slides open.  Inside on the walls there were many portraits where the eyes “followed” you.

One of my favorite things there was the piano,  “Irma”.  Irma was a-lush was a souse liked her liquor.  She would play musical answers to your questions (the proper keys would be depressed) but there was no human sitting there!  It worked like a player piano, but fast enough so you could have a conversation with her.  If you asked her if she’d like a drink, she’d play “How Dry I Am”.  The waiter would bring in a full glass & set it down on her, where it would quickly be drained dry.  When the waiter “86ed” her, refusing to serve her any more liquor, she was likely to play “Show Me the Way to Go Home”.  She was horny, too.  I once asked her what her favorite thing in the world was & she played “Stout Hearted Men”.

There were several rooms where they did close-up magic at a table & also two or three theaters with stages.  People from the audience were called up to participate.  It was always such fun!  I remember several times in one of the close-up rooms where the magician put something in my hand & I closed my fist tight.  When I opened it, there was always something else there.  One night I was “assisting” a magician with a card trick.  I can’t remember how his routine went, but I do remember that my card was the 15 of clubs!

Even the restrooms were different.  I have no personal knowledge of the men’s room, but I have to believe it was as different as the ladies’.  (My husband says that all he can remember is that there were framed copies of the daily newspaper on the wall above the urinals, so men who were able to multitask could keep up with the day’s happenings.)  There was a silver dollar embedded in the ladies’ room floor which looked as if it had recently been dropped.  I don’t know how many people tried to pick it up—but I was one of them.  The liquid soap dispenser was a small replica of Michelangelo’s “David”.
Guess which part you had to pull down
to get the creamy white liquid soap?
Hint: It wasn’t the arm.


We once hosted a seance at the Castle.  We invited five other couples for a total of twelve people.  We were seated at a large round table in a secluded room.  The four or five course gourmet meal was prepared by a private chef & served by a private butler.  Delicious!  After dinner we were joined by a medium, who made us a group of thirteen. (A lot of spooky rapping, noises & other goings on then!)  We ended the seance by giving everyone watches that we had had made, below.  WHAT A FUN EVENING!!




19 comments:

  1. Is it just me or does David have an abnormally large right hand?
    I used to love magic, but haven't seen any for so long.

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    1. I never noticed (& I've seen the original) but I think you're right!!

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    2. I too think she is right - and my mind is going places I don't want it to wondering why.

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  2. Sounds like a really fun club.

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  3. What a fun club. Irma would have kept me entertained. Those guys in the video were priceless. Very clever.
    Ok, now all I can see is David's big hand.

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    1. Irma was an ABSOLUTE hoot. You'd think the hand wouldn't be the part he made big!!

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  4. Love magic. I watch Dynamo's shows in complete awe.

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  5. To me. magicians are to be admired because they seem to have the secret of eternal youth--the gift of amazement.

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  6. That must have been a wonderful place to go–better than seeing David Copperfield, certainly. We took out kids to see him twice. It was a mistake. The second time around we figured out how he did everything before the end of the show.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The Magic Castle was always fun It must have been disappointing to figure his tricks out!!

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  7. I hate that David soap dispenser. It never works for me, only my husband.

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    1. It WAS interesting to watch someone use it for the first time!!

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  8. I snorted coffee on the screen when I read about the dispenser.

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  9. Melynda wrote: I think I told you this but my brother does a trick where he takes a 20 dollar bill has you read the serial numbers, has you put it in an envelope then he burns it. Then he has you go pick a fruit from the fruit basket and open it.. No matter what fruit I picked there the 20 was in the center of it. I even opened an orange and it was in the middle. He won't tell me how he does it and I want to punch him for it lol.

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