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What If There Was No Magic Castle?

The Magic CastleSome famous person spoke about the dark night of the soul. We think it was a religious text about doubt – the kind of doubt that comes in the darkest hours when one realizes their whole understanding of everything could be wrong. It seems like a neat literary device but one that would make a horrible Broadway musical; unless it involved puppets or something.

But we had our dark night of the soul last night thinking about what Los Angeles would be without The Magic Castle. Our reading of some of the latest science journals (found at our pet’s orthodontist office here in West Hollywood) confirms that there can be infinite parallel universes and that the one in which we are now confined is just one. In the other universes, we were never born, we were born into royalty, and we never signed up for the Columbia Record Club at the age of 18 and were thus free from the years of forced purchases of second-rate vinyl albums to make up for our impulse buy of 20 records for one penny in 1988. The last one alone would have saved us about $55,000.00.

So, it is entirely possible that The Magic Castle could not exist. What would that mean? What else would Los Angeles or even California have to offer? What? Water – there is some on the East Coast of the U.S. and plenty in the Great Lakes Region from whence we come. Sunshine – okay, there is more of it here than in Michigan but is that enough? Jack-in-the-Box and In-and-Out Burger restaurants – big draw before our second angioplasty / stenting (if that is a verb) but we do not care about them so much any longer.

Basically, without The Magic Castle, Los Angeles is just a big city with nearby water, sunshine and incredibly tasty but unhealthy hamburgers. Others may know of things that we have missed – we heard there are mountains and non-magic cultural events and apparently some film studios have offices nearby but we haven’t really explored beyond The Magic Castle.

Without The Magic Castle, we would never get to see incredible shows like John Carney, Dana Daniels, Lindsay Benner and Jon Armstrong – and that was just in the last week.

We would never hear great interviews on topics of interest to us by Fitzgerald in his Who’s Hoo series. This week he interviewed world-famous ventriloquist team Willie Tyler & Lester and Castle Librarian Lisa Cousins.

We would never have discovered the great joy of performing in The Gallery and Hat & Hare for audiences that came to see magic.

Fortunately, in this universe and at this time, there is The Magic Castle. We cannot imagine what life or the western United States would be like without it. We tried to ease our mind and fall back to sleep but remembered we were actually driving at the time – but fortunately, we were in a traffic jam so our car wasn’t moving.

Carney Magic Announces Summer Matinees

John Carney Magic PosterInside Magic Favorite John Carney is no ordinary magician and, therefore, his show is no ordinary magic show.
Carney Magic is a melange of mind-blowing sleight of hand, good taste, quick wit and his award-winning presentation skills for pure entertainment.
We have it on very good authority Mr. Carney will perform Sunday matinees this summer and into the fall at the beautiful Two Roads Theater in Studio City, California.
Mr. Carney’s family-friendly show begins at 3 pm, July 14th and will run through September 8, 2013.
Mr. Carney has appeared on David Letterman’s Late Show, he is the most awarded performer at the Magic Castle, has authored books, columns and provided sold-out seminars attended by the best in our art.
In fact, those in the know say two of his books Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets, are essential reading for all magicians.
Another Inside Magic Favorite, the late Tommy Wonder said of Mr. Carney, “John is truly a man who understands magic.”
If you are in the Studio City area or plan to be there before September 8th, be sure to attend a real magic show by a real magician who really gets it.
You can read more about Mr. Carney at his cleverly named website, CarneyMagic.com
 Tickets are $15 for all ages and can be ordered from BrownPaperTickets.com
The Two Roads Theater is located at 4348 Tujunga Avenue in the always sparkling Studio City, California.
As a point of reference, the theater is practically across the street from the now infamous but still excellent Vitello’s Italian Restaurant.