The Magic Castle is likely the most famous magic night club in the world. It hosts nightly performances by the world's finest magicians, and it is considered an honor to perform there. It is also the private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), an organization devoted to the advancement of the art of magic and its history, and it is a hang-out for the magic industry.
It is located in Hollywood, California and opened its doors on January 2, 1963.
It is a private club. Only members and their guests are allowed entrance, though courtesy invitations can be obtained by magicians visiting from out of town. During a typical evening there are numerous magic shows and historic displays, as well as a full service dining room and numerous bars. The atmosphere is reminiscent of classic night club days, and a dress code of fancy party attire is enforced.
As of 2006, the AMA has approximately 5000 members.
In 2006, the Castle's president was Gay Blackstone, widow of magician Harry Blackstone, Jr.