50th anniversary of magic castle

CNC report from Los Angeles
Added On January 5, 2013

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Academy of Magical Arts and Magic Castle took place in Hollywood Wednesday.

The event is dedicated to the most prestigious magicians and is a shinning moment for the most fascinating magic tricks.

Several Hollywood celebrities and luminaries attended the event to appreciate the historical moment and enjoy the great magic shows.  

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DEE WALLACE, Actress
"I just think it's an amazing magic and incredible place that really celebrate people who keep the arts going, in the highest form of the work."

Presented by Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge and the Founder of Magic Castle Milt Larsen, the event started with hilarious and retrospective speeches addressing the extraordinary history of the Magic Castle -- the world's most revered and private club for the magic brotherhood.

The event also featured an after-party show filled with cameo magic tricks. Magicians played with coins, pokers, cards and even rubber bands to deliver miraculous shows to the audience.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) TOM LABONGE, Los Angeles Councilman
"It's great to be here, I am happy to represent the city of Los Angeles to solute the Academy of Magic Arts at the Magic Castle. Los Angeles is magic because of the people in it, and the magicians here make the city event more magic."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MILT LARSEN, Founder of Magic Castle
"It's just a wonderful thing. 50 years is a long time, but in the history of the world it's a very short time and in the history of magic it's just a little tinny tiny speck, but 50 years is pretty good."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) VINNY, Magician
"A lot of time, a lot of dedication, if you are (using) a coin or a card or say a condition, you have to go to sleep with your cards in your hand. And my perception is to create magic, to do magic that no one else has done before."

Founded in 1963, the Magic Castle and Academy of Magical Arts is the premier non-profit social order dedicated to the art of magic.

Located in the heart of historic Hollywood, the organization has been an integral part of the show business and a popular gathering spot for elite Hollywood figures for decades.