By Anne Dimon
Magic Castle, at night.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Magic Castle, the private club of The Academy of Magical Arts, offers an enchanting venue in the heart of Hollywood.
A former private home dating back to 1908, the sprawling Victorian-style mansion houses a collection of public spaces, including a dining room, five showrooms and a piano lounge with an invisible piano player who takes requests.
The club can handle groups of up to 125 people for a private cocktail reception and up to 145 people for the fixed-price, three- to four-course meal. Customized menus are also possible. A group booking allows full access to the club, including entry to three top-drawer, 25- to 45-minute magic shows.
A full buyout of the mansion can be arranged for a minimum of 250 people, to a maximum of 500. Some restrictions apply and special concessions are made to guests of the 43-room Magic Castle Hotel.
The Magic Castle is open seven nights a week, plus weekends for brunch. A dress code is in effect.
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