I have traveled quite a bit, and have visited places that I thought were incredible, and some places that were all hype. I have wanted to visit a place called The Magic Castle in Los Angeles the moment someone told me that it existed. A secret society of magicians? WHAT? Truth be told, it was all I could think about for a while. So when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped. I could not wait any longer.
I won't go into too much history about the place ( You will have to tune into the episode for that!). I will tell you that The Magic Castle or The Academy of Magical Arts was incorporated in 1961, and shortly after The Castle opened its doors on January 2, 1963, and has been in operation ever since. It has become known as “The Mecca for Magicians” throughout the world to come, entertain, and practice their craft.
I truly was like a kid in a candy store when I walked in, and I smiled the ENTIRE time. they nearly had to drag me out when it was time to leave. My friend Joshua Antoon and I saw 6 shows that evening, had delight cocktails, and conversations with magicians from all around the world. Shout outs to the magicians that were performing that we got to take in- Hubb, Mat Ricardo, Rubén Vilagrand, Jack Nasher, Jeff Ezell, and David and Leeman. You were all unique and incredible!
There are way too many things I love about the castle. A: It's makes you feel special just getting in B: You have to dress up C: No pictures allowed D: You can explore to you hearts content. (That last bit had me all over the place looking in rooms, nooks, and crannies. I wanted to drink it all in, every last bit, and I feel as though I haven't even scratched the surface. ) Which leads me to E: They bring in rotating magicians from all over the world! Meaning, you could go week to week, and see different acts every time you go. They have 5 theaters in the building! I am not kidding you. They also have 5 bars... Yes, you heard me right. There is so much I want to tell about the place, but I will just let Joe take this one, and maybe after the interview I will geek out a bit more about it.
I can't wait to return to feel like a kid again. Hats off to you MC, keep that magic alive!
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Check out this episode I had with magician Lee Terbosic about his Houdini stunt!
Photo by: Brian Joseph Ochab
I have been waiting for this episode for probably about two years. I have covered other events for City Of Play, and am a HUGE fan of this organization. I feel as though I was just waiting for the perfect moment to record, maybe even waiting to get to know the organizers better. I just knew, I wanted to wait to record to bring their story to all of you, and I am glad I did. In the two years I have known them, they have become very great friends, and it just made this episode that much more fulfilling to record.
Adam and Greg are awesome, they provide an invaluable service to our city. "City of Play is a creative agency that designs interactions and builds real-world games for businesses and communities." This is what the description is on their website. City Of Play is so much more than that though, it is about relationships, team building, engaging the people, and places in, and around our city. It is about FUN, pure fun, and working together without scorn, or judgement. EXAMPLE!
The first time I walked into an event hosted by what was then called Obscure Games. It was for the Hambones Wednesday game night. I didn't know anyone there, I was an outcast, and I instantly wanted to turn around and leave before I walked into the door. Things changed though, people said hi, folks looked up from their games and invited me to play. A gentleman named Ben Shulman was the nicest guy I have met to date, and welcomed me to sit in on a game that A: They were halfway into playing B: That I have no clue how to play. Ben explained everything, and we had such a great time doing it. I was hooked!
City Of Play has evolved since then into amazing things, their festival Come Out and Play happens yearly, they offer companies in Pittsburgh team building exercises (Adam I know you hate that term, lol) They put up a huge installation of the game Operation for UPMC, and are just on the tip of the iceberg for exciting things. Oh, and they put on Dodgeball, my absolute favorite. You can see me rocking out in the photos below.
Join Adam, Greg, and myself as we delve into the world of adult gaming. I am sure you will have a ball, and maybe even join in the next event! I hope to see you there! True personalities pictured below-
Photo by Lindsay dill
Marta On The Move Loves Dodgeball. Photo by Justin Merriman