The Magic Castle with Milt Larsen




The Magic Castle with Milt Larsen

John Tonsick interviews Milt Larsen, founder of the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.  Milt talks about the Larsen family’s long and storied history in magic and how he came to be a magician, writer and actor.  Milt also discusses how he and his brother, Bill, created what magicians refer to as the “Mecca of Magic”, the Magic Castle. 


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Segment One

Milt talks about how he got involved in magic and what it was like to grow up in “Brookledge”.  This beautiful Hollywood mansion, complete with a 100 seat backyard theater, served as headquarters for Thayer Magic and Genii Magazine, the oldest conjurer’s magazine in America.  Milt also discusses his father, a magician and criminal defense attorney, and his mother, Gerry, who was also a magician.


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Segment Two

Milt tells us about his mother, the lovely Gerry Larsen, a writer and pioneering television star with her own, syndicated magic television show.


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Segment Three

Milt talks about his youthful days as a writer for network radio and television.  During his long stint as “an idea man” for “Truth or Consequences”, he spied an old derelict mansion from his office window that would eventually become the Magic Castle, headquarters for the Academy of Magical Arts.


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Segment Four

Milt discusses the 5,000 plus world-wide membership of the Academy of Magical Arts that includes major celebrities, shopkeepers, craftsmen and professionals from every field.  He also tells us what visitors to the Magic Castle see, hear and experience; “a magician’s party in a millionaire’s Victorian mansion." 


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Guest

Milt Larsen
Founder of The Magic Castle

Milt Larsen is a Hollywood celebrity who wears many hats:  magician, actor, radio personality, song writer, television writer and producer.  As a writer, Milt is best known for his 18 years of work on “Truth or Consequences”, starring Bob Barker.  For over 50 years, he and his partner Terry Hill have produced “It’s Magic”, a full-evening magic review featuring top award winning magicians.  Along with two time Academy Award winner Richard M. Sherman, the song-writing team of “Sherman and Larsen” has developed a cult following for their outrageous comedy songs.  Milt and his brother Bill have been honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and Milt was honored by Magic Magazine as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the history of magic.  But to magicians and magic enthusiasts around the world, Milt is loved most for founding the Magic Castle in Hollywood.  Since 1963 this world famous private club for magicians has played host to the finest magicians on the planet and to many of Hollywood’s biggest stars.


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