The Magic Castle Set to Honor Military With a Free Virtual Magic Show

Magic Castle
The Magic Castle is a Hollywood show business landmark. (courtesy photo)

Hollywood’s world-famous Magic Castle is teaming with the American Legion to offer a free online show on Friday, May 7, in honor of active-duty members of the military, veterans and their spouses.

The show will take place at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT via Zoom, and you can register in advance at this link. Registrants will have an opportunity to interact with the magicians during the show, but Zoom seating is limited. The show also will stream on Vimeo for any overflow crowd via the same link, but you’ll only be able to watch.

The Magic Castle is a private club and hotel located just up the hill from Hollywood Boulevard behind Mann’s Chinese Theatre. The building has been the home of the Academy of Magical Arts since 1963 and the upcoming show offers a rare opportunity to see the inside of the legendary venue.

Who’s performing on this show?

Longtime Vegas headliner Lance Burton tops the bill. Since he launched his career as a teenager, he’s appeared multiple times on both the Johnny Carson and Jay Leno versions of “The Tonight Show.” With more than 15,000 live performances over the past 30 years, Burton is a true magic legend.

The Evasons are a mentalist act that features the husband-and-wife team of Jeff and Tessa Evason. They’ve mastered the art of virtual telepathy and remote viewing for the modern era, so expect some surprising mind-reading feats.

Suzanne is a master of close-up magic and card tricks and is one of the few magicians to stump Penn & Teller on their CW show “Fool Us.” She’s a regular performer at the Magic Castle.

Brandon Scott is a Los Angeles magician who’s developing a local following performing at private events all across Southern California. He describes himself as coming from a family of military veterans and is a two-time winner of first-place medals in the American Legion Oratory Contest on the American Constitution.

We’re still not quite back to a point where live, in-person shows are risk free, so it’s both good to see performers offering to put on a free show online. It’s also a big deal that our readers can give these magicians the audience they’ve been missing for over a year. Check it out.

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