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My wife and I are planning a trip to Southern CA for our 14th anniversary this year (mid-April), and are planning on visiting the Magic Castle (for the first time). However, since we've never been there before, we actually know very little about it, and don't quite know what to expect, or how the place "works."

We'll be staying one night at the Magic Castle Hotel, which as I understand it means we will be granted admission to the Castle for that same evening. So I guess that takes care of the need for an invitation, as well as the entrance fee (?).

But is dinner in its restaurant required? I've heard conflicting things. Can't we eat elsewhere first, and then simply come for the show(s)?

Also, once inside for the evening, how does attending the various shows play out? Are there separate additional admission fees for each show attended, or is the standard entrance fee "all-inclusive"? And are reservations required or advisable for each individual show, or is it simply first-come, first-served (or first-seated) at each show?

(If it makes any difference, we'll be attending during a weeknight, not on the weekend.)

I'm just pretty much in the dark about how things operate at the Magic Castle. Any additional clarifications, or suggestions or advice, would be greatly appreciated!
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Dinner is not required. They have a nice restaurant, so if you want to eat, make a reservation. Wear a jacket and tie, the ladies are all dressed to the "9's". Shows are first come, first served. Make yourself at home and visit the many bars. Time it so you can see all of the performers - times are posted on placards. Everywhere you look is something interesting, don't be afraid to ask questions. Also say "hi" or introduce yourself to any famous people you happen to see. And if you see Pop Hydn, tell him Jim from Louisville said "hi"
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Thanks!
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,have fun! I'm jealous.
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I'm jealous.
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Call the Magic Castle and ask them your questions. Dinner is required with a normal guest pass, as is the entrance fee/cover charge, but not if you are the personal guest of one of the night's performers, or if you go in with a member. I live locally so I have never stayed at the hotel and don't know the requirements for their pass. I assume you will need to make reservations for the Castle.

Weeknights are great and you will probably get to see all of the shows, but some of the show areas are dark during the week. The Close-up Room is the hardest to get into due to the limited seating. Plan on spending at least one show cycle in line. The Close-up Gallery and the Parlor each have an early and a late performer so plan on visiting each of them twice during your evening.

Again, the best place to ask your questions would be the Hotel or the Castle. Give them a call.
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I used to travel to LA for business and would go to the castle for dinner and shows.! Loved it and miss those days. Enjoy!
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Enjoy! Be sure to stop back and share your experience.


*Adds to bucket list* "A trip to the Magic Castle." Smile


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Can you get a guest pass of you are a SAM or IBM member?
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I meant IF Iinstead of "OF"
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The last time I worked the Castle, my gag (out on the "floor", got some chuckles.

(If you're standing there in a tux, visitors think that you "know everything"!)

When a gentleman would walk up and quietly say,"Excuse me, where is the men's room?" I would reply, in a discreet voice, "Oh! It's in the gas station across the street. Just ask for the key!:

Of course, I "picked" to whom I gave an answer like that!
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That's funny, Dick!
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I haven't been in a few years, but dinner was always required if you weren't a member and there's a dress code.

I had the pleasure to sit with Ron Wilson my last visit.
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On Feb 6, 2015, Dick Oslund wrote:
When a gentleman would walk up and quietly say,"Excuse me, where is the men's room?" I would reply, in a discreet voice, "Oh! It's in the gas station across the street. Just ask for the key!:

Of course, I "picked" to whom I gave an answer like that!


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