Membership

The purpose of the Academy of Magical Arts is to encourage and promote public interest in the art of magic with particular emphasis on preserving its history as an art form, entertainment medium, and hobby. Magicians and magic enthusiasts around the world have come to know the Castle as the ultimate magic clubhouse and home of the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.

When you become a member, the Magic Castle becomes your Magic Castle. You and your guests can enjoy the unique talents of the Magic Castle’s world-class performers and dine in Victorian Splendor. Members also enjoy a special Friday lunch, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunches which are a treat for the whole family. Membership also brings admission to a wide variety of members-only events.

As a member, you also have the privilege of issuing guest passes to your friends and business associates so they too can visit the Castle. Magician members can also take advantage of the Magic Castle’s extensive library of books, videos, DVDs, and periodicals exploring the world of the magical arts, and can attend lectures presented by some of the world’s foremost experts in the world of magic.

If you’ve never visited the Magic Castle (the clubhouse of the AMA) before, we encourage you to reach out to your social and business contacts to see if you might know a current member who would be willing to issue you an invitation!

The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. has been and will continue to be the premier organization in the world dedicated to the art of magic. We are an organization that encourages fellowship, promotes the art, and maintains the highest ethical standards in our actions. We will provide a friendly environment where members and their guests can enjoy the art and each other’s company. Our objective is to advance the art and provide a positive image of magic and magicians worldwide.


Benefits of a Yearly Membership

Access to magic shows seven nights a week
Special member’s only Friday lunch
Saturday and Sunday Brunches (a treat for the whole family)
Wide variety of members-only events
Special in-house discounts on dining, beverage, merchandise and events
Privilege of issuing guest cards to your family, friends and business associates to visit the club when you are not able to attend with them
* Access to the Magician’s Library, Magician only lectures and Magician only events
* Subscription to Genii Magazine
* Magician members are allowed to perform impromptu magic in designated areas of the clubhouse
* Magician Members Only


As a yearly member (Associate and Magician only), you will have the opportunity to see magic shows seven nights a week, enjoy a special Friday lunch, Saturday and Sunday Brunches (a treat for the whole family), and a wide variety of members-only events. Special in-house discounts on dining, beverage, merchandise, and events will also be available to you.

Additionally, you will have the privilege of issuing guest cards to your friends and business associates so they can visit the Castle when you are not able to attend with them. We have reciprocity with many other private clubs as well, which will allow you to enjoy your membership worldwide. Please note that all Members and Guests of the Academy of Magical Arts must follow all rules and regulations of the Academy and the Magic Castle, including the strict dress code and no photography rule. All memberships are non-refundable.

The Academy offers Non-Resident Membership rates for yearly members, both Associate and Magician. To qualify as a Non-Resident Member you must reside outside of a 60 mile radius of our clubhouse.


Associate

An Associate member is anyone over the age of 21 years of age who loves the art of magic and wants to enjoy the amazing benefits of having The Magic Castle as their Clubhouse. Many of our Associate Members are professionals in the entertainment industry, but many are simply those who wish to enjoy our unique club. You do not need to be a magician to join as an Associate member. However, the Academy of Magical Arts does provide Magic Classes for adults wishing to learn the art of magic.

HOW TO JOIN THE WAIT LIST
The Academy is currently keeping a wait list for anyone interested in joining the club as an Associate Member. The wait on the list is currently about two-three months. For questions regarding membership, or if you are interested in joining as a member, please contact Membership Director, Trish Alaskey at talaskey@magiccastle.com


Magician

Magician membership is a yearly membership designed for anyone over the age of 21 who considers themselves a Magician and actively practices magic either as a hobby or a career. Also, as a Magician member of the Academy, you will have access to our world famous library and will be invited to attend any other Magician only lectures, perks, and functions throughout the year not available to any other class of membership.

HOW TO APPLY FOR MAGICIAN MEMBERSHIP
The Academy requires an audition for anyone interested in joining the club as a Magician Member. To RSVP for an audition, or for any questions regarding membership, please contact Membership Director, Trish Alaskey at talaskey@magiccastle.com

Non-Resident Magician applicants are not required to audition, but must provide the Audition Committee with information regarding their background in magic, links to performances for review, and have one Magician member Sponsor that is a current member of the Academy of Magical Arts.

HOW TO APPLY AS A NON-RESIDENT MAGICIAN
To apply for Non-resident Magician membership with the Academy, or for any questions regarding membership, please contact Membership Director, Trish Alaskey at talaskey@magiccastle.com. Please note that the review process may take as long as one month to complete. Once a determination is made on your acceptance as a Non-Resident Magician member of the AMA, you’ll be notified by our Membership Department promptly.


Global Magician Membership

Global Magician membership is our newest membership program. Offered to magicians around the globe (outside of Canada and the US). While this new Global Membership offers limited benefits, it’s also much more affordable than our Non-Resident Magician membership.

Global Membership qualifications:

  • Complete a Global Application form
  • Provide written statement providing intent of membership
  • Provide performance materials: Promo package, DVD, online links, etc.
  • Provide references with contact information
  • Have one Magician member Sponsor that is a current member of the Academy of Magical Arts
  • Provide proof of residency
  • Provide identification photo

Benefits not offered:

  • Voting privileges of any kind
  • Guest cards (printed, online, or VIP passes)
  • Online Genii Magazine subscription/access

HOW TO APPLY FOR GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP
To request an application for Global membership with the Academy, please contact memberservices@magiccastle.com  for more information regarding this membership type. Please note that the review process may take as long as one month to complete. Once a determination is made on your acceptance as a Global member of the AMA, you’ll be notified by our Membership Department promptly. For questions regarding membership, please contact Membership Director, Trish Alaskey at talaskey@magiccastle.com


Junior Magician Membership

About the Junior Society
The Academy of Magical Arts (“AMA”) Junior Society was founded in 1975 by magician and member Diana Zimmerman. The mission of the Junior Society is to provide mentoring for gifted and dedicated young magicians between the ages of 13 & 20 years-old in order to develop their magical interests and prowess through exposure to leading professionals in the field, performance workshops designed to improve knowledge & technique, and a network for meeting and interacting with others who possess similar interests. Alumni of the program include successful & award-winning artists such as Dirk Arthur, Bill Goodwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Hart, Kevin James, Mark Kalin and Michael Weber.

Junior Membership Privileges
Junior members attend monthly meetings that include sessioning with other members & mentors, special lectures and educational activities designed for the group. Additionally, junior members enjoy many of the same private club benefits as regular magician members including access to The Magic Castle® during weekend brunches, the privilege of inviting guests, access to the Media Library, attending Sunday magician members only lectures, and they can qualify for performance opportunities.

Performance Opportunities
Saturday and Sunday Brunch – The AMA Junior Society provides all of the close-up magic performers during the weekly Saturday & Sunday Brunches. In addition, one Junior member is featured in all of the brunch shows in the Palace of Mystery.
Future Stars of Magic Week – This is the one week each year when the “best of the best” of the AMA Junior Society is featured in the evening in all of the showrooms of The Magic Castle®.

Membership
Membership in the Junior Society is very limited and is by audition only. Auditions are held biannually in March and September (subject to change) and those between the ages of 13 & 19 at the time of their audition are eligible. The audition consists of either a close-up or stage magic performance in front of the Junior Committee. There is a strict five-minute time limit on all auditions and anyone exceeding this limit will be automatically disqualified. Those who are disqualified or are not accepted into the program are encouraged to return and try out again at a future audition. Decisions regarding acceptance are at the sole discretion of the Junior Committee and are based upon the performer’s creativity, originality, technical proficiency & depth of knowledge of magic.

HOW TO APPLY FOR JUNIOR MAGICIAN MEMBERSHIP
To RSVP for an audition, please Click Here to fill out an application for membership. For any general questions or further information about membership in the Junior Society, please contact the AMA Junior Society committee at: juniors@magiccastle.com

Steven Barnes – Chairman
David Doyle – Vice Chairman

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

    1976 Dirk Arthur
    1977 Robbie Millman
    1978 Geoffrey Williams
    1979 Mark Kalin
    1980 The Magic Company
    1980 (Bob Pickens, Jim Heckle, Yvonne Pickens, Rita Nessett)
    1981 Scott Cervine, Michael Weber
    1982 Ed Alonzo, Lorenzo Clark, Bill Goodwin
    1983 n/a
    1984 Ray Kosby, Danny Scott
    1985 Scott Tokar
    1986 David Doyle
    1987 n/a
    1988 n/a
    1989 Jason Alexander, Mark Matsumoto
    1990 Steve Barnes
    1991 n/a
    1992 Michael J. Battistoni
    1993 n/a
    1994 n/a
    1995 Chris Gongora
    1996 Matt Marcy
    1997 Wesley Edberg
    1998 Danny Cole, Thomas Meier, Bryan Stoops
    1999 James Holguin
    2000 Joseph Tran
    2001 Jason Latimer
    2002 David Stryker
    2003 Jonathon Dabach
    2004 Tony Elias
    2005 Jessica Phillips
    2006 Nathan Gibson
    2007 Edsel Chiu, Michael Jacobson
    2008 Farrah Siegel
    2009 Rmax Goodwin, Aaron Rabkin
    2010 Jeff Black
    2011 Krystyn Lambert, Tricky Devil, Sean Trinh
    2012 n/a
    2013 John Accardo, Kyle Eschen, Akinobu Mitsui, Hyuma Miyahara
    2014 Mark A. Gibson
    2015 Jesus (Nexxus) Flores, Frankie Foti, Paul Robia
    2016 Collins Key
    2017 Griffin Barry, Kevin Li
    2018 Franco Pascali, Fernando Velasco, Rabby Yang

Contact Member Services

Any questions regarding membership with the Academy of Magical Arts can be directed to
Memberservices@magiccastle.com
Or Call (323) 851-3313 EXT. 301


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