Open Sesame by Magicol – Special Edition
A beautiful softcover 70 page souvenir booklet in full-color to celebrate the Magic Castle’s first 50 years, with a focus on its history and collectibles.
It starts with a walking tour of the Castle both as it was, and as it is today. You’ll read personal insights from the Larsens as to how, exactly, the Castle was put together literally, piece by piece. Then, noted magician and author Mike Caveney gives us a peek at the coverings that adorn the Castle. From rare Horace Goldin posters used to cover the loo walls (it was cheaper than wallpaper at the time), to the beautiful Friedlander one-sheet of LeRoy Talma Bosco one-sheet ‘The Devil Gets the Worst of It’ that keeps guests company in the dining room.
Next, a visit to the world-famous Library. Librarian Bill Goodwin gives us a sampling of some of the more interesting items in its holdings along with several images detailing the incredible history of both authors and their past owners. This Castle-themed issue would not be complete without something from Dai Vernon, The Professor. Well this time, it is of him. We have some never-before-seen silhouettes of Dai Vernon’s profile cut by other artists. Just magnificent.
Rounding out our collectible edition, we’ve curated a few rare eclectic Castle-related souvenirs (range from the infamous Inferno Glasses to the tickets for Senator Crandall’s X-Rated show).
A remarkable keepsake of a truly remarkable place.