How to Gain Access to The Magic Castle

Getting into the exclusive Magic Castle has always proved a daunting task. You either need to be a member or score an invitation from a member in order to receive a guest pass. While access to The Magic Castle is typically available only to members and invited guests, for the first time through the calendar year, guests staying at participating Hilton hotels will be able to dine and see world-class illusion at the regal, Edwardian-era mansion in historic Hollywood.

For many, this attraction has been at the top of their wishlist with slim chances of ever experiencing it firsthand. But now thanks to a few local Hilton Hotels and a special perk for travelers and locals alike, checking off this bucket list adventure has never been easier.

The Magic Castle was built in 1909 by Rollin and Katherine Lane, is the private clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts, a unique social order located in the heart of historic Hollywood, the premier organization dedicated to preserving the history and promoting the art of magic. Its membership includes entertainment’s most pre-eminent magicians and illusionists.

A typical evening features magic shows that range from the sleight of hand performed right under your nose to full stage illusions that stun an entire room. The Castle is full of rare memorabilia and antique posters so plan to spend a few hours and make an evening of it. Start with a cocktail at the Owl Bar then enjoy dining at its finest with menu items ranging from Academy Beef Wellington to Exotic Mushroom & Kabocha Squash in the critically acclaimed full-service dining room. There are a number of unique bars, each with its own personality, making it easy to find just the perfect spot for whatever mood you’re in. Opt for a Manifesto Martini or the Magical Moment for a refreshing sip before you move on to the evening’s magic show.

Don’t be surprised to look over your shoulder and find somebody performing a minor miracle. You’ll soon understand why your visit will be one of the most amazing evenings you’ve ever experienced.

As part of the Hilton/Magic Castle partnership, guests must book at least six weeks in advance of their preferred visit date through From there, participating Hilton representatives will secure guests’ requested reservations at Magic Castle based on availability. Upon check-in at the hotel, guests will receive their invitation cards which must be remitted upon entry to The Magic Castle.

In planning for a Hilton/Magic Castle getaway, guests are encouraged to pack dinner attire that meets The Magic Castle’s strict business attire or evening wear dress code which has been enforced since 1963 to capture the elegance of Old Hollywood and the sophistication of fine dining. In addition to dining and viewing a variety of magical styles in multiple theaters, guests can also explore the property and enjoy drinks at one of five bars, including the Owl Bar or the Hat and the Hare Pub. Note: Guests under 21 are only permitted to attend Saturday/Sunday brunches.

The Magic Castle opened its doors at 5 p.m. on January 2, 1963. Today, more than five decades later, the Castle remains the mecca of magic as the world-famous home to the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. and thanks to Hilton now you can be one of its most exclusive guests.

Photos Courtesy of The Magic Castle