Milt Larsen, the visionary behind Hollywood’s renowned Magic Castle, passed away at 92. He peacefully departed in his sleep at his home in Hollywood, surrounded by loved ones.
Larsen and his brother Bill played a pivotal role in establishing the Magic Castle in 1963—a prestigious private club for magicians nestled in the heart of Hollywood, CA, also serving as the headquarters for the Academy of Magical Arts.
The Larsen brothers, hailing from a family of magicians, dedicated themselves to promoting the Castle and attracting new members, eventually opening its doors to magicians worldwide.
In 2006, Milt celebrated the grand 50th anniversary of his popular annual stage show, “It’s Magic!” with a remarkable event held at the then-Kodak Theater. His contributions to the magical arts were acknowledged with a star on the illustrious Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In addition to his magical ventures, Milt Larsen led a prolific writing career, collaborating with Richard M. Sherman of the Sherman Brothers for numerous years. Together, they composed scores for nightclub speakeasy revues, comedy albums, and acclaimed musicals like “Pazzazz!”
Furthermore, Larsen’s writing prowess extended to television, where he contributed to shows such as “Truth or Consequences” hosted by Bob Barker and “Malibu U” and various audience participation programs featuring renowned personalities like Vin Scully and Jim Nabors.
Milt Larsen’s multifaceted talents and dedication to the magical arts have left an indelible mark on the industry. His contributions as a writer, performer, and visionary have garnered him immense respect and recognition.
In 1999, “Magic” magazine honored his family as one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century.
Larsen’s legacy will forever remain woven into the fabric of the Magic Castle and the world of magic. His passing is a profound loss, felt deeply by those who admired and were inspired by his boundless creativity.
As we bid farewell to this extraordinary individual, his impact and the magic he brought to countless lives will continue to resonate.
Milt Larsen’s indomitable spirit will be greatly missed, but his legacy will endure, ensuring his vision thrives for years.