Milt Larsen, one of the co-founders of the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, has passed away at the age of 92. His death was reported by Variety to have occurred in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The Academy of Magical Arts, which oversees the operations of the Magic Castle, shared the sad news and expressed their condolences. Chuck Martinez, the chair of the board of directors for the Academy, conveyed their sorrow in a statement to City News Service.
Milt Larsen, along with his brother William “Bill” Larsen Jr. and William’s wife Irene, established the Magic Castle in 1963. Until his passing, Larsen served as the president of Magic Castles, Inc., according to KABC.
Growing up in a family of magicians, Milt Larsen himself became a skilled magician. In addition to his involvement with the Magic Castle, he also worked as a writer for various TV game shows.
Larsen is survived by his wife Arlene, as well as his nephews and nieces.
The Magic Castle has been a renowned venue for magic performances and a gathering place for magicians and magic enthusiasts since its inception. It is known for its exclusive and secretive nature, with entry allowed only to members and their invited guests.
Milt Larsen’s contributions to the world of magic and his role in establishing the Magic Castle have left a lasting impact on the magic community. His passing is a loss felt by many who admired his dedication and love for the art of illusion.