Let me clarify. Tom Glover is the owner of The building and property. Both Bill and Milt Brothers went to Mr. Glover and sold their Father's idea of a gathering place for magicians and it was acted on in 1961. The Larsen's were the owner of the copyrighted name The Magic Castle. The Larsen's were getting a cut for the use of the name Magic Castle and all merchandise bearing The Magic Castle name. A few times it struggled and was close to shutting down. A number of years ago Not very long and my guess would be perhaps seven years, The Castle Grossed five Million. Milt was very excited and wanted his three percent and was basically told no. Milt told them, they could not use the name any longer. The name was changed to The Academy of Magical Arts. There are one or two things that have the castle logo still, but not much. Verbally members call it the castle as people do not know what the AMA is. This year they grossed 16 million. I past my board and stayed a member for two years and resigned. The fact is the membership fees are about 670.00 a year. So basically I was paying a fortune and entertains their guests for free. There are hired magicians that do get paid, but it's not a lot. One performs about five days or so and does three shows a night. They get about 1400.00 and fees taken out for dinner and lodging. I was a non paid entertainer and tired of the politics and being treated like crap. They care about money and that is it. It was a great experience and a huge feather in my cap, but not my type of place. A lot of times the will pay for the magician's transportation. In short, 1400.00 is not a lot, but the magicians performing for a fee do not mind. It is kind of a hub not to mention they lecture and sell merchandise. Not always the case where they sell, but if they did not like it they would not send a video tape and go through the process of getting hired. That too is political as I know of a magician that has been black balled who won a huge award. The reason sucks. Basically saying this person does not change up their show. None of the magicians change up their shows. They may add a illusion and take one out, but shows generally stay the same. It took me a year to write up two shows, close up for a full room and close up for a small group. Watch show isctwenty minutes. If you work in the large room for stage, each show is 45 minutes. My larger shows were parlor style the small group intimate, meaning sitting around the table. If a large group walks in, during the intimate, I switch up to parlor but it all can not exceed twenty minutes. Let me know if I can answer any more of AMA questions.
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