10/11/2006

California Ghosts

Watch Irma the Ghost play the piano at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

The Magic Castle is the world's most famous club for magicians and magic enthusiasts and home to The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. The Magic Castle is the showplace for some of the greatest magicians from around the globe. We also take great pride in showcasing the magnificent building that houses the Magic Castle. Built in 1908, this storied mansion has watched Hollywood grow and change for almost 100 years while never losing its original charm. The Magic Castle is a private club. You must be a member or have a guest card from a member. Please read and follow our dress code and rules. You must have your guest card with you when you arrive at the Magic Castle! The art and architecture of the Magic Castle are unique. Be sure to plan enough time to explore the Castle's many
secrets and surprises…including visiting with the Castle's resident ghost! Check out the comments for more California Ghosts Or Click to Add your own recommendation

6 comments:

Brian Perry said...

This is a MUST for those who can arrange a visit to this private club! Be prepared to ask Irma questions... she will answer with song and WIT!!

mal said...

Hopefully you'll be able catch Rich Ferguson there too for some in your face magic! http://www.richferguson.com/index.html

irishlass said...

At the Moss Beach Distillery (near Half Moon Bay) you can sit on the patio and watch the sunset sipping Clam Chowder, and maybe you'll see the Blue Lady!

The Moss Beach Distillery is well known for its famous ghost, "The Blue Lady", and the popular NBC TV series "Unsolved Mysteries" recreated a haunting version of "The Legend Of The Blue Lady" and presented it to the world.

According to the ghostly Coastside legend, some 72 years ago a beautiful, young woman met by chance, a handsome dangerous man and fell in love with him. This sophisticated ladies' man was, say some, a piano player in the bar. The naive young woman, always dressed in blue was already married to another but her unsuspecting husband and young son never knew of the illicit affair. She made many trips to the restaurant to be with her lover.

The beautiful lady in blue died in a violent automobile accident and it is here at the Distillery you will now find her searching for her lover.

Anonymous said...

Check out the ghosts in the Winchester Mystery House

In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House. Tour through 110 of the 160 rooms and look for the bizarre phenomena that gave the mansion its name; a window built into the floor, staircases leading to nowhere, a chimney that rises four floors, doors that open onto blank walls, and upside down posts! No one has been able to explain the mysteries that exist within the Winchester Mansion, or why Sarah Winchester kept the carpenters' hammers pounding 24 hours a day for 38 years. It is believed that after the untimely deaths of her baby daughter and husband, son of the Winchester Rifle manufacturer, Mrs. Winchester was convinced by a medium that continuous building would appease the evil spirits of those killed by the famous "Gun that Won the West" and help her attain eternal life. Certainly her $20,000,000 inheritance was sufficient to support her obsession until her death at 82!

Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.



Flashlight Tours

Special tours of the Winchester Mansion are given every Friday the 13th and at Halloween. You'll tour the rambling, mysterious mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms and stairways.

2006 Flashlight Tour Dates

Friday, October 13th
Saturday, October 21st
Saturday, October 28th
Tuesday, October 31st

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended as tours do sell out.

Anonymous said...

San Francisco Ghost Hunt

On the San Francisco Ghost Hunt we walk to some of San Francisco's most notorious haunted places and meet the enchanting ghosts that call them home. You hear ghost stories based on serious documented research, see and touch eerie haunted artifacts and learn how you can catch a ghost. You will discover the wild and romantic history of San Francisco's beautiful Pacific Heights district where these ghosts haunt today. The tour is outside for about two hours. You are inside one haunted building for about an hour! It's a safe place, no one has ever been harmed there! And you can individually check out places in there where manifestations happen too. We walk a mile on tree lined streets in a safe quiet neighborhood with beautiful historic Victorian architecture. We meet the more scary ghosts outside, so you can run if you need to. There is one moderate hill, the pace is easy and the views are spectacular.


Departing year-round, rain or starshine, from an authentic restored Victorian, the magnificent Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter, on the corner of Sutter and Octavia (see map).

$20 per person. Kids under 16, $10. The Ghost Hunt is not recommended for kids under 8.

Reservations are not required.

The Ghost Hunt begins at 7:00pm, ends close to 10:00 pm and operates six nights a week, closed Tuesdays.

Jim Fassbinder has a lifelong history of supernatural episodes. He began seeing ghosts as a small boy. He started the San Francisco Ghost Hunt in 1998. He belongs to several professional associations and is proudly a member of the Paranormal Research Organization.
Currently Jim Fassbinder is seen on the Travel Channel with Haunted Hotels, his second appearance in a supernatural series. He is a reference source in many ghost books; check the ones you have.
Jim can tell one heck of a ghost story. He can answer nearly every question you have about San Francisco, and the supernatural. He will surprise you and can make it easy for you to enjoy youself.

Call 415/ 922-5590 to get confirmation recorded by Jim that your introduction to San Francisco's most notorious ghosts will take place the night you choose

Anonymous said...

Hollywood Welcomes

Dearly Departed Tours

Your Director of Undertakings, Scott Michaels, will narrate you through decades of death, murder, and just plain fun. Once your tour um... departs, you will be treated to the most tickling tales of tinsel town tragedies, in the cool comfort of the luxurious Dearly Departed Tomb Buggy.

In two and a half hours, you will be escorted to such infamous locations such as

The Manson Murders (the LaBianca site as well)

Both the Ambassador Hotel where Bobby Kennedy was assassinated and the service station where James Dean picked up his Porsche less than 12 hours before his death have been demolished. These sights have been replaced with others...

Paramount/RKO Studios, Mae West's last home, the Happy Days house

and...

events of a more scandalous nature.

There is one restroom stop where you can drop your trousers and reenact George Michael's most scandalous moment. A complimentary copy of his arrest report will be provided to all DDT guests.

You will also see several film locations such as...

Sunset Boulevard, Halloween, The Graduate, That Thing You Do, Dead Again, Grease, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

And wait there's more!

The last gasp locations of Frank Sinatra, William Frawley, River Phoenix,
Dee Dee Ramone, Albert Dekker, Bela Lugosi

The REAL Nightmare on Elm Street (The Menendez home)

and of course, that chick that jumped off the Hollywood Sign

All in all, almost 100 sites are crammed into almost 3 hours, making it the best bang for your buck.