By the edhat staff
Milt Larsen, who co-founded Hollywood’s Magic Castle in the 1960s, has died at the age of 92.
Larsen “passed away peacefully in his sleep” in Los Angeles on Sunday, club officials said.
“It is with heavy hearts that the Academy of Magical Arts shares the sad news that Magic Castle founder Milt Larsen has passed away,” said Chuck Martinez, chair of the board of directors for the Castle’s Academy of Magical Arts. “For decades, he brought magic to so many lives and his legacy will continue to do so. We will miss him tremendously.”
Larsen was a magician and television writer and producer known for game shows including “Truth or Consequences.” He founded the Magic Castle in 1963 with his brother, William Larsen Jr., and William’s wife Irene.
The exclusive club is located in a 1908-built gothic mansion at 7001 Franklin Ave in Los Angeles and has been operated by the Larsen family for decades.
Both Milt and William recieved their Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2006.
Larsen has been a long-time resident of Montecito, splitting his time between Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife Arlene, niece Erika Larsen, president of Magic Castle Enterprises Inc.; nephew Dante Larsen; and great-nieces Jessica Hopkins and Liberty Larsen.
No services have been scheduled at this time.