Magician's Body Found Inside Hollywood's Magic Castle

Los Angeles Police Department officers guard the entrance at the Magic Castle magicians' club, where a man was reportedly found dead on Friday night.

Police have ruled his death a suicide, the New York Daily News reported, after the Los Angeles Fire Department had responded to calls from the popular venue at 7:25 p.m. local time.

Easton's body was found in a closet on the grounds of the Magic Castle, according to the initial report by TMZ.

The Hollywood landmark opened up its doors in 1963 to cater specifically to magicians and illusionists, proclaiming itself "the most extraordinary private club in the world".

It is with great sadness that the Academy of Magic Arts (AMA) and. The coroner confirmed that the cause of death remains under investigation.

The Magic Castle is just one block away from where the Oscars will be handed out on Sunday. "I'll be heading down that way myself tomorrow for a week at the Magic Castle".

The club was closed Friday while investigators were on scene, but was scheduled to reopen Saturday morning, officials said.

As news of Easton's passing spread, fellow magicians mourned the man - who was known among the magic community as "the magician's magician".

  • Salvatore Jensen