The Magic Castle is an exclusive club that boasts 32 nightly shows across four showrooms, so it helps to have Joe Furlow there directing all the ethereal traffic. As the General Manager at the Academy of Magical Arts, he's literally the man behind all the glitter and stardust, adjudicating every shuffle of a deck and celebrity cameo. Furlow welcomed Thrillist to his office for the latest episode of the new "Job Goals" series on Facebook Watch, explaining how he's happy to help orchestrate the show.
"It's about taking you back to the first time you saw a trick... and the sense of wonder," he said. "You have to come back multiple times to absorb everything the castle has to offer."
That same sense of wonder permeates everything Furlow does inside the Magic Castle. "First and foremost, I'm a fan of magic... My uncle was a professional magician, magic was in my life since I was a kid," he said. It doesn't take a hypnotist to transport Furlow back to his first memory of the castle, when he was seven-years-old. "It was a combination of walking through the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and obviously your grandmother's house. It was truly spectacular, it was mind blowing."