"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."
It isn't easy to become a verified magician by the Magic Castle's stringent standards, although it does offer memberships to enthusiasts of all stripes. "We have people who work for the IRS that are hobbyist magicians that come in. They don't talk to you about what they do during the day, they just wanna talk about magic," Furlow said. After all, the Magic Castle maintains 5,300 members, ranging from casual dabblers to the very foremost illusionists in the game.