(General Manager/COO of the Magic Castle Herve Levy poses at the Magic Castle, in Hollywood, California on October 13, 2021. – The stereotype of a magician in a top hat sawing his glamorous, sequinned female assistant in half endures among the wider public, who can rarely name performers beyond Harry Houdini, David Copperfield and David Blaine. While the outfits have changed, still just seven percent of magicians operating today are female — roughly the same proportion as the membership of the elite “Academy of Magical Arts” that calls the Magic Castle home. In-built obstacles remain, including the powerful status of reform-resistant, generally male-dominated magic “clubs.”
The Academy of Magical Arts itself faced allegations of sexual harassment in a Los Angeles Times investigation last year.
Its general manager resigned, and his replacement Herve Levy told AFP that policies to improve “diversity and inclusion” have been put in place, including training for staff to prevent sexual harassment. Photo: VALERIE MACON-AFP)
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