Body of Magician Found in Closet at the Magic Castle
Police say the death at the private magicians' club was a suicide
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2017 11:56 AM CST
An illusionist was found dead Friday in a closet at the Magic Castle, a private club for magicians in Hollywood.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – The body of a magician was found in a closet Friday night at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Hollywood Reporter reports. According to ABC7, the body was identified by police as 61-year-old Daryl Easton. In a statement, the Magic Castle called Easton a "beloved illusionist." Easton had been performing at the private magicians' club—run by the Academy of Magical Arts—this week. Easton's body was found by a Magic Castle employee, and CBS Los Angeles reports Easton was naked except for his underwear and had a bag over his head. Police are investigating his death as a suicide. Performances were canceled Friday night but resumed Saturday morning. "In respect for the art, the show must go on," the Magic Castle states.

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