A man was found dead Friday night at Hollywood’s Magic Castle with an employee discovering the body in a closet of the invite-only club. According to NBC4, the man was identified as a well-respected magician scheduled to perform at Magic Castle that evening. He was found wearing only underwear and a bag over his head, according to TMZ. The situation is being investigated as a possible suicide by the Los Angeles police. Magic Castle is a decades-old private club known for its exclusivity, strict dress code, and patronage by famous magic enthusiasts such as Steve Martin and Neil Patrick Harris. In a statement, the secretive establishment said, “A beloved illusionist, who was performing at the Magic Castle this week, was found dead on the club’s premises … The magic community mourns the loss of one of our most beloved and talented performers.”
Update: Per Variety, the Los Angeles county coroner has confirmed that the deceased man is magician Daryl Easton. Easton was known as “The Magician’s Magician” and was a regular at Magic Castle, as both a visitor and a performer.