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Magic Castle

Pharo Bank Casino Events at the Magic Castle in Hollywood

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The Annual Soapy Smith Wake
For 10 straight years the Pharo Bank has put on the wild west casino night show, in celebration of the death of the famed gambler Soapy Smith.  His great grandson, Jefferson Smith III, tips a glass to Soapy's Ghost and the wildest gambling costume party in Hollywood transpires.   

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Pop Hadyn, (left) brought the now famous event to the Magic Castle and has always included Jeff Smith III (center) as the special guest brought in Pharo Phil Gessert (right) to run the games.  Pictured at the 2016 event.

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The Soap Gang
In this ad for the 2016 Wake, pictures from left to right are, Soapy Smith III, Kid Phoenix, The Preacher, Soapy Smith I, Doc Holliday, Pico Pistolero, Pop Haydn, Jon Armstrong and Pharo Phil.

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Soapy Smith Wake at the MAGIC CASTLE July 2016
This past year had the biggest turn out so far, but we all miss Dave Bourne, the great old fashion piano player.  Below are images from past Saopy Smith Wake events, the first being Dave Bourne.

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