Neil Patrick Harris says that Hollywood's Magic Castle dodged a bullet Monday when a fire broke out at the famed institution, and that the landmark, which is also a performance space and restaurant for magicians, will reopen soon.
Harris, who is president of the Magic Castle, co-stars with Kal Penn and John Cho in this weekend’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. THR caught up with him while he was sipping a cocktail at the afterparty for the Hollywood premiere on Wednesday, where he said he was shocked when he learned a fire broke out in the attic of the Hollywood mansion. Twelve fire trucks called to the scene.
“We dodged a lot of bullets,” Harris told THR. “It could’ve been much, much worse. It was minutes, floorboards away from being a huge, huge disaster.
He added: “I think we’ll be able to open relatively soon again and get back to business."
Harris, a lifelong magician (in his Doogie Howser days he did a funny trick on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson), said the club has started what it is calling the "Inferno Fund," to which anyone can contribute. He’s been impressed by the many magicians who have reached out wanting to help, even if it means grabbing a bucket and mob.
“It’s inspiring when you’re dealing with a private club of members, to have those members that have been members for 45 years, wanting to help in any way they can,” he said. “That makes you feel good.”