There it is ! Magicians add a new trick – saving lives with a Magic Castle blood drive – Daily News

  • Magician Nick Dopuch waits after donating blood during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. ( Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Magician David Gabbay, center, shows a magic trick to blood donors during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Magician David Gabbay, right, shows a magic trick to blood donor Stephen Tailstar during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Magicians perform tricks for blood donors during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. ( Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts inside the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG )

  • Magician David Gabbay, right, shows a magic trick to blood donor Stephen Tailstar during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Magician David Gabbay, left, shows a magic trick to blood donors during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Magician Richard Costatinou, right, performs a card trick for Derrek Taylor of Los Angeles during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts inside the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG )

  • Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts inside the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG )

  • Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • LAPD Officer Allya Kahn of Station Hollywood donates blood during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday the 11th February 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Magician David Gabbay shows a magic trick to blood donors during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • LAPD Officer Allya Kahn of Station Hollywood donates blood during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday the 11th February 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • A woman donates blood during the Academy of Magical Arts Red Cross Blood Drive and Coronavirus Antibody Testing inside the Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • LAPD officer Allya Kahn, left, of Hollywood Station, with others, donates blood during a Red Cross blood drive and Academy coronavirus antibody testing of the Magical Arts at Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Red Cross phlebotomist Jenny Zamora prepares to draw blood from magician Nick Dopuch during a Red Cross blood drive and coronavirus antibody testing by the Academy of the Magical Arts at The Magic Castle in Hollywood on Thursday, February 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Donating blood can save lives – just like, well, magic.

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the need for blood is more intense than ever. The Academy of Magical Arts did its part by organizing a two-day Red Cross blood drive.

Donors had more than pop tunes and cell phone puzzles as entertainment as they donated at the event to Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle – professional magicians delighted them with sleight of hand tricks.

Bloor donors also received a bit of science to go along with all the magic – free COVID-19 antibody tests.

Brian L. Hartfield