While the internet wrung its hands this week over the potential curses that could be unleashed by opening an ominous black sarcophagus in Alexandria, Egypt, an Egyptian-themed tragedy was occurring several thousand miles away just outside of Chicago. The Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth, Illinois, a six-story recreation of a pyramid (complete with a moat) caught fire and may need to be torn down. The house was originally built in 1977 by contractor Jim Onan and his wife Linda as a private residence ostensibly to channel the magical energies that pyramids attract, according to their website. Though the 17,000-square foot pyramid sits on a private “island” complete with a triple-pyramid garage and 55-foot-tall guard statue of Ramses II. Inside, the Onans decorated with copious amounts of gold trim and even installed a replica of King Tut’s tomb. The house was originally covered in 8,000 24-karat gold plates, costing an extra $1 million, but neighbors complained that the gilded structure was reflecting too much light. The building later opened to public tours and had become a tourist attraction. Unfortunately, a fire broke out on July 17 that, judging from the photos, appears to have burned away an entire face of the building. According to Gold Pyramid spokesperson Yolanda Fierro, the pyramid sustained heavy water damage during the firefighting effort. The owners have estimated the cost of damages may total up to $3 million, and the building might have to be taken down. According to Fierro, the current homeowners have pledged that if the building is razed, they will rebuild the pyramid bigger than before.
Posts tagged with "Magic":
Eavesdrop> Hocus Pocus: Leak in David Copperfield's pool sends water flowing through his 57th Street penthouse
David Copperfield can saw himself in half, fly around theaters, and even make the Statue of Liberty disappear, but he cannot keep gallons of water inside his penthouse pool in Manhattan. The New York Post reported that a pump inside the magician’s lap-pool recently malfunctioned, causing water to drain into his four-story penthouse. Making matters worse, the water traveled from Copperfield’s place on the 57th floor all the way down to apartments on the 20th floor. Copperfield was in Las Vegas at the time, but was reportedly very distraught to hear what happened to his neighbors—sorry, his art collection. “David was terrified,” Ted Blumberg, Copperfield’s lawyer, told the Post, “because he has these rare, vintage Coney Island machines, which are priceless, irreplaceable antiques, including a fortune teller, strength testers, an electric shock machine, and shooting galleries.” Back in 2010, the magician had his apartment's windows blown in by a mysterious gust of wind, sending shards plummeting to the streets below. It sounds like the place might just be cursed, or something.