The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” Ghost Photo

In 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers wanted to record their upcoming album in an unconventional setting believing it would enhance their creative output. Producer Rick Rubin suggested this mansion at located at 2451 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Los Angeles, California. The mansion (Rubin later bought) was once the home of magician Harry Houdini.


Here’s Flea & John Frusciante in front of what is now known as “The Mansion” during the “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” recording sessions.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Rick Rubin Laurel Canyon Studio

A crew was hired to set up a recording studio and other equipment required for production in the house.  The band decided that they would remain inside the mansion for the duration of recording, though Chad Smith, convinced the location was haunted refused to stay and instead came to the studio each day by motorcycle.  John Frusciante agreed with Smith claim of ghosts in the house, he said,

“There are definitely ghosts in the house”

But unlike Smith, Frusciante was not creeped out by the ghosts, saying,

“They were very friendly. We have nothing but warm vibes and happiness everywhere we go in this house.”

John Frusciante Flea Red Hot Chili Peppers Rick Rubin Mansion studio Laurel Canyon

One of the “Ghosts” even made it’s way into a band photo used on the album.  The Blood Sugar Sex Magik album art features a snapshot of a strange orb or face hovering around Anthony Kiedis during a group photograph taken on the property.  RHCP members maintain this was a spirit from the house.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magic Ghost Orb Photo

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  1. DELTAONE says:

    Harry Houdini never lived in this house. He lived on the uphill property on the East side of Laurel just across from Lookout Mountain Rd. It's the property that has stone work and a stairway going up the hill with much foliage. The house ( mansion ) burned down in 1958. The original large guest house is still there which was actually for the chauffeur. About 10 years ago they cut back all the shrubs that had concealed many stone embellishments, statues and the staircase. The house you show here was lived in by Errol Flynn, Jimi Hendrix and Bugsy Siegel among others. It was built in 1925. The original Houdini mansion had been built in 1915.

    1. raul says:

      thanks for all the expert info. I’d like to do a full story on Rick Rubin’s house soon. i’ll hit you up when i get it done for review.

  2. says:

    we used to hang out amongst "the ruins", as we called the bits and pieces of houdini's house (that we never really knew much about).  i just saw the mansion hotel on television and was appalled at the crappy looking ghosty spooky decor.

    i'd love to know more about the origins and history of the houdini manson.

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