Soon after he was born, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay area. According to some accounts, he left high school to join a circus. He subsequently worked as a psychic and as a nightclub organist, among other occupations. Meanwhile, he developed an interest in the occult and gained local celebrity in San Francisco as a dark, mysterious figure who rejected traditional Christian morality. Having changed his name to Anton Szandor LaVey, in he founded the Church of Satan, calling himself its high priest , on Walpurgis Night April 30 , a traditional night of revelry in northern Europe and Scandinavia. Three years later he published The Satanic Bible , in which he set down the teachings and rituals of his church. LaVey presented Satanism not as the practice of evil or as the worship of an actual Antichrist but as a kind of ethical egoism.
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He played a minor on-screen role and served as technical advisor for the film The Devil's Rain  and served as host and narrator for Nick Bougas ' mondo film Death Scenes. LaVey was the subject of numerous articles in news media throughout the world, including popular magazines such as Look , McCall's , Newsweek , and Time , and men's magazines. Historian of Satanism Gareth J. Medway described LaVey as a "born showman",  with anthropologist Jean La Fontaine describing him as a "colourful figure of considerable personal magnetism". Petersen described LaVey as "the most iconic figure in the Satanic milieu". Paul of Satanism",  " The Black Pope ",  and the "evilest man in the world".
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Scholars of religion have classified it as a new religious movement and a form of Western esotericism. It is one of several different movements that describe themselves as forms of Satanism. His ideas were heavily influenced by the ideas and writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand.