Monday, December 3, 2012
The Irregular Guide to New York Entry #18: Manhattan's Secret Magic Library
(Yes, this is a rerun! But a good one!)
Hidden on the island of Manhattan is a library with over 11,000 books on the subject of magic. It’s called the Conjuring Arts Research Center, and if you’re clever enough to locate it, you’re welcome to visit. (And if you can’t, you can always check out the website at conjuringarts.org.)
Enter the rare books room, and you’ll find dusty tomes that date from as far back as 1480—and “mind reading” pamphlets from the seventeenth century. Many of the items collected are one of a kind. There’s even a book titled Valuable Secrets that I’d personally love to read. What kind of secrets, I wonder? And how valuable are they? If you find out, please let me know!