Friday, December 23, 2016

The Irregular Guide to New York Entry #18: Manhattan's Secret Magic Library

CH Presents: The Conjuring Arts Research Center from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.

(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

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!


Ali said...


Pickles Picasso said...

I must go. My dad is leaving for Manhattan today..............but I'm not allowed to come!!
:( :( :( :( :(

Stupid school.

Pickles Picasso said...

I found the address. It's really not that hard to find it. ;)

Anonymous said...

Last night, at work, I was going to coach someone on how to to pick a really lousy lock on a keepsake box with a paperclip (they'd lost the key years ago). Couldn't do it. Embarrassing. If I'm ever in New York, I may try to go to the library and look that up.

Robert in San Diego

Julia said...

So, like one of those locks on a diary, or those mini lockers?
Just take a paperclip, and unfold it. Then, in the middle, fold it in half into a little loop stick in the lock, and turn. It works with most crummy locks. Super easy.

-Julia (aka Pickles Picasso. Pickles is my blogger account.)