Summer of Magic: Houdini's Needle Swallow & More Parlor Magic

Speaker: 
Gregory Dubin
Fri, 08/24/2018 -
18:00 to 20:00
Fri, August 24th, 2018 |
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for all ages

Step right up to discover parlor magic performed by The Great Dubini! Gasp as he swallows needles in homage to Houdini, experience turn-of-the-century illusions with playing cards, and enjoy one of the oldest tricks in the history books: a ball that vanishes then magically moves through three different cups!

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Capturing the Magic Weekend

Fri, 08/24/2018 -
10:00 to 18:00
Fri, August 24th, 2018 |
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat, August 25th, 2018 |
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sun, August 26th, 2018 |
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

All weekend, we’re capturing the magic—of magic! Join us for films, programs, and events for the whole family to learn about magic in New York, from the 19th century to today.

The Magic Lantern: The Grandfather of Cinema 
Friday, August 24, 5–8 pm
Artist and filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz demonstrates this Victorian-era storytelling tradition used to produce apparitions that could transport viewers to distant lands, conjure ghosts and spirits, or simply amuse with silly jokes.

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Houdini Weekend

Fri, 07/13/2018 -
10:00 to 18:00
Fri, July 13th, 2018 |
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat, July 14th, 2018 |
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sun, July 15th, 2018 |
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Kick off our Summer of Magic with a special weekend exploring the life and work of the legendary Harry Houdini! Join us for films, programs, workshops, and activities for the whole family to learn about the master escape artist—and maybe even try some tricks yourself!

Houdini (2011)
Friday, July 13, 7–9 pm | Free with Pay-as-you-wish Friday Night
Discover the adventurous life of Harry Houdini in this jaw-dropping PBS documentary. Runtime 60 minutes

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The Magic Lantern: The Grandfather of Cinema

Speaker: 
Joel Schlemowitz
Fri, 08/24/2018 -
17:00 to 20:00
Fri, August 24th, 2018 |
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Free Program

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Before film, there was the magic lantern! Used in intimate parlors as a children’s toy as well as in lecture halls and Vaudeville theaters, the spectral, glowing images of the lantern slide could transport viewers to distant lands, conjure ghosts and spirits, or simply amuse with silly jokes. 

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The Prestige (2006)

Fri, 08/24/2018 -
19:00 to 21:30
Fri, August 24th, 2018 |
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Free with Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights

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In this captivating film from director Christopher Nolan, an illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy. Terrible consequences loom when the pair escalate their feud, each seeking not just to outwit—but to destroy—the other man. Runtime 130 minutes.

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War of the Worlds (2013)

Fri, 08/17/2018 -
19:00 to 20:30
Fri, August 17th, 2018 |
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Free Program

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The Psychology of Magic

Speaker: 
Kent Axell
Eric Walton
Thu, 08/16/2018 -
19:00 to 20:30
Thu, August 16th, 2018 |
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Why do our minds believe the impossible? What is the phenomenon of top-down processing? Why and how does the brain fill in the blanks in an incomplete picture? Magicians Kent Axell and Eric Walton uncover the answers through fascinating examples and live demonstrations from their own professional repertoires. The program will close with an example of the psychology at work.

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$20
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$18
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Abracadabra to Alchemy: 7000 Years of Magic

Speaker: 
Gabriella Corey
Wed, 08/15/2018 -
19:00 to 20:00
Wed, August 15th, 2018 |
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Trace the journey of magic through its exciting and hotly debated formative years. From the performance of the “cup and ball” trick observed in ancient Rome through medieval incantations and potions, the story of magic will enchant you.

Gabriella Corey is an auction specialist at artnet and art history lecturer.

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$10
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$8
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The Bowery Boys Magical Mystery Hour

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The Bowery Boys
Tue, 08/14/2018 -
19:00 to 20:30
Tue, August 14th, 2018 |
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Presenting the most magical tales in all of New York City history! Tom Meyers and Greg Young of the Bowery Boys Podcast conjure up stories of historical wizardry and superstition, from the dusty backrooms of old magic shops to the impossible feats of illusion and incantation from the Gilded Age’s most mysterious parlors.

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$20
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$18
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Watson Adventures' "Escape the New-York Historical Society"

Fri, 08/10/2018 -
18:00 to 20:00
Fri, August 10th, 2018 |
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission on Pay-as-you-wish Fridays

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Bad news: An evil magician has poisoned you. How? Magic! He will provide the antidote, but only if you can solve a series of puzzles involving objects on display in the Museum. Think your team can come up with the code that will save your life? Join us for this thrilling 45-minute adventure! No team size limit.

Created and run by Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts

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