Helping Kids Find “Magic” in New York City

My boys love magic. We seek out magic shows on TV, did a homeschool study on a few magicians, learn new magic tricks on a regular basis…I think it’s in their blood. So I knew the Houdini Museum in NYC had to be on our list!

It’s a small one-room museum, but it is filled to the brim with interesting artifacts. We saw several of his original handcuffs and chains, one of his suits used to hold him in an escape routine, his Escape Coffin from 1907 and several magic chests. There was also a costume from his wife who served as his assistant, a bust, and several of his writings.

Here’s the fun part…entrance is FREE 7 days a week.

The museum also holds a magic store. We loved learning several tricks from the magicians there, and seeing some locals who loved practicing on willing participants. In fact, we left with a magic trick or two that the boys could easily share with friends and family.

Not too far from here is another magic shop, Tannen’s. It’s been around since 1925 and touts itself as the city’s oldest magic store.

Of course, we picked up another magic stick or two here, but if you can only visit one I would say that the Museum is more friendly to visitors and kids. Not that Tannen’s was rude to us in any way, but it seems like the visitors here are very serious about their craft…it’s less a novelty shop and more an industry staple.

Regardless, make your next trip to NYC “magical” with a stop at these great shops!

365 Daily posts are short and sweet, designed to highlight the discoveries we unearth on a daily basis as we explore Atlanta, the South, and the world!

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
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