Summer of Magic

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sun Sep 16 2018.
Friday, June 15, 2018 Various times
Saturday, June 16, 2018 Various times
Sunday, June 17, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Various times
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Various times
Friday, June 22, 2018 Various times
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Various times
Sunday, June 24, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Various times
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Various times
Friday, June 29, 2018 Various times
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Various times
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Various times
Thursday, July 5, 2018 Various times
Friday, July 6, 2018 Various times
Saturday, July 7, 2018 Various times
Sunday, July 8, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Various times
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Various times
Friday, July 13, 2018 Various times
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Various times
Sunday, July 15, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Various times
Thursday, July 19, 2018 Various times
Friday, July 20, 2018 Various times
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Various times
Sunday, July 22, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Various times
Thursday, July 26, 2018 Various times
Friday, July 27, 2018 Various times
Saturday, July 28, 2018 Various times
Sunday, July 29, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Various times
Thursday, August 2, 2018 Various times
Friday, August 3, 2018 Various times
Saturday, August 4, 2018 Various times
Sunday, August 5, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Various times
Thursday, August 9, 2018 Various times
Friday, August 10, 2018 Various times
Saturday, August 11, 2018 Various times
Sunday, August 12, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Various times
Thursday, August 16, 2018 Various times
Friday, August 17, 2018 Various times
Saturday, August 18, 2018 Various times
Sunday, August 19, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Various times
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Various times
Friday, August 24, 2018 Various times
Saturday, August 25, 2018 Various times
Sunday, August 26, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Various times
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Various times
Friday, August 31, 2018 Various times
Saturday, September 1, 2018 Various times
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Various times
Thursday, September 6, 2018 Various times
Friday, September 7, 2018 Various times
Saturday, September 8, 2018 Various times
Sunday, September 9, 2018 Various times
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Various times
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Various times
Thursday, September 13, 2018 Various times
Friday, September 14, 2018 Various times
Saturday, September 15, 2018 Various times
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Various times
Event Info
Cost: 
Varies with program
Recommended Age: 
6 and up

Summer of Magic promises an exciting, museum-wide line-up of mesmerizing displays, evening programs, family activities, and free films that offer a historical perspective on the spectacle of magic and the magicians who became famous performing death-defying feats.

Stop by to explore rarely exhibited artifacts from the Golden Age of Magic—including unique items from David Copperfield’s private collection that Harry Houdini used to make his thrilling escapes, and meet historical reenactors portraying the great illusionists of the past. Families can also study magic tricks and learn about mind reading, women in magic, tragic performances, unsolved mysteries, and more.

On Saturdays and Sundays from June 23 – August 26, New York’s magical past comes to life with historical magicians, fortune-tellers, escape artists, and other marvelous illusionists from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present.

On weekend afternoons, young magicians can check out a special Summer of Magic-themed History Detective briefcase in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to explore the exhibition. Each briefcase is chock full of activities that invite families to draw, discuss, interpret, and even do a little magic of their own! At the end of the visit, the briefcases must be returned.

Join special festivities on Houdini Weekend (Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15) while exploring the life and work of the legendary escape artist with films, programs, workshops, and activities for the whole family. Return for Capturing the Magic Weekend (Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26) to watch films and enjoy programs about magic in New York from the 19th century to today.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Meet Summer of Magic’s Opening Act: Harry Houdini!
Saturday, June 16, 11 am – 4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Celebrate the opening of Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection and shake hands with Harry Houdini—that is, if he can break free from a straitjacket or handcuffs! Portrayed by Duffy Hudson, Houdini shares his incredible life story, performs illusions with playing cards, and manages to swallow—gulp—sharp needles!

Meet an Escape Artist!
Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 | 1–4 pm
Sunday, July 15 | 1–4 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Be amazed by sideshow and variety performer Adam RealMan and his special tribute to Houdini’s escape acts. Get behind-the-curtain tips on how to magicians free themselves from restraints, and marvel as Adam escapes a straitjacket, rope, and handcuffs!

Visit with Vaudeville Magician
Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, 11 am – 4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Explore the history of magic in New York and see classic vaudeville tricks and illusions from the turn-of-the-century performed by Tanya Solomon, a magician and teacher of circus arts.

Meet Harry Houdini!
Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, 11 am – 4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Portrayed by Duffy Hudson, Houdini shares his incredible life story, performs illusions with playing cards, and manages to swallow—gulp— sharp needles!

Houdini’s Needle Swallow & More Parlor Magic!
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 12–4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Step right up to discover parlor magic performed by The Great Dubini! Gasp as he swallows needles in homage to Houdini and marvel at some of the oldest tricks in the history books.

Summer of Magic: Fortune-Tellers
Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 12–4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
What does the rest of summer have in store for you? Learn what your future will bring by summoning the spirits of illusionists’ past with one of our fortune-tellers from the Golden Age of Magic.

Tales of Magic and the Paranormal in 19th-century New York
Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29 | Performance times vary from 11 am – 4 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Hear incredible tales of 19th-century magicians and Spiritualists from a time when séances, ghosts, and paranormal practices were in vogue—all performed by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk!

Meet Adelaide Hermann, the Queen of Magic!
Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, 12–1:45 pm and 2:30–4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
What made Adelaide Hermann the Queen of Magic? Don’t miss your chance to see magicienne and scholar Margaret Steele bring some of Madame Adelaide’s tricks from the early 20th century to life!

Summer of Magic: Conjuring Colonial Illusions
Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 11 am – 4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Long before Houdini, Mr. Bayly advertised that he could present feats of magic “without the use of Pockets, Bags, or Sleeves.” Meet the 18th-century magician—portrayed by a Living Historian—who first performed in NYC more than 250 years ago!

Summer of Magic: Learn a Parlor Trick!
Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, 12– 4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Want a way to entertain guests? Join parlor magicians from the turn-of-the-century, portrayed by Living Historians, to discover the importance of a flourish and perfectly timed magic word, then try your hand at some mesmerizing tricks!

Visit a Victorian Magic Lantern Show
Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, 11 am – 4 pm| Free with Museum Admission
What’s a ‘magic lantern’? Examine antique projection equipment and painted glass slides, and see how Victorian lanternists conjured images of spirits, distant lands, and illustrations to entertain New Yorkers in the 19th century, demonstrated by artist and filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz.

Meet Summer of Magic’s Closing Act: Harry Houdini
Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 11 am – 4 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Don’t miss the final weekend of Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection, and your last chance to shake hands with Harry Houdini! Portrayed by Duffy Hudson, Houdini shares his incredible life story, performs illusions with playing cards, and manages to swallow—gulp—sharp needles!

Summer of Magic Free Film Series
Throughout the summer on Pay-as-you-wish Friday evenings—and a select Thursday in August—free film screenings illuminate the world of magic and its practitioners.

Houdini (2011) | Friday, July 13, 7–8:30 pm (60 min)
In this PBS documentary, audiences are transported behind the scenes to meet the man who made his living performing death-defying escapes. Introduction by John Cox—writer of the popular “Wild About Harry” blog and member of the world-famous Magic Castle.

Now You See Me (2013) | Friday, July 27, 7–9:30 pm (115 min)
Four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.

Now You See Me 2 (2016) | Friday, August 3, 7–9:30pm (129 min)
In this sequel to the 2013 film, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate.

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) | Thursday, August 9, 7–9pm (94 min)
This special Thursday screening showcases the recent documentary that looks at Orson Welles and the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star and filmmaker.

War of the Worlds (2013) | Friday, August 17, 7–8:30 pm (60 min)
When the initial broadcast of War of the Worlds took place in 1938, it was met by a believing public, terrified that aliens had landed in New Jersey. This 2013 documentary examines the elements that created this frenzy, the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium, and the creative wunderkind Orson Welles, the 23-year-old director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.

The Prestige (2006) | Friday, August 25, 7–9:30 pm (130 min)
An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians—played by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale—against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy.

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