In another thread, I mentioned how I work near the site of the old Hornmann-Flosso magic shop. I walk past there every day, usually without a second thought, since it's now a movie megaplex in a freshly minted skyscraper. That got me to thinking...
A magical walking tour of NYC?
What could a New York-o-centric magic historian show in a leisurely stroll through midtown Manhattan? What tales could s/he regale us with? Just the addresses of late- or long-lamented magic shops and the characters who ran them would keep me going ... Flosso, Okito, and sure, Tannen's. (I myself have visited three of Tannen's locations prior to the current one; this dates me severely.)
I ordinarily hate Times Square but would love to return there to be shown where Houdini was hoisted, and how high, and with what manner of shackles. One block east, there's what's left (nothing, really) of the Hippodrome, where Harry was vanishing elephants and whatnot.
What a cool way to spend an afternoon! It's just a fantasy, but...who could you imagine leading such a tour (Ricky Jay for sure...others?), and what sites and "on this very spot" stories would you want to see and hear?