Harry Potter Fan Club NYC Interviews Manhattan Magician


SpaceMan Crashes the HPFCNYC Party

Hello PotterHeads, SpaceMan here with a special treat. An exclusive interview with Manhattan Magician. Manhattan Magician is a former performing magician, who now is both an inventor and writer on the topic of conjuring as seen on his website ManhattanMagician.com.

Passing on the Legacy

One of the aspects of being a Harry Potter fan that Manhattan Magician is enjoying, is passing on the legacy of the Harry Potter books through his wife and daughter. Just before bedtime they read to each other from the Potter series. Thus, that is where we start with our interview of the notorious fringe character…Manhattan Magician! I pass it over now to our guest blogger HPFCNYC.

HPFCNYC
Welcome Manhattan Magician.

MM
Thank you, I am glad to be here.

HPFCNYC
So I hear that your wife and daughter are enjoying the Harry Potter series…

MM
Yes indeed. Generation to generation the Harry Potter books do go.

HPFCNYC
What’s it like being both a stage magician and a Harry Potter fan?

MM
I’m actually a former magician. Now mostly an inventor of magic and a blogger. Funny you should ask about the experience of being a former performing magician and a Potter fan. Because I have recently been studying the inspirations for the content of the books. For example, the term Avada Kedavra used in Potter. Avada Kedavra is the killing curse and tool of the Dark Arts and one of the three Unforgivable Curses. When cast successfully on a living person or creature the curse causes instantaneous and painless death, without any signs of violence on the body.

HPFCNYC
Sounds pleasant.

MM
Yes. Quite. Whereas Abracadabra has an entirely different meaning. You see Avada Kedavra sounds much like Abracadabra.

HPFCNYC
I never noticed before.

MM
And as I said, Abracadabra is different. It’s word said by magicians when performing a magic trick. Much like Hocus-Pocus, Open Sesame and the like. In fact, I used to say Abracadabra all the time in my act.

HPFCNYC
I used to as well.

MM
People during Medieval Times actually believed in magic as an ongoing part of their lives. The word Abracadabra was useful for them to be used whenever they couldn’t explain something.  They actually used the incantation ‘Abracadabra’ to ward off such bewitchment and as a remedy for poor health. The word was recited repeatedly, each time with the final letter being removed, until just ‘a’ remained.

It was believed that a person’s illness could be treated with the word in a triangular amulet as the as the word became shorter. I could use such an amulet right now as I am nursing a cold. J. K. Rowling was a genius with what she did with the Harry Potter series and the magic world created, sometimes borrowing ideas from history and other aspects that were, well, plucked out of thin air with a magic flourish!