If you haven't been watching SyFy's amazing show "The Magicians," you need to start. It's everything you want in a TV show: smart writing, a thrilling fantastical world, another even more fantastical world, spontaneous musical numbers, and a group of awesome young witches and wizards battling the forces of evil.
Think "Harry Potter" for grownups.
Earlier this week, I received a letter from Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy — and by that I mean SyFy's PR department — inviting me to come and test my ~powers of enchantment~ in their Hall of Magic.
Because I'm a huge fan of "The Magicians" — season two starts on January 25, and I CANNOT WAIT — I turned myself into a goose and flew away to The Hall of Magic.
Since I am a hedge witch of extraordinary power, I was invited to the special press opening (and cocktail party with the cast, I'LL GET TO THAT). The interactive exhibition is in the William Vale hotel in Brooklyn, and runs from January 20 - 29. Check out all the info (and get tickets, which are free) right here.
My companion on the journey to the unknown was Lauren, Brakebills-trained superwitch, and Revelist's managing editor.
She is also a huge fan of "The Magicians," although she thinks that Quentin is the hottest, whereas I am OBVIOUSLY more of a Penny girl.
After fortifying ourselves with champagne for a trip to Fillory (and further!), we walked down a long, spooky hallway...
It took me a while to tap into my powers of magical destruction — I needed to refine my arm-chop — but once I did, that TV was TOAST.
Seriously, this was so cool. I especially loved knocking the picture frames crooked with a gesture.
Next, we prepared to levitate — but first, we had to eyeball some hot cast members.
The Hall of Magic seems huge, but is really a lot of awesome in a small space. Which is probably why Lauren and I couldn't stop bumping into the extremely fine male "Magicians" cast members — Arjun Gupta (Penny), Jason Ralph (Quentin), and Hale Appleman (Eliot).
I know. That is *a lot* of handsome.
Because I am both extremely thirsty AND ALSO surprisingly shy, attractive men turn me into a complete idiot. So instead of smiling and saying hello, I avoided eye contact like a murderer and ran inside this room.
Anyway! It was time to embrace my god-touched nature and learn to levitate, just like Julia.
AND I DID.
This is extremely cool. You lie down on a strong piece of wood bolted into the wall, then lean back so that your back covers the support, and "float." So here I am, hovering creepily like a Victorian ghost with a broken spine. Iconic.
Definitely the coolest experience in the Hall, as far as I'm concerned.
You wear a weird metallic headband around your forehead, and the steel ball will roll towards whichever person at the table is the least stressed out.
I tell you what, that ball could not get away from me fast enough. It practically FLEW towards Lauren.
I DON'T HAVE A STRESS PROBLEM I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT. *falls over, dies*
Season two of "The Magicians" premieres January 25 on SyFy — and you seriously HAVE to watch it.
You can watch season one on Netflix, just in case you want to catch up.
The Hall of Magic is open in Brooklyn from January 20 through the 29; GO.