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"The Magicians" = magic gets sexy.

photo: SyFy

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.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

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.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

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...

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photo: Lauren Gordon / Revelist

...and popped out through the clock in the magical world of Brakebills!

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photo: Alle / revelist

It's not the Fillory clock, though. No rams.

We emerged in a well-lit white hallway, and were invited to open our first mysterious door.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

So I chose the library...

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And omg, it was AMAZING. Flying books everywhere!

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photo: Alle / Revelist

The walls are covered in books, and they dangle down from the ceiling!

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photo: Lauren Gordon / Revelist

This is me, checking if there any season two spoilers hidden in the books on the walls. Nope.

From the Library, we left the safety of the indoors and ventured into THE FOREST — and it was legit spooky.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

The forest is a dimly-lit maze of raver flowers, tall trees, mist, and mirrors. I nearly walked into the mirror-walls so many times, it was so dark!

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photo: Alle / Revelist

I also caught sight of my reflection several times, and each time I got mad that some other girl was wearing my outfit.

*sad trombone noise*

You wend your way down the narrow forest path, making sure not to get distracted by the glowing lollipop lights...

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photo: Alle / Revelist

...until you arrive to the enchanted dinner party, where the silverware moves BY ITSELF. I honestly jumped the first time the spoons started swirling around on the table.

the magicians forest
photo: Alle / Revelist

So subtle! So spooky!

After finding our way out of the forest, we decided it was time to test our BATTLE MAGIC.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

In this room, you bottle up all your feelings and attempt to "destroy" a number of obstacles — picture frames, a snow globe, a fan, a telephone.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

Yep — I'm about to DO SOME GODDAMNED MAGIC.

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.

photo: Lauren Gordon / Revelist

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.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

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.

SMOOTH.

Anyway! It was time to embrace my god-touched nature and learn to levitate, just like Julia.

photo: SyFy / Giphy

AND I DID.

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photo: Lauren Gordon / Revelist

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.

But then it was time to polish up that magical education, and head to class.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

Don't worry — no Beasts arrived while we were in this part of the exhibition.

After taking some notes in Dean Fogg's lecture on runes or whatever...

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photo: Alle / Revelist

(I didn't actually take notes, but Dean Fogg WAS around.)

...Lauren and I then played a mystical game. It wasn't Welters, but it was still pretty cool.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

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.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

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*

And then, it was finally time to accept my chosen nature and escape to Fillory, the magical Narnia-esque world in "The Magicians."

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photo: Alle / Revelist

You open this tiny door, and there's a minute diorama of Jane and the clock tree!

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photo: Alle / Revelist

I love tiny things, so this was especially delightful.

Peeking through another tiny gold door revealed a perfect miniature replica of the Physical Kids' cottage.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

"TADA" indeed.

Opening the final door in the Hall revealed a cauldron of LIQUID MAGIC — by which I mean another bar.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

The scariest thing in the Hall of Magic was the line for another drink, in case you're wondering. But we braved it.

(Yes, the bar did have an upside-down roof garden made of real plants hovering overhead. Why would you even ask?)

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photo: Alle / Revelist

After a final mirror selfie with a spectral centaur, it was time to leave the Hall of Magic behind, and return to the "real," non-magical world.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

But luckily, it turned out that the REAL magic — champagne — was within me all along.

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photo: Lauren Gordon / Revelist

Cheers!

Season two of "The Magicians" premieres January 25 on SyFy — and you seriously HAVE to watch it.

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photo: Alle / Revelist

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.