My obsession with Coney Island is no secret. I've gone down the deep rabbit hole that only passion research can inspire for stories about the history of magic at Coney Island and about Coney Island's variety arts king, for example. All the roads of my own personal history with a lifelong love of magic trace back to Coney Island, decades before I was even born. So it was great fun to attend an event at the Brooklyn Public Library last month, featuring Herb Scher, Richard Cohn, Mark Mitton, and George Schindler in a moderated panel discussion about Coney Island's magical history. In this feature for Genii Online, I dug deeper with these magicians and historians to find out why Coney Islands has its hooks in us all.