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2nd May '15 4:10:44 AM SeptimusHeap
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->I stay in New York to bargain for power.

->My gran'mere taught me to negotiate for smalls and ways in the unlit parts of the city; she taught me that there were things that lived in New York, that ''were'' New York, who could be treated with and flattered or threatened or spoken to over a cup of chocolate or a mug of beer.
-->--''First lines''

Michel Wibert is a French-American man who lives in New York. Raised by his grandmother, he's the CEO of a financial services firm, is independently wealthy, and likes to dress well.

He spends his spare time being a magician.

Michel's grandmother was the first person to teach him how to See and Hear the invisible denizens of New York City. He uses these powers to make deals for the benefit of himself and others, and, naturally, gets pulled into something much bigger than him. The series is best described as ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' meets ''Literature/AmericanGods'' meets, well, ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.

You can find the full series listing, to date, by going [[http://everything2.com/node/category/The+New+York+Magician here]] and starting from the top. Or you could [[http://everything2.com/title/Weak+and+desperate+from+decades+of+commuting+the+djinn+would+barter+all+for+coffee+and+a+friendly+ear start at the beginning]]. Several of the stories have been removed, and put into the ebook.
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!!This series contains examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Malsumis.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: From the god of the Nile to [[spoiler: Michel himself (sort of)]], there are quite a few of these.
* BadassLongcoat: Michel's Burberry.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Azif takes Michel to the Ondermarkt, a secret gathering place for New York's supernatural community, where various mystical items are bought and sold.
* BigApplesauce: Mostly Manhattan, to be precise.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Elders.
-->'''Michel:''' "Wait, you're saying you had me kidnapped, knocked out, tied up in a basement and dropped here on this bench because you wanted me to know how it feels when I turn to you on the fucking subway and say 'hi?'"
* CelebrityParadox: Discussed when Michel meets [[spoiler:Cthulhu]]. He's sitting in a bar later, more than a little disturbed, and points out to the [[spoiler:djinn]] with whom he's discussing the incident that said Elder is supposed to be fictional. The [[spoiler:djinn's]] response is basically, "That doesn't mean he isn't real."
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Up to and including [[spoiler:Cthulhu,]] though no tea was involved.
* EldritchAbomination: Hiya, [[spoiler: Cthulhu]].
* EquivalentExchange: Michel has to use energy from things like fired bullets and flashbulb capacitors to power his magic. One favorite trick is to fire one bullet, and use the energy from that to do magic to the next one he fires. [[spoiler:Then there's the automatic summoning spell running off an old IRT substation.]]
* {{Everything2}}: This is where it's hosted.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FunctionalMagic: Seems to be a blend of Device Magic, Theurgy, Force Magic, Transmutation, Summoning, White Magic, Black Magic, and most importantly EquivalentExchange.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly
* {{Golem}}: Michel meets [[spoiler: and kills]] one.
* GuileHero: Michel gets by on his wits and his tools.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Michel is able to summon a magical flintlock pistol whenever he wants by raising his arm like he's hailing a cab. Once he aims it toward the ground at the proper angle, it will return to wherever it came from.
* ImmuneToBullets: A lot of the magical denizens of the city can stand up to even Michel's Desert Eagle. So he sometimes has to get...''creative''.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Michel sure likes his Burberry (later London Fog) coat, which is resistant to harm.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: In [[http://bit.ly/bv0gAc one chapter]], Michel confronts a suspect in a girl's disappearance. Every word out of the man's mouth [[DiggingYourselfDeeper somehow gets him into more trouble]].
* InvisibilityCloak: Michel's watch can generate "slips", which are basically this, barring magical people and beings who can see through them.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Raymond]]
* KillItWithFire: A chronomaster tries to get uppity with Michel. [[HandCannon Michel doesn't]] [[MugglesDoItBetter like it.]]
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Averted; Michel mentions at least once that firing his Desert Eagle, despite his extensive training with it, has still made his wrist hurt.
* LovecraftLite
--> Michel: Your boss is a squid.
* MagicRealism / UrbanFantasy: It takes place in a modern New York with a {{Masquerade}}. What do ''you'' think?
* MagicAIsMagicA
* {{Masquerade}}: Unless they can See or Hear, people simply ''can't'' notice the supernatural events around them. Interestingly, when mundane people find out about the magical world, they usually take a very short time before coming to grips with it.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Not many (as there aren't that many stories, all told), but they definitely have this vibe.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Michel's job as a financial consultant allows him to take a lot of time off. Of course, it's his company, and he specifically arranged matters that way.
* PosthumousCharacter: Eventually, [[spoiler:Michel's grandma]].
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Played with. Michel's job both makes him very wealthy and lets him take lots of time off, but he's smart and very good at it, even without magical assistance.
* ShownTheirWork: Frequently. There's one arc that opens with a detailed account of firefighters fighting a gas fire. Instead of just "they pour water on it", Michel's narration notes the use of foam as a suppressor, and using water mainly to douse any flames that escape the foam. This does beg the question of why a financial guy would even know so much about firefighting, but one can presume he simply looked it up between the end of that story arc and writing it down.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Compare the writer's earlier ''[[http://everything2.com/title/Park+Ethereal Park Ethereal]]'' series, which also features magical elements in an otherwise normal New York, along with some Urban Exploration influence. However, the protagonists are very different; Michel is an rich man experienced at all this magic stuff, while the narrator of PE is a broke homeless guy who can't remember his name or past and has no real idea what's going on.
* OurGeniesAreDifferent
* OurGodsAreGreater
* PlayingWithFire: [[spoiler:Melooch and his rider.]]
* TheDrifter: The Djinn.
* TimeMaster: the chronomancer ... until Michel shows him why MugglesDoItBetter.
* TooMuchInformation: When Michel asks Kevin how the latter knew his Nana.
-->"Ahh." He smiled, creasing into a grin. "What a woman yer nan was, boy."
-->"Okay, that's already told me way more than I wanted to know about that part."
* UtilityBelt: Wibert's bandolier. Interestingly enough, it only has a few, precisely defined, very useful items in it. Strangely, Michel can apparently get away with openly wearing a bandolier in a major city in the 21st centur-oh, right, [[ApatheticCitizens it's New York]].
* WalkingTheEarth: Seems to be the djinn's fate. Well, walking New York, anyways.
* WeirdnessCensor: Lampshaded repeatedly; most New Yorkers people won't notice [[InvisibleToNormals unless something really incredible is happening]]. In fact, Michel muses that it's easier for him to get away with using magic in public than it is to get away with waving a gun around; people rationalize magic, but they call the cops for guns.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Part of the reason Michel hurls Malsumis off a building is because he's pissed off about Mal's cavalier attitude towards his minion's deaths, and the mortality of humans in general, culminating in TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* WildCard: Raymond. [[spoiler: Cthulhu]]. Michel's grandmother. Michel himself (as seen by everyone else). Baba Yaga- is it possible to have a whole cast of wildcards?
* WreathedInFlames: How Michel saw Melooch and his rider.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: It's ''New York''.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Most of Michel's escapades start in bars.
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to:

->I stay in New York to bargain for power.

->My gran'mere taught me to negotiate for smalls and ways in the unlit parts of the city; she taught me that there were things that lived in New York, that ''were'' New York, who could be treated with and flattered or threatened or spoken to over a cup of chocolate or a mug of beer.
-->--''First lines''

Michel Wibert is a French-American man who lives in New York. Raised by his grandmother, he's the CEO of a financial services firm, is independently wealthy, and likes to dress well.

He spends his spare time being a magician.

Michel's grandmother was the first person to teach him how to See and Hear the invisible denizens of New York City. He uses these powers to make deals for the benefit of himself and others, and, naturally, gets pulled into something much bigger than him. The series is best described as ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' meets ''Literature/AmericanGods'' meets, well, ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.

You can find the full series listing, to date, by going [[http://everything2.com/node/category/The+New+York+Magician here]] and starting from the top. Or you could [[http://everything2.com/title/Weak+and+desperate+from+decades+of+commuting+the+djinn+would+barter+all+for+coffee+and+a+friendly+ear start at the beginning]]. Several of the stories have been removed, and put into the ebook.
----
!!This series contains examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Malsumis.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: From the god of the Nile to [[spoiler: Michel himself (sort of)]], there are quite a few of these.
* BadassLongcoat: Michel's Burberry.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Azif takes Michel to the Ondermarkt, a secret gathering place for New York's supernatural community, where various mystical items are bought and sold.
* BigApplesauce: Mostly Manhattan, to be precise.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Elders.
-->'''Michel:''' "Wait, you're saying you had me kidnapped, knocked out, tied up in a basement and dropped here on this bench because you wanted me to know how it feels when I turn to you on the fucking subway and say 'hi?'"
* CelebrityParadox: Discussed when Michel meets [[spoiler:Cthulhu]]. He's sitting in a bar later, more than a little disturbed, and points out to the [[spoiler:djinn]] with whom he's discussing the incident that said Elder is supposed to be fictional. The [[spoiler:djinn's]] response is basically, "That doesn't mean he isn't real."
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Up to and including [[spoiler:Cthulhu,]] though no tea was involved.
* EldritchAbomination: Hiya, [[spoiler: Cthulhu]].
* EquivalentExchange: Michel has to use energy from things like fired bullets and flashbulb capacitors to power his magic. One favorite trick is to fire one bullet, and use the energy from that to do magic to the next one he fires. [[spoiler:Then there's the automatic summoning spell running off an old IRT substation.]]
* {{Everything2}}: This is where it's hosted.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FunctionalMagic: Seems to be a blend of Device Magic, Theurgy, Force Magic, Transmutation, Summoning, White Magic, Black Magic, and most importantly EquivalentExchange.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly
* {{Golem}}: Michel meets [[spoiler: and kills]] one.
* GuileHero: Michel gets by on his wits and his tools.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Michel is able to summon a magical flintlock pistol whenever he wants by raising his arm like he's hailing a cab. Once he aims it toward the ground at the proper angle, it will return to wherever it came from.
* ImmuneToBullets: A lot of the magical denizens of the city can stand up to even Michel's Desert Eagle. So he sometimes has to get...''creative''.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Michel sure likes his Burberry (later London Fog) coat, which is resistant to harm.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: In [[http://bit.ly/bv0gAc one chapter]], Michel confronts a suspect in a girl's disappearance. Every word out of the man's mouth [[DiggingYourselfDeeper somehow gets him into more trouble]].
* InvisibilityCloak: Michel's watch can generate "slips", which are basically this, barring magical people and beings who can see through them.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Raymond]]
* KillItWithFire: A chronomaster tries to get uppity with Michel. [[HandCannon Michel doesn't]] [[MugglesDoItBetter like it.]]
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Averted; Michel mentions at least once that firing his Desert Eagle, despite his extensive training with it, has still made his wrist hurt.
* LovecraftLite
--> Michel: Your boss is a squid.
* MagicRealism / UrbanFantasy: It takes place in a modern New York with a {{Masquerade}}. What do ''you'' think?
* MagicAIsMagicA
* {{Masquerade}}: Unless they can See or Hear, people simply ''can't'' notice the supernatural events around them. Interestingly, when mundane people find out about the magical world, they usually take a very short time before coming to grips with it.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Not many (as there aren't that many stories, all told), but they definitely have this vibe.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Michel's job as a financial consultant allows him to take a lot of time off. Of course, it's his company, and he specifically arranged matters that way.
* PosthumousCharacter: Eventually, [[spoiler:Michel's grandma]].
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Played with. Michel's job both makes him very wealthy and lets him take lots of time off, but he's smart and very good at it, even without magical assistance.
* ShownTheirWork: Frequently. There's one arc that opens with a detailed account of firefighters fighting a gas fire. Instead of just "they pour water on it", Michel's narration notes the use of foam as a suppressor, and using water mainly to douse any flames that escape the foam. This does beg the question of why a financial guy would even know so much about firefighting, but one can presume he simply looked it up between the end of that story arc and writing it down.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Compare the writer's earlier ''[[http://everything2.com/title/Park+Ethereal Park Ethereal]]'' series, which also features magical elements in an otherwise normal New York, along with some Urban Exploration influence. However, the protagonists are very different; Michel is an rich man experienced at all this magic stuff, while the narrator of PE is a broke homeless guy who can't remember his name or past and has no real idea what's going on.
* OurGeniesAreDifferent
* OurGodsAreGreater
* PlayingWithFire: [[spoiler:Melooch and his rider.]]
* TheDrifter: The Djinn.
* TimeMaster: the chronomancer ... until Michel shows him why MugglesDoItBetter.
* TooMuchInformation: When Michel asks Kevin how the latter knew his Nana.
-->"Ahh." He smiled, creasing into a grin. "What a woman yer nan was, boy."
-->"Okay, that's already told me way more than I wanted to know about that part."
* UtilityBelt: Wibert's bandolier. Interestingly enough, it only has a few, precisely defined, very useful items in it. Strangely, Michel can apparently get away with openly wearing a bandolier in a major city in the 21st centur-oh, right, [[ApatheticCitizens it's New York]].
* WalkingTheEarth: Seems to be the djinn's fate. Well, walking New York, anyways.
* WeirdnessCensor: Lampshaded repeatedly; most New Yorkers people won't notice [[InvisibleToNormals unless something really incredible is happening]]. In fact, Michel muses that it's easier for him to get away with using magic in public than it is to get away with waving a gun around; people rationalize magic, but they call the cops for guns.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Part of the reason Michel hurls Malsumis off a building is because he's pissed off about Mal's cavalier attitude towards his minion's deaths, and the mortality of humans in general, culminating in TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* WildCard: Raymond. [[spoiler: Cthulhu]]. Michel's grandmother. Michel himself (as seen by everyone else). Baba Yaga- is it possible to have a whole cast of wildcards?
* WreathedInFlames: How Michel saw Melooch and his rider.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: It's ''New York''.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Most of Michel's escapades start in bars.
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[[redirect:Literature/NewYorkMagician]]
27th Mar '14 4:38:56 PM LongLiveHumour
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Michel's grandmother was the first person to teach him how to See and Hear the invisible denizens of New York City. He uses these powers to make deals for the benefit of himself and others, and, naturally, gets pulled into something much bigger than him. The series is best described as ''TheDresdenFiles'' meets ''Literature/AmericanGods'' meets, well, ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.

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Michel's grandmother was the first person to teach him how to See and Hear the invisible denizens of New York City. He uses these powers to make deals for the benefit of himself and others, and, naturally, gets pulled into something much bigger than him. The series is best described as ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' meets ''Literature/AmericanGods'' meets, well, ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.
23rd Mar '14 7:30:38 AM sslemmons
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* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Azif takes Michel to the Ondermarkt, a secret gathering place for New York's supernatural community, where various mystical items are bought and sold.
1st Nov '13 8:50:30 PM Jonn
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You can find the full series listing, to date, by going [[http://everything2.com/node/category/The+New+York+Magician here]] and starting from the top. Or you could [[http://everything2.com/title/Weak+and+desperate+from+decades+of+commuting+the+djinn+would+barter+all+for+coffee+and+a+friendly+ear start at the beginning]].

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You can find the full series listing, to date, by going [[http://everything2.com/node/category/The+New+York+Magician here]] and starting from the top. Or you could [[http://everything2.com/title/Weak+and+desperate+from+decades+of+commuting+the+djinn+would+barter+all+for+coffee+and+a+friendly+ear start at the beginning]]. Several of the stories have been removed, and put into the ebook.
21st Oct '13 2:41:42 AM SayaAensland
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-->Michel: "Wait, you're saying you had me kidnapped, knocked out, tied up in a basement and dropped here on this bench because you wanted me to know how it feels when I turn to you on the fucking subway and say 'hi?'"

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-->Michel: -->'''Michel:''' "Wait, you're saying you had me kidnapped, knocked out, tied up in a basement and dropped here on this bench because you wanted me to know how it feels when I turn to you on the fucking subway and say 'hi?'"
26th Jul '13 7:24:17 AM TVRulezAgain
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Michel's grandmother was the first person to teach him how to See and Hear the invisible denizens of New York City. He uses these powers to make deals for the benefit of himself and others, and, naturally, gets pulled into something much bigger than him. The series is best described as ''TheDresdenFiles'' meets ''Literature/AmericanGods'' meets, well, ''{{Batman}}''.

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Michel's grandmother was the first person to teach him how to See and Hear the invisible denizens of New York City. He uses these powers to make deals for the benefit of himself and others, and, naturally, gets pulled into something much bigger than him. The series is best described as ''TheDresdenFiles'' meets ''Literature/AmericanGods'' meets, well, ''{{Batman}}''.
''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.
23rd Oct '12 4:52:21 AM Jonn
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* OneHourWorkWeek: Michel's job as a financial consultant allows him to take a lot of time off. Of course, it's his company, and he specifically arranged matters that way.
12th Aug '12 6:44:55 PM zam
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* GuileHero

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* GuileHeroGuileHero: Michel gets by on his wits and his tools.
31st Jul '12 9:54:54 PM g3m1n1
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* KillItWithFire: A chronomaster tries to get uppity with Michel. [[HandCannon Michel doesn't]] [[MugglesDoItBetter like it.]]
31st Jul '12 9:48:09 PM g3m1n1
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* GuileHero
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