Things were winding down by Thursday afternoon. David Pogue, speaking at the “Midtown Stage,” attracted only enough people to fill about half the seats.
Pogue is best known as a Times technology columnist, but he has now written a children’s book called Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power.
When the time came for Q&A, the audience seemed shy.
Eventually, one woman asked to see a magic trick. Pogue declined, and instead demonstrated what he called “the magician’s stretch.” The next question: “Why are there so many more male magicians than women?” Pogue said that he did not know, but speculated that the same sense of control that attracts men to technology also made magic appealing.