Name: Carly Engleton
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida
Agency: Wilhelmina Models
Where did you stay while in New York? A model flat in midtown Manhattan.
Share with us a memorable New York Fashion Week moment.
One day, I was standing outside being scolded on the phone… Clearly, I was in no good mood. A man on a motorbike drove past on East 26th Street, suddenly did a 180-degree turn and stopped right in front of me. A good ten minutes passed until I was done with my conversation, but he insisted on waiting. He tells me he’s a famous magician. I’m unconvinced, so he offers to show me some magic. As instructed, I take a quarter from my pocket and sign my initials on it with a Sharpie. I hold tightly it in my hand and he says to imagine myself bending the quarter. He told me the properties of the metal and the temperature necessary to bend it. We started small talk and came upon the subject of reading. “What are your favorite books?” he asked…”Well, The Fountainhead, The Prophet, Einstein’s Dreams… I don’t know, there are a lot!” I responded. We spoke a bit more and it ended with him promising to return the next day with a collection of books he felt I must read. He told me to open my hand. I did—and the quarter was bent like a sandwich! I really couldn’t believe it! When he called the next day with the books, I felt unwilling to meet him. He left his selection with the doorman: Mans Search For Meaning by Viktor E Frankl, Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and a couple more. I never saw him again, but I really loved the books.”
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