by Manchester Area Psychogeographic

Satyrday, February 10 1996 saw the first official MAP action take place with a levitation of the Corn Exchange building in central Manchester. Despite the rather inclement weather, a small but dedicated band of geomancers circumnavigated the building widdershins in honour of Elizabethan/Jacobean scholar and mystic, Dr John Dee.

Undeterred by threats of a counter demonstration by members of the self-styled 'Society For Keeping Buildings In Their Place', we proceeded to trace Dee's steps around the collegiate ground, Sadly, Dee's actual house lies beneath the rubble of successive generations until finally built over by the Victorians, but legend sites it underneath a specific place (Northern Lost Property) on Cathedral Walk which is where we broke off the levitation spell long enough to observe a few minutes contemplative silence in commemoration of the great man.

Reconvening at our starting point at the junction of Hanging Ditch and Cathedral Street, a society member issued a ringing denunciation of the 'other' society, along with a plea for February 10 to be declared 'Dee Day' and to be annually observed as a publick holiday.

The levitation then began. After several minutes of concerted effort, a colleague begged leave to point out that with the Corn Exchange being so crowded any prolonged levitation could prove injurious to the health of the people trapped inside. Electrical faults and falling masonry were also taken into consideration. It was noted that staff inside the corner fish and chip shop were beginning to panic. A vote was taken and in the interest of safety the levitation was halted.

After allowing representatives of the media a short interview, the society decamped to a pub in the Angel Meadow district. The event was adjudged a great success and further actions are planned.

First published in Manchester Area Psychogeographic 3, April 1996.

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