Feature image by Kate Prendergast
Presented by Broad Encounters
Reviewed 23 February 2020
Maho Magic Bar is a sneak peek into a dazzling Tokyo night, complete with Roku gin and tonics.
The venue is a purpose-built ‘Magic Bar’, a neon-lit box in the midst of the Garden of Unearthly Delights. It’s eye-catching and intriguing, as is the show itself.
Patrons are ushered into the bar, and seated at one of five tables. The venue is decked out with lanterns, cherry blossoms, and multiple bars. Drink orders are taken, with the Roku gin and tonic proving popular, and the lights are dimmed in preparation.
Throughout the show, the magicians move from table to table, each with a specialised performance. The stress is on close-up magic, of which these magicians have certainly mastered. The crowd is audibly impressed, and most audience members seem thoroughly entertained by the trickery. Some tricks are explained by the magicians, whilst others are left to the imagination.
Placed on each table is a ‘Specials Menu’ featuring a selection of mysteriously named items. For a cost, patrons can order off this menu, and what happens post order is something that can really only be experienced in person.
Although the transitions between the individual performances could perhaps be a little smoother, the show is fun, and ideal for groups to attend.
Venue: Maho Magic Bar at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season: 25 February – 15 March
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $49.00 to $59.00