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Magic Fest and World’s Longest Magic Show Guinness Attempt


Watch my hands very carefully, as I wave a magic wand above the Northcote Town Hall on Monday 27th June. Right before your eyes the Melbourne Magic Festival will appear and it is going to be HUGE. We are talking over 300 shows and free events in total. That's a lot of rabbits being pulled from a lot of hats!

Nothing in this pocket. Nothing up my sleeve. But the Melbourne Magic Festival will disappear after last shows on Saturday 9th July 2016. There is a show suitable for everybody, every taste and every age and your trick will be trying to decide which ones to go see. Kids shows, adult only shows, locally grown talent and international stars will make guest appearances.



From Funny Things Do Happen with Tip Top Tom and his under 12 kid friendly show running from the 4th to 8th of July, to multi-award winning Josh Staley's Perplexity for everyone aged 9 plus on the 5th July; there is no end to the range and talent. Other shows Include John Archer – A Magician and a Ukulele, Phil Cass: Expert Troublemaker, Tim Credible's Family Magic Show, 2 Guys, 1 Show No Idea, The Fairy Magic Show and Magicsports, plus heaps more.

Performances will appear at various times during the day and night, with plenty of school holiday fun designed especially for the kids. In addition to the shows, there are also several magic workshops where you can, 'step behind the velvet curtain and uncover the mysteries of magic.'

For some brand new, smoke and mirror, sleight of hand routines, buy tickets to see the Australian Junior Championships of Magic being dealt right here in Melbourne. Young and upcoming magicians from right around Australia will be donning their top hats to compete in this very prestigious magical event.

The Magic Melbourne Festival website is jam packed with performance information. You can search either by show, schedule, magician or category. It is also worthwhile subscribing to the newsletter for updates and special offers.

The 2016 Melbourne Magic Festival is coming to the Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote from Monday 27th June to Saturday 9th July. Tickets are priced from $10 and can be bought either online or by calling 9481 9500. Prices vary with Twelve Dollar Tuesday being the night that really shines. Selected shows are featured on Tuesday for only $12. There are also special offers for International Guest shows, and the more shows you see the more you save.

Between Studio 1 and Studio 3 at the Northcote Town Hall, you fill find Magic Central. It is here you can enjoy some FREE magic events and activities every day of the festival, along with something to eat and drink. Activities and exhibitions will include a giant chess set, Dane Certificate's art exhibit, 'Doves & Rabbits' in the West Wing Foyer. You can browse through the Magic Universe's great Magic Shop, take photos on the dress-up stage and participate in the Move Monkeys card magic workshop. There's heaps more fun and the daily schedule will be provided on a blackboard in Magic Central.



In conjunction with The Melbourne Magic Festival, this Queen's Birthday long weekend The World's Longest Magic Show will include an official Guinness World Record attempt with an 85-hour, non-stop magic show. Starting when the cock crows at 6.30am on Friday 10th June, it will be magic galore, running continuously until 7.30pm on Monday 13th June. Call in anytime – 2am, 4am, 3pm or even midnight and a magician will be performing live.

Call in to see this magical Guinness World Record attempt at Dane Certificate's Magic Theatre, 859A Sydney Road, Brunswick, or monitor reports as updates are posted on the Facebook Event page, which you can find by following the link here. Members of the public are more than welcome any time of the day or night to support these brave performers in their quest for Official Guinness glory and fundraising efforts for The Children's Charity.
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Why? Unstoppable Magic Festival
When: 27 June to 9 July 2016
Phone: 9481 9500
Where: Northcote Town Hall
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