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Top 10 Shows at The Melbourne Magic Festival

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Published June 19th 2016
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Top 10 Shows at The Melbourne Magic Festival

The Melbourne Magic Festival is returning to enchant the city with thirteen days and nights of magical performances.

Now in its 9th year, the Melbourne Magic Festival is officially recognised as the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere with over 300 performances of 55 different shows. In addition to the over-sixty Australian magicians involved, special guests include the U.K's John Archer and Hollywood magic legend Max Maven.
As unusual events go, the festival does more than raise the bar; it levitates the bar and makes it disappear!

From June 27 - July 9, the MMF will play host to theatrical shows and performances, special events, and workshops by magicians, comedians, mentalists, illusionists, and hypnotists with something for all ages from kids who love to yell abracadabra to adults who prefer some more serious hocus-pocus.

More information on MMF ticketing and packages can be found here on the official website. They can be booked online by selecting the preferred show on this page, or by calling the box office at the number below.


In Dreams by Tim Ellis
Tim Ellis' magical abilities have seen him escape being buried alive and even a wooden crate at the bottom of the Yarra River! This year the multi-award-winning magician's show In Dreams will use magic to take audiences on a journey of love, loss, and redemption in an attempt to bridge the gap between reality and dreams.

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In Dreams is based on a true story of love, loss, and never giving up.
Tim Ellis is the festival's artistic director and will also be performing his show MagicSports.

Where: West Wing Studio 1, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Tuesday, 5th - Saturday 9th July at 9:30pm.
Runtime: 50 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $30. Child/Concession = $24. Family of 4 = $90. Group (10 or more) = $20p.p. All tickets for Tuesday 5th July = $12
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Hardcore Mysteries with Pierre Ulric
Enter a world of limitless imagination in an experimental show by international mystery performer Pierre Ulric. A sell-out show at Perth Fringe World in 2016, Hardcore Mysteries fuses serious sleight-of-hand techniques with psycho-thrills in a vaudeville act.
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Where: Studio 3, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Tuesday, 28th June - Saturday 2nd July from 9:15pm.
Runtime: 60 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $22. Child/Concession = $15. Family of 4 = $45. Group (10 or more) = $12p.p. All tickets for Tuesday, 28th June = $12
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Learn to Fly with Domino
One for the kids, Learn to Fly with Domino is an afternoon comedy and magic show performed by one of Melbourne's top children's magicians.
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Domino's show takes children aged 0 - 12 along his mad quest to learn to fly; with laugh-out-loud comedy, antics and a cast of cheeky characters appearing along the way.
In the finale, one lucky audience member will even get the chance to magically fly!
Where: Studio 2, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Monday, 27th June - Friday 1st July from 2:00pm.
Runtime: 50 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $22. Child/Concession = $17. Family of 4 = $65. Group (10 or more) = $17p.p. All tickets for Tuesday, 28th June = $12
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Phil Cass: Expert Troublemaker
"He'll cut off your tie, tear up your money, lift your watch, and split your sides"! Known as one of corporate Australia's top comedy entertainer's, Phil Cass has performed at over 5000 shows including awards nights and gala dinners.

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Cass' special brand of entertainment combines impressive sleight-of-hand tricks, clean comedy, and hilarious audience interactions. His current show, Expert Troublemaker, is running for one night only at the Melbourne Magic Festival.
Where: Studio 1, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Sunday, 3rd July from 9:00pm.
Runtime: 60 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $39. Child/Concession = $29. Group (10 or more) = $28p.p. Group of 4 = $100
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Why Kids are Smarter than Adults
Presented by Tracy Tam (Trace of Magic), Why Kids are Smarter than Adults is an interactive show filled with stunning illusions and allusions to entertain the whole family.

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This show is perfect for parent's craving a fun, family night out minus the stress of keeping the kiddies entertained. All ages are sure to be enthralled by the show's magical storytelling, which leaves a lasting impression by reconnecting the audience with their inner-child.
Where: Studio 3, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Tuesday, 28th June - Saturday, July 2 from 6:45pm.
Runtime: 45 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $28. Child/Concession = $24. Family of 4 = $80. Group (10 or more) = $20p.p. All tickets for Tuesday, 28th June = $12
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John Archer: A Magician and a Ukulele
Considered by many to be the U.K's best comedy magician, John Archer has spent the past 28 years entertaining audiences around the globe (including British troops serving overseas) with his mind-blowing tricks. This time, he's bringing his ukulele.
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Where: Studio 1, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Tuesday, 28th June - Saturday, July 2 from 8:15pm.
Runtime: 45 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $36. Child/Concession = $31. Family of 4 = $95. Group (10 or more) = $30p.p
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This is Magic Starring Tim Ellis
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In This is Magic, Tim Ellis performs some of his most requested illusions including the award-winning sleight of hand trick; Runaround Sue, his highly praised version of 'The Rings', a live levitation, and many more original and interactive routines that are sure to amaze.
Where: Studio 1, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Monday, 4th - Friday, July 8 from 3:00pm.
Runtime: 50 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $23. Child/Concession = $17. Family of 4 = $65. Group (10 or more) = $17p.p. Group (20 or more) = $12 p.p.
All tickets for Tuesday 5th July = $12
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Max Maven
Orson Welles once said that Max Maven has ''the most original mind in magic", while the New York Times wondrously observed that his "category-defying mind-reading show veers into conceptual art''.
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With thousands of shows and standing ovations in three-dozen countries under his belt audiences can expect nothing less than amazement from the mentalist/magician in his self-titled show.
Where: Studio 1, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Tuesday, 5th - Saturday, 9th July from 8:15pm.
Runtime: 45 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $36. Child/Concession = $31. Family of 4 = $95. Group (10 or more) = $30p.p
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Simon, Shoot & Davefunkel Backstage
Shoot Ogawa: international magic superstar.
Simon Coronel: international magic innovator.
Dave Lee: local IT consultant.
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Together the three have teamed up to present their critically acclaimed (thanks to a performance at the world-famous Magic Castle) three-man, theatrical magic experience in Simon, Shoot & Davefunkel Backstage.
Where: Studio 1, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Tuesday, 28th June - Saturday, 2th July from 9:30pm.
Runtime: 50 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $25. Child/Concession = $15. Family of 4 = $60. Group (10 or more) = $18p.p. All tickets for Tuesday 28th July = $12
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Best of the Magic Fest
The Best of the Magic Fest is your chance to get up close and personal with the stars of the festival as multi award-winning comedy magician Nicholas J. Johnson introduces three new magicians each night.



Each show will feature international guests and young up and comers, performing a mixture of new creations and famous tricks in a truly unique opportunity. The Best of the Magic Fest will run across 11 nights with a maximum audience size of 40 people for each. Please note that this program is subject to change.
Where: Studio 2, Northcote Town Hall.
When: Tuesday, 28th June - Sunday, 3rd July & Tuesday 5th - Saturday 9th July from 9:30pm.
Runtime: 60 minutes.
Cost: Adult = $22. Child/Concession = $17. Family of 4 = $65. Group (10 or more) = $17p.p.
All tickets for Tuesday shows on 28th June & 5th July = $12
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There are over 55 amazing shows at this year's Melbourne Magic Festival and although only ten could make it onto this list, here's three that deserve special mention; the unpredictable, experimental trip that is Dane Certificate's Trotting Complex, young gun David Chandler's Once Upon a Rhyme and Cath Jamison's Conjure Woman.

More information on MMF tickets and packages can be found here on the official website. They can be booked online after selecting the preferred show on this page, or by calling the box office at the number below.
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When: June 27 - July 9
Phone: Box Office (03) 9481 9500. For Group Bookings of 20 call (03) 8470 8903
Where: Participating Venues: Northcote Town Hall (flagship), The 86 in Fitzroy, and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Cost: Free shows available. Ticket prices start at $10. $12 Tuesdays.
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