A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Don't Blink past this opportunity, Come see a Magic show
Does it give you a thrill to imagine Diagon Alley in Harry Potter? The way a magician's paradise could just appear between brick walls, down an ordinary city street? If this is you, I need to let you in on a secret; June 30-July13 Clifton St in Prahran is transforming into a shimmering portal. A magical feast of talent is gathering at the Melbourne Magical Festival's new second Hub -The MC Showroom.
Magic has crossed the river is becoming gloriously accessible. Blink and you could miss out. This Friday, I had the privilege to preview what you could be astounded by and I feel urgently imbued with the need to spread the word.
The Melbourne Magic Festival is a major magical event for the Southern Hemisphere. It draws International and local talent and magical marvellers from across the country and the globe.
In 2008, the Melbourne Magic Institute had the inspiration to provide this fantastic platform for magicians to showcase their craft. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity and now it is extending itself across Melbourne with main venues at the Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, The Arts Centre in Melbourne and The MC Showroom in Prahran.
The MC showroom is a relatively new theatre space that is finally starting to find its feet and thrive. Some magic should provide the perfect growth potion. The owners of the showroom had an inkling when they developed the space that it could be a perfect festival host. They have been growing their reputation and experience in preparation, now finally magic is moving in.
Magic needs lighting and drama. The MC showroom is perfectly designed to make mystique sensational. The audience seating provides a casual comfort, perfect for a magical show where the rapport between the audience and the magician makes the show work.
The space is highly versatile with fantastic acoustics for musical shows, space and lighting for comedy and drama. Friday afternoon gave me the opportunity to be completely blown for concentration til July. I'll be too busy trying to work out how an earth chocolate appeared out of thin air, cards could turn up in the middle of oranges or my card could be known (actually better by the magician and person next to me, than me).
Take your memory but check your rational mind at the door, it will just be irritated for all it can't make sense of.
The Showroom will feature shows by
Richard Vegas. With over 20 years of professional experience, his charisma and originality shine through. His show No Smoke No Mirrors commences on the 2 July 7-8pm and runs until Saturday July 6. His interwoven narratives give you a great sense of that incredulity, when you wonder at our universe of fate and chance and all the powers of belief at work.
Josh Staley Josh really does make the impossible, possible. It is, however, his personality that makes his shows so enjoyable. Start a conversation with him and he will convince you of anything. Cards are definitely cheated out of your awareness of how they got wherever they did. They might look a bit worse for wear by the time he has finished with them and smell a bit healthier (like a kids lunchbox perhaps) but they will be the same card. Josh has a show - Just Joshing for Kids 11-12pm Thursday, July 6. He also has two shows for adults called The Conjurer at the Card Table 7.15pm-8.15pm Tuesday July 9- Saturday July 13 and The Comedian at the Card Table. 9-10pm Tuesday July 9-Saturday July 13. So if you are in the mood for magic or comedy, he puts both on the table.
Felix still maintains his the wonder in magic he was captured by when a child and he passes it on in his show. If you didn't love magic before you see his handkerchief become an egg and then morph into a 'real' egg, you will after. Where are you Tony is for Kids 0-9. It is on 12.30-1.15pm Wednesday July 3 to Friday 5 July.
Coming out of the corporate world, he has honed skills in knowing exactly what you are thinking even reading. His show - It's Who You Know with Michael Pope is on 8.15pm-9.05pm Tuesday July 2-Saturday July 6 is great for those age 18 plus. Only a few steps off Chapel St, you'd have plenty time to have a meal and then (perhaps be blown in current weather) directly down from the Town Hall towards Hawksburn, Right into Clifton St and up some stairs to witty entertainment.
Will keep you wondering if you are going to get the note you leant him back. It will probably turn up in a piece of fruit, just not sure which one. His magic keeps you guessing. Unconscious Minds runs 8.15-8.55pm Tuesday July 9 - Thursday July 11.
Will astound you with Emoji Conj9.30pm-10.20pm Tuesday July 2 to Saturday July 6 His sleight of hand and otherworldly magic makes balls dance. You will be mesmerised as they change shape and form before your eyes. Somehow emojis fit in too. They seem to weave their way into everything nowadays.
Cath Jamison and Aurora
Cabaret and mind reading should make for a fascinating evening of entertainment. A beautiful voice and a sharp mind in collaboration. Their show Sass and Secrets runs 7pm - 7.50pm Tuesday July 9- Saturday July 13.
Magic will extend across Melbourne this short week in July but it is so wonderful to have it in such an intimate and accessible venue as The MC Showroom. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see what a gem of a place it is.