The Laneway Theatre is Melbourne's exclusive magic theatre venue with only a handful of seats available each show night to eager viewers who crave to experience a night of close-up magic cabaret style.
Tim Ellis puts a great deal of effort into ensuring that each guest is entertained from start to finish; from the moment you step onto the premises to when you shut the door behind, you as you leave for the night.
Once inside, an eerie blue glow emanating from the walls and ceiling engulf you in a cold embrace as you look into a bottomless pit. Fret not, however, for it is merely an optical illusion with the clever use of mirrors.
There is a merchandise room where you can purchase decks of cards and other things to remember The Laneway Theatre and Tim by. It is also decorated beautifully with a surreal butterfly window display. Watch out for the hand coming out of the ceiling!
The stage is intimate and every audience member has the opportunity to observe Tim at work. From what I recall, there are four or five rows of seats, so not many at all - hence the great views. The seats are plush and soft - very comfortable. The velvet red matches the curtain backdrop and lighting.
Tim's show changes every few months to keep things fresh. However, there will always be a mix of tricks on schedule for the evening; ranging from card tricks and classic cups and balls (with a twist) to new unseen before deceptions.