Expect a magical night out at this cocktail bar popping up in Chinatown — not just metaphorically, but an actual magic-filled evening featuring a line-up of magician superstars direct from Japan.
Stepping into the neon-lit Maho Magic Bar will whisk you away to Tokyo, with up-close-and-personal experiences with expert magicians alongside delicious cocktails. There's no stage for the performers here as the intimate show will take place right at your table, where you'll be just inches away from the bamboozling sleight-of-hand magic.
Japan’s best magicians will suprise and delight visitors, incorporating debonair storytelling, illusions and even hyponotism. While you enjoy the show, you'll sip on bespoke cocktails mixed by a Japanese master mixologist. Or if you're after a more traditional libation, try authentic Japanese sake, whisky, shochu and rare spirits like umeshu. On the 'special menu' the magic of performance and mixology will combine, with those who are daring enough to order a special drink receiving a surprise magic trick in return.
“I wanted to showcase Japan’s electric energy here in Australia and give audiences an experience unlike anything they have had before," says Broad Encounters creative director Kirsten Siddle. "Seeing close-up magic really does inspire awe. The sheer skill, finesse and charisma of these master magicians is intoxicating. People can indulge in the ultimate hedonistic night out in Tokyo without even leaving Melbourne.”
If you're prepared to be dazzled, this experience will surely do the trick. Maho Magic Bar has been extended until December 17, with performances from Tuesday to Sunday. The whole family can be wowed by the magic with family-friendly shows on weekend afternoons. Tickets start at $64. Find out more details on the website.