The Australian Museum of Magic

Museums, History Darlinghurst
Grey and white rabbit and an old-styled silk hat
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The Magicians Cabaret Theatre has long been favourite with out-of-towners, known for their flashy dinner shows packed with old world Paris-inspired dance, song and magic. But they also keep a side hustle, operating the mysterious Australian Museum of Magical Arts by day. Those who still dust off their David Copperfield or Penn and Teller DVDs every Christmas will get a kick out of seeing tonnes of magic paraphernalia up close. And yes, you’ll learn the mechanics of a few entry-level tricks (after you sign a ‘magician’s oath’ of secrecy). Razzle dazzle aside, it’s the exhibits detailing the history of the craft – the plans, patents, costumes and literature – that hold much more allure. They too, have a grand reveal: the enormous levels of human inventiveness and imagination that go into creating magic.

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By: Juliana Yu

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Venue name: The Australian Museum of Magic
Contact:
Address: 91
Riley Street
2010
Opening hours: Tours run Sun-Fri 11.30am & 1.30pm, Sat 1.30pm
Price: $27-$41
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