The Illusionists 1903 at Arts Centre Melbourne

Step back in time to the Golden Age of magic with The Illusionists 1903. From humorous balloon animals to a heart stopping escape act, the production embraces the showmanship and theatricality of a bygone era. Set in the rich, red State Theatre, this production is quite literally ‘magical.’

The show is a collection of acts from international artists, inspired by variety shows of the past and held together by a suited and shinning MC. Many classic magic tricks provide the starting point for the tricks, which these performers then ramp up to the next level with impressive finesse and skill. I don’t want to give away specific spoilers. (Actually, I couldn’t even if I tried… I have no idea how they were done!)

photo courtesy The Illusionists

photo courtesy The Illusionists

I will say that audiences can expect to see levitation, sleight of hand, mind reading, and an astonishing vanishing act. Charming and lush turn-of-the-century inspired costumes add to the visual impact, and even the stagehand technicians are in character with wide leg trousers and suspenders.

The broad appeal of the The Illusionists is evident with productions running concurrently in the West End, Broadway, and Mexico. It makes for an interesting night out either with a partner or with the family.

– Jenny
Jenny is an event addict. She has participated in arts festivals on three different continents (plus a couple of islands). When she’s not attending live shows, you can find her sampling the latest craft beer or sipping a creative cocktail.


The Illusionists 1903 runs through January 10 at Arts Centre Melbourne. Book tickets here.
This venue is accessible.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Arts Centre Melbourne.