Maho Magic Bar

Maho Magic Bar, photo by Helen Orr

Imagine being whisked away to the magical neon-lit streets of Tokyo – but without the jet lag! Maho Magic Bar has returned to Melbourne for a magical bar experience unlike any other (but only for a limited time).

Maho Magic Bar, photo by Helen Orr

Following stellar sold-out seasons around Australia, Maho Magic Bar has popped up in Naarm (Melbourne) with the ultimate line-up of sleight-of-hand superstars direct from Japan. My plus one and I got to experience the magic (and the bar) first hand, with a front row seat to some very impressive close up magic.

One of the best parts of this show is that everyone has the best seat in the house, as you’ll be sitting at a bar directly in front of a rotating series magical acts for a roughly 60 minute show. It’s hard not being wowed when you are only inches from the action (and sometimes even closer!).

These magical masters work at point-blank range with little room to hide, with a few larger group shows in the centre of the room throughout the night.

Maho Magic Bar, photo by Helen Orr

Even getting into Maho is impressive, with huge neon-lit signs, cherry blossom trees and a lantern filled entrance that you’ll need to stop and get a photo in front of.

Now, when we say magic, we’re not talking about pulling rabbits out of hats (although who wouldn’t love a fluffy surprise?). We’re talking about mind-boggling sleight-of-hand tricks that’ll have you questioning reality. These Japanese wizards are like the Harry Potters of Tokyo, and they’re here to dazzle you.

Dreamt up by the creative team at Broad Encounters, who you might know from their amazing multi-sensory and immersive live productions such as Love Lust Lost and A Midnight Visit, you know it’s going to be a fantastic event.

Maho Magic Bar, photo by Helen Orr

But wait, there’s more! This isn’t just a show; it’s a full-blown sensory experience.

Alongside the jaw-dropping performances, there’s a fancy outdoor container bar serving up delicious cocktails to sip on before and after the show.

Their magical signature cocktail was a perfect start to the night. Initially when served it comes out as red, but after a vigorous mix of your straw, the drink will magically (well… chemically) change colour into a vibrant purple.

If you’ve got little wizards in the making, there are special family-friendly shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, for all other times we’d suggest leaving the little ones at home.

Don’t let this enchanting experience vanish before your eyes. Like a really good cocktail, Maho Magic Bar blends a number of ingredients into something truly unique. Maybe the magic’s in the drink!

Grab your tickets now for a night that’s part show, part bar, and all magic!

– The Plus Ones

Maho Magic Bar has popped up for a limited time in Celestial Avenue, located off Melbourne’s Chinatown, between Swanston St and Russell St. Book your tickets here.

The venue is accessible.

Photo Credit: Supplied, Helen Orr.
Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of FoxPression.