Unlike other magic shows, this one transports you to another time and place, and this is perhaps its most successful trick.
Presented by Big Meetings Productions
Reviewed February 20, 2022
It’s a bit goofy, it’s a bit loud, and it’s a bit mind-blowing when you witness the magic up close.
The wow factor is only drowned out by the noise in the magical, purpose-built Tokyo-style bar, neon-lit outside and shabby inside. Five magicians circulate through five bars/tables, performing up-close magic on punters randomly selected to sit at each. Each table gets a new magic, not the same as at a previous table, meaning multiple visits to this crazy Japanese entertainment could mean a whole slew of new magic tricks each time.
Johnny Balance is the host. He’s suave, campy, funny, loud, and turns the crowd around like nobody’s business. He’s also one of the magicians who, as his name suggests, can swing the most ridiculous things on his chin.
Rounding out the magicians are Shohgo Yamashita, Kaori Kitazawa, Sarito, and Jonio, each with their own style and tricks. One sticks a nail in his nose, another swallows a balloon. There’s card magic, coin magic, variations on magic rings, and crazy things that come out of the beard. However, each magician only has a short amount of time at each station, so the pace can be quick, although the changes can sometimes be slow.
Between these acts there is a special cocktail menu and every time someone orders one, a whole new surprise catches the eye, often dragging the unsuspecting shopper into the routine.
At the back of the room, the real bartender is another sight to behold, spinning his shakers through the air and bouncing them off his body as he prepares these special treats. Of course, there are also mocktails and they are just as addictive.
Maho Magic Bar is the wacky party you didn’t know you needed in these wacky times we live in. Inside the bar, you are in a flowery world full of laughter, music and surprises. It leaves the real world at the door, giving a very fun and wonderful hour that will have you gasping in shock and screaming in surprise at the many illusions. Unlike other magic shows, this one transports you to another time and place, and this is perhaps its most successful trick.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Location: Maho Magic Bar, Garden of Supernatural Delights
Season: Until March 20, several times
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $49 – $74
Rating out of 5: 4