It’s safe to say that Melbourne is Australia’s home of sport and also comedy (sorry Sydney).
But did you know that the Victorian capital is also the home of national magic? There is nowhere else you can head to domestically that has the same volume of mystery and illusions shows, resources and lessons available.
Melbourne is also the home of Impossible Occurrences – Australia’s leading close-up magic show, performed by the entertaining and thrilling Luke Hocking.
So, here are the five reasons why you should enjoy a trip to Melbourne to see a night of magic, sooner rather than later.
- It’s the heart of close-up magic
Close-up magic is designed to give a unique experience, mostly because it leaves audiences guessing at how the magicians managed to trick you at such close range.
Big stage productions are highly entertaining and full of razzle-dazzle, but close-up magic lets you engage directly with the performer and become part of the show.
Within this field, Melbourne has a range of close-up shows on offer, including the iconic Impossible Occurrences – featuring award-winning magician Luke Hocking.
Hosted at Melbourne’s five-star Marriott Hotel, the show is jam-packed full of wonder, illusion and laughter.
The performance weaves in mystery-filled illusions performed just centimetres from your eyes, all designed to have you shocked by Luke’s mind-reading abilities. Add the cherry on top with a stunning dinner and the many laughs to be had, and there’s plenty of reasons to throw this option on your bucket list.
- It’s where you’ll find the Melbourne Magic Festival
Melbourne Magic Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and returns from June 20 to July 13 in 2019.
Visitors can experience over 300 performances spanning across 65 different shows, with the best local acts joined by top international guests from all over the world.
This crowd favourite is also a family-friendly festival that includes magic, illusion, hypnosis, levitation and close-up encounters that are designed to leave you spellbound.
There’s also plenty of special events onsite, workshops and live sessions that range from child-friendly to adults-only.
The Melbourne Magic Festival began in 2008 and was created by the Australian Institute of Magic to benefit both audiences and local performers.
- You can learn the art form at The Melbourne Magic Academy
Luke Hocking discovered his love for magic at a very young age, when he received a magic trick kit as a present.
Spark the imagination of the next generation of young minds at the Melbourne Magic Academy, which also helps teach children character, confidence and communication skills to enhance their development.
The courses on offer are designed to help teach children respect, inspire creativity and improve social skills in a safe and friendly environment. As well as regular classes, school holiday magic camps are available, which are held at the Wellington Care Centre.
- Snatch up cutting-edge products at Magic Universe
Melbourne’s Magic Universe host lessons for adults who want to learn the field and stock up on the latest props and kits. From simple card tricks to high-end levitation kits – there’s plenty to take you from a budding magician, all the way to a master of illusion.
Lessons on close-up magic, street magic and stage illusions are also available for men and women of all ages and abilities.
- You get to explore Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne is an experience, not just a destination. It’s also the home of sport and many other big-name entertainment acts that put the city on the world-wide map.
And then there’s the iconic Melbourne International Comedy Festival, alongside sprawling local wonders like the Yarra River, Yarra Valley and the wineries dotted along the countryside.
Explore the bustling Melbourne CBD, take in a show at the numerous theatres and see live acts from Australian locals, through to performances visiting from all corners of the world.
Boredom isn’t a thing here, so throwing a trip to Melbourne on your bucket list means you’ll have plenty of reasons to keep coming back – time and time again.
Thinking of experienced Impossible Occurrences for yourself? Check out the variety of package options we have available. From corporate events through to special occasions and a dinner for two – Impossible Occurrences is a thrilling show that continues to impress crowds from all across Australia.