Maho Magic Bar – Adelaide Fringe Review
★★★★★ Take a seat and be prepared for a magical, bewildering experience that will leave you questioning your own eyes!
It’s described as ‘Part show. Part bar. All magic!’ And that’s exactly what it is….with more than a touch of Japanese flair!
Tucked away at the bottom of the Garden you will find the Maho Magic Bar – a little venue constructed of black shipping containers artistically decorated in colourful neon lights. As you climb the stairs and enter via a screen of Japanese paper lanterns you are transported into a theatrical space of timber tables, bars stools and floating Cherry Blossom overhead.
Drink orders are placed with your phone via the QR code you are given on entry, which brings up the bar menu. Once you take a seat and order a drink (enthusiastically encouraged by your host, magician Johnny Balance) your first magician will begin. Each group is seated at different bars and the magicians rotate, each one performing an intimate series of magic tricks with their own unique touch. Be warned – this is an interactive experience that calls on participation from the audience! There are tricks with cards, balls, coins and objects that won’t be mentioned as to not spoil the surprise!
The Maho master magicians will make your jaw drop with their outstanding individual performances. The talented group hail from Australia and Japan – Sarito, Shohgo, Jonio (our favourite ‘beard guy’), Johnny Balance and the elegant Kawaii princess Kaori. A special mention must also go to the impressive barman who shakes, mixes and pours the drinks all night.
The vibe is upbeat and fun, smoke fills the air and at one point the audience is asked to stand and gather around to watch a volunteer be bamboozled in a hilarious magic trick. Comedy accompanies the magic throughout the show and nonstop action will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This is a Fringe event for all ages – however with children it is recommended to book an afternoon show. With a PG rating, the day time shows are family friendly and kids will absolutely love the personable magicians who play up to their characters brilliantly. If your kids love an interactive experience and love magic, this is a show for them! After 6pm the shows are tailored for adults, plus most of the audience will be enjoying a drink or two (non-alcoholic options are available).
Our only complaint…we didn’t want it to end!
Tickets, Dates & Times:
Thursday 10 March 2022: 7:15pm, 8:30pm
Friday 11 March 2022: 7pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm, 10:45pm
Saturday 12 March 2022: 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:45pm, 8pm, 9:15pm, 10:30pm
Sunday 13 March 2022: 2pm, 6pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm
Tuesday 15 March 2022 – Thursday 17 March 2022: 6pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm
Friday 18 March 2022: 7pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm, 10:45pm
Saturday 19 March 2022: 3:15pm, 6:45pm, 8pm, 9:15pm, 10:30pm
Sunday 20 March 2022: 2pm, 6pm, 7:15pm
Tickets $49-$74 (+booking fee)
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.
What: Maho Magic Bar – Review
When: Showing until Sunday 20 March 2022
Where: Garden of Unearthly Delights | Kadlitpina Park/Rundle Park, Adelaide
Who: Rated PG
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