Maho Magic Bar: Child Friendly Session | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Maho Magic Bar: Child Friendly Session – Adelaide Fringe 2023 Review.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   5 Stars for a family-friendly Japanese bar filled with jaw-dropping magic.

Review by Claire Davill

Maho Magic Bar doesn’t seem like a family-friendly Fringe option, but book a show before 4pm, and the kids will be in awe at the experience. The mid-afternoon shows are tailored towards children and adults, and kids will leave feeling like they’ve just experienced something very special.

From the instagrammable exterior of bright neon lights, to the hazy, low-lit interior with intimate bars, sakura blossoms and paper lanterns, the atmosphere is a feast for the senses. There’s a wide variety of Japanese drinks to order, including cocktails (we recommend the Okinawa Paradise), shochu and sake, as well as non-alcoholic options for the kids including softdrink, sparkling Fuji apple juice and iced tea.

Your drinks can be ordered via a QR code and the bartender creates the drinks with flair before delivering them right to your seat – you don’t have to go anywhere, and you won’t want to, because the real highlight of the show is the close-up magic performed right in front of your eyes.

A rotating group of five magicians perform at each table, with card tricks and sleight of hand leaving you dumbfounded. The magic is close up and intimate, audience participation is frequent, and that includes the kids. There’s something very special about seeing the kids feel so important to the magic trick, and then wide-eyed at the result!

The magicians this year – Kaori Kitazawa, Sarito, Shirayuri, Sho Eba and Santa Terakado, each have their own style and personalities, and areas of expertise. Each brings something different to the table (literally). Sho Eba also acts as your host for the session, drawing your attention to acts ordered off the “special menu” for the whole room to enjoy. These can be purchased by patrons, we recommend the Crazy Panda Cameo for a truly bizarre and hilarious experience.

The one-hour show whisks you away to another world – you really could imagine yourself in a bar in Tokyo. Exiting the bar into bright sunshine after an afternoon session can be jarring, you really forget it’s daytime in Adelaide when you’re inside.



For more information please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.

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