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Hocus Pocus at the City Museum

Still a way off, but here's something for your diary over the summer break:


Magic, Mystery & Illusion in Melbourne
6 December 2008 – 22 February 2009

This summer science and physics become mere playthings as the world of magic – with all its baroque and buoyant charm – comes to City Museum.

In Melbourne magic really DOES happen: for generations our theatres have been caked in magic dust, our waterways choked with glitter, and our eyes aglow with the sparkle of mischief. Magic, it seems, is in our blood, and this enchanted city has radiated with wonder and possibility since its streets were first paved with gold.

The wizards who captivated the 1850s goldfields opened the floodgates to a century and a half of magical superstars: Howard Thurston, Chung Ling Soo, Dante and the irrepressible Harry Houdini. Later, Melbourne was awash with home grown wizardry with the likes of The Great Levante, Tommy Parer and ‘Bernard the Magician’ taking the stage.

Hocus Pocus assembles the souvenirs of sorcery with twists at every turn. Authentic tools of the magician’s trade coalesce with artefacts, artworks, and moving image, forming an extraordinary brigade of wonderment. With a plot as grand as the wildest fairytale Hocus Pocus is a kaleidoscopic romp through the magical melting pot of Melbourne.

Every Wednesday from 10 December

Every Wednesday afternoon for the duration of Hocus Pocus, City Museum hosts a series of not-to-be-repeated magic shows. See a different magician perform each week!
Presented in association with the Australian Society of Magicians.
Free with entry

For more information and bookings for all events please contact City Museum on (03) 9651 2233.


City Museum
at Old Treasury
Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(top end of Collins Street)