About Us

The Melbourne Magic Festival

The Melbourne Magic Festival casts its spell across Melbourne from June 30 to July 13, 2019 and promises to take you to the extreme end of visual theatre with over 300 performances of 75 different shows including top international guest magicians from all over the world!

The Melbourne Magic Festival is now officially recognized as the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts magicians and magic fans from all over the country and beyond!

Have you ever seen someone LEVITATE right in front of your eyes? Would you like to be HYPNOTISED or have your MIND READ? Are you looking for a FAMILY FRIENDLY show that will appeal to all ages, or maybe an astonishing demonstrating of pure SLEIGHT OF HAND? How about LEARNING a trick or two yourself?

Be amazed as Melbourne becomes a magical hub in winter for 14 days only with special events, workshops, and live shows for everyone from child friendly to adults only.

In addition to over 75 magicians from all over Australia, the Festival is proud to welcome special international magic superstars.

The Melbourne Magic Festival was created in 2008 by The Australian Institute of Magic with the two-fold aim of giving Melbournians the opportunity to see world class performances of magic in a theatrical environment, and the chance for performers to create shows that express themselves as artists.

  • In 2008 there were 58 performances of 10 different shows seen by 3,200 people.
  • In 2009 there were 64 performances of 19 different shows seen by 4,000 people.
  • In 2010 there were 101 performances of 30 different shows seen by over 7,500 people.
  • In 2011 there were 136 performances of 37 different shows seen by over 9,000 people.
  • In 2012 there were 109 performances of 26 different shows seen by over 8,500 people.
  • In 2013 there were 175 performances of 40 different shows seen by over 9,500 people.
  • In 2014 there were 170 performances of 45 different shows seen by over 10,000 people
  • In 2015 we had over 250 performances of 48 different shows seen by over 10,000 people
  • In 2016 we had over 280 performances of 50 different shows seen by over 10,500 people
  • In 2017 we had over 290 performances of 55 different shows seen by over 11,000 people
  • In 2018 we had over 300 performances of 65 different shows seen by over 12,000 people

Amazing for an Arts Festival of any kind, but unbelievable when you realise that, for its first six years, The Melbourne Magic Festival was totally unfunded and produced by the performers themselves with no grants, subsidies or government assistance of any kind!

Our 2019 Poster was designed by Blair Sayer.

Our Logo was designed by Elise Martinson.



Festival Director – Tim Ellis

Administration – Carolyne Chandler

Visa Co-ordinator – Carolyne Chandler

Book Keeper – Alana Coop

MMF Venue Supervisor: Spiegeltent – Carla Sanchez

MMF Venue Supervisor: The MC Showroom – Millie Spencer

Marketing Team Leader – Tayissa Artomonow

Social Media Team – Carla Sanchez, Josh Staley and Millie Spencer

Sponsorship Director– Nigel Xu

Artist Liaison – Nicholas J Johnson

Volunteer Co-ordinator – Carolyne Chandler

Junior Championship Co-ordinator – Lee Cohen

Media Liaison during MMF – Nicholas J Johnson

APRA Liaison – Peter Nguyen

Lighting – Tom Orchard

Video – Ron Dorre

Webmaster – Tim Ellis

Program Designer – Tim Ellis

Lu Chen Production Team Leader – Nigel Xu

David Kaplan Production Assistant – Felix Lee

Stage Gala Producer – Nicholas J Johnson

Close Up Gala Producer – Nicholas J Johnson

Awards Night Party Producer – Lee Cohen



EventFinda – Ronit Fazekas and Tom Lambert

Eventfinda Promotion -Emily Govorko and Jom Navarro

The Plus Ones – Rukmal De Silva

Melba Spiegeltent – Brian Robertson

The MC Showroom – Miao MangMang

Arts Centre Melbourne – Joshua Cowie

The Butterfly Club – Alexander Wollard

The Laneway Theatre – Tim Ellis

The Magic School of Confidence – Anthony DeMasi

Magic Manor – Geoff Moed

The Melba Spiegeltent

We would especially like to acknowledge the support we have received from The Melba Spiegeltent and their amazing staff! Together we have grown to create the ultimate winter school holiday event.