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In the golden era of stage magic, Melbourne was a destination for many of the world’s finest magicians. The great illusionists performed in Melbourne’s booming gold rush and 20th-century theatres. They included performers such as Harry Houdini (1910), Harry Kellar, Chung Ling Soon 1909, Howard Thurston, Carl Hertz 1892, Le Roy, Talma & Bosco 1905, the Great Carmo 1906,  Fasola 1911, Tommy Parer 1941, Horace Goldin 1916, Charles Moritt 1897, Dante ‘Sim Sala Bim’ 1912 and many others.

Where the world’s greatest magicians performed 

The Magician

PRINCES BRIDGE The Great Levante 1941
TOWN HALL, Lt Collins and Swanston Davenport bros 1876, Stuart Cumberland 1886, Dante ‘Sim Sala Bim’ 1912, Tommy Parer, 1941
MECHANICS INSTITUTE, ATHENAEUM, Collins nth Howard Thurston 1905
ASSEMBLY HALL, Scots church Collin Nth The Great Malini 1916
OPERA HOUSE, (HARRY) RICKARD’S OPERA HOUSE, NEW OPERA HOUSE, NEW TIVOLI, (Bourke street south). Carl Hertz 1892, Le Roy, Talma, & Bosco 1905, The Great Carmo 1906, Chung Ling Soon 1909,  Houdini 1910, Gustava Fasola 1911 (Wallace the lion) Tommy Parer 1941, Horace Goldin 1916, Sawing the lady in half
DIGGERS REST Houdini, 18 March 2010
BIJOU, Bourke south Charles Moritt 1897
GAIETY Various
VARIETIES HALL, PRINCE OF WALES OPERA HOUSE- (Bourke street south). Various
ST GEORGE HALL, KREITMAYERS WAXWORKS, Bourke nth Harry Kellar 1876, Dr Pepper 1879, (see St G, Princ Th)
THEATRE ROYAL, Bourke nth John Anderson, Wizard of the North 1858
STRAND THEATRE, Bourke nth  
KINGS THEATRE, Russell The Great Levante, 1941
TEMPERANCE HALL –  cnr Little Bourke  and Russell Various
FIRST WAXWORKS Bourke north Various
APOLLO Hall Bourke South Robert Heller 1869-1870
HAYMARKET THEATRE, Bourke South Various
ROYAL OLYMPIC, IRON POT Bke north Wizard (Joseph) Jacobs 1854
POLYTECHNIC south Bourke Various
NATIONAL THEATRE, FULLERS PALACE, ST JAMES, THE PALACE, REVIVAL CENTRE Bourke Nth Peppers Ghost 1864 (see St George’ Hall)
ROYAL AMPITHEATRE, ASTLEYS, PRINCESS THEATRE Spring west Franquin the Hypnotist, 1950,54,57 Carter The great 1920, Merlini 1950s, The Great Virgil 1952,  Peppers Ghost 1864 (see St George’ Hall), Tommy Parer  TV                                 
MELBOURNE STATE THEATRE, Russell and Flin The amazing Alma, Chelalo, Long Tack Sam 1941
FREEMASONS HALL. Lonsdale, bet Russell and Exhib Dr Lynn (The vanishing Lady) 1886
MENZIES HALL, Cnr Williams and Bke Max Malini 1914
QUEENSBRIDGE, Houdini 1910
HER MAJESTYS, Exhib and Lt Bke Tommy Parer 1920s-1950s
MELBOURNE’S MAGIC SHOPS BELOW  
51 Bourke GIFT DEPOT 1875
235 Bourke FUN SHOP 1962
123Elizabeth TRIP TRAP TRICK 1962
Elizabeth BERNARDS 1937 TV (oldest)
213 Collins MAGICAL DEPOT, Claude Geust 1903
276 Collins ANDRADE/ALLENS MAGIC SHOP 1903
325 Colins EmbarkArcade ALADDINS 1927
62 Swanston SEWARDS CONJURING SUPPLIES 1962
MAGIC SOCIETIES  
Flinds Lane – Swiss House AUST SOCIETY MAGICIANS 1920,
  MAGIC CIRCLE 1938
  MELBOURNE RING OF INT BROTHERHOOD 1949

Early Melbourne Theatres hosting magicians

Further Information
Magical Nights at the Theatre by Charles  Waller
Hocus Pocus by  Old Treasury Museum

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