Australia’s only purpose built Close Up Magic Theatre

☆☆☆☆☆ “Everything about it was absolutely amazing! The theatre is awesome, seats comfortable, it’s so small and cozy you can see everything. Tim has a wonderful story-telling style, laced with jokes, comedy, and everyone including the kids get to participate in a magic trick or two which was really fantastic!” – Trip Advisor

Over 100 Five Star reviews on Google, Facebook and Trip Advisor


Bring your friends for a night unlike anything you’ve ever imagined as you are invited inside a magicians home to see world class sleight of hand and illusion up close in an interactive and totally immersive experience. 


GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE – CLICK HERE

YOU CAN ALSO BOOK THE ENTIRE LANEWAY THEATRE FOR YOUR EXCLUSIVE CELEBRATION UP TO 32 GUESTS – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR INFO KIT


 

“Thank you so much Tim for a real night of wonderment and joy.”

“Being on stage with you was a real joy. Your wonderful rapport with everyone added genuine warmth to the night which went beyond magic.”

“Your magic was amazing and the theatre is a super setting. We will definitely attend another performance in fact I can’t wait!” 

Visits to The Laneway Theatre can be claimed for the Victorian Entertainment Program Rebate and you’ll get 25% of your money back!

Now Showing

MAY

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  • Saturday May 7
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – SOLD OUT

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  • Wednesday May 11
  • 7.30-9.00pm Magicians At Work – March Edition – enjoy a showcase of brand new magic by a variety of magicians (Just $5 – always sells out!) – Click here for tickets

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  • Saturday May 14
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Friday May 20
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Saturday May 21
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – SOLD OUT
  • Friday May 27
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Saturday May 28
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • JUNE
  • Saturday June 4
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Friday June 10
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Saturday June 11
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Friday June 17
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Saturday June 18
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Thursday June 23
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Friday June 24
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Saturday June 25
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book

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  • Monday June 27
  • 7.00-9.00pm The Melbourne Magic Festival Close Up Magic Gala Show – (Melbourne Magic Festival event) – Click here to book

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  • Tuesday June 28
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – (Melbourne Magic Festival event – Discount Tuesday all tix $16) – Click here to book
  • Wednesday June 29
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – (Melbourne Magic Festival event) – SOLD OUT
  • Thursday June 30
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – (Melbourne Magic Festival event) – SOLD OUT

JULY

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  • Friday July 1
  • 8.00-8.50pmUnusual Objects with Jo Clyne – (Melbourne Magic Festival event) – Click here to book
  • Saturday July 2
  • 8.00-8.50pmUnusual Objects with Jo Clyne – (Melbourne Magic Festival event) – Click here to book
  • Sunday July 3
  • 8.00-8.50pmUnusual Objects with Jo Clyne – (Melbourne Magic Festival event) – Click here to book
  • Thursday July 14
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Friday July 15
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Thursday July 21
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Friday July 22
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
  • Thursday July 28
  • 8.00-9.45pm The Magic Menu: Live! – The brand new show from Tim Ellis – Click here to book
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  •  “For the next hour we heard lots of noise – laughter, gasps, denial and shouts of delight.” “If you wish to regain the wonder you had as a child, visit the Laneway Theatre during the comedy festival and prepare to be Astonished!” Theatre People. Click here to read the full 4.5 star review
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About

Hidden down a dark laneway in Northcote you’ll discover one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets. From the moment you enter you’ll be transported into a world very few even realise exists.

The Herald Sun describes the experience as “one mind bending trick on top of another” and our guests are absolutely delighted: 

“What a gem! Tim Ellis is a renowned magician and having seen him previously on the big stage, I was intrigued by an ad for his Laneway Theatre. We went along on 14 April with 7 friends and can’t wait to do it again. Recommended for absolutely everybody. This is a perfect mystery night out to surprise people who think they’ve been everywhere/done everything.”

Anne R, Trip Advisor

“Hidden behind an old and apparently haunted shoe factory on a major road in Northcote, The Laneway Theatre is an entirely accessible yet secret little purpose-built venue specifically designed to present magic acts. Entirely comfortable, the 32 seats allegedly liberated from a nearby cinema, also offers every audience member a great view of the proceedings. From your first step inside that puts you into a glow-in-the dark graveyard, to all the objects of magic sitting museum-like on shelves and the walls, the Laneway Theatre is a place of excitement and surprise that will draw you back. Still pictures are encouraged. You’ll need them to believe what you’ve witnessed.”

Michael H, Trip Advisor

“I asked Tim to hire out the theatre for my son’s 21st birthday celebration. He was so obliging with a great price & a fantastic show that involved everyone & had us amazed for 1 hour. Great fun to have 32 people who you know treated to a personal show. Thanks Tim you’re the best!”

1963 OzGirl, Trip Advisor

“I went to see Tim Ellis at The Laneway Theatre last night. Not knowing anything about the magic scene in Melbourne, it was a delight to discover I’d stumbled across the patron saint of magic in this corner of the world. He’d converted the basement of his own house into a fancy little magic theatre. A room filled with fanciful artefacts and wizardry around every corner. And this bloke crushed it with his tender playfulness. He doesn’t carry the bravado some magicians do. Nor the elaborate theatre and magic toys. But what he does have is an absolute love for magic. A child-like wonder for the silliness and wonder that his tricks can bring. A wonderful sense of him just wanting to inject joy into the world. And so I left feeling warm and fuzzy about this man’s life. His way of adding spark to the world. His holding the magic scene of Melbourne with such grace and enthusiasm. I guess I really like the bloke. And I’m glad he’s doing what he loves. It looks good on him. And I’m grateful I got to experience a little snapshot of his talent. “

Josh Kernich

FAQ

WHERE IS THE LANEWAY THEATRE?

The Laneway Theatre is situated in Northcote near St Georges Road. Full directions are provided at the time of booking to protect the secrecy of the venue.

HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?

Most shows usually run 90 to 100 minutes with a brief intermission. Latecomers may not be admitted so please be on time.

IS IT RESERVED SEATING?

There are just 32 seats, all with great views, however if you are keen to get a seat in the front row we recommend arriving as soon as the doors open (usually 30 minutes before showtime).

DO I NEED TO PRINT MY TICKET?

The show operates on a guest list. No need to print your ticket, but maybe print out the directions we’ll email you!

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?

You are more than welcome to take photos and short videos all throughout the venue and during the show. We would love it if you post them – with your feedback – on our Facebook Page and our Trip Advisor listing.

CAN I BUY MAGIC TRICKS?

We have a selection of easy magic tricks for all ages on sale, together with souvenir books, an assortment of memorabilia, and Tim’s latest teaching DVD.

WHO IS TIM ELLIS?

Tim is an internationally award winning magician, President of The Australian Institute of Magic, and the creator of The Laneway Theatre. You can read more about him here.

IS THE VENUE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Please notify us in advance if you require access, as we have an alternate entrance for guests with mobility issues.

IS THE LANEWAY AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE BOOKINGS?

Yes. We have hosted corporate nights, private parties and sneak preview shows and have worked in conjunction with our nearby restaurants so everybody leaves thoroughly entertained and totally satiated. Call us on 040 88 62442 for more information.

IS THERE FOOD AVAILABLE?

There are lollies, chocolates and drinks available to purchase at The Laneway Theatre. However, if you would like something more substantial we recommend the following restaurants which are less than a two minute walk from the theatre:

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