HOMEGROWN MAGICIANS @ HOI

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DO YOU REMEMBER the days during your childhood years when you would park yourselves in front of the idiot box because it was a public holiday and mum allowed you to watch tv from morning?

You would sit and won’t budge at all just to watch the cartoons, circus performances and the most awaited programme of the day – would be THE magic show.

Who didn’t love magic show?

Watching the magician pulled the white rabbit out from the tall hat was mind boggling. Seeing the poker cards flying and catching one that have the audience’s name on it was hypnotising. You name it. Whatever tricks the magicians showed on tele, they were awesome! (Well for the nine years olds at least).

Like other industry, magic also evolving From The Great Escape Artist Harry Houdini, to David Copperfield who once flew across a ravine and walked across the Great Wall of China, and the latest like David Blaine and Criss Angel, where they enthrall their audiences with simple yet awesome on the street magic and even at great hall using an elaborate of technology equipment.

Okay, they were all international magicians with a touch of Hollywood drama, but here on our own backyard, there are a new generation of ‘sorcerers’ who learned the magic and tricks to entertain their audiences.

Situated at the House of Illusion (HOI) four homegrown talented magicians blend the elements of illusion, magic tricks and theatrical performances in their shows held twice daily at the theatre.

The show is at 12.15pm and 7.45pm and the theatre itself can sit around 300 audiences at every show. Tickets are sold at RM40 for adults and RM30 for children.

Some might say that the ticket price may be expensive but it worth every sen as each show lasted about an hour but true to the saying, time flies when you’re having fun.

There are about 30 segments in one show and these magicians are surely an energetic bunch of people.

The magicians would also interact with their audiences by inviting them to participate in their segment.

According to the Baba Nyonya Art & Culture Marketing Consultant, CJ Wong, their audiences are mostly busloads tourists from China as the place is still less known by the locals.

“We are proud to have our own Malaysian young magicians and they practice hard to entertain our audiences and we also use the latest and up-to-date the visual and audio equipment to ensure that our audiences experience top notch performances,” he said.

Once the show ends, audiences can take the opportunity to take picture with all the magicians and purchase novelty gifts such as miniature magic props to bring back as souvenirs.

Meanwhile, HOI also offer RM10 discount for each ticket if visitors opt to have lunch or dinner at Nyonya Melaka Restaurant for RM40 meal and above.

The magic does not end after the show had long ended. Outside the theatre, there is an old tree dubbed as the ‘Wishing Tree’ so visitors can also make their wish when they come to watch the magic show.

The tree is said to be more than 200 years old and have an impressive of records to ‘grant your wish’. All you need to do is write down your wish on a red piece of paper, tie it with a weight and throw to the highest branch.

“Most of our visitors just do it for fun but some did say that their wishes came true after making the wish at the Wishing Tree,”said CJ.

Those who are interested to watch the magic show can come to HOI. There are ample parking area nearby.

House of Illusion

Address 178, Jalan Parameswara,

75000 Melaka

Showtime: 12:15pm and 7:45pm
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