A group of Melbourne magicians have broken a world record for the longest running magic show.
The performance started at 6.30am on Friday, June 10 and ran for 85 hours straight, with about 10 to 15 magicians performing in intervals. The previous record – set in Melbourne 12 years ago – was 75 hours.
The magicians were kept to a strict schedule and set of rules, which specified that a performance or trick could not be repeated within eight hours of it last being performed. Lee Cohen, magician and president of the Australian Institute of Magic, said “rabbits, doves, card tricks and all manner of illusions” were included in the non-stop show.
The show took place in the inner-north Melbourne suburb of Brunswick at Danes Certificate’s Magic Theatre, allowing an audience of up to 50 people to watch some of Melbourne’s finest illusionists. Performances ranged from 30 minutes to an hour and showcased a variety of talent.
Ms Cohen, whose father was a magician, told The Newsroom the group wanted to do something that would allow magicians to perform and practise for the forthcoming Melbourne magic festival, which will be held during the Victorian school holidays.
“Twelve years ago we set the record of 75 hours and this time we wanted to see if we would be able to break 85 hours. [We] couldn’t just do it for our own benefit so we decided to raise money for the children’s charity, Variety,” she said.
Some of the magicians chose to perform tricks that were selected specifically for the event, while others demonstrated tricks that will be included in the magic festival.
The show ended at 7:30pm on Monday. Audience member Tayissa Artimonow also set a record by watching the magic show for 72 hours non-stop.
The show raised more than $2600 for the Variety charity. – Words and photo by Isabell Greigeritsch
Photo shows Lee Cohen pulling a rabbit from a hat during the world record show.