If you ask, many Sydney locals will tell you that their city is a magical one. However, many of them probably don't know just how magical it really is …
Home to magic shops, displays and restaurants, as well as a regular stop for visiting magicians, Sydney is a fantastic place to let your inner child out and enjoy a bit of the miraculous and inexplicable.
Below are just some of the magical activities and events you can take part in around Sydney.
UK magician Dynamo will be performing in Sydney on July 18. You may have seen his TV show, titled Dynamo: Magician Impossible, and been amazed by his unbelievable tricks. If you're not familiar with the man, these tricks include putting peoples' cell phones in bottles, reading peoples' minds and even walking on water. Now it's time to see his world-renowned tricks with your own eyes!
This free event will be taking place between 12:00 and 14:00 on Martin Place (which is between Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street). So, we encourage you to grab a delicious sandwich or salad at the nearby Ambar Cafe and get a good seat for this lunch-time performance.
If you're in Melbourne, never fear! Dynamo will be performing in QV Square at the same time on July 19. And if you were absolutely blown away by his first performance in Sydney, why not hire a car in Sydney and drive to Melbourne for round two?
2) Hey Presto Magic Studio
The largest magic shop in the Southern Hemisphere, Hey Presto Magic Studio is a must-visit for all you budding and experienced magicians out there. Everyone who works at this shop is also a professional magician, so you can be sure to get the very best service and magical advice.
They have over 5,500 magic products in stock – whether you're into card and coin tricks or disappearing acts, there's bound to be something here that will tickle your fancy! Hey Presto Magic Studio is located on 54 Pitt Street – maybe you should stop by after you've been inspired by Dynamo's performance?
3) Magician's Cabaret
Every Saturday night, the Magician's Cabaret puts on a truly spectacular performance that will dazzle and bewilder even the most cynical audience member. The venue's authentic "European Cabaret Dinner Show" is a definite crowd pleaser, and features singing, dancing and story-telling, all accompanied by a magnificent four-course dinner!
They have three Dinner Shows to choose from, or you can opt for the more intimate Magician's Parlour Show. An intensive screening process means the magicians on display here are the cream of the crop, so you won't be disappointed.
We suggest you rent a car at the Sydney airport and come here to celebrate a special occasion – or just treat yourself! The glorious Magician's Cabaret is located in the "exclusive" suburb of Paddington, which is a short ten-minute drive from the city centre.
4) Tharen's Restaurant
Sydney's one-and-only fancy-dress dining experience, Tharen's Restaurant gives you the opportunity to be part of the magic! Costumed waiters will provide you with props, wigs and hats so you can enjoy your meal dressed as your favourite fantastical character!
Following a red-carpet entrance, you'll be served a tasty meal while enjoying the talents of a mystical magician. They will weave their way around the tables and impress you with top-quality tricks. An eight-minute drive from downtown Sydney, Tharen's Restaurant is located at 13-15 Kellet Way, Kings Cross.
So, what are you waiting for? Hop in a rental car and experience this magical city for yourself!