Have you ever wondered what it’s like to wander into a bar in Tokyo and speed date your way through a talented and anarchic group of magicians under a canopy of cherry blossoms?

At Maho Magic Bar, you’ve come to the right place.

Guests are greeted with thumping beats, neon lights and high-energy hosts. Perched on several bars scattered around the room (yes, there is a cocktail menu), the audience is taken on a chaotic adventure, led some incredibly talented magicians, such as Kentaro Ikegami, whose deadpan delivery is as entertaining as his card tricks, and Sarito­­­—who, according to his business card is ‘the craziest magician in Japan’; order a crazy panda cameo from the Extras menu and this should clear up any doubts about the title.

Each magician pops up at every bar to perform some truly perplexing and breathtaking magic tricks that will have you turning to the person next to you to exclaim, ‘How did they do that?’ To be fair, if you have seen one card trick, you’ve seen them all, but Maho Magic Bar does exactly what it says in the box: it is a fun, frantic hour of magic tricks and light entertainment, with a bit of breakdancing thrown in for good measure. It can get a bit pricey if you are planning on ordering from the Extras menu, but the bar descends into chaos if you do, and that’s half the fun.

Maho Magic Bar showcases some seriously talented performers who will entertain, delight and beguile you. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere, order an umeshu and take in the magic. The show runs until 15 March and you can snap up your tickets here.

Four stars

By Leila Hallak-Low