You never know what to expect out of a magician’s hat, and likewise, I wasn’t sure what to expect from MAGICUM, Berlin’s museum of magic. However, the museum covers many categories of ‘magic’ and so a visitor quickly learns that it is a very broad term indeed. Items on display range from a Polynesian Tiki statue to voodoo masks, figures mentioned stretch from Flamel to Houdini, and artwork goes from dragon statues to Ciro Marchetti’s computer created paintings.
Some subjects featured are astrology, religion, witchcraft, and ‘stage magic’. As a result, those with limited patience for tarot cards would still enjoy solving the many puzzles and riddles. However, MAGICUM has the tendency to lean towards spirituality. Also, the broad spectrum of exhibits results in the museum lacking depth of information.
A more promising card in the pack is MAGICUM’s interactive nature. Magic shows are performed at 15:00 and 16:00 during the weekend and every day during the holidays.
The information is available in both German and English, although no audio guide is available. The staff are friendly and there is also a gift shop selling items from tarot cards to traditional magic tricks.
MAGICUM may lean too much towards spirituality for my tastes, but it certainly deepens your understanding of what magic means throughout different cultures around the world.
Address: Groβe Hamburger Str.17. 10115, Berlin.
Transport: S-bahn – Hackescher Markt, Oranienburger Str.
Opening hours: 10:00-20:00 daily.
Contact: 030288 75635, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: adults – €9.50, reductions – €7.50