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“tourist trap”

Museum of Magic (Musee de la Magie)
Ranked #362 of 1,242 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

after paying the entrance ticket, every little thing inside costs more money.
although advertising English guides are provided , when it comes to it the guide is too lazy for that and murmurs some lame excuse.
it's a tourist trap, don't go there.

7  Thank joshua888
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

The magic show was the highlight of our experience, but unfortunately lasts only about 25 minutes. Don't rely on the website to base your decision! The museum is very lame and a total rip off. The employees were shockingly rude. I speak French fluently, and was shocked when I heard the boutique employee raise his voice to a customer who touched a book, telling her "Did you touch the book?" When she responded yes, he said in a serious and loud tone "you touch it, you buy it". The price was 45 euros for a thin book on magic. She couldn't even look inside. I was glad to see that she ignored him and walked off. He wouldn't let kids touch anything, saying you can touch only if you buy it. Another employee, a magician who gave some brief historical explanations of 2 props, told a child off for whispering to his friend saying "don't piss me off", and then proceeded to raise his voice to the child's mother a few minutes later when she reached out to touch her son on the shoulder, saying "leave him ALONE". I couldn't believe the nerve. As for the museum, it's full of antiques with poor explanations (mostly in French), and terrible translations when any were included. There were 'funny mirrors' and a few trinkets which looked like pieces of junk. To top it off, there are several places where they've placed a 'magic-like' attraction, which will do something, but only if you put a 2 euro coin in the machine!!! This is IN the museum, and AFTER you've paid you hefty entrance fee. Unbelievable! I won't even comment on the automatons... little wood trinkets that move when you press a button... AND available for sale in the boutique. Do yourself a favour and bring your child to Jardin d'acclimatation or Jardin des Plantes to see the animals...

16  Thank Kristina K
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

It was a refreshing break from all the artsy touristic spots for our 3-year old but it bored our 6-year old. The magic show is definitely for kids younger than 5 year old and it was in French.

The museum is expensive and there is not much to see except the limited collection of vintage magic items, very small area to for a stroller, we are generally not impressed.

We have seen way too many magic tricks and magic shows that this show in Paris is very pale in comparison.

If you do not speak French, we advise against going - nothing extraordinary to see really.

3  Thank Turknoys
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

nothing too amazing.but if you have kids and are near it you may as well go to it.
it was a bit freaky with the old magic tricks
but we didnt wait for the magic show which was meant to be good

2  Thank IrelandLou
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

If you like magic and have a child in to magic this attraction is a great history lesson about the profession. The private collection of a magician housed in a basement. Early advertising automatons and old carnival pieces make up a display on one side of the building. You get to push buttons and animate the pieces. One entire wall is dedicated to reproduction pieces so you can see how the moving parts work. The other side of the basement is a magic shop, theater, and museum with antique magic items. A magic show is included in the price of admission. A group of school kids were attending the performance and it was delightful to see them so excited. The show is made up of classic magic tricks so even if you don't speak French the performance is still enjoyable. After the magic show you enter the museum area housing Victorian magic sets, old magic devices, and some items owned by Houdini. Optical illusions and a few coin operated machines round out the collection. You can choose between seeing just the Automatons or just the magic side or both. Tip: since its takes time for the magic show to fill, run, and empty you might as well look at the automatons while you wait. There are no photos allowed as this is a private collection. Tip: Nice restroom located to your right as soon as you come down the entry stairs. The museum and show are a bit quaint but on a stormy day it was an enjoyable way to spend the morning. Charming toy store located next door. Places to eat and fun neighborhood to explore.

1  Thank Oldhalloween
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