Open at the end of 2019 and after an international presence in Dubai, Toronto, New York and Shanghai, the unmistakable Musée De l’Illusion welcomes you in the center of Paris, a few steps away from Beaubourg and its Centre Pompidou. A real temple dedicated to the magical arts, tainted with a hint of pedagogy, in order to explain you how are invented the popular tricks (photo credits: Alex Plato).
This ensemble of marvels are able to either fascinate young and old. It would be a good occasion to have fun while learning about these popular tricks and mysteries, often visible in movies or random shows.
Let your senses get amazed and even sometimes disturbed, while your feeling of perception above reality may as well be challenged. In summary, an unprecedented experience impatiently waits for your venue between holograms, puzzle games and optical illusions.
In fact, considered as playful as educational, this innovative museum transports your inner sensations into a world of fantasy, cradled with multiples incredible installations, completed with rational and scientific able to provide you enough explanations that should amaze you, like this bottomless well.
For more fascination, here are some of the stages of the multisensory journey offered by the museum, starting from the overturned room, where you’re invited to take unusual photos of your relatives, in different wacky positions and therefore defy gravity. Otherwise enjoy a special meal, with your head suddenly appearing in the core of a plate. A true scary effect, especially at the time of the Halloween installations!
For instance, this unexpected experience requires a real self-confidence to get through this non-stop turning obstacle, while even keeping feeling it moving forward when your eyes are closed. As an authentic daring challenge, we advise to come through this crazy corridor, fighting against these strong three-dimensional forces that would may make your head spin round and round…
Don’t also miss these various holograms, representing these amazing images provoke real 3D illusions and everybody is already used to them, since they are omnipresent in our daily life, notable on banknotes and credit cards, in particular. However, inside this museum, you would meet in your path a series of holographic portraits, along other kinds horror-grams and various images of different effects, made to transform their appearance, of course depending on where you stand.
After this intense journey in illusion, just in front of the museum, why don’t you take a break in the Sweet Bazar? Awake your own gustatory senses with a series of sweet and often homemade culinary creations, notably to compose yourself thanks to endless and unique combinations.
Behind this joyful temple hides Leslie Sawicka, who also founded the nearby Musée de l’Illusion, and imagined an original concept store offers you to enjoy a trip in Wonderland, full of pinky colors. Indeed, don’t miss to shoot your friends at the swing or at the immobile carrousel, recreating a fantastic framework. A few steps away, you would find some shelves highlighting a whole range of funny kitchen and party utensils, eventually helping you to cook your more imaginative pastries!
Facing this stall, you may express your passion for chocolate, since you could make your chocolate bar (dark or milk), built under your eyes by a master chocolatier and topped with several charming surprises, according to your own taste. Therefore, at Sweet Bazar, in less than ten minutes, opt for your customized cacao delight, possibly sublimed by a selection of natural French products, such as violets, muesli or even dried strawberries.
In the same mood, ask for your favorite waffle, also here designed by a Chef, leading to a hazelnut or praline waffle, topped at your desire… Otherwise, ask for a seasonal pie, following some recipes imagined by the skilled pastry chef, Sandrine Baumann-Hautin, as well prepared at the demand. Moreover, in order to accompany these sweets, make way for fresh milkshakes, smoothies, iced coffees or hot drinks, like their delicious hot chocolate, again maybe topped with a smooth whipped cream. You definitely wouldn’t forget your passage at Rue Saint-Denis!
In case you want to learn more about these magic tricks, you could knock at the door of the Double Fond theater. Created in 1988 by Dominique Duvivier, this unique structure is also a school dedicated to the displaying of magic arts. Already renowned as a reference for a local so-called café-theater (combining these two functions), this magical temple already hosted generations of illusionists at the occasion of intimate shows, proposed all year long (photo credits: Double Fond).
As maybe the only place in France where you can attend this spirit of magic anytime and eventually directly exchange with professionals. Indeed, apart from the spectacular side, many conferences are often organized, in order to organize an authentic go-between among an enthusiastic audience and a bunch of passionate magicians, all inclined to dispense their respective specialties, such as close-up, along some staging methods, for sure mentalism, card and coins tricks and even magic entertainment for kids…
For instance, the essential mission of this singular university is to fulfill the needs of all the potential wannabes willing to practice the profession of magician in a professional manner. Furthermore, in order to answer to any individual project of each trainee, according to his level, his objectives and his professional background, a fully-equipped performance hall remains at the disposal of the pedagogical team for a proper training in professional conditions.