Like magic, conjuring makes a comeback

From Adelaide Fringe to Sydney Opera House, magic is having a renaissance on Australian stages – but why?

For Australian magician Dom Chambers, whose performances on shows like America’s Got Talent have racked up more than 100 million YouTube views, the social media age has been a boon for magic.

‘YouTube and social media have given people the ability to put their own stuff out and has created an amazing scene online … [online magic acts] are doing the most incredible stuff with cards, coins, sleight of hand – magic has been taken to a whole new level online,’ said Chambers.

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Daniel Herborn is a journalist and novelist based in Sydney. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and others. He has also practised law at an Intellectual Property firm specialising in creative industries clients.