Theatre of Magic (Bally, 1995)

Theatre of Magic

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This game received 877 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.429 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #16 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.556

Artwork: 8.602

Sounds/Music: 7.934

Other Aspects: 8.438

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7 days ago
Great classic.
14 days ago
Quite easy to play, but fast and fun. Great theme.
31 days ago
Great game with amazing play field and fun factor

I love games that are a fast experience yet allow the player to engage the modes and tHis gives the player a chance to really see the shots and where the game is sending them

Super awesome sounds and lighting add so much to the game. Amazing fallouts really add depth to the plays. I love the magical theme and art. For a player who loves accomplishing a game this is top 10 all time.
This game is a true piece of art. SometHing to keep you coming back every time even after you beat the game.
33 days ago
Classic, popular game with a really fun trunk toy. It's common for the trunk to be glitchy, or beaten up, but when this game is working right, it's really fun. Good theme and ambiance, kind of exotic, mysterious and carnivalesque. Good ramps, tricky shots (like into the basement). I consider this one of the first classic "modern" era pinball machines. This machine, along with Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and Funhouse, helped usher in a sort of revival of pinball in the early 1990's. Excellent game.
3 months ago
Awesome game, played a few times last night at Level Up in Raleigh. Really like the smoothness and overall feel. The theme is great and goes along with the artwork. Somewhat of a difficult game, would love to have it in the basement.
4 months ago
There's a lot to like about "Theatre of Magic". The playfield is gorgeous with unique ramps that resemble red rug-covered "stairs" and a beautiful "magic trunk" that gives you several different missions to play. It's incredibly polished and classy. The issue is that the trunk is the center of everything and the audio constantly reminds you of that. That's your #1 target every single time. Either that or the one or two ramps which are easy to hit. That and points are too easy to accumulate. A player with little to no skill with decent reflexes can hit 250M in about five minutes or less. It's so easy, you basically don't even need the missions. That said, it's a great table, reminiscent of "Tales of the Arabian Nights".
4 months ago
Great machine. Will always stay in my collection.
4 months ago
Very fun game. The animations are really nice and the shots are smooth. Trunk is a really great idea and loaded with magnets. Top 5 in my collection for sure.
5 months ago
I would love to get this game. The theme is great, the trunk is fun. My six year old son was playing this game at Tilt and kept nailing the ramps, it was fun to watch. Not sure its as has the depth, but it sure is a fun shooter.
6 months ago
Such a fun game. I love the use of the Magicians Trunk! I love this game so much I had to get it.
6 months ago
Bash toy/toy chest is a very cool and unique gimmick. Magnasaves are super cool. Ramps are satisfying. Lots going on here. Theme is great too.
6 months ago
TOM's strength is the interesting layout and cool trunk gimmick. Rules are good. Overall, very strong package. I love the theme. Art is just OK. Definitely worth checking out. Love JPop layouts.
6 months ago
So many good things about this game! It really is very hard to find fault with it. The shots, modes, and variability of the game are great! The flow of the game and shots are very satisfying. Some seasoned players might find this table too easy, but for me, it's perfect!
6 months ago
I just bought this game recently and I'm in love with it. my wife loves it. all my friends love it. The art package is incredible for starters. The flow of shots and gameplay blew me away. It plays even faster and smoother than my lord of the rings with awesome variation.

The code depth doesn't quite reach those levels but lots of variety keeps it fresh and the games play quickly which is good when friends are over and playing for drinks! The theme has such wide appeal! ITS MAGIC!

Update. Still a great game but In the end I sold it to make room for pins with deeper code and variety. I found that after about 3 months of owning it I had done all I wanted to do on it. Again nice wide appeal but for the player looking for those nearly unreachable goals I found I attained it all quickly.
6 months ago
I like this one a LOT. I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to depth, but I really find the progression in this game to be very engaging. The trunk toy is a lot of fun, and the various illusions seem to follow a nice progression. The sound is exemplary, with some truly great callouts. My only gripe is with the multi-ball mode. There is really only one (okay, technically two), and it is pretty simplistic. There's no stacking, and no ball save (yeah, I'm pretty green). I've managed to make it to the finale once or twice, and getting there is quite satisfying. This is truly one of the classics of its era.
7 months ago
has great sounds and score boosters...
7 months ago
Poor wizard mode. Easy to master game
7 months ago
Not sure the love and high ranking for this game. Way too easy. Perfect game for the kiddies. Yawn.
7 months ago
One of my top three favorite games, pretty deep rule set, great flow of play, challenging game modes. The multi ball is fun and getting to the Grand Finale is awesome. An awesome all around game that holds up over time, its just too bad they are so damn expensive.
8 months ago
Fun. Fast. Beautiful. My personal favorite.
9 months ago
One of the best games ever made, toys, toys toys. Never short of wow factor and awesome rule sets. I always feel there's something to shoot for and goals to be met. Love there's so many ways to go about getting high scores. The amount of features on this game is amazing. Once you dress it up with leds it really shows all the details. Would be the perfect game if it wasn't for the crap video mode and the call outs are far from my favorite. The girl saying you got the magic gets old. The call outs clearly tell you where and what to do though.
9 months ago
Probably my favorite. The theme is super cheesy but somehow in a good way. Shots are fun. The guys voice makes me laugh and After I play I walk around saying everything like him.
9 months ago
Beautiful! But gets old quick.
9 months ago
great machine....
11 months ago
A pretty good game overall, I am not a fan of the theme personally,music and sound do get repetitive.far better off with a twilight Zone imho
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