Theatre of Magic (Bally, 1995)

Theatre of Magic

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This game got 1,281 approved ratings and currently scores 8.426 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #13 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.558

Artwork: 8.568

Sounds/Music: 7.945

Other Aspects: 8.447

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10 days ago
Poor wizard mode. Easy to master game
20 days ago
Not sure the love and high ranking for this game. Way too easy. Perfect game for the kiddies. Yawn.
49 days ago
Fun. Fast. Beautiful. My personal favorite.
63 days 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.
64 days 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.
77 days ago
Beautiful! But gets old quick.
84 days ago
great machine....
4 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
4 months ago
Good looking cab! Ok PF JUNK BACK GLASS !! Not as fast as people make it out to be if they really think about it I would bet they would change the rating on this ,for speed anyway!! Just not fast it can't be just to much to do to be fast! Very good rule set and pretty deep not Simpson deep but deep.
Fun table, Just does not deserve the rating it's getting here in my opinion.
4 months ago
The most elegant!
4 months ago
Great theme and a very beautiful pin.
Extremely boring, callouts are annoying. I had no fun at all playing this game.
I was happy when this pin left my gameroom, and it left pretty fast.
5 months ago
This is the opus of the pinball machine. I can play it over and over and it never fails to amuse me. We decided this would be a signature piece and we went all out on our restoration. We added brass coin door, rails, legs hinges and anywhere else it would fit. I love magic so all the "magic" mods were so much fun. The wands and rabbits just make it so festive. This IS my favorite pinball.
5 months ago
Nice theme with exciting fast flowing game play. The ramps, use of magnets, vanishing balls, and not to forget the main feature of the game, the trunk, all come together to keep all levels of players entertained and wondering what other tricks TOM has up its sleeve. Worthy of a top ten rating in my opinion.

Edit: After owing for 8 months I am downgrading my ratings on fun, theme and last ability. Least played game by myself family and guests. Not enough reward to play the modes as you can score lots of points in other repetitive ways. Theme has gotten annoying, shots are just are not as fun anymore and multi balls suck.
5 months ago
I would say I'm a casual plus player. I enjoy playing pinball because I have fond memories of playing pinball at my local pizza joint when I was growing up. When I see a pin, I usually throw a couple of bucks in but I'm not an addict (at least that's what i tell myself).

Theatre of Magic is one of those games that feels like riding your favorite bike around the neighborhood. Easy to get on, easy to ride and easy for you to enjoy. Love the theme and game play. My downside is that when you play this pin in public, it's usually in horrible shape which leads to a poor experience. I honestly haven't encountered a good pin in public and get my fix on Pinball Arcade.
5 months ago
This game is a keeper in my collection
6 months ago
Oh the first time the magic box spins around and the ball flies up and sticks to it before it spins back around, is there any better "moment" in pinball? It just grabs and impresses everyone.
6 months ago
I don't get it, and maybe that is the problem but this machine bores me to death. So much potential but it seems to flounder when played fast and hard.
6 months ago
Great playing it,is just wanna keep playing it to get to the better magic tricks! It's a must for the collection for anyone
7 months ago
TOM bores me. It always has since I first played it. The game just never clicked for me. I've found a ton of 90s games I love. This just isn't one of them.
7 months ago
I had this machine in my collection for a few year's and after a while I realized that it was off more often than on as compared to my other machines. Upfront Theatre of Magic seems like a very attractive fun game but for me I became bored very quickly.
8 months ago
Its magic!
8 months ago
Good pin with nice playfield and toys. Callouts are repetitive though.
9 months ago
Beautiful machine, but after the initial great impression it gets old quick. I thought I would have love it before playing it, but finally quite disappointing.
10 months ago
There is a good reason why this machine is rated so highly, it is pretty much the perfect pinball machine. No matter your skill level, ToM caters for all. This is a timeless classic
10 months ago
In my opinion this is a great game with great flow meaning that you have an opportunity to really get the ball moving as opposed to hitting consecutive start/stop shots. The game's dependence on the magic trunk gets old and the call out for "shoot the magic trunk" makes you want to answer the game. In other words, when in doubt, hit the trunk. That said, the game is a favorite and it is one that makes people who don't normally play pinball what to play pinball. It's kid friendly and generally the callouts are positive and uplifting - e.g. "You can do it" and "You have the magic". These get repeated a little too often but they Make the game more fun and I don't mind being complimented especially when I'm having a crappy day/game. Lack of a meaningful skill shot is a downer as well.
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