Theatre of Magic


Theatre of Magic

Theatre of Magic is a pinball machine from March 1995, manufactured by Bally Manufacturing Co. This game was designed by John Popadiuk and features many of his design staples such as magnets, a bash toy, and elaborate ramps. Theatre of Magic is based on an unlicensed magic theme where the goal is to perform eight different magic tricks and then complete a rather simple wizard mode. There are numerous side goals such as spelling "Theatre" and advancing the clock to Midnight Madness (not to be confused with the midnight madness featured in some other Bally/WMS games), as well as a video mode featuring a virtual pinball game.

Notable features of this game include the prominent bash toy, dubbed "The Magic Trunk", which starts game modes as well as multiball, and plays a role in many of the aforementioned modes. There is also a machine-controlled magna-save feature placed over each inlane, as well as a magnetic ring that picks up the ball and moves it from one ramp to another. Finally, there is a hidden scoop that pops up from the playfield in a manner similar to the trolls in Medieval Madness, which releases balls shot into the crate and locked balls for multiball, as well as giving a mystery award during normal gameplay.

Design team

Game details

Bally Manufacturing Co.
March 1995
Solid state
6,600 produced
$8320 - $9680
Dot Matrix


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Price history

Price estimate

This game has been listed a total number of 546 times on the Pinside Marketplace, most recently on 2024-04-06.

This past year, we've seen it listed 66 times. The median asking price (trimmed median) was $8,999

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Marketing slogan

"It's got that magic touch."

Pinside rating

This game has received 1089 approved Pinsider ratings and currently has a rating of 8.439 out of 10.


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #38 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Rating comments

There are 578 rating comments for this game.

Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

1246 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

1769 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

248 public locations to play this machine.

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Market value

There are currently 7 ads for this game on our Market place.

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