Theatre of Magic

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Manufacturer

Bally Manufacturing Co.

March 28th, 1995

6600 units

Theatre of Magic on the IPSND.


Main details

4 player game

dot matrix

normal

manual

No

Yes

Yes

Yes


Popularity and ranking

This machine has been rated by 928 users and currently ranks #16 in the Top 100

Playfield details

4
2
4
3
1
4
0
0
Yes
No
No

Design team

Game Design: John Popadiuk
Software: Jeff Johnson
Artwork: Linda Deal


Noteworthy features

  • Spinning magic trunk. One side has a hole allowing the ball inside the trunk. One has a 'spiral' looking plate which can magnetically pick up the ball, one side has 'nothing'.
  • Hocus Pocus Magnasave: On top of both outlanes are eddy sensors that can 'feel' a ball that is about to drain and turn on magnets that suck the ball back in the inlanes.
  • A mirror is mounted above the roll over targets in the upper right side of the playfield, to allow you to see them better. The freaky thing is that the mirror turns the ball movements upside-down.
  • The Spirit Ring is a magnet hovering above one of the ramps. It can pick up the ball and drop it onto another ramp.
  • The trap door/basement award contains a DMD pinball mini-game controlled by the player using the actual game flipper buttons.
  • Latest upgrade: Game ROM v1.4H

Trivia

  • Theatre of Magic was a notable game for John Popadiuk. Its important to note, that there are in fact other memorable magic-themed pinballs, like Mystic (1979) & Pinball Magic (1994).
  • Theatre of Magic was originally supposed to be a game featuring the David Copperfield license. However, when the license could not be obtained, it was given a generic magic theme.
  • The male voice was performed by Mike Wadswoth, a good friend of Dave Zabriskie's. He's an opera singer with an "incredible low resonant bass voice and an infectious laugh."
  • The female voice was performed by Cathy Schenkelberg, who was dating a friend of Dave's at the time. Cathy is an accomplished film/stage actor and comedian. Her daughter, Fiona Grey, has a growing career as a singer/songwriter.

Backbox ornament(s)

It is unknown wether any backbox ornaments were available for this machine.

Video mode

A digital pinball game on the dot matrix. On top are five drop targets, in the bottom are two flippers. Try hitting all of the drop targets in time for an extra ball!

Latest software version

V1.3

Click here to view the changelog.

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