Theatre of Magic

Pinside rating

This game received 942 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.444 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #20 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.613

Artwork: 8.571

Sounds/Music: 7.951

Other Aspects: 8.462

Pinside staff rating

This is how we, the very knowledgeable (wink wink) staff & moderators rate this game. 10 of us have rated this game.


Your Rating?

You need to be logged in before you can rate pinball machines. No account yet? Registering only takes a sec!

Found 505 ratings (with comment) on this game

There are 505 ratings (that include a comment) on this game.
Currently showing results page 20 of 21.

List options

10 years ago
Many magnets, modes and magic tricks make this an excellent game. Pure Balley, a good description must include smooth, and class. This game may be played either with "shoot and aim" or just lit 'em ride. The key word is fun.
10 years ago
Great game for beginners. Way too many toys that keep breaking,It's a feat in itself to master!! You've mastered it if you can keep everything working on it @ the same time. The idea was right but,did I mention a nightmare to keep it going 100%. Had it,sold it, never regretted it. Even if it was working 100% and didn't break- I still think tops maybe a #35 -40 machine. Still can't figure out the hype on it. Gimme CV , NF , TCFBL , TFTC or The Getaway.
10 years ago
Like all Popadiuks, gorgeous to behold but you wished it played a little deeper. Still it's a looker and on my wishlist.
10 years ago
who made the sound for this one? it sucks after 5 minutes

and just shooting the trunk gets boring

trapdoor is nice
10 years ago
This is a good pinball. The playfield toys are awesome with the truck, the levitating ball, and the hidden basement. Another great point is that the game tells you where you are supposed to shoot the ball. This makes it very user friendly and easier to play. When the kids get frustrated with the TZ due to the difficulty, the ToM is right there. It is not super easy, but the design is much simpler and it serves an entirely different purpose.
Update: Sold this machine to buy a MM. We don't really miss it like we thought we would. I'll have to reduce my rating because the lastability isn't there.
10 years ago
A great game. I personally prefer Pinball Magic to TOM, but honestly, I don't think you could go wrong with either. Both are very fun to play.
10 years ago
Good pinball lot's of fun.
10 years ago
This is a pretty fun pin. It has some tough shots to hit and variety. The theme gets a little tired once you get a lot of plays on it in my opinion.
10 years ago
great game, great theme, cool shots and toys
10 years ago
TOM is a beautiful game. Exceptional lighting(expecially with super bright LEDs), fast ball action and a lot of shots. The game play is only average. You don't have to complete any of the 8 magic tricks to advance to the next one. The Wizard mode is a joke. If you can even call it a Wizard mode. It is fun to play for most players and is the best looking pinball ever made.
10 years ago
Just a beautiful, awesome machine. Hoping to get my hands on one soon.
10 years ago
This game has alot of toys to keep you busy.
10 years ago
Was a great pin!
Fast, deep rules, difficult to master and a beautiful atmosphere..
I've a like new one and i'll never resell it!..
10 years ago
Great flow! Love the magic trunk!
10 years ago
Feel free to question the sanity of anyone who has played and hated it - Theatre of Magic has it all. Not only is it a looker, but it's a great-playing and beautiful-sounding machine. It's a bit easy to rack up points, but remember Othello: "a minute to learn, a lifetime to master." As a girl who does magic as a side hobby, I was astonished at how well Bally nailed the theme. Best pinball machine ever made, hands down. I'm surprised it's not even higher on this list.
10 years ago
Wow, she's a beautiful looking machine! One pinny you must see before you die, if nothing else but to just admire! Very, very fast game play! So many gadgets, trap doors, ramps, magic show stuff & yet flow is not interrupted. Game layout right up there with some of the best.
10 years ago
great game!
10 years ago
I currently own one tryng to trade..All I can say is overrated!!
11 years ago
Ultra smooth ramps, great flow, vibrant color and ingenious playfield elements are Popadiuk hallmarks. Sadly, with better software - I think many of John's machines could have been better.
His playfield designs are excellent - very beautiful. Though WorldCupSoccer94 is probably his best game I prefer TheatreOfMagic for it's faster gameplay and better flow.
11 years ago
over rated. love the art work, game play not so flash... money asked for this machine could be better spent...
11 years ago
Very very cool mods! Good game, although ours is gone :( Overall good.
11 years ago
A fun game where things can happen quickly. My kids love playing this game.
11 years ago
I love this game...I was very sad when it left town.
11 years ago
Good game.
13 years ago
Has to be the most gorgeous cabinet out there . A gold magicians trunk. It just looks stunning !
Gameplay - captive ball and spinner are really satisfying shots. Playfield is fast , especially the shot around the trunk. Has some great toys.

Pros - its the gameplay it is a bit hit the trunk, for beginners its a thrill, but once you have had it a whie it gets a bit boring. If you play sporadically and want an easier game then this is for you
There are 505 ratings (that include a comment) on this game. Currently showing results page 20 of 21.

You too can add your own comment by rating this game! Click here to rate the machine.

Hey there! Got a moment?

Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside