Museum Theatre Performer




Jo began studying magic in 2007 and has carved out a distinct story-based performance style, often using real historical artefacts in her acts. She holds a PhD in History and Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne and enjoys combining her interests through the study and performance of magic. She has been seen all around Victoria performing for the Clunes Booktown Festival, the Ballarat Heritage Festival, Magicians at Work, Book Week, Curbside Carnies, conferences, galleries, community, and private events.

Jo is a member of the Australian Institute of Magic and was a performer in their successful 2016 attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest magic show. Her parlour show The Miniature Museum of Magic played for six months at the Speakeasy HQ Theatre in Flinders Street in 2018 where she was also a regular performer in the Saturday night vaudeville show. Recent gigs have included sold out performances of her close up show Unusual Objects at the Laneway Theatre, The Quack and the Charlatan, The Witching Hour, A Night of Spiritualism and the children’s show The Pirate-Fairy-Dinosaur-Rainbow Magic Show.


Types of Booking

Roving close-up magic (events, corporate or weddings)

Educational and community events

Stage and parlour magic



“Unique magic”

“I have no idea how she did that”

-Magicians at Work audience

Jo managed to enthrall our prep students with a clever performance about books and magic. All teachers agreed that it was the best incursion they had ever seen for that age group.

-Emilie Rosenberg , Primary school librarian

During some moments of the show, audience members leaned in with anticipation and gasped with delight at other times.”

-Tay Around Town

“Jo Clyne is no ordinary magician. She brings a sense of wonder and curiosity, and she’s very funny”

-Martin Green, General Manager,

Beleura House and Garden


Stage Whispers Magazine

Simple Film Frame

MC Showroom

Mystifying Melbourne, Triple R Radio

Simple Film Frame

Mornington News


The Alchemists

Dr Jo Clyne frequently performs with her colleague Dr David Waldron in shows featuring their own special blend of historical research and illusion. Recent performances have taken place at Ballarat Heritage Month, The Melbourne Magic Festival, the Goldfield Gothic Festival of Dark Ideas, and History Month. Please get in touch if you are interested in a lecture or performance.

Museum Theatre

Jo also specialises in museum theatre, a type of performance

specifically designed for cultural institutions. She is the current

President of the International Museum Theatre Alliance (Asia Pacific) and the host of international podcast Museum Theatre Musings.

Get in touch to find out how museum theatre interpretation can benefit your cultural organisation.

Get in touch

Jo brings over 20 years of performance experience to making your event truly magical.

She holds public liability insurance and a current Working with Children Check.