Edinburgh International Magic Festival boasts black magic, mime and masterclasses

Street Magic Masterclasses and Magic School among a host of other wizard delights


This article is from 2012.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 29 Jun–Fri 6 Jul

Magic has come a long way since the semi-cringe days of Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, with hip magicians like David Blaine and Derren Brown (and Harry Potter?) changing the way we look at modern-day illusionists. The Edinburgh International Magic Festival caters for magic-lovers of all ages, with 30 different performers from eight countries across Europe.

The Magic and Variety Gala Show (Fri 29 Jun, Royal Lyceum Theatre) marks the opening night, with a selection of the world’s premier magicians. Les Chapeaux Blancs are a unique visual act hailing from France, making black art magic in a truly modern way, while fellow countryman Pierre Xamin resurrects the ancient Chinese dramatic art of ‘Changing Face’. Ukraine’s Voronin is described as ‘Dracula-cum-Casanova’, mesmerising crowds with smoke/mirrors, mime and illusion (and flirtation). Jeton offers an unconventional take on juggling, whilst Scotland’s Drew McAdam – who you might recognise from the telly, ken – can read minds and control thoughts. Eye contact avoidance recommended.

Voyageurs EgarésAn Unavoidable Trip Into an Imaginary World (Sat 30 Jul) is the UK premier of a production by French group Les Z’enfants Terribles, combining comedy with black magic in a tale of adventure to undiscovered realms. Those in the mood for a tastier night out might be interested in the Magic Dinner (Sat 1 Jul, Royal Scots Club) – three courses accompanied by magical cabaret and mentalist Colin McLeod and close-up magicians Billy Reid.

Youngsters can head to Magic School (Sat 30 Jun–Fri 6 Jul, Sandeman House), broken down into age-appropriate classes taught over a series of drop-ins or a longer course. The Scottish Storytelling Centre will also host a Street Magic Masterclass (Sun 1 & Mon 2 Jul). For a full list of events, download a brochure from the festival website.


Les Chapeaux Blancs

This article is from 2012.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

MagicFest presents another programme of close-up conundrums, mindboggling illusions, comic cabaret and other feats of the impossible. The festival features workshops as well as shows and ends with the illustrious Closing Gala, a fast paced performance of illusion, sleight of hand, circus and mind reading.

Various venues: Edinburgh

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…and 6 more dates until 8 Jul 2017

Magic and Variety Gala Show

The Edinburgh International Magic Festival kicks off with a gala show of illusion, sleight-of-hand, circus and mind reading featuring many of the acts performing across the festival.

Magic Dinner

The Hat Hatter invites you to enjoy a three course dinner while cabaret close-up magic, mindreading and illusion take place around your table. He promises that at least six impossible things will happen before dessert. So long as it doesn't involve dessert disappearing.


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