Magicians have seen a resurgence of sort in recent years, after street magicians such as David Blaine, Derren Brown and Dynamo brought their art to the public to show us that it’s not all sparkles and glamorous assistants and that you can be mesmerised by even the simplest trick, provided the magician is engaging and intelligent enough to persuade you that magic really did just take place.
The perfect place to showcase the world’s top magicians – from the sequin-clad traditionalists to the hoodie-wearing new breeds therefore is surely the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. It has become one of the city’s most talked-about events, holding demonstrations of classic illusions and modern tricks. The festival is hosted from 28th June until the 5th July.
Starting with huge gala on opening night, you will see some of the world’s top magicians and illusionists showing you what incredible things they have in store for you. The Magic Dinner is an amazing spectacle which will transport you to Wonderland using the talents of a Sleight of Hand Artist, an illusionist, a classically trained singer, a pianist and physical theatre performer. They will all work together to bring you a three-course-meal you will never forget, unique in both style and substance.
You must pre-book tickets for most of the events included in the festival, although there are free events on offer, including a full show at SKYbar and many street performers eager to show you their talents. There are also workshops for those looking to get into the profession of magic, either for fun or as a serious career change. Professional magicians will show you some of the tricks of the trade too and peak your interest to get you performing to friends and family upon your return.
For all the Family
This is a festival that can be fun for all the family and as it runs over such a long period of time, you can take your kids without missing school. There are some wonderful family shows including a swash-buckling stage show called ‘A Great Adventure’ by family-friendly magicians Morgan & West who have been performing at fringes and festivals for many years. They will be premiering this particular show at the EIMF so it is one not to be missed. Younger children can be entranced by Scotland’s ‘Children’s Entertainer of the Year’, Tricky Ricky, who’s polished performance is perfect for keeping the whole family smiling. His fast-paced and crazy show is exciting and witty and will keep adults and children entertained.
There are shows involving close-up magic from mind-reading to card tricks and shows combining comedy with magic, including some of the UK’s top comedians. Compelling late-night magic shows such as Colin McLeod, Marcus Gordon and Elliot Bibby’s “Late Night Myths”, is an exciting look at mind-boggling mental manipulation. The program is extensive and this really is a must-see for anyone slightly interested in the world of magic and illusion.
If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh for the International Magic Festival or one of the other international events hosted, make sure to make our bed and breakfast your base in Edinburgh.