The 5th Annual Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh Magic Festival

Eight days of outstanding performances from the world’s best magicians

The fifth Edinburgh International Magic Festival will once again bring the most innovative and talented performers from all over the world to Edinburgh from 27 June – 4 July 2014.

This year magic collides with theatre, science, comedy, history, sideshow, technology and psychology as performers from the widest fields of interest come together in Edinburgh to give festival goers the most magical experience possible.

In the Year of Homecoming Scotland, local magicians feature prominently in the main programme. Glasgow magician Michael Neto, who represented Scotland at FISM World Championships of Magic in 2012, brings his new theatre and magic production, in collaboration with Sonic Boom Theatre Company, to MagicFest. Harthill’s Colin Cloud is a master of deduction; he explores the snap judgements we all make about other people and life’s scenarios in his new show Forensic Mind Reader. Actor and magician Scott Smith from Edinburgh makes his MagicFest debut in the main programme. After a sell show at the Fringe last year, Scott performs at new venue MagicFest venue Adam House Theatre. London Magic Circle Competition finalist Billy Reid from Glasgow is one of the UK’s most devilishly brilliant close-up magicians and an expert sleight of hand artist.

Kevin McMahon, Edinburgh International Magic Festival Director, said: “Five years ago we waded into the busy Edinburgh festival market aiming to get live magic in front of public and to find acts that didn’t just amaze but also excited and inspired. Now over 5000 people come to MagicFest each summer. In the last few years there’s been a groundswell in the Scottish magic community of performers willing and able to create innovative shows and I’m delighted to programme so many quality Scottish acts this year.”

Each year a wide array of international artists also feature in the programme. This year the award winning line-up includes Lukas from South Korea who brings a sense of poetic artistry and visual manipulation techniques to Scotland for the first time, USA’s Rob Zabrecky a Magic Castle illusionist and character actor who has been twice voted ‘Stage Magician of the Year’ by the Academy of Magical Arts and Xavier Tapias from Spain, whose amazing animatronics act evokes the story of Pinocchio as he magically builds a boy from household rubbish.

Magician and psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman makes his MagicFest debut. An international bestselling author, Richard’s YouTube channel has over 1 million subscribers and 200 million views. Join him as he takes you backstage to discover the secret science of sorcery. MagicFest are delighted to welcome German artist Johan Lorbeer to Edinburgh for the first time. He is famous for his public “Still-Life” performances, which feature Lorbeer in an apparently impossible position, standing in mid-air ‘leaning’ against a wall with one hand.

In addition to bringing magic acts from around the world to Edinburgh, MagicFest produce unique events and develop new show concepts. Last year’s sell show The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle is back with three of Scotland’s finest magicians who animate the castle’s intriguing past with stories, performances and illusions. Magic Dinner at The Royal Scots Club also returns with an evening of fine dining and immersive magical entertainment. Magic Schoolwizardry workshops offer 7-10 year olds the choice of either a 2.5 hour workshop or 5-day course with fun show for parents. Street Magic Masterclass gives 11-15 year olds the chance to learn some mind-blowing techniques and the secrets behind sleight-of-hand. Brand new show Tower of Illusion at Camera Obscura takes you on a magical journey where you must work together to defy illusion, solve riddles, challenge mystery and confront the unknown in a unique treasure hunt.

Since conception in 2010, MagicFest now produces one of the UK’s largest magic events, has consulted for the National Theatre of Scotland, broken a Guinness World Record and put together a series of shows and workshops as part of the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday at the Globe Theatre in London. The Edinburgh International Magic Festival is leading the charge in the newly developing market of Magic Festivals appearing around the world, and aims to be the world leader in programming and producing innovative, cutting edge magic.

MagicFest works with various organisations that have supported the festival development and collaborated on some exciting projects and events. Among them are Point Hotel Edinburgh (now Double Tree by Hilton), IDEAS,, Lothian Buses, Jenners and Tree of Knowledge.

Kevin added: “In addition to our longstanding principal sponsors, we’re very excited to announce a new partnership with Krispy Kreme this year. I think it’s a wonderful match up and I’m looking forward to a very sweet relationship. Watch out for some in store magic at Hermiston Gait this summer!”

Open up to magic at the fifth Edinburgh International Magic Festival from the 27 June till the 4 July.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival Dates: 27 June – 4 July 2013
Tickets available online at by calling Hub Tickets on 0131 473 2000 or in person at Hub Tickets (The Hub, Castlehill EH1 2NE)

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MagicFest Venues: Adam House, City Art Centre, Lauriston Castle, Penthouse DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre,  The Royal Lyceum Theatre, The Royal Scots Club, Assembly Roxy, The Scottish Storytelling Centre and The Vault.

MagicFest gratefully acknowledges support from:
Principal Sponsors: IDEAS, Kristy Kreme, DoubleTree, Magic Direct
Programme Partner: Edinburgh Museums and Galleries
Media Partner: Families Magazine
Event Supporters: The Royal Lyceum Theatre, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Camera Obscura
Supporting: Homecoming Scotland 2014


Edinburgh International Magic Festival 27 June till 4 July


Fri 27 June   2.30pm & 7.00pm
The Royal Lyceum Theatre
2.30pm (Preview) • All tickets £12
7pm • £12 – £26

Duration: 2hr 30mins with interval

Ages 5+
Take what you think you know about magic and then think again! Come enjoy a magical mix of breath-taking illusion, sleight-of-hand, circus and mind reading. The winner of the Great Lafayette Award 2014 will be announced during the evening Gala.


Richard Wiseman “Mind Magic”
Mon 30 June   7.00pm & 8.30pm
The Scottish Storytelling Centre • £13/£11 conc/£8 child
Duration: 55mins
Ages 14+
Magicians appear to make solid objects vanish into thin air, defy the laws of gravity and predict the future. Magician and psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman invites you to step backstage and discover the secret science of sorcery. Learn the hitherto hidden psychology employed by some of the world’s greatest illusionists, how to detect lies, and discover why the hand is rarely quicker than the eye.

Tower of Illusion
Mon 30 June
 – Tue 1 July  9.15pm
Camera Obscura • £20/£14 conc/£10 child
Duration: approx 2hr
Ages 14+
Battle your way through the Tower of Illusion and defeat all who may stand in your way.  But no one said it would be an easy climb!  Throughout your journey you must work together to defy illusion, solve riddles, challenge mystery and confront the unknown in a unique treasure hunt.


Michael Neto “Tragic Magic”
Sat 28 June – Fri 4 July  
(except Mon 30 June)  7.00pm
The Scottish Storytelling Centre • £13/£11 conc/£8 child
Duration: 50mins
Ages 10+
What do you do when you have to choose between the thing you love and the one you love? A one man show fusing magic and theatre, with 4 time Scottish Champion of close up magic, Michael Neto, and Sonic Boom Theatre Company. The very best of new Scottish Theatre with the most impressive magic.

Luke Jermay “Strange Power”
Sat 28 June – Fri 4 July  (except Mon 30 June)  8.30pm
The Scottish Storytelling Centre • £13/£11 conc
Duration: 55mins
Ages 14+

In the past eight months Jermay has made more accurate public predictions than any psychic entertainer in history; publicly posting his predictions on his Twitter profile, days, weeks and even months in advance of their coming true. Jermay considers his public predictions to be a bizarre form of performance art and for the first time he is bringing this unusual recreation to the stage. ‘Luke Jermay – Strange Power’ is for entertainment purposes only.  No spirit mediumship will take place.  Written and performed by Luke Jermay, Directed by Michael Weber.  Produced by Psychic Cabaret in association with MagicFest.

Colin Cloud “The Forensic Mind Reader”
Sat 28 June – Fri 4 July  (except Mon 30 June, Tue 1 July )  7.00pm
Adam House • £11/£9 conc/£6 child
Duration: 60mins
Ages 10+
Imagine someone who can tell you what you do for a living, what your hobbies are and what’s been on your mind all day, all by merely looking at you. He’ll bridge the gap between fact and fiction, you’ll learn how to spot the guiltiest person in a room. He will accurately profile specific members of the audience and solve mysteries that you, the audience, create.

Scott Smith “The Imagining”
Sat 28 June – Fri 4 July  
(except Mon 30 June, Tue 1 July )  8.30pm
Adam House • £11/£9 conc/£6 child
Duration: 55mins
Ages 12+
In our mind’s eye magical sequences play out to us. Illusion is part of our lives; woven into our very existence. Join Scott for an extraordinary evening, at the point where imagination and reality meet, and experience how illusion can transform, motivate, and inspire. By imagining… anything is possible…


Magic Dinner
Sat 28 June
The Royal Scots Club • £56 per person • Discounts available for groups 10+
Duration: approx 3hr 30mins
Ages 16+ only
Dress code: Black tie
Dinner Party Invitation. Hello! How exciting! You’re invited to the magic party of the year with a three course meal, fabulous entertainment and, of course, illicit amounts of tea! Featuring Ainsley Hamill, Neil Kelso, Billy Reid, Jango Starr and Kevin McMahon. Please note, the tickets for this event must be booked in advance.

The Secret Room
Thurs 3 July   5.30pm & 7.30pm Lauriston Castle • £20 /£18 conc

Duration: 75mins
Ages 10+

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, hidden away at the end of a winding driveway, behind a walled garden, lies one of Edinburgh’s secret castles. Preserved in a early 1900s time-warp, Lauriston Castle remains in the exact state its last human owner left it. A sell-out in 2013, this event features three of the finest Scottish magicians, as they animate the castle’s intriguing past with stories, performances and illusions related to the history of Lauriston. What mysteries does this wonderful castle conceal? Find your answer inside “The Secret Room”. With Lewis Barlow, Jody Grieg and Drew McAdam.


David Blanco “Honest Lies”
Sat 28 June – Fri 4 July   7.00pm
The Vault • £11/£9 conc/£6 child
Duration: 50mins
Ages 8+
David does not like to lie… however being a magician forces him to deceive for the sake of the audience. Funny and remarkable, “Honest Lies” will arouse the curiosity of many and the smiles of all. David is an award winning magician, director, producer and consultant to numerous theatre, magic and puppet theatre shows.

Billy Reid “Watch Closely”
Sat 28 June – Fri 4 July    8.30pm
The Vault • £11/£9 conc/£6 child
Duration: 50mins
Ages 8+
Witness the impossible unfold inches from your very eyes – a spellbinding assault on your senses where cards appear and disappear, coins transpose to impossible locations, objects levitate and future events are predicted…


Magic School
City Art Centre
One-off Magic School Workshop • £17
Sat 28 June – Sun 29 June
10.00am OR 1.30pm

5-Day Magic School • £85
Mon 30 June – Fri 4 July   
10.00am OR 1.30pm
Duration: approx 2hr 30min      Ages 7-10
What would it be like to perform real magic? How would it feel to receive an invitation to a secret Magic School to develop those skills? Magic School was created five years ago to teach and inspire children to perform incredible magic for their family and friends. Please note, all children should be registered for Magic School and Street Magic Master Class in advance and therefore, tickets for these events are not available on the door. More info at

Street Magic Master Class       
Mon 30 June – Wed 2 July    11.00am
City Art Centre • £36

Duration: approx 5hr 30min

Ages 11-15
If you would like to learn new sleight of hand techniques, and deliver amazing illusions that will blow your friends’ minds, then come Join an intimate group of no more than 20 magicians this summer at the all new SMMC. The class will be led by professional magicians David Blanco (Spain) and Luke Eaton (UK). So bring a packed lunch, a pack of cards, and bags of enthusiasm and we’ll provide the magic! If you have good card handling skills we recommend coming along to the Advanced class on Wednesday. More info at


Colonel Custard “Magical Mayhem”
Sat 28 June – Fri 4 July    5.00pm

The Scottish Storytelling Centre • £11/£9 conc/£6 child

£28 family ticket available (2 adults and 2 children)

Duration: 45mins

Ages 4+
Colonel Custard is the current British Children’s Entertainer National Champion. He has been entertaining children for over a decade with his unique blend of fun-filled magical mayhem. The magic show includes juggling, levitation, unicycling and loads more surprises along the way. Fun for all the family with slapstick comedy and “blow your brains” magic.

War of the Wizards Under 18’s

Sun 29 June 11.00am 
Duration: 60mins

Open War of the Wizards

Sun 29 June 2.00pm

Duration: 90mins

The Scottish Storytelling Centre • £6/£4 conc

Ages 10+
MagicFest competitions let you see and support the top up-and-coming talent in the world of magic. The two competitions, Under 18’s and Open, will be judged by a panel of professional magicians and non-magicians. THINKING ABOUT ENTERING? Visit


MagicFest at SKYbar
Thurs 3 July    6.00pm till midnight
Penthouse, DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre
Free event
Over 18’s only
‘Penthouse’ is a unique venue; an exceptional suite with stunning views of Edinburgh, open to the public especially for MagicFest. Bring your friends and enjoy a cocktail and close up magic from magicians throughout the night. Note this is a free, unticketed event with limited venue capacity. Please arrive early if you wish to guarantee entry.

Four Nations Magic-Off + Magic Ceilidh
Fri 4 July   10.00pm
Assembly Roxy • £20/£18 conc
Duration: till late!
Over 18’s only
A late night MagicFest institution! Complete sell out for the last four years, see the top UK comedy magicians going trick for trick for your vote! MagicFest’s final night party now includes a ceilidh to send off the festival in style. Not to be missed.



Telephone: 0131 473 2000

In person: Hub Tickets (The Hub, Castlehill EH1 2NE)

Hub Tickets Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 29th June 10am to 5pm

Tickets on the Day Please note tickets for Magic Dinner (p. 10) and Magic Workshops (p. 12) are NOT available on the day. Tickets for all the other Festival events can be purchased at the venue 20 minutes prior to the start of the event, subject to availability.

Booking Fees

There are NO additional booking fees for MagicFest 2014 tickets.

Concessions are available for

Full-time students

Senior citizens (60 and over)

Disabled citizens and companions
Under 16’s (unless a child ticket is available)

Group Discounts are available for groups of over ten people. Please phone 0131 473 2000 for more information.


Please note the Festival has a no refund or exchange policy, other than in the event of a cancellation.

Latecomers may only be admitted at the discretion of staff and only during a suitable break in the performance.

ALL SEATING IS UNRESERVED (except for the Gala show at the Royal Lyceum Theatre). If you require access for a wheelchair user, please inform the Box Office at time of booking.

Special Offer  

Buy tickets for 4 different events – 10% OFF

Buy tickets for 6 different events – 15% OFF

Buy tickets for 8 different events – 20% OFF

This offer is available for all Festival shows and events on full price and concession price tickets but not child or family tickets. Tickets must all be purchased at the same time. Special offer is NOT available on the door, ONLY from Hub Tickets box office (online/on the phone/in person).

Edinburgh International Magic Festival, 22 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AL  Tel: 0131 226 1918
Registered in Scotland No: SC371015

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