Magic At The 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

I know, I know. I can hear you from here – “Pete, where have you been? You haven’t posted in ages!” I know but, as I have said previously, I do most of my posting on the socials these days. But that all said, it is finally that time of year again – the printed (and online/PDF) version of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme was published this morning and so here is the list of this year’s magic at the Fringe. If you are performing, I hope your shows go well, get great reviews and lots of people come to see them. If you are going, I hope this list is of some help and that you have a great time. Cabaret and Variety 1 Hour Straitjacket Escape Magic Show Arron Jones / PBH’s Free Fringe One devilishly handsome magician trapped in a straitjacket. Mind-melting magic, showstopping laughs and unexpected twists. Is it possible? Come find out! ‘One of the best!’ (YorkshireLive.co.uk). As seen on ITV, E4 and Dave. PBH’s Free Fringe @ Pilgrim (Back Lounge) Aug 6-28 17:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ada Campe: Too Little, Too Soon Ada Campe / The Stand Comedy Club Join award-winning variety artiste Ada Campe for a show about wonderful women, surprising secrets and amphibian water ballets. ‘Very funny’ (Guardian). ‘Fabulous’ (ScotsGay.co.uk). ‘Genius’ (Sandi Toksvig). ‘Marvellous’ (Scotsman). ‘Resembles an unhinged supervillain’ (DIVA). The Stand’s New Town Theatre (Studio) Aug 4 14:55(1h) £11.00 (£10.00) (£40.00 F) Aug 5-14,16-28 14:55(1h) £12.00 (£11.00) (£44.00 F) Ash Pryce: Ghosts Noisy Ghost Entertainment / PBH’s Free Fringe There’s something spooky in the underground vaults with Edinburgh Horror Festival sell-out magician and paranormal illusionist Ash Pryce. ‘Prepare to be convinced about the thin veil that separates our world from the next’ **** (TheWeeReview.com). PBH’s Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth (Chamber Room) Aug 4 19:20(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Aug 17-22,24-27 19:20(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ava Beaux: Which Witch Ava Beaux / PBH’s Free Fringe In this blend of magic and theatre, two halves of one magician compete. Will Ava prevail or submit to alter-ego Beaux? ‘Delightfully sinister’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Slick patter’ **** (List). PBH’s Free Fringe @ CC Blooms (CC Blooms) Aug 6-16,18-28 21:15(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ben Hart: Wonder Lee Martin for Gag Reflex West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart returns with Wonder. A show that’s always amazing, sometimes shocking and shines a light into the darkest corners of your imaginations… An unforgettable experience, leaving you in Wonder. Pleasance Courtyard (The Grand) Aug 3-4 19:50(1h) £10.00 Aug 5-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 19:50(1h) £16.50 (£14.50) Aug 10-11,15,17-18,22-25 19:50(1h) £13.50 (£12.50) Caspar Thomas: Sleight of Handkerchief Caspar Thomas / PBH’s Free Fringe Magic as stunning as the skill is hidden. Having had plenty of time to practise, Caspar returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand-new magic show. ‘A master of the sleight of hand’ (FringeReview.co.uk). PBH’s Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms (French Quarter) Aug 6-28 15:05(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Charlie Caper: Magical Charlie Caper / PBH’s Free Fringe From the winner of Sweden’s Got Talent – magnificent magic, oodles of charm and lots of laughs. Eight five-star reviews in Australia 2020. ‘The best sleight of hand you’ll ever see’ (Advertiser, Adelaide). PBH’s Free Fringe @ Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse (Warehouse) Aug 6-28 18:15(50m) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Dugdale: Ethermind Chris Dugdale Int Ents ‘One of the top magicians working the circuit’ (BroadwayBaby.com). A unique blend of magic and mind control! Minds are influenced and the results are indisputable! The only act ever to win the Edfest Bouquet four times! Assembly Rooms (Drawing Room) Aug 3-4 18:35(1h) £8.50 Aug 5,10-11,15-18,22-25 18:35(1h) £12.50 (£11.50) Aug 6-8,12-14,19-21,26-28 18:35(1h) £14.50 (£13.50) David Alnwick: Famous Magician David Alnwick / PBH’s Free Fringe New show for 2022. Fringe legend David Alnwick performs epic magic. ‘Daily queues down the street’ ***** (WorldMagicReview.com). ‘Completely f*cking awesome’ **** (Skinny). ‘They’d burn him 300 years ago’ (Phill Jupitus). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (FringeGuru.com). PBH’s Free Fringe @ Voodoo Rooms (Ballroom) Aug 6-28 12:10(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) David Alnwick: Good Afternoon, Magic David Alnwick / PBH’s Free Fringe Fringe legend David Alnwick performs his favourite tricks. ‘Alnwick is wildly, ridiculously popular’ ***** (WorldMagicReview.com). ‘Completely f*cking awesome’ **** (Skinny). ‘A true magician’s magician’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘The audience were spellbound’ **** (DeadlineNews.co.uk). PBH’s Free Fringe @ Pilgrim (Back Lounge) Aug 6-28 15:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Dirty Tricks – How the Illusionati Rule the World The Great Baldini Legendary magician, The Great Baldini, leads the sinister Illusionati: elite magicians who control society through magical dark arts. Dirty Tricks reveals how. Tommy Cooper meets Blofeld. ‘Incredible’, (Front Row, Radio 4). Greenside @ Riddles Court (Willow Studio) Aug 5-7 16:20(50m) £5.00 (£4.00) (£16.00 F) Aug 8-13,15-18 16:20(50m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£32.00 F) Dom Chambers: Fake Wizard Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Award-winning comedy and magic-adventure, starring Dom Chambers (The Illusionists on Broadway and Penn & Teller: Fool Us). Ditching the top hat and bunny for Tinder and beer, Fake Wizard takes magic to a ridiculous new territory. Assembly George Square (The Blue Room) Aug 3-4 17:50(1h) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 5-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 17:50(1h) £12.00 (£11.00) Aug 10-11,16-18,22-25 17:50(1h) £11.00 (£10.00) Elliot Bibby and the Magical Beach Ball Elliot Bibby, Blond Ambition and Voodoo Rooms Join multi award-winning magician Elliot and his friend Barry the Beach Ball as the unique double act bounce off each other in another captivating comedy magic show that won’t let you down! The Voodoo Rooms (The Ballroom) Aug 5-6,12-13,19-20 19:50(1h) £15.00 Aug 7,9-11,14,16-18,21,23-25 19:50(1h) £12.00 The Greatest Magician James Phelan / PBH’s Free Fringe ‘Extraordinary’ (Daily Mirror). A dazzling new magic show, presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboard after correctly predicting the lottery. Directed by Paul Daniels – James Phelan is The Greatest Magician. PBH’s Free Fringe @ Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse (Warehouse) Aug 7-12,15-28 15:45(45m) (Free Non-ticketed) Griffin and Jones: Idiot Magicians Griffin and Jones / PBH’s Free Fringe They’ve spent the last decade showcasing their homemade miracles and generally being the biggest comedy magic superstars you’ve never heard of… until now! ‘The perfect Fringe magic show’ (FringeGuru.com). ‘Idiocy is

Magic at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Hi folksI hope you are well.  Yes, another year has passed and now it is time for the annual list of what magic and magic-related shows are on at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.  If you are heading to Edinburgh for a few days, I hope you enjoy what you see and if you are performing, I hope it is a successful Fringe for you.Update – 4 July 2019: I have just updated this with a number of shows that did not make it into the main programme.  This now brings the list up to 83 shows!  83 magic and magic related shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe!!! Cabaret The 5pm Cabaret A McSorley’s Production Our talented performers from every corner of the globe showcase the very best of the Fringe – comedy, circus, magic and burlesque that never fails to please. For more info see: www.mcsorleysbar.com/events McSorley’s Irish Bar • 14 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN (McSorleys Stage) Aug 5-9,12-16,19-23 17:00(1h) £10.00 Aaron Crow: FearLess Pete Patel Productions Aaron Crow is an award-winning international mystician and danger act. Following sensational appearances on both Britain’s and America’s Got Talent, Aaron brings you a unique show that will have you on the edge of your seat. Assembly Rooms • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Ballroom) Aug 1-2 21:30(1h) £10.00 Aug 3-6,9-11,16-18,23-25 21:30(1h) £15.00 (£14.00) Aug 7-8,12-15,19-22 21:30(1h) £13.00 (£12.00) Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck Ada Campe / The Stand Comedy Club Join award-winning variety artiste Ada Campe and her Psychic Duck for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery. ‘Made me laugh more than anyone on the circuit… Genius.’ (Sandi Toksvig). The Stand’s New Town Theatre • Freemasons’ Hall, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH (Studio) Aug 3-12,14-25 14:50(1h) £10.00 (£9.00) All-Star Cabaret: The Free Fringe Gala Shantisha and Ivan / PBH’s Free Fringe Best of magic, dance, comedy, singing and more. Award-winning stars from around the world unite to support the movement for affordable Fringe experiences and to give you a perfect taster of the Free Fringe. Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom) Aug 12,19 18:10(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ashton Carter: Mysteriosa Ashton Carter / PBH’s Free Fringe Mysteriosa blends Ashton’s love of storytelling, stage magic and the paranormal to create a world where ancient objects show their secret powers and spirits make their presence known. Wonderfully spooky magic with a bizarre edge. The Street • 2b Picardy Place, EH1 3JT (The Street) Aug 4-16,18-24 14:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ava Beaux: The Mysterious Tales of Poe Ava Beaux / PBH’s Free Fringe Enter the macabre minds of Beaux and Poe. Follow Ava into a web of gothic tales told through magic, dark humour and thrilling storytelling. ‘Delightfully creepy’ (WorldMagicReview.com). Revolution Bar • 30 Chambers St, EH1 1HU (Function Room) Aug 4-9,11-16,18-23 20:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ben Hart: The Nutshell Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Award-winning magician Ben Hart triumphantly returns to Edinburgh with a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Total sell-out 2017/18. Gilded Balloon Teviot • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Dining Room) Aug 8,12-15,19-22,26 17:30(1h) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 9-11,16-18,23-25 17:30(1h) £12.50 (£11.50) Best of Variety Not So Secret Society / PBH’s Free Fringe N From the team behind the Not So Secret Society. Featuring A-list variety, magic, music and comedy from across the Fringe. 2018 line-up included: Rory Bremner, Abandoman, Tony Law, Camilla Cleese, Steve Hofstetter, Brendon Burns and many more. Fingers Piano Bar • 61a Frederick Street, EH2 1LH (Fingers Piano Bar) Aug 3-4,6-11,13-18,20-25 19:50(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Cabaret of Curiosities Tatwood Puppets Join the one-eyed magician Count Ocular and friends for a gothic, vaudeville experience in the Cabaret of Curiosities. A unique puppetry variety show for the whole family, full of laughter, wonder and mystery. theSpace @ Symposium Hall • Hill Square, EH8 9DR (Hill Square Gardens ‘theSpace Tent’) Aug 3-5,7-12,14-19,21-24 17:20(45m) £8.00 (£6.00) (£22.00 F) Caspar Thomas: The Art of Close-Up Magic Caspar Thomas / PBH’s Free Fringe Magic as stunning as the skill is hidden. ‘You won’t see other magicians do this stuff… because they can’t! Caspar’s skill is of a standard rarely seen anywhere’ (Jerry Sadowitz). ‘A master’ (FringeReview.co.uk). Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter) Aug 3-25 13:40(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Charlie Caper – Sleight of Hand Charlie Caper / PBH’s Free Fringe Be amazed by the winner of Sweden’s Got Talent! Charlie Caper has performed in 52 countries in seven languages and brings an incredible sleight-of-hand magic show that will knock your socks off. Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse • 9c Victoria St, EH1 2HE (Warehouse) Aug 3-25 19:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Cook: Consequences Chris Cook Magic / PBH’s Free Fringe Best show – Fringe 2017. SSSSS (WorldMagicReview.com). Five years at the Fringe. Seven sell-out shows. He said he wouldn’t do it again. He’s doing it again. Come see the consequences of that decision. Directed by Dave Alnwick. Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom) Aug 2-25 15:10(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Cook: Entropy Chris Cook / PBH’s Free Fringe Chris Cook takes a break from the big stage to treat you to an intimate peek inside his imagination. ‘The fun is knowing that every uproarious night will be a unique experience’ (Stage). Revolution Bar • 30 Chambers St, EH1 1HU (Function Room) Aug 4-9,11-16,18-23,25 18:10(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Dugdale: Down to One Chris Dugdale Int Ents Total sell-out 2017 and 2018. The only act ever to win the Edfest Bouquet three times. 14 Royal Performances. ‘The most unbelievable ending of any trick ever!’ (ITV). ‘One of the top magicians’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Assembly Rooms • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Drawing Room) XAug 1-2 19:40(1h) £8.00 Aug 3-6,9-11,16-18,23-25 19:40(1h) £14.00 (£13.00) Aug 7-8,13-15,19-22 19:40(1h) £12.00 (£11.00) Colin Cloud: Sinful Lee Martin for Gag Reflex in association with Kilimanjaro Live Are you an honest person? Did you just lie to yourself? Colin knows the truth – we’re all sinners. Cloud, alongside Chloé Crawford,

Magic at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Hi folks I hope everyone is well. I thought it best to post this list here as I don’t think Facebook would be able to handle this much information!  As always, I have collated as many magic and magic-related shows that are on at this year’s Fringe. This started as something just for myself but, after mentioning it to a couple of friends a number of years ago, they convinced me that I should post it online, which is what I’m doing here.  If you find it useful, wonderful.  If you know someone that would find it useful, please send them the link.  Thanks. So, here goes – and beware, it’s a bit of a beast this year! Cabaret Aaron Calvert: Declassified CatFace Talent and Lost Luggage Productions What if all the stories you heard were true? Inexplicable urban legends are recreated live on stage as Aaron Calvert combines his astounding skills in hypnosis, magic and mind reading. Sell-out 2016/2017. ***** (Daily Mail). **** (BroadwayBaby.co.uk). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018AARONCA_AVZ Gilded Balloon at the Museum • Lothian Street, National Museum of Scotland, EH1 1HB (Auditorium) Aug 1-3 18:00(1h) £6.00          Aug 4-5,8-9,13-16,20-23 18:00(1h) £10.00 (£8.00) Aug 6-7,10-12,17-19,24-26 18:00(1h) £12.00 (£10.00) Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck Ada Campe / The Stand Comedy Club Join 2018 NATYS winner Ada Campe for a show about wonderful women, a psychic duck and a fairground mystery… ‘Extravagantly mischievous persona… brilliantly crowd-pleasing act’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Resembles an unhinged super-villain’ (Diva). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018ADACAMP_BFI The Stand’s New Town Theatre • Freemasons’ Hall, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH (Studio) Aug 2 14:50(1h) £8.00 (£7.00) Aug 3-13,15-26 14:50(1h) £9.00 (£8.00) Adam Patel: Brown Magic Fascinating Entertainment Ltd Adam Patel, one of the UK’s top street magicians, showcases his skills of sleight-of-hand, perceptual manipulation and mind-hacking while relating magic to stories from his life. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018ADAMPAU_3H Sweet Grassmarket • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS (Grassmarket 2) Aug 2-12 18:40(1h) £8.50 Ben Dali: Trance of a Lifetime Ben Dali / PBH’s Free Fringe Last chance to catch Edinburgh’s premier hypnotist, including the greatest hits plus new sketches. Expect random, hilarious and unforgettable moments in Dali’s most adult and groundbreaking extravaganza yet. The audience stars and anything goes. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018BENDALI_AJG Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse • 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Annexe) Aug 4-13,15-21,23-26 22:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ben Hanlin: 50 Live Nation in association with Triple A Media TV magician Ben Hanlin returns with a brand-new show! He’s searched the globe to find the 50 greatest magic tricks ever performed, added his own cheeky spin and presents them in this fast-paced magic show! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018BENHANL_PV Pleasance Dome • 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL (KingDome) Aug 1-3 19:00(1h) £6.00 Aug 4-7,10-12,17-19,24-26 19:00(1h) £12.50 (£11.50) Aug 8-9,15-16,22-23 19:00(1h) £11.50 (£10.50) Aug 14,20-21,27 19:00(1h) £10.50 (£10.00) Ben Hart: The Nutshell Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Multi award-winning magician Ben Hart returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Total sell-out show 2017. ‘Devilishly clever’ **** (Scotsman). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018BENHART_GD Gilded Balloon Teviot • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Dining Room) Aug 1-3 20:15(1h) £7.00 Aug 4-5,8-9,14-16,20-23,27 20:15(1h) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 6-7,10-12,17-19,24-26 20:15(1h) £12.50 (£11.50) Bizarre Michael Brandie Scottish magician Michael Brandie presents his debut outing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With his ‘quality geek banter and self-deprecating humour’ (Arbroath Herald), Michael will shock and mesmerise as he takes you on a journey of the downright Bizarre. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018BIZARRE_BLA Sweet Novotel • 80 Lauriston Place, Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel, EH3 9DE (Novotel 3) Aug 2-12 20:20(50m) £8.00 (£6.00) Breaking the Magicians’ Code With Kane & Abel Kane & Abel / PBH’s Free Fringe Britain’s bad boys of magic return to Edinburgh with their smash-hit anarchic magic show. ‘Will leave you impressed and in stitches’ **** (ThisIsRadelaide.com.au). ‘Seriously impressive’ (BBC Radio Bristol). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018BREAKIN_AJG Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse • 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Annexe) Aug 4-7,9-14,16-21,23-26 13:15(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Bubble and Squeeze Louis Pearl and Jet Black Pearl / Stand Comedy Club Louis Pearl, AKA the Amazing Bubble Man, accompanied by accordion diva Jet Black Pearl, have created a new stunning spectacle of bubble-based entertainment with cabaret style theatre and music geared towards an adult audience! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018BUBBLEA_BFH The Stand’s New Town Theatre • Freemasons’ Hall, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH (Lower Hall) Aug 15-26 22:20(1h) £10.00 (£8.00) Card Ninja Javier Jarquin Warning: this show contains ninjas, not magic. Back by popular demand, Card Ninja is a riotous display of comedy and card stunts using playing cards as ninja weapons. Expect deadly and risky fun. Suitable for ages 10+. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018CARDNIN_GH Gilded Balloon Teviot • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Wine Bar) Aug 1-3 13:30(1h) £6.00 Aug 4-5,8-9,13,15-16,20-23,27 13:30(1h) £10.50 (£9.50) (£38.00 F) Aug 6-7,10-12,17-19,24-26 13:30(1h) £11.50 (£10.50) (£42.00 F) Carl Charlesworth: Funny Magic Carl Charlesworth / PBH’s Free Fringe Carl Charlesworth presents Funny Magic. A mix of stand-up comedy and brilliant magic. Unique, funny and a little bit weird. Bar-Bados • 65 Cowgate, EH1 1JW (Room 5) Aug 12-18 18:00(45m) (Free Non-ticketed) Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism Caspar Thomas / PBH’s Free Fringe Stunning, skilful magic from Caspar Thomas. ‘Caspar’s sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen or even attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!’ (Jerry Sadowitz). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018CASPART_ABL Hispaniola • 3 Drummond St, EH8 9TT (Hispaniola) Aug 4-25 15:50(55m) (Free Non-ticketed) Charlie Caper – Artifice Intelligence Charlie Caper / PBH’s Free Fringe Advanced technology indistinguishable from magic! Robots of varying complexity, from AI research platforms to homemade junkbots, interact with international magician Charlie Caper (winner of Sweden’s Got Talent) in experimental high-tech wizardry. ‘Wubalubadubdub’ (Roy Batty). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2018CHARLIH_AOX Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse • 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse) Aug 9-14,16-21,23-26 16:05(50m) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Cook: Chance Chris Cook Magic / PBH’s Free Fringe ‘Best show of Fringe 2017’ ***** (WorldMagicReview.com). An unlikely call leads down a rabbit hole of coincidences. Chris Cook is renowned for merging

Magic at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Hi folksOK, so it’s been a wee while since I updated this blog but most of my blogging is done on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.  That said, this entry is a little on the big side.  That’s because the Edinburgh Fringe programme was released today and, as has become a regular occurrence, I have gone through the programme (a lot easier on PDF!) and found all the magic and magic-related shows that are on this year.  The list has 67 shows in it – yes, 67 shows!  So, here goes… Cabaret and Variety Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Super Scott’s Totally Scripted Unimprovised Show Scott Hutchison / PBH’s Free Fringe Super Scott returns to the Fringe with his own unique blend of comedy, juggling, magic and more. Expect the unexpected! (Recommended by his mother). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017AAAAAAL_AQN Silk, King’s Stables Rd 28a, EH1 2JY (Middle) Aug 5-14, 16-27 20:05(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) And For My Next Trick CatFace Talent Comedy sketch-magic show with more tricks than you can shake a wand at. From magician-scientist hybrid, Kevin Quantum. ‘Will take your breath away, and then make it appear in someone else’s pocket’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017FORMYNE_UG Underbelly, Cowgate, 66 Cowgate, entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street, EH1 1JX (White Belly) Aug 3-4 21:20(50m) £6.50 Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 21:20(50m) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 21:20(50m) £11.00 (£10.00) Aaron Calvert: Awaken Aaron Calvert / Triple A Media / PBH’s Free Fringe Following a sensational 2016 sell-out debut, Calvert returns with astounding mind-reading and fascinating hypnotic feats. It’s time to Awaken your hidden powers. ‘Jaw-dropping’ ***** (Telegraph). ‘A talented showman that will leave you baffled’ ***** (Daily Mail). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017AARONCA_AMO La Belle Angèle, 11 Hastie’s Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space) Aug 5-27 13:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck Ada Campe / PBH’s Free Fringe Variety! Comedy! Magic! A Psychic Duck! Join Ada Campe for a show about spirit waterfowl, wonderful women and a fairground mystery… ‘Resembles an unhinged super-villain’ (DIVA). ‘Very, very funny’ (Edinburgh Magic Circle). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017ADACAMP_ACM CC Blooms, 23-24 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA (CC Blooms) Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 15:00(55m) (Free Non-ticketed) Ava Beaux: The Mysterious Tales of Poe Ava Beaux / PBH’s Free Fringe Enter the unsettling mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Follow Ava into a web of Gothic stories, revealed through extraordinary magic. Be warned – the next chilling twist may be just around the corner… http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017AVABEAU_3P The Street, 2b Picardy Place, EH1 3JT (The Street) Aug 6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 19:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me Ben Dali / PBH’s Free Fringe The Fringe’s best hypnotist returns with an unforgettably hilarious new show where audience volunteers find themselves immersed in unbelievable hypnotic scenes inspired by Edinburgh, from the Royal Mile to the “haunted” Edinburgh Castle. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017BENDALI_AOX Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse) Aug 5-27 13:35(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Ben Hart: Belief? Lee Martin for Gag Reflex A dark, beautiful, baffling and wickedly funny show full of impossible mysteries, visual alchemy, outrageous lies and brutal honesty. Magic shouldn’t be this… real. ‘Makes sceptics become believers’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Eye-boggling’ (Time Out). ‘Devilishly clever’ (Wow247.co.uk). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017BENHART_GD Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Dining Room) Aug 2-4 17:45(1h) £6.00 Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 17:45(1h) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 17:45(1h) £12.00 (£11.00) Breaking the Magicians’ Code With Kane & Abel Kane & Abel / PBH’s Free Fringe Following last year’s smash-hit, these anarchic twin tricksters return to break even more rules of the Magicians’ Code of Conduct. ‘Highly recommend – funny, charismatic and likeable’ (EdFringeReview.com). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017BREAKIO_AJG Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Annexe) Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-27 13:15(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) The Card Players With Kane & Abel Kane & Abel / PBH’s Free Fringe Kane & Abel invite you to join them for an evening of close-up magic, comedy and silly stunts. This show promises to be the most intimate magic show at this year’s Fringe. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017CARDPLA_ACM CC Blooms, 23-24 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA (CC Blooms) Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-27 17:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) A Case of Wonders By Sam Fitton / PBH’s Free Fringe A theatrical twist on the traditional magic show, A Case of Wonders combines magic, comedy and special effects, promising to be something out of the ordinary. ‘Brilliant, confident and highly accomplished’ ***** (Jon Brown, Virgin Ltd). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017SAMFITT_AMO La Belle Angèle, 11 Hastie’s Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space) Aug 5-18, 20-27 11:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism Caspar Thomas / PBH’s Free Fringe Back in Edinburgh with his new magic show. ‘Caspar’s sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen and never attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!’ (Jerry Sadowitz). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017CASPART_BAO Bourbon Bar, 24a Frederick St, EH2 2JR (Room 1) Aug 5-14, 16-27 18:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Cook: Control Chris Cook Magic / PBH’s Free Fringe ‘An absolute master of his stage and a reminder of how cool magic is’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Stage). **** (ThreeWeeks). Hit magician Chris Cook returns to the Fringe with one question… Are you still in control? http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017CHRISCP_V2 Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom) Aug 5-27 13:40(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Dugdale: Up Close! Chris Dugdale 2016 winner of The Edfest Bouquet. ‘The most unbelievable ending of any trick ever!’ (ITV). Fourteen Royal performances. United Nations Command performer. ‘The best I’ve seen, brilliant’ (Sir Richard Branson). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017CHRISDU_BEX Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Drawing Room) Aug 3-4 19:10(1h) £7.00 Aug 5-6, 9-10, 14-17, 21, 23-24 19:10(1h) £11.00 (£10.00) Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 19:10(1h) £13.00 (£12.00) Colin Cloud: Dare Gag Reflex in association with Kilimanjaro Live The forensic mind reader. An audacious experience of epic proportion. Your life in his hands – literally. Total sell-out 2014-16. ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). Star of The Illusionists (Broadway, West End) and on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2017COLINCL_PL Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (The Grand) Aug 2-4 20:00(1h) £8.50

Magic at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Well, it’s that time once again – and yes, it does seem to arrive quicker every year. The full programme of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been released and, once again, there is a good selection of magic and magic related shows in there. There are also one or 2 shows in there that, while not magic shows , involve magicians. The links in each listing will take you to that show’s page on the Fringe website so you can book your tickets.  Here is this year’s list:- Cabaret and Variety Aaabeduation – A Magic Show She is the glorious enfant terrible of magic. He is a gentleman hobo, conjuror extraordinaire. Malin Nilsson and Charlie Caper deliver a unique magic show with lots of WTFs and raw onions. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015MALINCH_AMO La Belle Angèle • 11 Hastie’s Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space) 0131 226 0000 Aug 8-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30 19:45(50m) (Free Non-ticketed) Aye Spy Jody did what any self-respecting wannabe spy would do… He taught himself! Follow his hilarious and sometimes dangerous journey as he learned the skills that would lead him to become a top level, unemployed, secret agent! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015AYESPY_ABY Serenity Cafe • 8 Jacksons Entry, EH8 8PJ (Serenity Cafe) 0131 226 0000 Aug 16-30 20:20(45m) (Free Non-ticketed) Chris Cook: Truth or Dare ‘A reminder of how cool magic is’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Chris Cook returns to the Fringe with the first ever fully interactive magic show. Are you ready to play Truth or Dare? http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015CHRISCP_V2 Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom) 0131 226 0000 Aug 8-16, 18-30 12:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Colin Cloud: Kills He will deduce everything about you, predict your behaviour and, quite literally, get away with murder. ‘Incredible Sherlock Holmes-esque detection skills’ (Edinburgh247.com). ***** (EdinburghSpotlight.com). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). ***** (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015COLINCL_PC Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance Above) 0131 556 6550 Aug 5-7 18:20(1h) £6.00 Aug 8-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 18:20(1h) £10.50 (£9.50) Aug 10-13, 19-20, 26-27 18:20(1h) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 18, 24-25 18:20(1h) £9.00 (£8.00) Edward Hilsum: Genie Fresh from the hugely popular Champions of Magic UK tour, the young man who ‘makes you believe in real magic’ (Dynamo), grants three wishes in this astonishing, fun-filled show. Heart-warming theatre for everyone aged 5 to 105! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015EDWARDH_V2 Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom) 0131 226 0000 Aug 8-30 13:15(50m) (Free Non-ticketed) Griffin and Jones: Fooling Themselves Award-winning tricksters Griffin and Jones, famous for their own brand of high energy comedy and slapdash magic, will leave you not only asking how they did it, but also why…’Bizarre, hilarious and anarchic’ (MagicNight.co.uk). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015GRIFFIN_AHN Chalky’s • 4b Picardy Pl, EH1 3JT (Cheese Room) 0131 226 0000 Aug 8-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-29 20:50(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) James Freedman: Man of Steal Persuader… Showman… Thief… Freedman will steal more than you might expect. Funny and fast fingered, this unique and extraordinary show exposes how the bad guys really work. You can’t afford not to see this show! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015JAMESFR_APJ Underbelly Med Quad • Teviot Place, EH8 9AG (Ermintrude) 0844 545 8252 Aug 6-7 20:15(1h) £9.00 Aug 8-9, 12-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 20:15(1h) £13.50 (£12.50) Aug 10-11, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 20:15(1h) £14.50 (£13.50) The Lock-In Cabaret After last year’s smash-hit, sell-out run, the Lock-In Cabaret is back! Griffin and Jones bring their own brand of late night variety entertainment, joined by the finest acts on the cabaret circuit. Expect comedy, magic, variety and burlesque! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015LOCKINC_4Q Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter) 0131 226 0000 Aug 8-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-30 01:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Magic Faraway Cabaret Always packed, this ‘fab lil cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns to Edinburgh for its fourth year with the pick of the Fringe’s burlesque, magic, variety and sideshow. A world away from your average mixed bill night. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015MAGICFA_K6 Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Speakeasy) 0131 226 0000 Aug 8-17, 19-30 22:50(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) The Magic of Jim Interactive, energising, comedy magic. Jim will take you on a journey through his world of magic. Illustrating his musings with magic, illusions and stories. This show will leave you wondering and pondering long into the night! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015MAGICOF_QA http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015MAGICOF_7P Quaker Meeting House • 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL (Theatre) 0131 220 6109 Aug 7-8 20:00(1h) £7.00 (£6.00) Quaker Meeting House • 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL (Meeting Room) 0131 220 6109 Aug 10-15 20:00(1h) £7.00 (£6.00) Magiko Siegfried Tieber’s up close and personal magic blurs the lines between audience and performer. Magiko will take you on an unbelievable journey through your own mind. Everything you think you know will be challenged. www.dghfilms.com http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015MAGIKP_XS Spotlites • 22 Hanover Street, EH2 2EP (Studio Theatre) 0131 220 5911 Aug 6-31 22:40(1h) £7.00 (£5.00) (£20.00 F) Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels Morgan and West invite you to join them at the card table for an intimate evening of swindles, scams and good old fashioned cheating. Strictly limited capacity. Sell-out show 2012. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015MORGANW_ACH Just the Tonic at The Community Project • 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA (The Little Kirk) 0330 220 1212 Aug 6-7 21:35(1h) £10.00 Aug 8-17, 19-30 21:35(1h) £15.00 Oliver Meech’s Improvised Magic Show A comedy magic show created at the drop of a (top) hat, from your suggestions. Total sell-out 2013/14. ‘My jaw hit the floor’ (BBC Radio). ‘Hilarious’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel. Ages 7-107. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015OLIVERM_ACJ Just the Tonic at The Mash House • 37 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG (Just the Bottle Room) 0131 226 0000 Aug 6-7 14:40(1h) £5.00 Aug 8-17 14:40(1h) £10.00 (£9.00) (£34.00 F) Paul Dabek Mischief Dabek returns armed with his box of tricks and razor-sharp wit to spread madness, mirth and mischief! Expect edgy quick-fire comedy, dirty shadow puppets and jaw-dropping magic with ‘machine-gun delivery’ (Scotsman). ‘Superb showman’ (Time Out). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2015PAULDAB_AMO La Belle Angèle • 11 Hastie’s Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space ) 0131 226 0000 Aug 8-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-30 21:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium Award-winning stand-up comedian and mind reader Peter Antoniou uses his unique skill set

More From Edinburgh

I always enjoy staying in Edinburgh during the Festival Fringe. It means I can see shows later at night than I would otherwise. I enjoyed a couple of fun days at the Fringe and, as I did in my last post, here’s a wee look at what I saw. The Maydays: Oh Boy: The Quantum Leap Show Cowgatehead, 14:30 (55mins)Back in “the day” I was a big fan of the sci-fi TV series Quantum Leap and when I saw this in the programme, I wanted to go and see it. The premise is simple – improvisation group The Maydays improvise an entirely new episode of the now classic sci-fi show with a few simple suggestions from the audience. As with the show itself, the character of Dr Sam Beckett didn’t know who, where our when he was. The difference here is that for the first few minutes of the episode itself, neither did the performer in the role! Now, before I go any further, I do have a bit of a complaint. It is not the fault of the performers but I have to say that the room they were performing in wasn’t the best to see what was happening on stage a lot of the time thanks to an awkwardly placed pillar. That said, today’s episode, called “Dynoplasty” took us back to 1981 and a plastic surgeon for animals. I thought it was a lot of fun, but if you were not a fan of the original show then I will warn you that this show won’t really be for you as there are so many call backs and “inside” gags for Quantum Leap fans. But if you are a fan, make sure you go and see it. Richard Wisemans and The Creative Martyrs: And The Goat Remained A Goat Voodoo Rooms, 17:00 (1hr) This was an hour in the company of Prof. Richard Wiseman and musical duo The Creative Martyrs who, between them, told the story of Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, Psychic Investigator, Conjurer and Debunker.  And what an entertaining hour it was with Richard telling part of the story and including some excellent magic with the The Creative Martyrs continuing the story with their humorous songs. But there was a lot more to it than just good magic and funny songs. Sadly, at the time of writing this, the show has now finished its run but if Richard ever puts it back on, make a point of going to see it. You won’t regret it! George Firehorse: 37 Years Of Childhood Ryrie’s, 19:30 (1hr) An hour of magic, comedy and utter nonsense – otherwise known as fun! I had never encountered George Firehorse before but those I was with had seen him at a couple of magic conventions and had told me he was a lot of fun to watch. They weren’t wrong. Some of his pieces were a lot of fun while others were so off the wall they were almost in another room. The show isn’t suitable for children (due to bad language) and George handled the unexpected arrival of a youngster in his show about 10 minutes in with great professionalism and kindness. This is an hour of madcap fun that you’ll either love or hate. If you go with the flow of the show, you’ll end up having a fun time. The Blues Brothers – Live C Venues, 22:40 (55mins) I went to see this show last year and had such a great time that a repeat visit was called for, especially since the producers are saying that it will be the last time it is in Edinburgh.  We had a different singer as Jake this year but he was just as good a singer as last year’s and Elwood (the same one from last year) was just as good on the blues harp as the original. His opening to “Flip, Flop and Fly” was brilliant! This show isn’t just for fans of the movies or the albums, they are for fans of great music. I was there with friends who had never seen the original movie (what’s that all about?!?) had a wonderful time, dancing along with the rest of the audience which consisted of people of all ages. If you are in Edinburgh late at night over the coming week or so, make a point of going to see them. Paul Savage Finds Every Joke In The Bible Dragonfly, 16:20 (1hr) I’ll admit, this wasn’t my choice but I’m glad I went. It was an enjoyable hour using the bible, and the people named within it, as the basis for his show. Paul Savage‘s father is a Baptist preacher (he told us repeatedly, almost as if to justify why he was doing the show) but he made a point of saying that he was not out to preach to us. His ability to keep his audience engaged meant that the audience participation moments in the show worked and the person he chose to stand with him at the microphone could not have been better. An hour that proves that a labour of love can actually work. Danny Buckler: Punch Cowgatehead, 18:15 (1hr) This was my second time seeing Danny Buckler performing, for the most part, straight stand up after his last Edinburgh visit 2 years ago and it’s a great way to spend an hour. He had the whole room laughing as he spoke about a whole host of subjects that most people in attendance can relate to including stories about live, love and his heroes and has one of the best sleepover stories I’ve ever heard. I won’t spoilt it by telling you who it involves but it is a cracker! Seriously, miss Danny at your peril! The Colour Ham Just The Tonic at The Caves, 19:40 (1hr) Take a mentalist, Colin Cloud, a magician, Kevin McMahon, and a comedian, Gavin Oates, together and put them on stage and what do you get? A whole lot of mayhem otherwise

A day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and, in spite of the constant rain, had a cracking day. It helped that the 3 shows that I saw weren’t too shabby either!  Please note that I do not want to give anything away in these reviews that may give away parts of these shows. I just want to give you my thoughts on what I saw. James Freedman: Man Of StealThe Voodoo Rooms, 13:15pm (50mins)James Freedman is regarded as one of the world’s greatest pickpockets. But James is a nice guy and gives you everything back after he’s taken it. This show demonstrates his phenomenal skills in this field as wallets, keys, watches and more were taken from audience members. James had the audience on his side very quickly, which was to his advantage when he had a couple of technical teething problems. These were ignored by everyone as it was his first show of the run and I’m sure that they will be sorted out very quickly. I will be honest, I wondered how this show would finish but how James finished this show was nothing short of brilliant as he stole… Well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?!  I guess you’re just going to have to go and see his show for yourselves to see what is taken. Don’t miss it! John Henry Blackwood: Magic And Tea With An Evil GeniusThe Street, 14:45pm (1hr)John Henry Blackwood presented a show that was more than an hour of card tricks; it was also a lesson on how to become an evil genius, hence the title. Although the room wasn’t exactly perfect for performing close up magic in, John Henry made very good use of his surroundings and his “Minion” helper who greeted the audience as they arrived was very funny. Very good card magic that was presented excellently and included a few moments that, as a magician, caught me pretty badly. If you enjoy either magic and storytelling, you’re going to enjoy this show. The Umbilical Brothers: KiDSHoW (not for kids)Guilded Balloon, 19:30 (1hr)I’d seen The Umbilical Brothers performing on TV a number of times before but had never had the chance to see them live. Until now. And it was well worth the wait. The premise is that the boys are presenting a show for kids. Only this is definitely NOT for kids! They present comedy in a way that only they can – physical comedy, mime, sound effects and funny noises done so well that I cannot think of anyone who can come close. I’m thinking of going to see them again! That’s how good I think these guys are. Favourite bits were plentiful with a singing of “Feeling Good” amongst the best of them all. They are only performing in Edinburgh until the 16th, so make sure you see them before it’s too late! I’m back through in just over a week and I’ll try to post more reviews while there. Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

Magic and magic-related stuff at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Yes folks, it’s that time of year once again when I prepare the list of magic and magic-related shows that are taking place at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  As ever, if you are in a show and you are not in the list, please let me know at peter@thecardman.co.uk.  Also, if you wish to have your show taken off the list, please let me know at the same address. CABARET And the Goat Remained a Goat The Creative Martyrs and Richard Wiseman/PBH’s Free Fringe Harry Price: ghost hunter, psychic investigator, conjurer and debunker, a man of mystery and contradictions. Uncover his myth with Professor Richard Wiseman, The Creative Martyrs, a little magic, music and some paranormal happenings. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014THEGOAT_V2 Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom) Box Office – 0131 226 0000 Aug 2-16 17:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Alex the Mind Reader Alex McAleer/Free Festival Mentalist, mind-magician or psychological-illusionist – call him what you will, Alex McAleer reads minds. This is contemporary mentalism at its best, combining a sharp wit with ‘uncanny powers of prediction’ (ThisIsCabaret.com). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014ALEXTHE_AAD Laughing Horse @ The Counting House • 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD (Studio) Box Office – 0131 667 7533 Aug 14-15,18,21-22 13:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Bacchanalia Mick and Boo Present Bac-cha-na-li-a: a revelry of the very best cabaret, circus, magic, comedy and burlesque at the Fringe. Hosted by TittyBarHaHa. Ninety glorious minutes of party games and carnival! Book early revellers! This is one party you don’t want to miss! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014BACCHAN_GH Gilded Balloon • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Wine Bar) Box Office – 0131 622 6552 Aug 1 00:30(1h30m) £6.00 Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 00:30(1h30m) £12.00 Aug 7,14 00:30(1h30m) £10.00 Ben Hart – The Vanishing Boy Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Magician Ben Hart (Killer Magic BBC Three, TO&ST award nominee 2013) performs spellbinding magic pulled from the darkest corners of his imagination. ‘Extraordinary’ (Time Out). ‘Mind boggling’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘A beautiful show’ (Scotsman). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014BENHART_UA Underbelly, Cowgate • 56 Cowgate, Entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street, EH1 1EG (Belly Button) Box Office – 0844 545 8252 Jul 31-Aug 1 16:40(1h) £6.00 Aug 2-3,6-7,12-14,18-21 16:40(1h) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 4-5,8-10,15-17,22-24 16:40(1h) £10.50 (£9.50) Cabaret @ Le Monde Blond Ambition and Le Monde Cabaret at Le Monde – with the finest artistes on the Fringe – visit our website for full details: www.lemondehotel.co.uk/live http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014LIVELEM_AJR Upstairs @ Le Monde • Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF (Upstairs @ Le Monde) Box Office – 0131 226 0000 Aug 3-7,10-14,17-21 21:00(1h) £10.00 Chris Cook: Charlatan Chris Cook Magic/PBH’s Free Fringe A tender tale of bittersweet love, combining magic tricks and storytelling to make a funny and touching show that reminds us of some of the tricks we play when we’re falling in and out of love. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014CHRISCP_4Q Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter) Box Office – 0131 226 0000 Aug 2-5,7-12,14-19,21-24 13:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)F*ckin MagicCraig WilliamsonFree magic show for all the family, that is if your family are over 18 and not easily offended. Craig will be performing miracles using anything he finds in his polly bag as a tribute to his deed granny who said he would never make it as a magician.George on the Bridge Free Fringe Venue, 10/11 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EEAug 17-23 18:30 18.30(1hr) (Free Non-ticketed) The House Always Wins! Stephen Allison/PBH’s Free Fringe Enter the world of the hustler and enjoy an evening of card tricks, cheats and scams. Experience the magic in front of your eyes but remember all losses must be paid for… http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014HOUSEAL_ABY Serenity Cafe • 8 Jacksons Entry, EH8 8PJ (Serenity Cafe) Box Office – 0131 226 0000 Aug 2,4-9,11-16 18:00(50m) (Free Non-ticketed) James Freedman: Man of Steal PBH’s Free Fringe After a lifetime studying hustlers, conmen and other thieves, ‘the world’s number one pickpocket’ (Time Out) is still an honest man. This funny and fast-fingered show exposes how the bad guys really think. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014JAMESFR_VR The Voodoo Rooms • 19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA (The Ballroom) Box Office – 0131 556 7060 Aug 2-24 13:15(50m) (Free Non-ticketed) The Lock-In Cabaret All the World’s a Stage/PBH’s Free Fringe Award-winning magicians Griffin and Jones, ‘bizarre, hilarious and anarchic’ (MagicNight.co.uk), bring their own brand of late night variety entertainment, joined by the finest acts on the cabaret circuit. Expect comedy, magic, variety and burlesque! http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014LOCKINC_4Q Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter) Box Office – 0131 226 0000 Aug 2-10,12-24 00:20(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Magic and Tea with an Evil Genius John Henry Blackwood/PBH’s Free Fringe Close-up card magic, an evil genius and tea. John Henry Blackwood returns with tall tales, anecdotes and magic, but this time there’s a sting in the tail. He’s gone a bit mental. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014MAGICAN_3P The Street • 2B Picardy Place, EH1 3JT (The Street) Box Office – 0131 226 0000 Aug 2-3,5-10,12-17,19-23 14:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Oliver Meech: When Magic and Science Collide 2.0 Oliver Meech 2013’s sell-out smash, upgraded. Expect amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. ‘My jaw hit the floor’ (BBC Radio). ‘Could rival Derren Brown’ (Theatre-Wales.co.uk). ‘Hilarious’ (Buxton Fringe). Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel. http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014OLIVERM_JF Just the Tonic at The Caves • Rowantree Bar , 253 Cowgate, EH1 1LG (Just the Wee One) Box Office – 0131 556 5375 Jul 31-Aug 1 14:20(1h) £5.00 Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 14:20(1h) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 4-7,11,13-14,18-21 14:20(1h) £8.00 (£7.00) Paul Dabek: Liar Liar Paul Dabek/PBH’s Free Fringe Paul Dabek deceptively weaves a tangled web of comedy, magic and lies. Paul has taken the Fringe by storm for the last four years. Come and see why! ‘Superb showman’ (Time Out). ‘Hilarious’ (RipItUp.com.au). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014PAULDAB_D8 Jam House • 5 Queen Street, EH2 1JE (Main Stage Area) Box Office – 0131 226 4380 Aug 2-4,6-8,10-11,13-15,17-18,20-22 21:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium DBS Productions Present Peter Antoniou Award-winning stand-up comedian and mind reader, Peter Antoniou, uses his unique skill set to peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe and tickle your funny bone. ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). ‘Tall, dark and charming’ (Skinny). http://www.edfringe.com/event/2014PETERAN_3I Sweet Grassmarket

It’s been a while!

Hi folks Well, as I am sure you can gather, I am not updating this blog anywhere near as much as I used to. For me, the likes of Facebook and Twitter mean that I post information about goings on in my life a lot more often making, for me, blogs like this one a little redundant. But not entirely redundant. It turns out that the last time I posted on the blog was about a year ago with similar information to what my next post will be – magic, magicians and magic-related things at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which will be published in the next wee while.  I will try, though I will not promise, to post a little more often but if you want to keep up with me on a more regular basis, you can do so on both Facebook and Twitter. Catch up with you one way or another soon.

Magic at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Hi folks This year’s Edinburgh Fringe programme was released a few weeks ago but, due to being on holiday with very limited internet access and things being very busy after getting home, this is the first chance I’ve had to post the listings of the magic and magic-related shows that are on this year. If you notice that I have missed your show, please drop me an e-mail at peter@thecardman.co.uk and let me know so I can update this list. CABARET Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret Candid Cabaret Back for its third year, Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret promises to treat you to another ‘veritable smorgasbord of Fringe performances’ **** (ThreeWeeks), featuring the finest burlesque, comedy, magic and much more from around the world! ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). www.edfringe.com/event/AURORAW Club Rouge: Cabaret and Show Bar • 81-83 Lothian Road, EH3 9AW Aug 2-4,8-11,15-18,22-23: 20:00 (1h30m) £5.00 Ben Hart – The Outsider Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent by arrangement with Stephen Baker Having spent his life using magic to solve impossible problems, award-winning magician Ben Hart turns his attention to himself, exploring magical, amazing and unusual memories and neurosis. Directed by Anthony Owen (Derren Brown/The Real Hustle). www.edfringe.com/event/BENHART Underbelly, Cowgate • 56 Cowgate (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street), EH1 1EG Aug 1-2: 17:05 (1h) £6.00 Aug 3-4,7-8,12,14-15,19-22: 17:05 (1h) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 5-6,9-11,16-18,23-25: 17:05 (1h) £10.50 (£9.50) Chris Cross: Seeing Is Not Believing… Chris Cross Entertainment/PBH’s Free Fringe A late night comedy magic show with a twist from the Fringe’s favourite showman! Expect off-the-wall magic, contortion and escapology. It’s free but not shit! ‘Must-see show’ (Stage). **** (BroadwayBaby.com 2011, 2012). www.chris-cross.co.uk Twitter: @TheChrisCross www.edfringe.com/event/CHRISCR Wilkie House • 207 Cowgate, EH1 1JQ Aug 18-22: 23:00 (1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Doug Segal: I Can Make You a Mentalist Mick Perrin Worldwide Multi award-winning Doug returns with a brand new show that’ll turn you into mind reading mentalists. Comedy, animation, mind blowing miracles performed by you, the audience. ‘Simply brilliant’ ***** (Scottish Sunday Express). www.edfringe.com/event/DOUGSEG Gilded Balloon Teviot • Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ Jul 31-Aug 2: 18:30 (1h) £6.00 Aug 3-4,7-8,12,14-15,19-22,26: 18:30 (1h) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 5-6,9-11,16-18,23-25: 18:30 (1h) £10.00 (£9.00) God versus The Mind Reader Mark Cairns A mind reader who makes people believe things that aren’t true for a living sets out to understand his wife’s secret conversion to Islam. What makes humans believe in the unbelievable? Mind-blowing, sceptical, funny. www.godvsmindreader.com www.edfringe.com/event/GODVERS theSpace on the Mile • 80 High Street, EH1 1TH Aug 2-3: 14:50 (50m) £5.00 Aug 5-7,12-14,19-21: 14:50 (50m) £8.50 (£7.50) Aug 8-10,15-17,22-24: 14:50 (50m) £9.50 (£8.50) The Graveyard Shift: Magic on the Dark Side Quids In Theatre Company with Kreestan Sennakie Join Kreestan Sennakie, storyteller and magician on a journey through the darker side of magic. Not for the faint-hearted. www.edfringe.com/event/GRAVEYB SpaceCabaret @ 54 • North Bridge, EH1 2HE Aug 2-3,5-17: 21:40 (45m) £10.00 (£8.00) La Clique La Clique/The Famous Spiegeltent The outrageous, award-winning, five-star La Clique returns to Edinburgh with an array of unforgettably charismatic characters. Funny, sexy and dangerous, La Clique showcases the world’s best circus, cabaret, burlesque and magic. ‘The greatest show on the Fringe’ (Scotsman). www.edfringe.com/event/LACLIQU The Famous Spiegeltent • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR Aug 2-25: 22:00 (1h30m) £20.00 (£17.00) Mystic Lorenzo Novani (aka Renz) Drawing inspiration from shamans, mystics and spiritualists, magician and mentalist Lorenzo Novani takes you on a mesmerising journey into the theatre of the mind! Expect audience involvement, and moments of deep astonishment. ‘This man is a genius’ (Citizens Theatre). www.edfringe.com/event/MYSTIC Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall • 22 Hanover Street, EH2 2EP Aug 11-17: 20:40 (1h) £7.50 (£6.50) Oliver Meech: When Magic and Science Collide Oliver Meech A comedy magic show for the QI generation. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It’s the Natural Selection! ‘Could rival Derren Brown’ (Theatre-Wales.co.uk). ‘Funny, endearing, impressive showmanship’ (ThreeWeeks). Sell out: Green Man Festival. www.edfringe.com/event/OLIVERM Just the Tonic at The Caves • Enter from The Rowantree Bar (under South Bridge), 253 Cowgate, EH1 1LG Aug 1-2: 14:20 (1h) £5.00 Aug 3-4,9-11,16-18,23-25: 14:20 (1h) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 5-8,12,14-15,19-22: 14:20 (1h) £8.00 (£7.00) Paul Dabek – Stand Up and Be Conjured Paul Dabek/PBH’s Free Fringe Free Fringe favourite Paul Dabek returns with a devilishly deceptive show. Expect mind-blowing magic and comedy from the UK’s third most charming conjurer. Catch Dabek whilst he’s still free. ‘Superb showman’ (Time Out). www.edfringe.com/event/PAULDAB The Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA Aug 3-25: 21:35 (1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Pick a Card, Any Card (No, Not That One!) John Henry Blackwood/PBH’s Free Fringe Close-up card magic with a true English gentleman. Hear tall tales of a magician learning his craft and be confounded by events which are not easily explained. www.edfringe.com/event/PICKACA The Street • 2B Picardy Place, EH1 3JT Aug 3-24: 14:45 (1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Piff the Magic Dragon & Mr Piffles The Piff the Magic Dragon Show He’s played Sydney Opera House. Toured with Mumford & Sons. Had over ten million hits on YouTube. But enough about Mr Piffles – The World’s First Conjuring Chihuahua. Piff’s back too. **** (Time Out). www.edfringe.com/event/PIFFTHE Pleasance Dome • Potterow, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL Aug 1-2: 19:10 (1h) £6.50 Aug 3-4,9-11,16-18,23-25: 19:10 (1h) £11.00 (£10.00) Aug 5-8,14-15,21-22: 19:10 (1h) £10.00 (£9.00) Aug 12-13,19-20: 19:10 (1h) £8.50 (£7.50) Psyche – Do You Mind? Leandro Morgado/PBH’s Free Fringe Tired of the voice in your head? Tired of trying to contact your inner- self? Tired of rhetorical questions? This is a show about your brain. Comedy, mind reading and bizarre magic put together Psyche … for those who mind. www.edfringe.com/event/PSYCHED The Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA Aug 3-17: 15:00 (1h) (Free Non-ticketed) 6 Hats and an Irishman Paddy McCullagh It is a rollicking hour taking in comedy, magic, improvisation, banjo, storytelling and even some puppetry. Paddy’s is not your normal stand-up. What it is, is entertaining and a hell of a lot of fun. www.edfringe.com/event/SIXHATS Laughing Horse @ City Cafe • 19 Blair Street, EH1 1QR Aug 1-18: 16:15 (1h) (Free Non-ticketed) Young & Strange