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Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2018

The Edinburgh International Magic Festival returns for its ninth year over a week in spring rather than summer, running from Friday 11 to Saturday 19 May. The event will showcase some of the world’s most celebrated illusionists, proving that magic is an artform with the power to enchant, mystify, challenge and leave audiences speechless.  

Beginning with a Wizard World Gathering and finishing with an incredible Closing Gala, the art of magic will be fully celebrated across the week.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2018 Highlights

Magicfest 2018

Fantasy Fans from around the globe set to flock to Edinburgh for a one-of-a-kind party celebrating all things wizard when the Festival kicks off with a sparkling Wizard World Gathering on the opening weekend, casting a spell over Assembly Roxy with DJs, live magic shows, a fantasy quiz, incredible food and drinks, and other surprises throughout the night.

The ever popular Secret Room returns to the Royal Mile Writers’ Museum and Lauriston Castle, combining close-up magic with tours of some of Edinburgh’s historic buildings and dark history.

A spectacular, fast and furious MagicFest Gala event at the Royal Lyceum Theatre will close out the festival, with daring trickery, unbelievable sleight of hand, grand illusions and impossible mind reading abilities from some of the world’s best magicians.

There are also intimate events throughout the week at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from performers combining magic with comedy, storytelling, and theatre, such as Chris Cook and Vincent Gambini  

Edinburgh is a city whose history is intertwined with magic. The International Magic Festival pays homage to this history, and celebrates magic as an art, one that belongs on stage, one that needs to be seen to be believed...

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