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Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2017

Let your imagination fly at this year's Edinburgh International Magic Festival, taking place from the 30th June to 8th July 2017. 

MagicFest has announced their biggest festival to date for their eighth year, with a programme of world-class magic events, unforgettable performances, and jaw-dropping stunts from some of the greatest illusionists, mindreaders and magicians from around the world. 

2017 MagicFest Highlights

Edinburgh International Magic Festival Secret Room

The Secret Room

Celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, MagicFest have teamed up with Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Museums and Galleries Edinburgh and Edinburgh World Heritage to expand their famous sell-out magic spectacular 'The Secret Room'. A series of 20 shows will bring three of Edinburgh's unique historical venues and their untold mysteries to life with these captivating magic tours - get ready to see Riddle's Court, The Writers' Museum and Lauriston Castle like you have never seen them before. Find out more about the Secret Room >

From the Dark

This new event for 2017 is the UK premiere of a truly unique show that is taking the world of magic by storm. From the Dark is unlike any other magic show you have ever seen before; designed to allow you to experience magic in an innovative and fun way. Illusions are typically experienced with the eyes, but this show is performed in a darkened room, inviting your other senses and imagination to awaken and experience illusions without actually seeing them. Although the show is performed in darkness, it is suitable for ages 11+. 


The 2017 festival returns to the hub of Summerhall for the famous three-day MagicFair, taking place from 30th June - 2nd July with over 80 magic shows and 20 of the greatest illusionists around the world. This celebration of magic guarantees a spellbinding day out for all ages, with Morning, Afternoon and Lates sessions. Expect to find workshops, short live shows, magic shops and much more. 

Magic School & Workshops

Young budding magicians can also take part in the 5-day Magic School at Quaker Meeting House from 3rd to 7th July. Learn, create and perform your own magic at a whirlwind 2.5-hour workshop. At the end of the hard work, you can look forward to a magical graduation ceremony for family on the final day. 

Magic and Variety Gala Show

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Don't miss out on the closing Gala on the 8th July, which is always a huge hit. This year's 'Levitations' themed show will see the greatest illusionists and circus acts from around the world defy the laws of gravity and perform visually stunning and dreamlike flights of fancy as they float, fly and soar through the air. An absolute must-see this summer. 


For tickets and further details of the full programme can be found on the Edinburgh International Magic Festival's website

Win a Week of Magic! 

We've teamed up with the Edinburgh International Magic Festival to offer a Week of Magic to one of our lucky readers. Enjoy the whole festival with a pair of tickets to all of the following magical shows: 

- MagicFair
- From the Dark
- The Secret Room
- MagicFest Gala Show

To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the form below. Best of luck! 

Terms and conditions: The competition closes at midday on the 23 June 2017. Entrants must be strictly over 16. Any entries made after 23 June 2017 will not be considered. Multiple entries will not be counted. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted directly via email. The prizes are a pair of tickets for each of the following shows: MagicFair, From the Dark, The Secret Room and MagicFest Gala Show.  No cash or other alternative will be given. Travel and accommodation is not included. Any additional costs incurred during the winner and their guests’ visit (e.g. food and drink) must be covered by the prize holder. 

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