- 17 December 2021 - 30 December 2021
- Various venues across Edinburgh.
Enjoy magic workshops, shows for kids, shows for babies, shows for grown-ups, storytelling, live music & more this Christmas with MagicFest.
Edinburgh International Magic Festival, also known as MagicFest, reappears this winter with its first live programme of events in two years. Running from 17 – 30 December in venues across the city, the festival has a packed line up of some of the best Scottish performers and magicians straight from the Magic Circle!
MagicFest aims to bring magic into the lives of as many diverse communities as possible. Events include a Magic School Workshop for kids aged 7-10 years old and a family-friendly magic show with Magic Circle member Gary James.
For the first time in its 12-year history, MagicFest will present shows for children aged 0-3 years old. Snow Tale, produced by Scottish playwright and actor Natalya McDonald in collaboration with Svetlana McMahon and will be on at the Scottish Storytelling Centre 27 December. This delightful show is about love, family and home, with magic, sensory games and a ‘buzzing’ disco.
The Storytelling Centre, a stunning & modern theatre in the heart of the old town, is also home to many other performances. Con Artist, card sharp and star of BBC’s ‘The Real Hustle’ R. Paul Wilson heads the line up alongside London based Laura London, bringing her hit West End show Cheat to the festival. Fringe sell-out sensation, Kevin Quantum performs The Trick That Fooled, a show demonstrating magic tricks that have fooled some of the smartest and most creative people from the last 100 years. He’s joined by Fringe favourites Elliot Bibby and Magic Gareth with famous Edinburgh family performers Gary James and Tricky Ricky completing the line-up with their hilarious family shows.
The final festival performance Hogmanay House fuses magic with storytelling and live music. Charting the history and origins of Hogmanay in a delightful 75-minute performance at the exquisite Royal Scots Club in the Edinburgh New Town, on 30 December - just before the bells! Featuring an all-star cast; Scottish Singer Songwriter Ainsley Hamill (Featured in The Guardian Album of the Month 2021) alongside talented musician/composer Ron Jappy, silver-tongued storyteller and wand-maker Jock Ferguson, sleight-of-hand maestro Lewis Barlow and mentalist Drew McAdam.
For Artistic Director Kevin Quantum, magic is much more than just tricks:
“For me magic is about bringing joy into people’s lives, providing a moment of escapism, and offering a mesmerising, impossibly brilliant alternative view of reality. Magic makes you feel like a kid again, connecting you with that part of you that’s wonderfully naive, superbly silly, and open minded to really believe in magic and the impossible. Come enjoy a show and be that kid again!”