Edinburgh is already known as a capital of magic for its connections to Harry Potter, host of the UK’s biggest magic festival, and its enchanting beauty, but this Christmas Edinburgh will become the world’s mostmagical city as The Edinburgh International Magic Festival launch their inaugural festive production – ‘MagicFest Christmas Special: Collection of Wonders’ at George Square Theatre 27th – 30th December.
Audiences of all ages can wrap themselves in magic this Christmas and enjoy a spectacular Collections of Wonders - a heart-warming mix of thrilling magic with a sprinkling of comedy, hosted by Kevin Quantum, performer and MagicFest Artistic Director.
Kevin said… “Christmas is so special for me; spending time with family, eating lots of food and of course going to live shows and pantos, which is why I'm so happy to announce the inaugural Christmas show for people to enjoy with friends and family right before New Year. With MagicFest's Summer Festival reaching over 10,000 people, this seemed the perfect time for us to offer a new magic experience with a festive twist.”
The show will offer children and adults an alternative festive experience with captivating performances from top magicians (see below) from all over the UK and a special guest from France. From cutting-edge illusions and mind reading to mesmerising sleight-of-hand magic and edge-of-your-seat levitation, this show is not to be missed!
Kevin Quantum - Magician-scientist hybrid trained by Penn and Teller in Las Vegas fuses visual magic with modern technology and unique inventions. His comedy magic shows have twice been nominated at the Scottish Comedy Awards and have received 5 star reviews at the Fringe.
Florian Sainvet – An incredible talent from France and Finalist in the World Magic Championships 2015 and in ‘France has got Talent’, will present his award-winning futuristic act and a brand new “money from thin air” illusion. He is recognised as one of the best sleight of hand magicians in the world.
Drew McAdam (27th and 28th Dec only) – “Scotland’s foremost mind reader” (BBC, STV, Channel 5) has baffled audiences in US, Russia and across Europe to Africa with his mind-boggling demonstrations of spoon-bending and mind-reading. If you think your thoughts are yours, and yours alone... think again!
Matthew J Dowden – Known as the Dean Martin of magic, he has charmed and enchanted audiences in 20 different countries with his unique show “Magic of the Movies” inspired by Hollywood and his infectious love for classic art of magic.
Lewis Barlow (29th and 30th Dec only) - Edinburgh’s sleight of hand master. The magic Lewis performs has been developed and closely guarded by the world’s greatest magicians over the last two hundred years. BBC consultant and past president of the Edinburgh Magic Circle, Lewis is one of Scotland’s finest prestidigitators.