Edinburgh’s historic venues will have their untold mysteries revealed this summer as the eighth annual International Magic Festival returns to the city with its biggest programme to date from 30 June – 8 July.
Partnering with Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Edinburgh World Heritage, the festival is expanding their sell-out show ‘The Secret Room’ from four to twenty shows and offering magic tours exploring the dark pasts and secrets of Edinburgh’s Lauriston Castle, Riddle’s Court and the Writer’s Museum.
MagicFest founder and renowned stage magician, Kevin Quantum, said: “I’m delighted to see more Scottish performers than ever before on the line-up for 2017, many of whom, in the Secret Room performance, are creating new work inspired by Edinburgh, her history and past residents and celebrating the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”
The festival has also included the UK debut of ‘From The Dark’ in the 2017 programme, it was originally designed for the visually impaired and now invites sighted and non-sighted audiences to experience to the world’s only illusion show performed in complete darkness.
Once blindfolded and guided to their seat, the audience will experience sensory stimulation to activate their emotions and imagination, it’s ‘magic as never seen before’.
After a sell-out launch last year, MagicFair returns to Summerhall from 30 June – 2 July with late night sessions and family events. Described as a “Magic Theme Park”, the three-day event will host over 80 live magic shows and one ticket-in gives audiences entry to up to seven 20-minute shows, along with drop-in events and courtyard shows.
Other highlights of the festival include the ‘levitations’ themed Magic and Variety Gala Show on 8 July.
It’s the grand finale of the festival and brings some of the greatest illusionists and circus acts from around the world to Edinburgh, including French performers Cubic Act and their floating box – which Penn and Teller described as “the best big illusion stage act we’ve ever seen”.
Tickets are available now online from www.magicfest.co.uk, by phone on 0131 226 0006 or in person at the Fringe Box Office (180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS).