PREVIEW – Edinburgh International Magic Festival 7-11 July 2010

We love a good festival at Edinburgh Spotlight and we are excited at the forthcoming Edinburgh International Magic Festival which is debuting this year from 7th – 11th July 2010.  Illusionists, hypnotists and mind readers will descend upon the capital, as the festival gets into swing across the city.

Magician Matthew

 Tickets are on sale now and there are even great 2 for 1 offers for the opening night.  Between 3,000 and 5,000 people are predicted to attend the festival over its five days and ticket prices start from £5.

The Festival programme will take the audiences to some of Edinburgh’s most interesting and quirky venues all situated in the heart of the city, such as The Lot in Grassmarket, the Studio in Augustine United Church, The Vault under the George IV Bridge and the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile.

The programme looks fantastic and because the festival will be taking place within Scottish school holidays – there will be excellent opportunities for inspiring magicians to attend the workshops aimed for ‘wizards’ aged 7 and up.  The Filmhouse will be showing magic related movies and there is even  Magic Competitions to enter

Higlights include two shows with R Paul Wilson from the popular TV show The Real Hustle and the Magicfest Gala Show at the Lyceum Theatre .

Kevin McMahon

Artistic Director Kevin McMahon says “The first ever MagicFest has brought together a fantastic mix of performers that really capture the spirit of magic as a unique art form.  The rise of David Blaine, Derren Brown and Harry Potter has seen a new generation of magicians and magic-lovers.  We believe that the city that inspired JK Rowling’s world-renowned books should play host to a world-renowned magic festival.”

No stooges, No Camera tricks, 5 days of the best magic has to offer, ‘Just Like That’.

You can follow the build up to the Magic Festival on their twitter stream  or their facebook page.  Kep an eye out for volunteering opportunities if you wish to get involved.  You can also buy tickets over the phone on 0131 473 2000 or in person at The Hub, Castle Hill.

We are looking forward to bringing you all the Magic Festival related news as we get it.

Suitable for disabled?  Yes, every venue being used is completely accessible making this festival suitable for all.

Edinburgh 2010

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