Tell us a bit about yourself in a couple of sentences.
I’m a professional magician based in Edinburgh. I studied Engineering with Sports at Edinburgh Napier which I loved, but followed my true passion of Magic. I’m performing at this year’s Edinburgh International Magic Festival for the first time and also at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I’m doing an Assembly Roxy gig in June to kick start my summer performances.
What do you love about Edinburgh?
I love the buildings and the history of the city. Anything you could possibly want in a city is already here. Beautiful gardens, green spaces for exercise and beaches. I also LOVE the Fringe, so am a very happy chap every August.
What would you change about Edinburgh if you could?
The potholes in the roads, and people walking slowly on Princes Street when I’m in a rush.
What are your must sees or dos in town for visitors?
The view from the top of Arthurs Seat, on a clear sunny day. Also to experience a deep-fried marsbar.
Favourite street or area and why?
Victoria Street – it connects the Grassmarket – one of my favourite parts of the city – to the Royal Mile area. There’s lots of clubs/bars that I like there, and also the street itself is pretty colourful and cool.
Where would we find you relaxing in Edinburgh?
Most likely in a bar on George street – or walking down through Stockbridge/Dean Village towards the Botanical Gardens. I like to walk down there and get inspiration for my latest tricks.
When you are out of town, what do you miss about Edinburgh the most?
The views and the ‘homely’ feel. Anywhere you turn in Edinburgh you can see an amazing view, or landmark.
If you had 24 hours in town before you had to leave forever, what would you do?
I would perform at the Edinburgh Playhouse so lots of people would be entertained (and hopefully amazed) with my magic. I would also definitely visit ‘Wings’ on Old Fishmarket Close – a brilliant restaurant serving the best chicken wings in town.
Any interesting stories or facts you know about Edinburgh?
Last year (2015) the Edinburgh Fringehad over 3300 individual shows – it really is the largest arts festival in the world.
Sum up Edinburgh in 5 words or less.
Charismatic and simply magical.
We’ve seen Elliot perform a few times over the last couple of years and he is a great entertainer. We highly recommend seeing one of his gigs.