Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2017
30 June - 8 July 2017
MagicFest has announced their biggest festival to date for their 8th year programme, inviting Edinburgh and magic fans from afar to let their imagination fly 30th June - 8th July.
Browse the full 2017 programme at magicfest.co.uk
* 3-day MagicFair at Summerhall 30th June - 2nd July
After a sell-out launch last year, MagicFair returns to Summerhall with over 80 live magic shows and 20 of the greatest illusionists from around the world. Best described as a Magic Theme Park, the three-day event offers all ages a spellbinding day out across Morning, Afternoon and Lates sessions. One-ticket-in gives festivalgoers entry to up to seven 20-minute shows, where they will experience live magic in intimate groups of 10 or 120 seat theatres, plus drop-in events and courtyard fun. Whichever sessions visitors choose they are promised a thrilling ride on the MagicFair rollercoaster.
* Gala Show Matinee & Evening Shows 8th July
This year's Gala Show is Levitations themed. Join 1000s of other magic fans as MagicFest comes to a spectacular finale at Festival Theatre and watch, transfixed in your seat, as the greatest illusionists, magicians and circus acts from around the world defy the laws of gravity with visually stunning flights of fancy, floating, soaring and shooting through the air.
* NEW Secret Room shows 3rd - 7th July
After a 4 year sell-out run at Lauriston Castle, the hugely popular Secret Room expands to three venues across the city, bringing the colourful history and untold stories of Riddle's Court, The Writers Museum and Lauriston Castle to life with magic-filled tours. Discover the clandestine corridors and secret chambers of Edinburgh's historic buildings as magicians animate their dark past and unsolved mysteries with captivating magic.
* NEW From the Dark 2nd July
Can you experience an illusion in the dark? From the Dark makes its UK debut at MagicFest this summer, inviting you to experience illusion and the feeling of astonishment while blindfolded in complete darkness. Originally designed for the blind after 10 years of research, From the Dark has been adapted so both non-sighted and sighted people can experience this one-of-a-kind show, redefining the definition of disappearance. Once blindfolded and guided to your seat, you are subjected to sensory-stimulation to activate your imagination and emotion that will force your judgement to work against you and create deception in your mind. This is magic as never seen before.
* Magic School for Children 3rd - 7th July
Magic School is back this summer offering budding young wizards the chance to graduate from the world's most mysterious school with a 5-day course or one-off workshop. Make new friends and have lots of fun along the way as Headmaster Gary James teaches you how to create and perform your very own spellbinding tricks, with each day focussing on a different area of magic and performance, from levitating illusions to disappearing card tricks, with a graduation ceremony on the final day.
* One Off Special Shows *
Master of misdirection David Stone, deceptively brilliant R Paul Wilson, cult magician Dave Alnwick, horrifying trickster Luke Eaton and time-travelling duo Morgan & West. Book here Tickets