10 June 2017

Magic at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Hi folks

OK, so it's been a wee while since I updated this blog but most of my blogging is done on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.  That said, this entry is a little on the big side.  That's because the Edinburgh Fringe programme was released today and, as has become a regular occurrence, I have gone through the programme (a lot easier on PDF!) and found all the magic and magic-related shows that are on this year.  The list has 67 shows in it - yes, 67 shows!  So, here goes...

Cabaret and Variety

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Super Scott's Totally Scripted Unimprovised Show
Scott Hutchison / PBH's Free Fringe
Super Scott returns to the Fringe with his own unique blend of comedy, juggling, magic and more. Expect the unexpected! (Recommended by his mother).
Silk, King's Stables Rd 28a, EH1 2JY (Middle)
Aug 5-14, 16-27 20:05(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

And For My Next Trick
CatFace Talent
Comedy sketch-magic show with more tricks than you can shake a wand at. From magician-scientist hybrid, Kevin Quantum. 'Will take your breath away, and then make it appear in someone else's pocket' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Underbelly, Cowgate, 66 Cowgate, entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street, EH1 1JX (White Belly)
Aug 3-4 21:20(50m) £6.50
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 21:20(50m) £10.00 (£9.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 21:20(50m) £11.00 (£10.00)

Aaron Calvert: Awaken
Aaron Calvert / Triple A Media / PBH's Free Fringe
Following a sensational 2016 sell-out debut, Calvert returns with astounding mind-reading and fascinating hypnotic feats. It's time to Awaken your hidden powers. 'Jaw-dropping' ***** (Telegraph). 'A talented showman that will leave you baffled' ***** (Daily Mail).
La Belle Angèle, 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)
Aug 5-27 13:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck
Ada Campe / PBH's Free Fringe
Variety! Comedy! Magic! A Psychic Duck! Join Ada Campe for a show about spirit waterfowl, wonderful women and a fairground mystery... ‘Resembles an unhinged super-villain’ (DIVA). ‘Very, very funny’ (Edinburgh Magic Circle).
CC Blooms, 23-24 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA (CC Blooms)
Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 15:00(55m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Ava Beaux: The Mysterious Tales of Poe
Ava Beaux / PBH’s Free Fringe
Enter the unsettling mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Follow Ava into a web of Gothic stories, revealed through extraordinary magic. Be warned – the next chilling twist may be just around the corner…
The Street, 2b Picardy Place, EH1 3JT (The Street)
Aug 6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 19:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me
Ben Dali / PBH’s Free Fringe
The Fringe's best hypnotist returns with an unforgettably hilarious new show where audience volunteers find themselves immersed in unbelievable hypnotic scenes inspired by Edinburgh, from the Royal Mile to the "haunted" Edinburgh Castle.
Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse)
Aug 5-27 13:35(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Ben Hart: Belief?
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
A dark, beautiful, baffling and wickedly funny show full of impossible mysteries, visual alchemy, outrageous lies and brutal honesty. Magic shouldn't be this... real. 'Makes sceptics become believers' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Eye-boggling' (Time Out). 'Devilishly clever' (Wow247.co.uk).
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Dining Room)
Aug 2-4 17:45(1h) £6.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 17:45(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 17:45(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)

Breaking the Magicians’ Code With Kane & Abel
Kane & Abel / PBH's Free Fringe
Following last year's smash-hit, these anarchic twin tricksters return to break even more rules of the Magicians' Code of Conduct. 'Highly recommend – funny, charismatic and likeable' (EdFringeReview.com).
Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Annexe)
Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-27 13:15(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

The Card Players With Kane & Abel
Kane & Abel / PBH's Free Fringe
Kane & Abel invite you to join them for an evening of close-up magic, comedy and silly stunts. This show promises to be the most intimate magic show at this year’s Fringe.
CC Blooms, 23-24 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA (CC Blooms)
Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-27 17:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

A Case of Wonders
By Sam Fitton / PBH's Free Fringe
A theatrical twist on the traditional magic show, A Case of Wonders combines magic, comedy and special effects, promising to be something out of the ordinary. 'Brilliant, confident and highly accomplished' ***** (Jon Brown, Virgin Ltd).
La Belle Angèle, 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)
Aug 5-18, 20-27 11:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism
Caspar Thomas / PBH's Free Fringe
Back in Edinburgh with his new magic show. 'Caspar's sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen and never attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!' (Jerry Sadowitz).
Bourbon Bar, 24a Frederick St, EH2 2JR (Room 1)
Aug 5-14, 16-27 18:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Chris Cook: Control
Chris Cook Magic / PBH’s Free Fringe
‘An absolute master of his stage and a reminder of how cool magic is’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Stage). **** (ThreeWeeks). Hit magician Chris Cook returns to the Fringe with one question... Are you still in control?
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom)
Aug 5-27 13:40(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!
Chris Dugdale
2016 winner of The Edfest Bouquet. ‘The most unbelievable ending of any trick ever!’ (ITV). Fourteen Royal performances. United Nations Command performer. ‘The best I've seen, brilliant' (Sir Richard Branson).
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Drawing Room)
Aug 3-4 19:10(1h) £7.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 14-17, 21, 23-24 19:10(1h) £11.00 (£10.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 19:10(1h) £13.00 (£12.00)

Colin Cloud: Dare
Gag Reflex in association with Kilimanjaro Live
The forensic mind reader. An audacious experience of epic proportion. Your life in his hands – literally. Total sell-out 2014-16. ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). Star of The Illusionists (Broadway, West End) and on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (The Grand)
Aug 2-4 20:00(1h) £8.50
Aug 5-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-26 20:00(1h) £15.00 (£13.50)
Aug 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 20:00(1h) £12.50 (£11.50)
Aug 14, 21-22 20:00(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)

Craig: Deception
Craig Stephenson
Following the huge success of his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2016, magician Craig Stephenson brings his latest comedy magic and mind reading show to Edinburgh. In Craig's devilishly funny style, this show promises some truly memorable magic moments.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Theatre 1)
Aug 4-6 19:05(50m) £7.00 (£5.00) (£20.00 F)
Aug 7-12, 14-26 19:05(50m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£30.00 F)

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician
Dave Alnwick / PBH's Free Fringe
Twelve full-house Edinburgh Fringe runs. Two national tours. One TV special. Arrive early to avoid crushing disappointment. ‘Ninja Wizard’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Completely f*cking awesome' **** (Skinny). ***** (Liverpool Student Media). ‘Genuinely impressive illusions’ **** (FringeGuru.co.uk).
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Speakeasy)
Aug 5-27 17:35(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Dave & Elliott's Wheel Of Magic
Dave Reubens and Elliott Bibby / PBH's Free Fringe
The improv magic game show where YOU decide what happens! Expect surprises, guest acts, comedy and lots of magic! Only one magician can perform the finale - who will you choose? Facebook: Wheel Of Magic Twitter: @WheelOfMagic
Liquid Rooms Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse)
Aug 5-27 22:00 (55mins) (Free Non-ticketed)

David Narayan: The Psychic Project
David Narayan / PBH’s Free Fringe
In 1972, the CIA launched a secret Cold War project, training civilians as psychic spies. David Narayan explores the archives and attempts their experiments, in a show that’s as disturbing as it is astonishing.
CC Blooms, 23-24 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA (CC Blooms)
Aug 17-27 12:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Griffin and Jones: Homemade Miracles
Griffin and Jones / PBH’s Free Fringe
The Pioneers of Slapdash Magic are back with a brand-new show! Expect illusions, death-defying stunts and magical lifehacks from the confused minds of your favourite professional idiots. 'Bizarre, hilarious and anarchic' (MagicNight.co.uk).
Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse)
Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 22:20(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

The House Always Wins!
Stephen Allison Magic / PBH's Free Fringe
Enter the hustler's world for an evening of card tricks, cheats and scams in this intimate and interactive show. Experience the magic in front of your eyes but remember all losses must be paid for…
Serenity Cafe, 8 Jacksons Entry, EH8 8PJ (Serenity Cafe)
Aug 5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 20:20(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

I Can Read Your Mind – Free
Tomas McCabe / Free Festival
Irish mind reader Tomas McCabe is back with a new show for 2017! Following a hugely successful tour of Ireland, Tomas is bringing his abilities across the sea to the Edinburgh Fringe!
Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 42-44 Buccleuch Street, EH8 9LP (Upstairs Bar)
Aug 20-27 15:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

JJ and the Dancing Stick
JJ and the Dancing Stick
JJ dances to create illusions with magic stick levitations. Three different dancing sticks with short and long strings and lights or just a stick. They rise, fall and float, apparently defying gravity. Be amazed.
Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX (Emerald Theatre)
Aug 21-25 15:10(35m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£28.00 F)

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity
CatFace Talent
Enter an exotic space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken with magician-scientist hybrid tutored by Penn & Teller. Magic is real. And Kevin will prove it to you. 'Epic stunts’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Advertiser).
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Debating Hall)
Aug 2, 4 16:30(50m) £6.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 16:30(50m) £11.00 (£9.00) (£36.00 F)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 16:30(50m) £12.50 (£10.50) (£42.00 F)

Lee Hathaway: The MagDaddy – Free
Lee Hathaway / PBH's Free Fringe
The man who fooled Penn & Teller gives a humorous take on magic in the UK today! TV talent shows, the Youtube generation and media-whore celebrities are all in the firing line!
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Speakeasy)
Aug 5-27 12:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

The Lock-In Cabaret
Griffin and Jones / PBH's Free Fringe
The Lock-In Cabaret is back for it's fourth year at Edinburgh Fringe! With a different line-up of top Fringe acts every night, hand-picked by hosts Griffin and Jones, this ever-growing institution is the late-night variety show!
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter)
Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 01:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Luke Closely: Mugician
Luke Closely / PBH's Free Fringe
Magic. Live music. Comedy. Scottish. Luke brings you his one-man show filled with lively banter, classy swinging piano, rhythmic guitar, and modern sleight of hand magic. Musician + Magician = Mugician. ***** (Joseph Cranford, Chicago Magic Lounge).
Fingers Piano Bar, 61a Frederick Street, EH2 1LH (Fingers Piano Bar)
Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 16:20(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Magic and Mayhem: Magic That Isn't Shit!
Phil Knoxville, Ben Cardall, Ian Harvey Stone / PBH's Free Fringe
Join us for an of afternoon of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic that isn’t shit! Featuring the Comedian Phil Knoxville, the Detective Ben Cardall and the Empathist Ian Harvey Stone.
Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse)
Aug 5-9 16:05(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Magic Faraway Cabaret
Magic Faraway Cabaret / PBH's Free Fringe
Always packed, this ‘fab lil' cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns for its sixth year. Magic, variety, burlesque and sideshow acts are gift-wrapped for you by 2017 guest host Ada Campe in a world of fun and games.
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Speakeasy)
Aug 5-27 22:50(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

The Magic Show
Eddie Farmer
Step into the world of magic. An unpredictable show of the impossible made possible, featuring misdirection from eras past to today's mind-reading wonders. An unforgettable evening of entertainment, mystery and laughter for those who seek it.
Paradise in The Vault, 11 Merchant Street, EH1 2QD (The Vault)
Aug 14-19 19:10(50m) £5.00

MoMentum: A Motivational Mind Reading Experience
Phil Ainsworth
Experience the power of a live motivational mind reading show! Combining techniques used by motivational speakers, magicians, and mind readers, Phil Ainsworth is The MoMentalist; inspiring and encouraging audiences to live in the MoMent.
Sweet Holyrood, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, EH8 8AU (Holyrood 3)
Aug 4-23, 26-27 14:30(55m) £7.00 (£5.00)

The Naked Magicians
Samuel Klingner Entertainment
This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. ‘We left with laugh induced aching jaws’ (FringeReview.co.uk).
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Music Hall)
Aug 10, 15-17, 22-24 21:45(1h10m) £13.50 (£11.50)
Aug 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 21:45(1h10m) £15.00 (£13.50)

Paul Dabek – Encore!
Paul Dabek / PBH’s Free Fringe
Bigger, better and bolder than ever! International magician, comedian and vaudevillian returns to the stage to blow your socks off once again with 'machine-gun delivery' (Scotsman) that will leave you spellbound! 'Superb showman!' (Time Out).
Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse)
Aug 5-27 21:05(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Peter & Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic
Sharon Burgess Productions
'Love is a battlefield' (Pat Benatar). Australia's premier illusionists, Peter & Bambi Heaven return to spray Edinburgh with magical sunshine. **** (Herald).
Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, EH8 9LH (Piccolo)
Aug 3-4 22:35(1h) £8.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 22:35(1h) £12.00
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 22:35(1h) £13.00

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium
Peter Antoniou with DBS Productions
If you could ask a psychic a question, what would it be? Direct from London’s West End, award-winning "psychic" comedian brings his unique skills to tell jokes and fortunes. ‘Humour and astonishment’ (Scotsman). ***** (WhatsOnStage.com).
Sweet Holyrood, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, EH8 8AU (Holyrood 3)
Aug 16-23, 26-27 20:40(1h) £7.00 (£5.00)

René Mazing: (Dis)Appearing Nightly
René Frotscher
An evening of hilarious magic and unbelievable comedy with one of Germany's funniest magicians. 'A true master in the art of illusion’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung). ‘Always surprising. A fine stand-up magician’ (Landsberger Tagblatt).
theSpace on Niddry St, Niddry Street, EH1 1TH (theSpace on Niddry St (Lower))
Aug 15-16 20:00(55m) £9.00 (£7.00) (£24.00 F)
Aug 17-19 20:00(55m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£26.00 F)

Russian Roulette
Shantisha and Ivan / PBH's Free Fringe
Who will risk their life tonight? A rotating bill of bang-up performers from all over the Fringe, hand-picked by your charming belly-dancing Russian hostess. Safely bet on a mind-blowing evening full of magic, variety, comedy and circus!
Liquid Room Annexe, 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse)
Aug 5-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27 18:35(55m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Gruejarm Production | Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd
'The best magic show in 2016 Edinburgh Fringe' (BroadwayWorld.com). The world's greatest illusion artists bring an enchanting performance! Snap is a truly unique multi-faceted magic act, combining ingenious stage language, mime and comedy.
Assembly George Square Theatre, George Square, EH8 9LH (The Theatre)
Aug 3-4 15:00(1h) £8.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 22-24, 28 15:00(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 15:00(1h) £14.00 (£13.00)

Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reubens
Danger Dave Reubens / PBH's Free Fringe
Daredevil antics, jaw-dropping magic and bizarre comedy with host, Danger Dave Reubens. This mischievous show is for the thrill seekers and magic lovers. Be a part of the quest for glory!
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter)
Aug 5-27 14:40(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Tony Roberts: Late Nite Ace High
Monski Mouse Media
Blow your mind on late, loose, cheeky, salacious stand-up, songs, stories and crafty card manipulation. ‘Continuous stream of extremely funny stories... had everybody in fits of laughter from start to finish’ (BroadwayWorld.com).
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Drawing Room)
Aug 3-4 21:45(1h) £6.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 14-15, 17, 21-22, 24 21:45(1h) £10.00 (£8.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 21:45(1h) £11.00 (£9.00)

Wonders at Dusk
Scott Silven
At the top of a chandelier-lit staircase, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven awaits. Join him at The Dome, one of Edinburgh's most iconic and breathtaking buildings as he orchestrates an awe-inspiring evening... ***** (ITV). ***** (Aeon.co). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).
The Dome, 14 George Street, EH2 2PF (The Georgian Suite)
Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 22:30(1h) £15.00

Children’s Shows

The Amazing Bubble Man
Louis Pearl
An Edinburgh favourite who sells out every year, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubble art, science, magic and fun. Combining comedy, artistry, music and audience participation, his spellbinding bubble tricks keep everyone mesmerised.
Underbelly, George Square, George Square, EH8 9LH (Udderbelly)
Aug 3-4 11:30(1h) £7.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28 11:30(1h) £11.00 (£8.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 11:30(1h) £12.00 (£9.00)

Card Ninja
Javier Jarquin
Warning: this show contains ninjas, not magic. Back by popular demand, Card Ninja is a riotous display of comedy and card stunts using playing cards as ninja weapons. Expect deadly and risky fun.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Nightclub)
Aug 2-4 17:30(1h) £6.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 17:30(1h) £10.00 (£9.00) (£36.00 F)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 17:30(1h) £11.00 (£10.00) (£40.00 F)

Sphere Clown Band
‘A big hit’ (STV). ‘Dazzlingly colourful!’ (Edinburgh Evening News). Patty and Dandy from Canada’s award-winning clown band bring all ages to their feet, singing, dancing and laughing with hilarious antics, magic, musical instruments, puppets and catchy tunes. Gold record!
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Theatre 3)
Aug 4-5, 7-19 13:10(40m) £8.00 (£6.00) (£16.00 F)

Gary Dunn Presents Monkey Magic
Gary Dunn / The Stand Comedy Club
Gary returns with Monkey Magic! Bigger, badder and more bananas than before! With trusty sidekick Chico the Monkey, Gary presents family slapstick and magic! 'This magic rocks’ (Herald). 'Must see show!’ (Primary Times).
The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB (Stand 1)
Aug 4, 7-8, 10 13:35(1h) £6.00 (£5.00) (£20.00 F)

The I Hate Children Children's Show
The Meanest Man in the World
Your children star in this award-winning magic show for teens, tweens, and hot soccer moms. Book your tickets now for the show with free champagne for moms, magic and insults for kids. Yay!
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Grand Theatre)
Aug 4 13:30(1h) £8.00 (£6.00) (£24.00 F)
Aug 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-26 13:30(1h) £12.00 (£9.00) (£7.00 UD) (£36.00 F)
Aug 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 13:30(1h) £10.00 (£8.00) (£7.00 UD) (£36.00 F)

The Magic Circus
Magic Den
Roll up, roll up, the Magic Circus is back. An exciting, fun, fast-paced and colourful magic show for all the family. Blinky the big blue monster joins the Magic Circus this year. Don't miss it.
Paradise in Augustines, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL (Studio)
Aug 5, 7-12, 14-19 12:00(50m) £7.00 (£5.00) (£20.00 F)

Magic Travel With Hello Potter and Uno
Magic Travel / Free Fringe
Do you want to watch the best family show? You have to come and see this! Magic, balloon twisting, hand shadows, comedy... All that and much more in Magic Travel! See you soon.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS (Maggie's Chamber)
Aug 3-27 10:15(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

The Magic Wand With Three(!) Ends
René Frotscher
Follow René in search of his elusive three-ended magic wand. Great children's entertainment featuring amazing magic, slapstick, visual comedy, audience involvement and general silliness. Adults will laugh their socks off too – guaranteed!
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Theatre 1)
Aug 15-17 10:50(45m) £7.50 (£6.00) (£22.00 F)
Aug 18-19 10:50(45m) £8.00 (£6.00) (£22.00 F)

Morgan & West: More Magic for Kids!
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
The time-travelling magicians return with a new marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old and everyone in-between! As seen on ITV's Next Great Magician. **** (Daily Mirror).
Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG (Cow Barn)
Aug 2-4 14:40(1h) £6.50
Aug 5-6, 9-10 14:40(1h) £10.50 (£9.50) (£36.00 F)
Aug 7-8, 11, 26-27 14:40(1h) £11.00 (£10.00) (£40.00 F)
Aug 12-13, 18-20, 25 13:00(1h) £11.00 (£10.00) (£40.00 F)
Aug 14-17, 21-22, 24 13:00(1h) £10.50 (£9.50) (£36.00 F)

The New Maths Magic Show
davisonmagic / PBH's Free Fringe
Learn to play with people’s minds, avoid cash damage and predict the future with the power of mathemagics. On leaving the show, you are guaranteed to have some mathemagic tricks to show friends.
Hispaniola, 3 Drummond St, EH8 9TT (Hispaniola)
Aug 5-26 11:10(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Nutty Noah – Wear Your Pants With Pride
Komedia Entertainment
Finally making his Fringe debut, Noah is loved and revered by family audiences for his explosive mix of music, magic and madness! Seen on The Slammer and Britain’s Got Talent.
Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (The Green)
Aug 21-22, 28 14:00(1h) £8.00 (£7.00)
Aug 23-24 14:00(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)
Aug 25-27 14:00(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)

One Man Shoe
Jango Starr
Follow Jango, a bumbling theatre caretaker, on a hilarious journey as he is suddenly thrust into the limelight and magically finds his way to realise his dreams of transforming into a star! **** (Herald).
Assembly George Square Theatre, George Square, EH8 9LH (Omnitorium)
Aug 3-4 11:00(1h) £5.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 28 11:00(1h) £9.00 (£7.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 11:00(1h) £10.00 (£8.00)

Rodney's Really #Good Family Show
Sean Hegarty
With over 10 million video views online, internet sensation Rodney delivers a one-hour extravaganza filled with silly one-liners, magic, props and music. Fun for all the family!
Laughing Horse @ Vic St Coffee Co, 5 India Buldings, Victoria Street, EH1 2EX (Space 1)
Aug 3-27 12:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Tomfoolery's Beans on Toast Kids Show
Following his hugely successful tour in the south of England, Tomfoolery has revamped his action-packed show for his Fringe debut! Bursting with magic, silliness, music and much more for all the family!
Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 6 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LT (Mint Studio)
Aug 4-6 15:00(50m) £4.00 (£3.00) (£12.00 F)
Aug 7-12 15:00(50m) £8.00 (£6.00) (£12.00 F)


The Amazing Guy Show!
Thom Peterson – The Amazing Guy! / PBH’s Free Fringe
Thom Peterson is The Amazing Guy! A one-man flash mob of magic and comedy. Join him as he turns your Fringe experience into a slumber party of fun. You will believe that unicorns are real!
La Belle Angèle, 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)
Aug 5-27 14:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Morgan & West: Return of the Time-Travelling Magicians
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
Great Scott! Morgan & West celebrate their 10th anniversary as a duo of deception with a magic extravaganza packed to the brim with all their best tricks. **** (Daily Mirror).
Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG (Ermintrude)
Aug 2-4 17:15(1h) £6.50
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 14-17, 21-22, 24, 28 17:15(1h) £11.00 (£10.00)
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 17:15(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)

Ongals: Babbling Comedy
The Ongals
With breathtaking magic, effortless circus, formidable beatboxing skills, Ongals will have you laughing all night. This high energy non-verbal comedy is truly side-splitting fun for all generations and a show you won't want to miss.
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Central)
Aug 2-4 18:05(1h) £10.00
Aug 5-28 18:05(1h) £15.00 (£12.00)

Piff the Magic Dragon: Welcome to Piffland
Get Comedy / Salt 'n' Sauce Promotions
Taking a break from his Vegas residency (extended till 2018!), Piff returns to Edinburgh with new jokes, new tricks, same dog (at time of printing) for one week only. 'Stunning' (Penn & Teller).
New Town Theatre, Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH (Grand Hall)
Aug 22-27 19:20(1h) £16.00 (£14.00)

Tom Binns is Ian D Montfort: Ian Talk Three
Sharon Burgess Productions
In his third Ian talk, Ian, the hospital porter turned psychic healer, recently featured in BBC One's Hospital People, proves there is no need to provide proof that his methods work.
Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, EH8 9LH (Three)
Aug 2-4 20:10(1h) £10.00
Aug 5-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 20:10(1h) £12.50
Aug 9-10, 14-17, 21-24 20:10(1h) £11.00

Tom Crosbie: You Can't Polish a Nerd
Tom Crosbie / PBH's Free Fringe
4% older and over 9% funnier, Tom returns to Edinburgh with the nerdiest comedy show in town. Watch this square do the coolest things with a Rubik's Cube you've ever seen.
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom)
Aug 5-27 12:10(55m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus

Cirk La Putyka
Award-winning contemporary circus company mixes breathtaking acrobatics, original music, magic and unexpected illusions in a fantastical journey to the spectacular comedies of the 19th century. ‘Memorable theatre’ (Scotsman). Presented by Aurora Nova. Part of Czech Showcase, 2017.
ZOO Southside, 117 Nicolson Street, EH8 9ER (Main House)
Aug 4 18:30(1h) £9.00
Aug 5-12 18:30(1h) £14.00 (£12.00)


The Potter Trail
The Potter Trail
Grab a wand and join your robed guide on the only tour in Edinburgh designed especially for Potter fans! Discover inspirations for characters and locations and JK Rowling's old writing haunts. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016.
Meeting Point at Greyfriars Bobby Statue, Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QE (Tour Meeting Point)
Aug 1-31 12:00, 16:00(1h15m) (Free Non-ticketed)
Aug 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 14:00(1h15m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Musicals and Opera

The Iconoclasts
Dear Hunter Theatre
Music, magic, poetry, drag and comedy meet in an explosive night of would-be redemption for a Northern Irish celebrity family, but their chequered past won't stop turning up uninvited. ‘Beautifully played’ (Sunday Times). www.dearhuntertheatre.co.uk
C primo, Lodge No 1, 19 Hill Street, EH2 3JP (hill street theatre)
Aug 2-4, 14-15, 21-22 20:15(1h) £9.50 (£7.50)
Aug 5-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-28 20:15(1h) £11.50 (£9.50)
Aug 9-10, 16, 23-24 20:15(1h) £10.50 (£8.50)


At the Illusionist's Table
Scott Silven
Thoughts transcend. Whisky materialises. Dreams are revealed. Set at the exclusive 28 Queen Street, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven hosts an unforgettable evening of fine dining, whisky tasting and breathtaking illusion... ***** (STV). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (SGFringe.com).
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, EH2 1JX (Hunter Room)
Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-18, 20, 22-27 19:00(2h30m) £69.00

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman
Carnesky Productions Ltd
Dr Carnesky's marvellously menstrual lecture featuring spectacular witchy magic illusions. A revelationary romp into the ritual power of the last unmentionable taboo. Featuring amazing stars of the alt-cabaret scene. Reverse the curse!
Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance Two)
Aug 2-4 14:00(1h) £6.00
Aug 5-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 14:00(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)
Aug 10, 16-17, 23-24 14:00(1h) £9.00 (£8.00) Aug 14-15, 22, 28 14:00(1h) £8.00 (£7.00)

Strangers: A Magic Play II
Strickland Productions
In the same way that a musical blends theatre with music, Strangers: A Magic Play II blends theatre with magic. Stories are interwoven with illusions and trickery, creating a completely unique experience for any audience.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Theatre 2)
Aug 4-5 20:00(50m) £8.00 (£30.00 F)
Aug 7-12 20:00(50m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£30.00 F)
Aug 14-19 12:00(50m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£30.00 F)
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Theatre 3)
Aug 21-26 13:05(50m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£30.00 F)

Velvet Evening Séance
Ross MacKay, Freshly Squeezed Productions and The Uncertainty Principle
From Fringe First-winner Ross MacKay and multi award-winning Suzie Miller. James MacGregor is on trial for his life. His one hope is his last witness. With charlatans lurking, can you be sure what's real or illusion?
Assembly Hall, Mound Place, EH1 2LU (Rainy Hall)
Aug 3-4 16:30(1h10m) £8.00
Aug 5-6, 9-10, 14, 16-17, 21, 23-24 16:30(1h10m) £11.00
Aug 7-8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-28 16:30(1h10m) £12.00

So, as I said, just one or 2 shows this year.  If you are performing, I hope your shows do very well. If you're coming up, have a great time. I might see you there.

Speak soon.

The Cardman :-)

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