16 August 2014

More From Edinburgh

I always enjoy staying in Edinburgh during the Festival Fringe. It means I can see shows later at night than I would otherwise. I enjoyed a couple of fun days at the Fringe and, as I did in my last post, here's a wee look at what I saw.

Cowgatehead, 14:30 (55mins)
Back in "the day" I was a big fan of the sci-fi TV series Quantum Leap and when I saw this in the programme, I wanted to go and see it. The premise is simple - improvisation group The Maydays improvise an entirely new episode of the now classic sci-fi show with a few simple suggestions from the audience. As with the show itself, the character of Dr Sam Beckett didn't know who, where our when he was. The difference here is that for the first few minutes of the episode itself, neither did the performer in the role! Now, before I go any further, I do have a bit of a complaint. It is not the fault of the performers but I have to say that the room they were performing in wasn't the best to see what was happening on stage a lot of the time thanks to an awkwardly placed pillar. That said, today's episode, called "Dynoplasty" took us back to 1981 and a plastic surgeon for animals. I thought it was a lot of fun, but if you were not a fan of the original show then I will warn you that this show won't really be for you as there are so many call backs and "inside" gags for Quantum Leap fans. But if you are a fan, make sure you go and see it.

This was an hour in the company of Prof. Richard Wiseman and musical duo The Creative Martyrs who, between them, told the story of Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, Psychic Investigator, Conjurer and Debunker.  And what an entertaining hour it was with Richard telling part of the story and including some excellent magic with the The Creative Martyrs continuing the story with their humorous songs. But there was a lot more to it than just good magic and funny songs. Sadly, at the time of writing this, the show has now finished its run but if Richard ever puts it back on, make a point of going to see it. You won't regret it!

An hour of magic, comedy and utter nonsense - otherwise known as fun! I had never encountered George Firehorse before but those I was with had seen him at a couple of magic conventions and had told me he was a lot of fun to watch. They weren't wrong. Some of his pieces were a lot of fun while others were so off the wall they were almost in another room. The show isn't suitable for children (due to bad language) and George handled the unexpected arrival of a youngster in his show about 10 minutes in with great professionalism and kindness. This is an hour of madcap fun that you'll either love or hate. If you go with the flow of the show, you'll end up having a fun time.

I went to see this show last year and had such a great time that a repeat visit was called for, especially since the producers are saying that it will be the last time it is in Edinburgh.  We had a different singer as Jake this year but he was just as good a singer as last year's and Elwood (the same one from last year) was just as good on the blues harp as the original. His opening to "Flip, Flop and Fly" was brilliant! This show isn't just for fans of the movies or the albums, they are for fans of great music. I was there with friends who had never seen the original movie (what's that all about?!?) had a wonderful time, dancing along with the rest of the audience which consisted of people of all ages. If you are in Edinburgh late at night over the coming week or so, make a point of going to see them.

I'll admit, this wasn't my choice but I'm glad I went. It was an enjoyable hour using the bible, and the people named within it, as the basis for his show. Paul Savage's father is a Baptist preacher (he told us repeatedly, almost as if to justify why he was doing the show) but he made a point of saying that he was not out to preach to us. His ability to keep his audience engaged meant that the audience participation moments in the show worked and the person he chose to stand with him at the microphone could not have been better. An hour that proves that a labour of love can actually work.

This was my second time seeing Danny Buckler performing, for the most part, straight stand up after his last Edinburgh visit 2 years ago and it's a great way to spend an hour. He had the whole room laughing as he spoke about a whole host of subjects that most people in attendance can relate to including stories about live, love and his heroes and has one of the best sleepover stories I've ever heard. I won't spoilt it by telling you who it involves but it is a cracker! Seriously, miss Danny at your peril!

Take a mentalist, Colin Cloud, a magician, Kevin McMahon, and a comedian, Gavin Oates, together and put them on stage and what do you get? A whole lot of mayhem otherwise known to the world as The Colour Ham. This is a sketch show with a real difference - most of the sketches are brilliant magic routines, a number of which fooled me badly (especially the opening routine!). On the night I saw the show, the boys had to contend with some really difficult audience members who were not willing to go with the fun that they were trying to create on stage, but they handled them with charm and professionalism. They also brought back a TV character that anyone in their 30s or 40s who grew up in Scotland will no doubt remember. The theme tune is still going round my head!

Joke Thieves, the brainchild of comedian Will Mars, was another show that I saw last year and enjoyed so much that I wanted to see it again. Last year, it was a free show and it took me 3 attempts to get in to see it! This time, it is a ticketed show (very reasonably priced too!) making things a lot easier to get in! The premise is very simple - 4 comedians get paired up and then perform twice. First time, they perform their own material but the second time, they perform their partner's material! This can lead to some fun moments when someone performs their partner's material funnier than the person who originally performed it or if a performer comes out with a line or 3 that, coming from another performer, could cause a great deal of offence outwith the context of this show. On the night I was there, Jo Caulfield was paired up with Kevin Dewsbury while Prince Abdi was paired with Alex Edelman. It was a great show which, to be honest, will make those of us in the room that night smile at the memories of but is impossible to explain to anyone else. You just need to go and see the show for yourself.

And so ends another Edinburgh Fringe for me. Now I just need to wait for next June for the 2015 Fringe Programme to be released! Only 10 months to go!

Speak soon.

The Cardman :-)

03 August 2014

A day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and, in spite of the constant rain, had a cracking day. It helped that the 3 shows that I saw weren't too shabby either!  Please note that I do not want to give anything away in these reviews that may give away parts of these shows. I just want to give you my thoughts on what I saw.

James Freedman: Man Of Steal
The Voodoo Rooms, 13:15pm (50mins)
James Freedman is regarded as one of the world's greatest pickpockets. But James is a nice guy and gives you everything back after he's taken it. This show demonstrates his phenomenal skills in this field as wallets, keys, watches and more were taken from audience members. James had the audience on his side very quickly, which was to his advantage when he had a couple of technical teething problems. These were ignored by everyone as it was his first show of the run and I'm sure that they will be sorted out very quickly. I will be honest, I wondered how this show would finish but how James finished this show was nothing short of brilliant as he stole... Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it?!  I guess you're just going to have to go and see his show for yourselves to see what is taken. Don't miss it!

John Henry Blackwood: Magic And Tea With An Evil Genius
The Street, 14:45pm (1hr)
John Henry Blackwood presented a show that was more than an hour of card tricks; it was also a lesson on how to become an evil genius, hence the title. Although the room wasn't exactly perfect for performing close up magic in, John Henry made very good use of his surroundings and his "Minion" helper who greeted the audience as they arrived was very funny. Very good card magic that was presented excellently and included a few moments that, as a magician, caught me pretty badly. If you enjoy either magic and storytelling, you're going to enjoy this show.

The Umbilical Brothers: KiDSHoW (not for kids)
Guilded Balloon, 19:30 (1hr)
I'd seen The Umbilical Brothers performing on TV a number of times before but had never had the chance to see them live. Until now. And it was well worth the wait. The premise is that the boys are presenting a show for kids. Only this is definitely NOT for kids! They present comedy in a way that only they can - physical comedy, mime, sound effects and funny noises done so well that I cannot think of anyone who can come close. I'm thinking of going to see them again! That's how good I think these guys are. Favourite bits were plentiful with a singing of "Feeling Good" amongst the best of them all. They are only performing in Edinburgh until the 16th, so make sure you see them before it's too late!

I'm back through in just over a week and I'll try to post more reviews while there.

Speak soon.

The Cardman :-)

06 June 2014

Magic and magic-related stuff at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Yes folks, it's that time of year once again when I prepare the list of magic and magic-related shows that are taking place at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  As ever, if you are in a show and you are not in the list, please let me know at peter@thecardman.co.uk.  Also, if you wish to have your show taken off the list, please let me know at the same address.

And the Goat Remained a Goat
The Creative Martyrs and Richard Wiseman/PBH's Free Fringe
Harry Price: ghost hunter, psychic investigator, conjurer and debunker, a man of mystery and contradictions. Uncover his myth with Professor Richard Wiseman, The Creative Martyrs, a little magic, music and some paranormal happenings.
Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 2-16 17:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Alex the Mind Reader
Alex McAleer/Free Festival
Mentalist, mind-magician or psychological-illusionist – call him what you will, Alex McAleer reads minds. This is contemporary mentalism at its best, combining a sharp wit with 'uncanny powers of prediction' (ThisIsCabaret.com).
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House • 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD (Studio)
Box Office - 0131 667 7533
Aug 14-15,18,21-22 13:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Mick and Boo Present
Bac-cha-na-li-a: a revelry of the very best cabaret, circus, magic, comedy and burlesque at the Fringe. Hosted by TittyBarHaHa. Ninety glorious minutes of party games and carnival! Book early revellers! This is one party you don't want to miss!
Gilded Balloon • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Wine Bar)
Box Office - 0131 622 6552
Aug 1 00:30(1h30m) £6.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 00:30(1h30m) £12.00
Aug 7,14 00:30(1h30m) £10.00

Ben Hart – The Vanishing Boy
Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent
Magician Ben Hart (Killer Magic BBC Three, TO&ST award nominee 2013) performs spellbinding magic pulled from the darkest corners of his imagination. ‘Extraordinary’ (Time Out). ‘Mind boggling’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘A beautiful show’ (Scotsman).
Underbelly, Cowgate • 56 Cowgate, Entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street, EH1 1EG (Belly Button)
Box Office - 0844 545 8252
Jul 31-Aug 1 16:40(1h) £6.00
Aug 2-3,6-7,12-14,18-21 16:40(1h) £9.50 (£8.50)
Aug 4-5,8-10,15-17,22-24 16:40(1h) £10.50 (£9.50)

Cabaret @ Le Monde
Blond Ambition and Le Monde
Cabaret at Le Monde – with the finest artistes on the Fringe – visit our website for full details: www.lemondehotel.co.uk/live
Upstairs @ Le Monde • Le Monde, 16 George Street, EH2 2PF (Upstairs @ Le Monde)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 3-7,10-14,17-21 21:00(1h) £10.00

Chris Cook: Charlatan
Chris Cook Magic/PBH's Free Fringe
A tender tale of bittersweet love, combining magic tricks and storytelling to make a funny and touching show that reminds us of some of the tricks we play when we're falling in and out of love.
Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 2-5,7-12,14-19,21-24 13:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

F*ckin Magic
Craig Williamson
Free magic show for all the family, that is if your family are over 18 and not easily offended. Craig will be performing miracles using anything he finds in his polly bag as a tribute to his deed granny who said he would never make it as a magician.
George on the Bridge Free Fringe Venue, 10/11 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE
Aug 17-23 18:30 18.30(1hr) (Free Non-ticketed)

The House Always Wins!
Stephen Allison/PBH's Free Fringe
Enter the world of the hustler and enjoy an evening of card tricks, cheats and scams. 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)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 2,4-9,11-16 18:00(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

James Freedman: Man of Steal
PBH's Free Fringe
After a lifetime studying hustlers, conmen and other thieves, 'the world's number one pickpocket' (Time Out) is still an honest man. This funny and fast-fingered show exposes how the bad guys really think.
The Voodoo Rooms • 19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA (The Ballroom)
Box Office - 0131 556 7060
Aug 2-24 13:15(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

The Lock-In Cabaret
All the World's a Stage/PBH's Free Fringe
Award-winning magicians Griffin and Jones, ‘bizarre, hilarious and anarchic’ (MagicNight.co.uk), bring their own brand of late night variety entertainment, joined by the finest acts on the cabaret circuit. Expect comedy, magic, variety and burlesque!
Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 2-10,12-24 00:20(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Magic and Tea with an Evil Genius
John Henry Blackwood/PBH's Free Fringe
Close-up card magic, an evil genius and tea. John Henry Blackwood returns with tall tales, anecdotes and magic, but this time there’s a sting in the tail. He’s gone a bit mental.
The Street • 2B Picardy Place, EH1 3JT (The Street)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 2-3,5-10,12-17,19-23 14:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Oliver Meech: When Magic and Science Collide 2.0
Oliver Meech
2013's sell-out smash, upgraded. Expect amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. 'My jaw hit the floor' (BBC Radio). 'Could rival Derren Brown' (Theatre-Wales.co.uk). 'Hilarious' (Buxton Fringe). Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel.
Just the Tonic at The Caves • Rowantree Bar , 253 Cowgate, EH1 1LG (Just the Wee One)
Box Office - 0131 556 5375
Jul 31-Aug 1 14:20(1h) £5.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 14:20(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)
Aug 4-7,11,13-14,18-21 14:20(1h) £8.00 (£7.00)

Paul Dabek: Liar Liar
Paul Dabek/PBH's Free Fringe
Paul Dabek deceptively weaves a tangled web of comedy, magic and lies. Paul has taken the Fringe by storm for the last four years. Come and see why! 'Superb showman' (Time Out). 'Hilarious' (RipItUp.com.au).
Jam House • 5 Queen Street, EH2 1JE (Main Stage Area)
Box Office - 0131 226 4380
Aug 2-4,6-8,10-11,13-15,17-18,20-22 21:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium
DBS Productions Present Peter Antoniou
Award-winning stand-up comedian and mind reader, Peter Antoniou, uses his unique skill set to peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe and tickle your funny bone. ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). 'Tall, dark and charming' (Skinny).
Sweet Grassmarket • Apex International Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS (International 3)
Box Office - 0131 243 3596 V18 GE4 12
Jul 31-Aug 2 18:40(1h) £5.00
Aug 3-17,19-24 18:40(1h) £7.00 (£6.00) (£20.00 F)

Renz Novani: Spellbinder – Magic & Mystory
Renz (AKA Lorenzo Novani)
Psychological Magician Renz weaves magic, mentalism and words into an intimate performance of the utterly impossible. ‘Genius ... stunned our audience’ (Citizens Theatre). ‘Compelling’ (STV). ‘Skillfully entwines prophecy and storytelling ... will shock and stun’ (DeadBirdReview.com).
Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall • 22 Hanover Street, EH2 2EP (Zone Theatre)
Box Office - 0131 220 5911
Aug 1-23,25 20:40(45m) £8.00 (£6.50)

Tony Roberts: Card Magic
Monski Mouse Media/Tony Roberts
Wickedly naughty jokes, exceptionally clean tricks, from this award-winning magician. '...will knock your socks off!' **** (RipItUp.com.au). '...nothing but enjoyable.' **** (Funny Tonne, ComedyFestival.com.au). 'Magic doesn't get any better than this' (BroadwayWorld.com).
Assembly Roxy • 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Downstairs)
Box Office - 0131 623 3030
Jul 30-Aug 1 21:30(1h) £5.00
Aug 2-5,8-10,15-17,22-24 21:30(1h) £10.00
Aug 6-7,12-14,19-21 21:30(1h) £8.00

The Tommy Cooper Show
ADENUF Productions
Stars Daniel Taylor as Britain's favourite comedian in a spectacular show featuring all your favourite gags and magic tricks and an all-star supporting cast. 'Daniel Taylor's evocation of the great man is spot on' (Liverpool Echo).
Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall • 22 Hanover Street, EH2 2EP (Main Theatre)
Box Office - 0131 220 5911
Jul 31-Aug 16,18-25 22:50(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)

Young and Strange: Delusionists
PBH's Free Fringe
The bickering illusionists return to Edinburgh with their own brand of magic and spectacular illusions. Featuring the most incredible visual conclusion to any show at the Fringe and entirely free for a fourth year running.
Jam House • 5 Queen Street, EH2 1JE (Main Stage Area)
Box Office - 0131 226 4380
Aug 2-23 18:30(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

The Amazing Bubble Man
Louis Pearl
Suitable for: 2-12
Louis Pearl combines comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles.
The Assembly Rooms • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (The Music Hall)
Box Office - 0844 693 3008
Jul 31 10:50(50m) £10.00 (£8.00)
Aug 1-24 10:50(50m) £11.00 (£9.00)

Celeste's Circus
Faux Theatre
Suitable for: 0-5
Come join the circus! A first trip for wee ones into the magical delight of the big top. Thrills, spills, oohs and ahhs. A charming show, beautifully made, enchantingly performed. ‘Makes Mary Poppins look positively pedestrian!' (Primary Times).
Scottish Storytelling Centre • 43-45 High Street, The Netherbow, EH1 1SR (The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe)
Box Office - 0131 556 9579
Jul 31 10:30(35m) £8.00 (£4.00) (£6.00 Adult with Baby in Arms)
Aug 1-3,5-10,12-17 10:30(35m) £7.00 (£5.00) (£10.00 Adult with Baby in Arms)

Cirque Tsuki: Birthday
ImmerCity presents the Three Rings of Cirque Tsuki
Suitable for: 4 and older
As the clock strikes midnight, Madam Mist opens her present and the adventure starts! Storytelling, dance, shadows and magic in a monochrome circus. Inspired by Red Riding Hood. 'A fantastic five-star piece of theatre' (RemoteGoat.com). www.immer-city.com
C nova • India Buildings, Victoria Street, EH1 2EX (studio 7)
Box Office - 0845 260 1234
Jul 30-Aug 1,11,18-19 11:15(1h) £7.50 (£5.50) (£3.50 C)
Aug 2-5,9-10,16-17,23-25 11:15(1h) £9.50 (£7.50) (£5.50 C)
Aug 6-8,13-15,20-22 11:15(1h) £8.50 (£6.50) (£4.50 C)

Duck, Death and the Tulip
Little Dog Barking Theatre
Suitable for: 2-7
A duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Magic and puppetry allow us to deal with this difficult subject in a way that is elegant and thought provoking. A story for adults and children!
Summerhall • 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL (Main Hall)
Box Office - 0845 874 3001
Aug 1-3 10:00(45m) £6.00
Aug 5-10,12-17,19-24 10:00(45m) £8.00 (£6.00) (£20.00 F)

I Hate Children Children's Show
Unusual Productions
Suitable for: 8 and older
The meanest man in the world is back with more Kinder-kicking fun. Your children are the stars as everyone over the age of eight gets to help perform magic in this award-winning show.
Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance Above)
Box Office - 0131 556 6550
Jul 30-Aug 1 12:35(1h) £7.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 12:35(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)
Aug 4-7,13-14,20-21 12:35(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)
Aug 11-12,18-19,25 12:35(1h) £8.00 (£7.00)

Otiz Cannelloni’s History of Magic Abridged)
Otiz Cannelloni
Suitable for: 5-and older
A family show about one of the most popular forms of entertainment – magic. It’s funny, informative and there are plenty of chances to join in. Ideal for all ages from 5 to 105.
The Stand Comedy Club III & IV • 28 York Place, EH1 3EP (Stand III)
Box Office - 0131 558 7272
Jul 31 10:45(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)
Aug 1-17 10:45(1h) £10.00 (£8.00) (£30.00 F)

Sid's Show
Oscar Stardust Ltd
Suitable for: 3 and older
Join Sid from CBeebies live in a fantastic, fun-filled interactive adventure that will knock your socks off. Crammed with games, songs and magic it will leave you smiling and with a spring in your step.
Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance Beyond)
Box Office - 0131 556 6550
Jul 30-Aug 1 11:30(50m) £6.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 11:30(50m) £9.50 (£8.50)
Aug 4-7,13-14,20-21 11:30(50m) £9.00 (£8.00)
Aug 11-12,18-19,25 11:30(50m) £7.50 (£6.50)

Alan Hudson: Trick Teaser
Alan Hudson
Magic and funnies from one of UK’s best comedy conjurers. No theme, camera tricks or bullshit, just a collection of his bestest tricks and some new ones.
Gilded Balloon • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Balcony)
Box Office - 0131 622 6552
Jul 30-Aug 1 19:45(1h) £5.00
Aug 2-5,8-10,15-17,22-24 19:45(1h) £12.00 (£10.00)
Aug 6-7,11-12,14,18-21,25 19:45(1h) £10.00 (£8.00)

Colin Cloud – The Forensic Mind Reader
Colin Cloud
Colin Cloud has the ability to deduce everything about you. Everything. And, undoubtedly, he will. ‘Slick, skilful and utterly compelling’ ****** (EdinburghSpotlight.com). ‘Seriously impressive’ (Edinburgh Reporter).
Just the Tonic at The Caves • Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate, EH1 1LG (Just Up the Stairs)
Box Office - 0131 556 5375
Jul 31-Aug 4 17:55(1h) £5.00
Aug 5-7,10-11,13-14,17-21 17:55(1h) £7.00
Aug 8-9 17:55(1h) £8.00
Aug 15-16 17:55(1h) £9.00
Aug 22-23 17:55(1h) £10.00

The Colour Ham
The Colour Ham
‘Ingenious’ (Scotsman). ‘They take magic, comedy and mentalism, destroy it and rearrange it in a way that hasn't been done yet’ **** (Skinny Magazine). ‘One of the highlights of the Fringe 2013’ ***** (ThreeWeeks).
Just the Tonic at The Caves • Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate, EH1 1LG (Just the Big Room)
Box Office - 0131 556 5375
Jul 31 19:40(1h) £5.00
Aug 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-23 19:40(1h) £11.00
Aug 4-7,11,13-14,18-21 19:40(1h) £8.00

Danny Buckler: Punch
Danny Buckler/La Favorita Freestival
Fresh from supporting Jon Richardson, Danny Buckler returns to the Fringe with his brand new hour of killer theatrical stand-up, Punch. ‘Fab – set to be a star of British comedy’ (Sun).
Cowgatehead • 65 Cowgate, EH1 1JW (Space 1)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 1-25 18:15(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Elephant Room
Aurora Nova, Assembly, Geoff Sobelle, Trey Lyford and Steve Cuiffo
Three magicians. One show. Zero boring stuff. Illusionists Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic and Daryl Hannah will confound, amaze and mystify. They’ll leave you slack-mouthed, devoid of bodily function, hands twitching from wrists, a puddle of crushed perception.
Assembly Hall • Mound Place, EH1 2LU (Rainy Hall)
Box Office - 0131 623 3030
Jul 31-Aug 1 22:40(1h20m) £9.00
Aug 2-3,7,11-12,14,18-19,21,25 22:40(1h20m) £14.00 (£13.00)
Aug 4-5,8-10,15-17,22-24 22:40(1h20m) £15.00 (£14.00)

Ennio Marchetto: The Living Paper Cartoon
Glynis Henderson Productions Ltd
Ennio returns with his 'wickedly funny' (Observer) show. A whirlwind of popular icons brought to life by ingenious quick-change paper magic. Gaga, Bono, Beyoncé... no celebrity is safe! 'An absolute hoot' (NY Times).
Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance One)
Box Office - 0131 556 6550
Jul 30-Aug 1 22:30(1h) £8.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15 22:30(1h) £14.00 (£13.00)
Aug 4-7,12-14 22:30(1h) £12.50 (£11.50)

Gamarjobat: Boxer
Gamarjobat/Komedia Entertainment/Gilded Balloon
Truly universal and appealing to every age Gamarjobat the global comedy sensation is back! A decade since their Fringe debut they return with Boxer, a stunning show inspired by the blockbuster movie Rocky and winner of numerous awards.
Gilded Balloon • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Debating Hall) B
Box Office - 0131 622 6552
Jul 30,Aug 1 18:00(1h) £6.00
Aug 2-3,6-7,11,13-14,18,20-21,25 18:00(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)
Aug 4,8-10,15-17,22-24 18:00(1h) £13.00 (£11.00)

Ian D Montfort's Midday Séance
Tom Binns/Heroes (PWYW)
Midnight (the witching-hour) is the best time to perform a séance, when black magic is most powerful. Due to a misunderstanding this séance will now be conducted at midday, in daylight. ‘Inspired...’ ***** (Independent). www.pay-what-you-want.info
Heroes @ Bob & Miss Behave's Bookshop • 5 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AE (Bookshop)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 1,4-8,11-15,18-22,25 12:00(1h) £5.00
Aug 2-3,9-10,16-17,23-24 12:00(1h) £8.00 (Free Entry, Pay What You Want on Exit. Or buy a ticket to guarantee entry.)

Paddy McCullagh presents/Free Festival
Paddy McCullagh will take you on a journey into the world of IT. He is a man outstanding in his field. iPaddy Field.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters • 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS (Maggie's Front Room)
Box Office - 0131 622 6801
Aug 4-24 16:00(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show
Hambledon Productions/Supported by The Tommy Cooper Estate
Riotously funny tribute, celebrating Tommy Cooper's forgotten gems and finest moments. A laugh-a-minute extravaganza that comedy fans simply can't miss – just like that! Supported by The Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper.
Gilded Balloon • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Wine Bar)
Box Office - 0131 622 6552
Aug 18-21,25 13:15(1h) £10.00
Aug 22-24 13:15(1h) £12.00

The Lunchtime Ferret
Paul Wogan, Cate Mackenzie, Stu Turner
A tasty buffet of stand-up, comedy magic and sex advice. Fabulous London trio provides a fun hour of rip-roaring laughter! What more could you want? 'The venue literally sways with entertainment' **** (ThreeWeeks).
Just the Tonic at The Caves • Rowantree Bar, 253 Cowgate, EH1 1LG (Just Up the Road)
Box Office - 0131 556 5375
Aug 11 12:40(1h) £3.00
Aug 13-15 12:40(1h) £4.00
Aug 16-17 12:40(1h) £5.00

Mat Ricardo: Showman
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
The Gentleman Juggler returns to Edinburgh by popular demand following a triumphant run in 2013 and sell-out season in the West End. Packed full of big laughs and breathtaking spectacle. ‘Incredible skills. Engaging and funny’ **** (Scotsman).
Pleasance Dome • Potterow, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL (JackDome)
Box Office - 0131 556 6550
Jul 31-Aug 1 20:10(1h) £6.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-16 20:10(1h) £9.50 (£8.50)
Aug 4-7,13-14 20:10(1h) £8.50 (£8.00)
Aug 12 20:10(1h) £7.50 (£6.50)

Miranda Sings
Kilimanjaro Live Ltd
A hilarious show filled with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks and never before seen videos! The quirky superstar has over 60 million views on YouTube and has performed her one-woman show to sold-out crowds all over the world.
Venue150@EICC • 150 Morrison Street, EH3 8EE (Lomond Theatre)
Box Office - 0844 847 1639
Aug 13-17 18:30(1h) £20.00

Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks
Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent
Time travelling magic duo Morgan and West present a brand new show chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. ***** (ThreeWeeks). Buxton Fringe Comedy Award Winner 2013.
Pleasance Dome • Potterow, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL (KingDome)
Box Office - 0131 556 6550
Jul 30-Aug 1 19:00(1h) £6.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 19:00(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)
Aug 4-7,13-14,20-21 19:00(1h) £11.50 (£10.50)
Aug 11-12,18-19,25 19:00(1h) £11.00 (£10.00)

Neil Henry's Impossible
Neil Henry
The world is amazing when sprinkled with a little bit of magic. Watch the impossible happen in front of your eyes. In Neil's magical, funny and unforgettable show, everything is possible and nothing is as it seems.
Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Cabaret Bar)
Box Office - 0131 556 6550
Jul 30-Aug 1 15:50(1h) £6.00
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 15:50(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)
Aug 4-7,13-14,20-21 15:50(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)
Aug 11-12,18-19,25 15:50(1h) £7.50 (£6.50)

Pete Firman: Trickster Phil McIntyre Entertainments arranged with Corrie McGuire at Objective Talent
After sell-out 2013 performances, ‘the UK's leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) returns with an astonishing new show. Star of BBC1's The Magicians, ‘Firman is responsible for making it socially acceptable to say that you like magic’ (Guardian).
Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance Beyond)
Box Office - 0131 556 6550
Jul 30-Aug 1 20:00(1h) £8.50
Aug 2-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 20:00(1h) £15.00 (£13.50)
Aug 4-7,13-14,20-21 20:00(1h) £12.50 (£11.00)
Aug 11-12,18-19 20:00(1h) £11.50 (£10.00

37 Years of Childhood
George Firehorse/Free Festival
A unique blend of nonsense, magic, mayhem, physical comedy and wit. George has been winning audiences over with a visual, quirky act executed by a likeable and accessible performer.
Laughing Horse @ Ryrie's • 1 Haymarket Terrace, EH12 5EY (Upstairs)
Box Office - 0131 337 0550
Aug 2-24 19:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Umbilical Brothers: KiDSHoW (not for kids)
A List Entertainment and Gilded Balloon
The legendary Australian duo is back, with a brand new KiDSHoW (not for kids). ‘The physical comedy, mime and self-produced sound effects are brilliant ... hilariously twisted’ **** (DailyReview.Crikey.com.au).
Gilded Balloon • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Debating Hall)
Box Office - 0131 622 6552
Aug 1 19:30(1h) £6.00
Aug 2-3,6-7,11,13-14 19:30(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)
Aug 4-5,8-10,15-16 19:30(1h) £13.00 (£12.00)

Waiting for Hitchcock
Robert Jägerhorn
Breathtaking news: Alfred Hitchcock's first silent film Number 8 has just been found! Due to some unexpected events, magician Robert Jägerhorn is forced to present the story without the film. Irresistible magic and brilliant comedy!
Hill Street Solo Theatre • 19 Hill Street, EH2 3JP (Thespis Studio)
Box Office - 0131 226 6522
Jul 31-Aug 1 18:30(1h5m) £7.00
Aug 2-11,13-24 18:30(1h5m) £12.00 (£10.00)

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! Midday tours have live magic from the fantastic Magus Negus. 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner.
Meeting Point at Greyfriars Bobby Statue • Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QE (Tour Meeting Point )
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Jul 28-Aug 31 17:00(1h30m) (Free Non-ticketed)
Jul 31-Aug 3,7-10,14-17,21-24,28-31 12:00(2h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind
Richard Wiseman/PBH's Free Fringe
An interactive experience like no other as you take part in live mind- blowing experiments that will make you laugh, scream and gasp. There's no performer. It's just you and the unknown.
Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 17-24 17:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Richard Wiseman: Night School
Lakin McCarthy/The Assembly Rooms
Join psychologist Richard Wiseman as he uncovers the power of the sleeping mind, revealing how to get the perfect night’s sleep and decode your dreams. Involves live EEG demonstration, mass suggestion and free glasses.
The Assembly Rooms • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (The Music Hall)
Box Office - 0131 844 693 3008
Aug 14 12:20(1h) £10.00

At the Illusionist's Table
Rogue Compass Productions
Objects float. Whisky materialises. Dreams are revealed. Set at the exclusive 28 Queen Street, illusionist Scott Smith hosts an exquisite evening of fine dining and whisky tasting interwoven with breathtaking magic. A truly unforgettable experience…
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society • 28 Queen Street, EH2 1JX (North View)
Box Office - 0131 226 0000
Aug 1-2,4-6,8,11-16,18-22 19:30(2h30m) £59.00

Chris Dugdale: More Magic and Mischief
Chris Dugdale Int Ents
Brand new show! Ten royal performances. ‘What a pleasure to have met you and be amazed by your magic’ (Jimmy Page). ‘This guy is amazing’ (Simon Cowell). As seen on NBC, ITV1 and BBC1.
Assembly George Square Studios • George Square, EH8 9LH (Two)
Box Office - 0131 623 3030
Jul 30-Aug 1 18:50(1h) £6.00
Aug 2-3,6-7,12-14,19-21,25 18:50(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)
Aug 4-5,8-10,15-17,22-24 18:50(1h) £12.00 (£10.00)

Cirque Tsuki: Parade
ImmerCity present the Three Rings of Cirque Tsuki
The circus is playing Night Parade, and when the last candle is extinguished the ghosts summoned will appear. Shadows tell tales and every performer has a past. Storytelling, dance, shadows and magic in a monochrome circus. www.immer-city.com
C nova • India Buildings, Victoria Street, EH1 2EX (studio 7)
Box Office - 0131 845 260 1234
Jul 30-Aug 1,11,18-19 16:45(1h) £7.50 (£5.50)
Aug 2-5,9-10,16-17,23-25 16:45(1h) £9.50 (£7.50)
Aug 6-8,13-15,20-22 16:45(1h) £8.50 (£6.50)

The Devil Without
Ian Harvey Stone
For 500 years, Faust has stayed one step ahead. When the devil finally catches up he needs the help of the audience. Theatre, magic and suggestion combine as a soul hangs in the balance. www.theempathist.com
C nova • India Buildings, Victoria Street, EH1 2EX (studio 3)
Box Office - 0131 845 260 1234
Jul 30-Aug 1,11,18-19 22:35(1h) £8.50 (£6.50)
Aug 2-5,8-10,15-17,22-25 22:35(1h) £10.50 (£8.50)
Aug 6-7,13-14,20-21 22:35(1h) £9.50 (£7.50)

Christian Cagigal
A teeny-tiny magic show, performed live on a big screen! Join magician Christian Cagigal, as he weaves fairy tales, dark fables and strange happenings into an intimate and engaging evening fraught with wonder, mystery and imagination.
Gryphon@WestEnd • 34 Bread Street, EH3 9AF (Gryphon 1)
07599 903 210
Aug 1-3 13:30(1h) £6.00 (£5.00) (£20.00 F)
Aug 4-9,11-16 13:30(1h) £10.00 (£8.00) (£28.00 F)

Sleight & Hand
By Chris Busy, presented by HiBrow Hour
Rising star Marieke Audsley directs a dazzling, whip-smart slice of Victoriana, the story of struggling illusionist Edwin Sleight who finds fame and fortune after joining forces with the quick-witted and light-fingered Iphigenia Hand.
Summerhall • 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL (The Dissection Room)
Box Office - 0845 874 3001
Aug 15 15:40(1h10m) £5.00
Aug 16-19 15:40(1h10m) £12.00 (£10.00)

Well, there you are, quite a few this year - there are some 50 or so in this list! Once again if you are in a show not in the list, let me know at peter@thecardman.co.uk and I'll add you and if you wish to have your show taken off the list, give me a shout.

Speak soon.  Well, eventually!

The Cardman :-)