MagicFest announce 2016 programme

Edinburgh's International Magic Festival features Colin Cloud, R Paul Wilson and a new Magic Fair at Summerhall

Edinburgh's International Magic Festival, also known as MagicFest, returns this July for a week of illusions, wizardry and performance designed to get you asking the age-old question, 'How do they do that?'

New for this year is a three-day MagicFair at Summerhall, a multi-room experience where you can catch up to ten live shows. Morning sessions welcome families with kids under seven for Magic School workshops, treasure hunts and wand-crafting (eh, adults might be down for that too). Afternoons feature a mixture of close-up, theatrical, and stage magic with performances from Jango Starr, Gary Dunn and Tricky Ricky. Evening are adults only, with late night horror magic from Luke Eaton and plenty of drink to make the illusions all the more wondrous. Between shows, festival goers can explore the Ribbon Maze, call in at Sam the Scam's Bunco Booth and visit the Magic & Circus Shop for your very own top hat, or wand if you missed the craft class.

Returning favourites include the Magic and Variety Gala Show, now with added matinee performance. Highlights include South Korean Digital Time Traveller Hun Lee (analogue time travel is so dated), alchemist Young Min Kim, Spanish magic world champion Hector Mancha and hula hoop artist Miss Polly Hoops, all compered by Scottish comedian Chris Henry. Following three years of sell-out shows, Secret Room is once again at Lauriston Castle. Explore hidden passages and clandestine laboratories with three magicians, as they bring the buildings colourful past to life with performances and illusions.

Big names at the festival include magician scientist Kevin Quantum, whose new show Illuminations, features plenty of light trickery and a rainbow created live on stage. Spanish magician Juan Tamariz, famed for his clever card tricks, performs in Scotland for the first time while star of BBC's The Real Hustle R Paul Wilson shows why he's a leading authority on con tricks in Impossibilia: keep your wits, and your valuables, about you. Those harbouring secrets should avoid mind-reader Colin Cloud in his latest show Exposé.

MagicFest, Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 1--Fri 8 Jul. Tickets on sale now.

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