The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 2016

Magic listings, compiled for MagicWeek by Peter McLanachan:




Aaron Calvert: Mind Games

Aaron Calvert, Mind Reader and Hypnotist /PBH’s Free Fringe

 ‘Jaw-dropping entertainment from a modern day wizard’ (Derby Telegraph). Astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats await in Aaron Calvert’s highly anticipated Fringe debut. Are you ready to play Mind Games?

La Belle Angèle • 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)

Aug 6-16,18-28 13:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Ada Campe in Cress!

Ada Campe / PBH's Free Fringe

Experience Ada Campe's unique blend of comedy, magic, regret and shouting! Suitable for vegetarians. ‘Resembles an unhinged supervillain’ (Diva Magazine). ‘Talented and funny... Look out drag queens, the dowager duchess is in da house’ (Kate Copstick).

CC Blooms • 23-24 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA (CC Blooms)

Aug 6-8,10-15,17-22,24-28 15:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Ben Hanlin: Trickhead

Live Nation in association with Triple A Media

Magician and star of ITV2 show Tricked, Ben Hanlin brings his debut show to Edinburgh. Trickhead is both jaw-dropping and laugh-outloud funny. Set faces to stunned! 'Amazing!' (Kim Kardashian). 'You w**ker' (Kerry Katona).

Pleasance Dome • Potterrow, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL (KingDome)

Aug 3-5 20:30(1h) £6.00 Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 20:30(1h) £10.50 (£9.50)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 20:30(1h) £9.50 (£8.50) Aug 15-16,22-23 20:30(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)


Breaking the Magicians' Code With

Kane & Abel

Kane & Abel / PBH's Free Fringe

After 13 years abiding by the magicians’ code of conduct, Kane & Abel will break every rule in the book to discover how different their lives could be.

Liquid Room Annexe • 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Annexe)

Aug 6-9,11-16,18-23,25-28 13:15(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)


Caspar Thomas: Magic and Mentalism

Caspar Thomas / PBH’s Free Fringe

Interactive magic show. Magician and comedian Jerry Sadowitz says 'Caspar's sleight of hand and mentalism is of a standard rarely seen, and never attempted by the current generation of magicians. Phenomenal!'

La Belle Angèle • 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)

Aug 6-14,16-21,23-28 16:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Chris Cook: White Lies

Chris Cook Magic / PBH's Free Fringe

Chris Cook lies for a living. But the thing about little white lies is they come back to haunt you. Chris returns to the Fringe to lay his secrets bare and show you behind the magic...

Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Ballroom)

Aug 6-15,17-28 13:20(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Chris Cross ''I Came with my Deck in my Hand''

Chris Cross / PBH's Free Fringe

The Globe-trotting Geordie Magic Man returns to the Fringe with some more award-winning cunning stunts and plenty of cheeky banter!

Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA

Aug 15,16, 17 (Free Non-ticketed)


Chris Dugdale – Full Circle

Chris Dugdale

You decide the ending. I'll try and bring it Full Circle. Twelve royal performances, astonishing magic and mind control. Fifth Edinburgh appearance! This time it’s personal... 7204071521010. Don't read these two words! Foreheads. Pets.

Assembly George Square Studios • George Square, EH8 9LH (Five)

Aug 3-5 16:10(1h) £6.00

Aug 6-7,10-11,16-18,22-25,29 16:10(1h) £10.00 (£9.50)

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 16:10(1h) £11.50 (£11.00)


Colin Cloud: Exposé

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex in association with

Kilimanjaro Live

Complete sell-out 2014 and 2015. A brand new show for 2016! Warning: do not think about anything you won't want Colin to know or reveal. 'A lesson in the art of deduction' (Skinny). ***** (Evening News).

Underbelly Med Quad • Teviot Place, EH8 9AG (Cow Barn) B0844 545 8252 V302 GF5 128

Aug 3-5 21:00(1h) £7.00

Aug 6-7,10-11,16-18,22-25 21:00(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 21:00(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)


Craig: Impossible

Craig Stephenson

Comedy, magic, a little bit of chocolate and a lot of danger! Yorkshire magician Craig Stephenson brings his new show to Edinburgh with its blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and mindblowing magic.

theSpace on the Mile • 80 High Street, EH1 1TH (Space 1)

Aug 5-6 20:35(50m) £6.00 (£4.00)

Aug 8-10,15-17 20:35(50m) £8.00 (£5.00)

Aug 11-13,18-20 20:35(50m) £10.00 (£7.00)


Dave Alnwick: The Cult of Dave

David Alnwick / PBH's Free Fringe

Mind wizard. Cult leader. Dave. Will he convert you? Free magic show. ‘F*cking ginger ninja wizard’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Completely f*cking awesome’ ***** (LSM). ‘Genuinely impressive illusions’ **** (Skinny). **** (

Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Speakeasy)

Aug 6-28 17:35(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Die Magik Kunst

The Old Men / PBH's Free Fringe

A new show created by ex Men in Coats Toby McMillan and Louie Bayliss. A comedy homage to the glitz and prancing around of massive Vegas magic shows as geriatric legends Grainger and Hans make their comeback.

La Belle Angèle • 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)

Aug 6-22,24-28 14:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Doug Segal: I Can Make You Feel Good

Doug Segal

Award-winning comedy mind reader Doug Segal returns with a brand new show to make you feel good. Mind tricks, jokes and endorphin rush guaranteed! 'Simply brilliant' ***** (Sunday Express). **** (Scotsman).

The Voodoo Rooms • 19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA (The Ballroom)

Aug 5-6,12-13,19-20,26-27 19:50(1h) £12.00

Aug 7,9-11,14,16-18,21,23-25,28 19:50(1h) £10.00


The Fainting Couch

The Fainting Couch / PBH's Free Fringe

Welcome to the wonderful world of The Fainting Couch, where high art meets old-school raucous cabaret. Featuring burlesque bombshells, opulent opera stars, pornographic poets, cataclysmic comedians and manic magicians.

Fingers Piano Bar • 61a Frederick Street, EH2 1LH (Fingers Piano Bar)

Aug 6-7,9-14,16-21,23-28 19:50(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Griffin and Jones: Slapdash Magic

Griffin and Jones / PBH's Free Fringe

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back! These award-winning idiots have become famous for their quick banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy and jaw-dropping, show-stopping wizardry! 'Bizarre, hilarious and anarchic' ( 'Very funny magicians' (Paul Zenon).

La Belle Angèle • 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)

Aug 6-7,9-14,16-21,23-28 18:30(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


The House Always Wins!

Stephen Allison / PBH's Free Fringe

Enter the hustler’s world and enjoy card tricks, cheats and scams. Experience the magic up close and discover why we can all be fooled. A free show, but remember all losses must be paid for...

Serenity Cafe • 8 Jacksons Entry, EH8 8PJ (Serenity Cafe)

Aug 6,8-9,11-13,15-16,18-20,22-23,25-27 20:20(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)


It's a Kinda Magic!

Duo Bogof

London Cabaret Award winners Duo Bogof have been making magic since before they were married, and they’re still making magic... long after their divorce! With special guests the winners of Baghdad's Got Talent (La Soiree).

Frankenstein Pub • 26 George IV Bridge, Old Town, EH1 1EN (Bier Keller)

Aug 5-9,11-15,17-22,24-27 16:20(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


JJ and the Dancing Stick

JJ and the Dancing Stick

JJ dances to create illusions with magic stick levitation. Three different dancing sticks with short and long strings and lights, or... just sticks. They rise, fall and float, apparently defying gravity. Be amazed!

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride's • 10 Orwell Terrace, EH11 2DZ (Big Room)

Aug 24 18:00(1h15m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£28.00 F)

Aug 26,28 16:15(1h15m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£28.00 F)


La Clique Encore!

Cabaret and Variety with Paul Zenon

Sexy, funny, dangerous and definitely not for the faint-hearted, La Clique features the finest new circus, cabaret, dance, comedy, magic, feats of daring and delight, plus the hottest live band in town.

The Famous Spiegeltent (Venue 87), St Andrew Square, EH2 1AF

Aug 3-29 21:30(2h) £22.00


Lili La Scala: Another F*cking Variety Show

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex in association with Kilimanjaro Live

Mistress of ceremonies Lili La Scala and her most beloved cabaret reprobates entertain you at this rollicking late-night show. Feast your eyes upon a veritable variety smorgasbord: comedy, magic, burlesque and more.

Pleasance Dome • Potterrow, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL (QueenDome)

Aug 4-5 23:00(1h30m) £6.00

Aug 6-9,12-14,19-20,26-28 23:00(1h30m) £10.50 (£9.50)

Aug 10-11,16-18,21,23-25 23:00(1h30m) £9.50 (£8.50)


The Lock-In Cabaret

Griffin and Jones / PBH's Free Fringe

Among its loyal fans the Lock-In Cabaret is fast becoming a Fringe institution! Hosted by the pioneers of slapdash magic Griffin and Jones, and starring the best acts on the Fringe, this is the late-night variety show!

Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter)

Aug 6-7,9-14,16-21,23-28 01:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Magic and Mayhem

Phil Knoxville, Ian Harvey Stone and Ben Cardall

Come join us for an afternoon of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic that isn’t shit! Featuring the comedian Phil Knoxville, the empathist Ian Harvey Stone and the detective Ben Cardall.

Cowgatehead • 65 Cowgate, EH1 1JW (UpOneL)

Aug 21-25 15:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Magic Faraway Cabaret

Mister Meredith / PBH's Free Fringe

Always packed, this ‘fab lil cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns for its fifth year. Magic, variety, burlesque and sideshow acts are gift-wrapped by Mister Meredith in a world of fun and games. ‘An amazing compère’ (Burlesque Bible).

Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Speakeasy)

Aug 6-14,16-28 22:50(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Mason King – Mind Games

Mason King

A modern, contemporary and unique brand of explosive mindblowing entertainment, from demonstrations of psychological influence, the art of lie detection and direct mind reading... This will be the show you don't forget about quickly!

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall • Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Theatre 2)

Aug 8-20 17:10(45m) £6.00 (£5.00)


Mysterious Moments of Magic

John Henry Blackwood

Victorian gentleman magician John Henry Blackwood returns with a series of magical experiments to explore the potential of time travel. With tall tales and elegant magic, Blackwood answers the age old question: is time travel possible?

C nova • India Buildings, Victoria Street, EH1 2EX (studio 2)

Aug 3-5,15,22-23 19:30(55m) £9.50 (£7.50) (£5.50 C)

Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-29 19:30(55m) £11.50 (£9.50) (£7.50 C)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 19:30(55m) £10.50 (£8.50) (£6.50 C)


Out of the Box – Adult Comedy and Variety Show

Riotous adult five-star afternoon show packed with hilarious mime, comedy, innuendo and magic. Special guest appearances from our very own Mr Luciano Pepperoni and Miss Dolly Farton, our bespoke caricature puppets!

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall • Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Grand Theatre)

Aug 22-25 14:05(50m) £8.50


Paul Dabek – Look at Me!

Paul Dabek / PBH's Free Fringe

Fringe favourite and international showman Paul Dabek dives head first into the spotlight for an hour of magic, comedy and more in his own devilish style. ‘Dabek is hilarious’ ( ‘Superb showman’ (Time Out).

La Belle Angèle • 11 Hastie's Close, EH1 1HJ (Performance Space)

Aug 6-28 21:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside

Sharon Burgess Productions

Magic is about to happen. Australia's most deluded dancing magicians are set to sprinkle sunshine over the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their latest magical dance spectacular. 'The laughter was deafening' **** (Advertiser, Adelaide).

Assembly George Square Gardens • George Square, EH8 9LH (Piccolo)

Aug 4-5 22:30(1h) £8.00 Aug 6-7,10-11,16-18,22-25 22:30(1h) £12.00 (£10.00)

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 22:30(1h) £13.00 (£11.00)


Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

Peter Antoniou and DBS Productions

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. ***** ( 'Tall, dark and charming' (Skinny).

Sweet Grassmarket • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS (Grassmarket 2)

Aug 4-15,17-28 20:00(1h) £7.00 (£5.00)


Poet of the Impossible

Lorenzo Novani

An intimate, eloquent performance of impossible magic and spoken word that will leave you spellbound and speechless. 'Not just a magician but a poet of the impossible' ( ***** (

Spotlites • 22-26 George Street, EH2 2PQ (Zone Theatre)

Aug 4 20:40(50m) £7.00

Aug 6-13,15-25,27-28 20:40(50m) £8.00 (£7.50) (£28.00 F)


The Psychic Project

David Narayan / PBH’s Free Fringe

In 1975, the CIA launched a secret project to train psychic spies for the Cold War. Mind reader 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 6-14,16-28 13:45(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)



Gruejarm Production | Korean Season

presented by AtoBiz Ltd.

A multi-faceted art performance based on magic and combining ingenious stage language, illusion, mime, black and white art, and comedy. The performers bring to life characters such as Alchemist, Time Traveller, Dreamer, Tricksters and more.

Assembly George Square Theatre • George Square, EH8 9LH (The Theatre)

Aug 4-5 13:20(1h) £7.00

Aug 6-7,10-11,16-18,23-25,29 13:20(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 13:20(1h) £14.00 (£13.00)


Steele Edge: Martial Arts Illusion Show

Jason Steele

Martial arts illusionist Jason Steele creates a fusion of physical excitement and visual wonder. You'll see grand illusions, classical weaponry and sophisticated oriental magic. The ultimate in martial arts illusion for the whole family.

theSpace @ Venue45 • 63 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH (Venue 45)

Aug 15-27 19:50(45m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£30.00 F)


Strictly Come Trancing

Ben Dali / PBH's Free Fringe

Last year's only hypnosis show returns, bigger and better than ever. Featuring hilarious contemporary sketches which guarantee lasting memories. With world-class hypnotist and 2016 Take Me Out star Ben Dali. Volunteers invited from audience. 'Absolutely hysterical!' (

Liquid Room Annexe • 9c Victoria St, Follow close off of Victoria Street, EH1 2HE (Warehouse)

Aug 6-28 13:35(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Tony Roberts – Card Magic

Monski Mouse Media

Sold out Adelaide Fringe. Nominated: Best Cabaret Award, Brighton Fringe. Ex city worker turned street escapologist, Tony Roberts makes every card and illusion tell a story, from boardroom to busker. ‘Leaves the audience gasping’ ***** (TheMumble.Net).

Assembly Roxy • 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Downstairs)

Aug 3-5 21:30(1h) £5.00

Aug 6-7,11,16-18,23-25 21:30(1h) £8.00

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 21:30(1h) £10.00


Wonders at Dusk

Scott Silven

At the top of a chandelier lit staircase, 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). ***** ( ***** (

The Dome • 14 George Street, EH2 2PF (The Georgian Suite)

Aug 5-7,9-14,16-21,23-28 22:30(1h) £15.00



The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl

Louis thrills audiences with bubble art, magic and science. A Fringe favourite, his shows sell out yearly. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and spellbinding tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

Underbelly, George Square • George Square, EH8 9LH (Udderbelly)

Aug 4-5 11:30(1h) £6.00 Aug 6-7,10-11,15-18,22-25,29 11:30(1h) £10.00 (£8.00)

Aug 8-9,12-14,20-21,26-28 11:30(1h) £11.00 (£9.00)


Bubble Show With Milkshake and Dr Bubble

Bubble Laboratory

Come see every bubble trick imaginable. Big, small, sculpted bubbles, the bubble carousel, square bubbles, smoke bubbles, caterpillar bubbles, tightrope bubbles, a bubble blizzard, bubbles in bubbles and children in bubbles.

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters • 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS (The Gothic Room)

Aug 1-28 13:15(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Gary Dunn’s Family Feast

Gary Dunn

Gary Dunn comes to the Fringe with his one-man (one mind reading chicken) magic show! Sixty minutes of magic and hilarity for all the family – not to be missed! ‘This magic rocks!’ (Herald).

Stand in the Square • St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD (Stand in the Square)

Aug 4-5,8-12 11:00(1h) £6.00


Illuncheon: A Picnic of Tricks!

Bachelor of Magic

Sorcery and sandwiches! Trickery and tea! Bewitchery and banter! The man with the world's only degree in magic serves up a feast for family fascination. And with perfect manners too!

Paradise in The Vault • 11 Merchant Street, EH1 2QD (The Vault)

Aug 22-28 12:30(1h) £8.00 (£7.00) (£26.00 F)


I Hate Children Children's Show

Unusual Productions

Named Best Children's Show at the Fringe. Everyone's favourite show is back with new magic, new fun, new music and new newness. The show is great for kids and an absolute riot for parents.

Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance Two)

Aug 3-5 12:00(1h) £7.00

Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 12:00(1h) £12.00 (£11.00)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 12:00(1h) £11.00 (£10.00)

Aug 16,22-23 12:00(1h) £10.00 (£8.00)


Huggers (Free Festival)

Nik Coppin / Free Festival

A revolving line-up of the best children's performers, magicians, storytellers and musical theatre acts from around the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for all the family to enjoy together. 'The kids loved it' (

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters • 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS (Maggie's Chamber)

Aug 1-28 14:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters • 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS (The Gothic Room)

Aug 1-3 12:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


The Man Who Knows Everything

We Spread Joy

Imagine how much fun you could have if you knew everything! What’s the smelliest food? How could you get to the moon? And every story in the world! Featuring comedy, music, puppetry and magic.

Sweet Grassmarket • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS (Grassmarket 3)

Aug 5-28 11:30(50m) £7.00 (£5.00) (£20.00 F)


The Maths Magic Show

Jason Davison / PBH's Free Fringe

Experience and learn mathematical magic tricks. Learn to read minds, make predictions and avoid phone damage all with the power of mathemagics. (See Jason Davison’s more advanced math magic on YouTube’s numberphile channel).

Hispaniola • 3 Drummond St, EH8 9TT (Hispaniola)

Aug 14-27 11:10(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)




Crazier than finding a poodle in your fridge – yes it’s Seska! Sell-out Brighton Fringe 2014, 2015; nominated Best Family Show 2015! Seska's first Edinburgh show! Packed with magic, music, laughter, sword-swallowing, mind-reading and lots of cookies. It's fab!

Sweet Grassmarket • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS (Grassmarket 2)

Aug 5-11 11:20(50m) £7.00 (£5.00) (£20.00 F)


The Nutty Professor and His Amazing Magic Bubble Show

The Professor and his wonderful assistant Miss Squeakybottom deliver a spectacular panto-style show. Bouncing bubbles, square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, people inside bubbles, bespoke puppets. Vibrant, interactive family entertainment for all.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall • Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW (Grand Theatre)

Aug 5-21,26-27 14:10(45m) £8.50 (£7.50)


Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and Childish Grown-Ups!)

Electric Talent

Time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan & West unload another boxful of bafflement and impossibility. Mixing brain-busting illusion and old fashioned tomfoolery, magic and silliness abound!

Underbelly Med Quad • Teviot Place, EH8 9AG (Ermintrude)

Aug 3-5 13:55(50m) £6.00

Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 13:55(50m) £11.00 (£10.00)

Aug 10-11,15-16,18,22-25,29 13:55(50m) £10.50 (£9.50)



Three Smart Fellas

Roll up, roll up and encounter eye melting magic tricks and ear bending poems. A whirlwind of words, a monsoon of magic and non-stop family fun. You’ll never look at magic and poetry in the same way again!

C soco at ibis • ibis hotel, 1 Chambers Street, 77 South Bridge, 233 Cowgate, EH1 1HN (festival tent)

Aug 6-13 15:00(55m) (Free Non-ticketed)


Science Magic

Dónal Vaughan / Free Festival

Multi award-winning comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan shows you amazing science tricks using everyday items. Best part? You can do all the tricks too! Become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends. Fun for all ages!

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters • 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS (Maggie's Front Room)

Aug 4-28 11:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Something in My Shoe

Ian Saville

Ian's magic show for children ages three to 10 and their grown-up friends. 'Really captures the children – low-key, apparently simple tricks which they can't quite get to the bottom of, and wonderful joining in' (Scotsman).

Theatre Arts Exchange • 11 Gayfield Square, EH1 3NT (Main house)

Aug 6-14,16-18,20 13:00(1h) (Free Ticketed)

Aug 19,21 15:00(1h) (Free Ticketed)



Card Ninja

CatFace Talent

Warning: This show contains ninjas, not magic! Back due to popular demand, Javier Jarquin brings a show featuring riotous displays of upbeat comedy and impressive card stunts for anyone who's ever wanted to be a little bit ninja...

Underbelly, George Square • George Square, EH8 9LH (Udderbelly)

Aug 25 13:30(1h) £9.50 (£8.50)

Aug 26-28 13:30(1h) £11.00 (£10.00


Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

CatFace Talent

2015 sell-out. Magician/scientist hybrid, tutored by Penn & Teller, presents his new show, fusing illusion with science. Experience a world first – the creation of a rainbow live on stage... 'Epic stunts' ***** ( 'Astonishing' ***** (Evening News).

Gilded Balloon Teviot • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Debating Hall)

Aug 3,5 16:30(1h) £5.00

Aug 6-7,10-11,15-18,23-25,29 16:30(1h) £10.00 (£8.00)

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 16:30(1h) £12.00 (£10.00)


Laughs With Tricks – Free

Stu Turner and Phil Reid

Will the guys be up in time for their show? You bet they will. With hilarious quick-witted stand-up and baffling comedy magic, you're in for a cracking hour of lunchtime fun.

Frankenstein Pub • 26 George IV Bridge, Old Town, EH1 1EN (Bier Keller)

Aug 10-14 12:00(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Mr Swallow – Houdini

The Pleasance, Nick Mohammed and United Agents

Following his acclaimed portrayal of Dracula, Nick Mohammed's alter ego Mr Swallow is back with a magical, musical biopic of Houdini that he's definitely rehearsed this time. Definitely! **** (Guardian, Times, Independent, Telegraph, Scotsman, Metro).

Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Forth)

Aug 3-5 19:00(1h) £6.00 Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 19:00(1h) £14.00 (£13.00)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 19:00(1h) £13.00 (£12.00)

Aug 15-16,22-23 19:00(1h) £11.00 (£10.00)


Neil Henry: Mindwangler

CKP by arrangement with Stuart Piper for ROAR Comedy

Neil Henry's ready to tickle your brain! Last year's five-star Mindsquirm amazed, in 2016 his jaw-dropping magic will also confound and delight. 'Neil Henry is to magic what Tim Vine is to puns' **** (Daily Record).

Pleasance Dome • Potterrow, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL (AceDome)

Aug 3-5 16:00(1h) £6.00 Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 16:00(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 16:00(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)

Aug 16,22-23 16:00(1h) £7.50 (£6.50)


Nerd Do Well

Tom Crosbie / PBH's Free Fringe

What if your superpowers were lightning-fast mathematics, memory and Rubik’s cubes? What if your kryptonite was eye contact, nightclubs and girls? Join Tom on the scenic route to self-improvement as he masters talents nobody knew he needed.

Hispaniola • 3 Drummond St, EH8 9TT (Hispaniola)

Aug 6-27 13:25(55m) (Free Non-ticketed)


Mark James Presents One Man Sideshow

Mark James/PHB’s Free Fringe

For ONE DAY ONLY I'll be performing my new show 'One Man Sideshow'. It combines classic sideshow stunts with magic, mind reading, juggling and escapology.  Families with children of all ages are welcome. Though it's not for cry-babies or the faint hearted.

Hispaniola • 3 Drummond St, EH8 9TT (Hispaniola)

Aug 6-27 14:40(55m) (Free Non-ticketed)


Pete Firman – TriX

Phil McIntyre Entertainment with Corrie McGuire for ROAR Comedy

The star of BBC One's The Magicians celebrates his 10th Fringe with a show that blends crowd-pleasing comedy with jaw-dropping magic. ‘The UK's leading comedy magician’ (Time Out). ‘A spellbinding mix of comedy and magic’ (List).

Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance Beyond)

Aug 3-5 20:00(1h) £8.50 Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 20:00(1h) £15.00 (£13.50)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 20:00(1h) £12.50 (£11.00)

Aug 15-16,22-23 20:00(1h) £11.50 (£10.00)


The Piff the Magic Dragon Show

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy

Loser of America's Got Talent, Piff, is back. With a sell-out show in Vegas, record-breaking US tour and over 40 million online hits, he still can’t deny the soggy siren call of the Fringe.

Assembly George Square Theatre • George Square, EH8 9LH (The Theatre)

Aug 3-5 20:30(1h) £10.00

Aug 6-9,12-13 20:30(1h) £13.50 (£12.50)

Aug 10-11 20:30(1h) £12.50 (£11.50)


Sam Fletcher: Daftwerk

Show And Tell

The Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee and CBBC star presents a heady blend of jokes, lo-fi showbiz flair, idiotic theatrics and genuine (sort of) magic. 'An uplifting hotch-potch' **** (Independent). 'A total pro' **** (Times).

Family, Magic

Underbelly, George Square • George Square, EH8 9LH (The Wee Coo)

Aug 3-5 16:00(1h) £6.00 Aug 6-7,10-11,15,17-18,22-25 16:00(1h) £9.50 (£8.50)

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 16:00(1h) £10.50 (£9.50)


Showman Shaman

Danny Buckler

Buckler returns with an action-packed hour combining critically acclaimed stand-up, incredible sleight of hand and love for all things showbiz! Expect big laughs, spontaneity, obscure impressions and, if we're unlucky, occasional musical interludes (but don't encourage him)!

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire • 36-38 Blair Street, EH1 1QR (Long Room)

Aug 5-14,16-28 18:15(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Star Wars: A Dating Odyssey

Star Wars: A Dating Odyssey / Free Festival

Follow dating Padawan Aaron Ayjay, as he takes a comedic and musical look at his relationship disasters, intertwined with Jedi mind tricks from Phil Macleod.

Laughing Horse @ Southside Social • 42-44 Buccleuch Street, EH8 9LP (Upstairs Bar)

Aug 4-13 12:00(50m) (Free Non-ticketed)


Magomedy: Where Magic & Comedy Collide

Steven Blair

A highly interactive, high energy show that combines magic, mind reading and comedy. The show demonstrates what you can do when you have to much spare time on your hands and a broken funny bone.

Hispanola, 3 Drummond Street, EH8 9TT

Aug 8-20 14:40(1hr)(Free Non-Ticketed)


Stunt Magician: The Story of Danger Dave Reubens

Dave Reubens/PBH Fringe

The tale of one daredevil’s quest for glory! This mischievous show will fire up your engines with dangerous feats, epic storyline and jaw-dropping magic.

Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (French Quarter)

Aug 14-28 14:40 (1h)(Free Non-ticketed)


Tom Binns is Ian D Montfort: How to Touch Dead People

Sharon Burgess Productions

A TED Talk spoof: Ian demonstrates how he communicates with the spirits. More mind-blowing metaphysical magic and award-winning character comedy from the star of BBC One's Hospital People.

Assembly George Square Studios • George Square, EH8 9LH (Three)

Aug 3-5 20:00(1h) £7.00

Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 20:00(1h) £12.00

Aug 10-11,15-18,22-25 20:00(1h) £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! Saturday and Sunday 2pm tours feature live magic from Magus Negus. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 and 2014.

Meeting Point at Greyfriars Bobby Statue • Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QE (Tour Meeting Point)

Aug 1-31 12:00(1h15m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Aug 1-31 16:00(1h15m) (Free Non-ticketed)

Aug 6-7,13-14,20-21,27-28 14:00(1h45m) (Free Non-ticketed)



At the Illusionist's Table

Rogue Compass Productions

Thoughts transcend. Whisky materialises. Dreams are revealed. Set at the exclusive 28 Queen Street, illusionist Scott Silven hosts a truly unforgettable evening of fine dining, whisky tasting and breathtaking illusion... ***** (STV). ***** ( ***** (

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society • 28 Queen Street, EH2 1JX (Hunter Room)

Aug 5-7,9-21,23-29 19:00(2h30m) £59.00


The Craig Chalmers Experience

Sometimes How

Mr Chalmers opens his heart for you, spilling song, magic, dance, poetry and beer in this beautifully melodic, melancholy journey, detailing the strife of a modern man contemplating the inevitability of life's end and death's beginning.

SpaceTriplex • The Prince Phillip Building, 19 Hill Place, EH8 9DP (SpaceTriplex 'Studio')

Aug 22-27 22:20(45m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£6.00 S) (£24.00 F)


The Naked Magicians

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

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. 'They’re hot, mind-blowing... seriously hilarious. Five stars!' (Radio B105 FM, Brisbane).

Pleasance Courtyard • 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ (Pleasance One)

Aug 8-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 22:30(1h) £15.00 (£13.50)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 22:30(1h) £13.50 (£11.50)

Aug 15,22-23,29 22:30(1h) £11.50 (£10.00)


A Regular Little Houdini

Flying Bridge Theatre Limited

A tenacious young working class boy from the docks idolises Houdini and commits himself to a life of magic, but the harsh reality of working class life in Edwardian Britain gets in the way.

Pleasance Dome • Potterrow, 1 Bristo Square, EH8 9AL (10Dome)

Aug 3-5 12:20(1h) £6.00 Aug 6-9,12-14,19-21,26-28 12:20(1h) £10.00 (£9.00)

Aug 10-11,17-18,24-25 12:20(1h) £9.00 (£8.00)

Aug 15-16,22-23,29 12:20(1h) £7.50 (£6.50)


Revolution in the Magic Square

Ian Saville

For 35 years the socialist magician has worked unassumingly at the fringes of popular culture. Then fate propels him into leadership. Can he bring revolution to Magic Land? ‘Totally bonkers’ (Sun). ‘Magnificently bonkers’ (Independent).

Theatre Arts Exchange • 11 Gayfield Square, EH1 3NT (Main house)

Aug 6-7 17:00(1h15m) £8.00 (£5.00)

Aug 8-14,16-19,21 17:00(1h15m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£7.00 SU)

Aug 20 19:00(1h15m) £10.00 (£8.00) (£7.00 SU)



DBS Productions

2013-15 Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe sell-out! Twelve guests join Peter Antoniou for a shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact. Forget the horror films, experience a seance first hand. This show is not for the faint-hearted.

Sweet Grassmarket • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS (Grassmarket 3)

Aug 11,18,25 23:45(1h) £10.00



Kiki Lovechild / PBH's Free Fringe

A clown show for grown-ups about the end of the world. Join Kiki as he turns a seemingly endless night of insomnia and loneliness into something breathtakingly magical. ‘An amazing clown’ **** ( ‘Unforgettable’ ***** (

Silk • King's Stables Rd 28a, EH1 2JY (Down)

Aug 6-27 15:25(1h) (Free Non-ticketed)


Strangers: A Magic Play

Strickland Productions

In the same way that a musical blends theatre with music, Strangers: A Magic Play blends theatre with magic. Four stories are interwoven with illusions and trickery, creating a completely unique experience for any audience.

theSpace @ Jury's Inn • 43 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH (the Space @ Jury's Inn)

Aug 5-6 14:35(50m) £6.00 (£20.00 F) Aug 8-13 14:35(50m) £10.00 (£6.00) (£20.00 F)