Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival and is the UK’s largest magic event.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

About Edinburgh International Magic Festival

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The Edinburgh International Magic Festival is a unique organisation designed to promote magic as an art form through an annual programme of performances and events. It is the only festival in the UK that focuses purely on magical performances and events for the general public.

It’s not all about top hats and bunnies. Or sawing people in half.
It’s about sleight of hand masters who work at the extreme ends of what your senses can handle, creating magic using techniques and skills that were originally used to swindle.
It is mind blowing mentalism; performers that can reach into your mind and know your deepest thoughts.
It’s about forging links between magic other areas such as science and then using magic to help understand the world around us.
It’s about respect for the past masters and bringing moments of wonder into people’s lives when it’s sorely lacking in modern day society

But mainly it’s about us, and how we work. All magic happens in YOUR head.
We want you to be so close to magic you can touch it. That’s why we make MagicFest.

MagicFest is a new addition to the programme of Edinburgh Festivals designed to bring back to the stage amazing, live, magic shows, which are rarely available for the general public these days, and let audiences rediscover the seldom experienced states of awe and wonderment.

We continue to look for and develop amazing, magical events and exhibitions.

Upcoming Events at Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Wizard World Gathering

Wizard World Gathering

11th May 2018 - 13th May 2018
The Wizarding Worlds from around the globe gather together in Edinburgh for the first time ever! A celebration of magic and fantasy.
Chris Cook - Control

Chris Cook - Control

13th May 2018
Chris Cook returns to MagicFest with his hit show Control, named “Best Show at the Fringe 2017” by World Magic Review.
Lewis Barlow - Cards, Coins and Minds

Lewis Barlow - Cards, Coins and Minds

13th May 2018
Lewis returns to this year’s MagicFest for one afternoon only, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness his world-class magic in a live and intimate setting.
Magic School

Magic School

13th May 2018
Learn to perform exciting magic, make new wizard friends and become a graduate of the most mysterious school in the world – Magic School!
The Secret Room @ The Writers’ Museum

The Secret Room @ The Writers’ Museum

14th May 2018 - 17th May 2018
Edinburgh International Magic Festival: Unlock the doors of the Writers’ Museum using magic and illusion.
The Secret Room @ Lauriston Castle

The Secret Room @ Lauriston Castle

14th May 2018 - 17th May 2018
Enter Lauriston Castle and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room!
Billy Reid - Storyteller

Billy Reid - Storyteller

14th May 2018
MagicFest invites you to join Billy as he shares stories from his life in magic, vividly brought to life with dazzling sleight of hand magic.
Renz - Poet of the Impossible

Renz - Poet of the Impossible

15th May 2018
Scots-Italian conjurer, playwrite and poet, Renz is back at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival with his full show ‘Poet of the Impossible’ on 15th May.
Vincent Gambini - The Chore of Enchantment

Vincent Gambini - The Chore of Enchantment

16th May 2018
The world is in turmoil. Can magic provide the much-needed solace and enchantment for these difficult times? Magician Vincent Gambini is not so sure.
Magicfest Closing Gala ‘‘Fast and Furious’’

Magicfest Closing Gala ‘‘Fast and Furious’’

18th May 2018 - 19th May 2018
The best illusion and circus acts from around the world assembled to perform a visually stunning and breath-taking spectacle at the Magicfest Closing Gala.

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