Five of the best magic shows at 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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FIVE MAGIC SHOWS Sleight of hand and scary tricks are the chosen paths for these Fringe acts

Middlesborough's number one magic man brings Hoodwinker to the Edinburgh Fringe this year

Sleight of hand and scary tricks are the chosen paths for these Fringe acts

Pete Firman

Middlesborough’s number one magic man and author of Tricks to Freak Out Your Friends, Firman will be a Hoodwinker this August. Expect an hour of highly impressive/potentially quease-inducing illusions.
Courtyard, 556 6550, 4–26 Aug, 9.10pm, £12–£15 (£10.50–£13.50). Previews until 3 Aug, £6.

Peter Antoniou

Fancy a spot of afternoon mind-reading? Antoniou drives his Psychic Circus into your heads, the show dubbed a ‘Vaudeville 2.0 Sideshow for the Facebook generation’.
Apex International Hotel, 243 3596, 4-29 Aug (not 18, 25), 3.35pm, £8 (£6). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £5.

Chris Dugdale

He’s blown away Richard Branson, Angelina Jolie and that bloke from UB40 with his close-up magic antics and via 2 Faced Deception, you can join that hi-falutin’ club.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, 4-27 Aug, 6.10pm, £11–£12 (£9.50-£10.50). Previews until 3 Aug, £6.

Alan Hudson

He’s got pigeon poo all over him in his publicity shot. Does this mean the joke is on him or you should drop all your preconceptions about what modern conjury is? Slide into his Not So Secret World of Magic to find out.
The Caves, 556 5375, 4-26 Aug (not 14), 4.55pm, £7–£19 (£5-£7). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £4.

Morgan & West

In Clockwork Miracles, the dynamic duo allow you access to their Victorian parlour to see how it’s all done. And if you can’t get enough of M&W’s afternoon schtick, they’re also doing Lying, Cheating Scoundrels, a midnight run of card-table scammery.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 4.30pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50-£9.50). Previews until 4 Aug, £6.

Interview with psychic Peter Antoniou

Alan Hudson's Not So Secret World of Magic

  • 3 stars

Alan was too lazy to get a proper job so he became a magician. Was this a mistake … it felt like that sometimes. Quirky illusions and hilarious tales from Alan's magical life, mainly about tricks going horribly wrong. From ITVs Fool Us, 'We loved your act' (Penn & Teller). 'Very funny indeed. He's found a rich seam in…

Chris Dugdale's 2 Faced Deception

  • 1 star

Middleton Enterprises. From ITV's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and his critically-acclaimed West End show of magic and mind control, experience the cheek and charm of Dugdale's devious deceptions. 'More jaw-dropping in the first 20 minutes than two hours and 20 minutes of Derren Brown's Svengali' ( 'A…

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Wander into the world of time travelling magicians Morgan and West. Uncover a multitude of magical marvels strewn hither and thither. But mostly thither. Be you urchin, industrialist or lady of leisure prepare to cover your ankles - Morgan and West will literally blow your socks off. Sell-out show 2009-2011. 'Simply…

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

Morgan & West invite you to join them at the card table for an intimate evening of shams, scams and good old fashioned cheating. Hear how some of the finest minds in history were swindled by the nineteenth century's greatest magical duo. Witness dastardly deceptions and staggering sleight of hand from naught but three…

Pete Firman: Hoodwinker

  • 4 stars

A regular TV face these days, Pete returns to the stage for a spellbinding mix of comedy and magic.

Peter Antoniou's Psychic Circus

Peter Antoniou / Red24 Management. Join award-winning 'psychic' comedian Peter Antoniou who acts as ringmaster and guides you through his Psychic Circus. This is PT Barnum for the 21st century but this time, you are the show. Prepare to redefine your definition of the possible and ask, is your mind safe? 'Phenon-mentally…

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