Fringe preview: five magical comedy acts

This article is from 2015

Magic at the Fringe

Neil Henry

Five festival illusionists hoping to make jaws drop in Edinburgh this August

Prepare to be amazed and astounded, as we bring you five of the most spell-binding magic acts of this year's Fringe.

Piff the Magic Dragon
Fresh from appearing on America’s Got Talent (where he won over an initially sceptical Howard Stern), Vegas-based Londoner John van der Put brings us some eye-wateringly delightful tricks alongside his unbearably cute doggy sidekick, Mr Piffles.
Underbelly’s Circus Hub, 0844 545 8252, 14–29 Aug, 10.40pm, £12.50–£13.50 (£11.50–£12.50).

Neil Henry
It’s hard to see the image of a brain in a frying pan (à la Henry’s poster) without thinking of poor Ray Liotta eating his own matter in Hannibal. Fear not, though, only mind-blowing trickery will be at play here. ‘A mix of Rowan Atkinson and my ironmonger’ once stated Stephen Fry. Pretty sure this is meant as a compliment.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 8–31 Aug (not 18), 4pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9). Previews 5–7 Aug, £6.

Peter Antoniou
A seasoned Fringe campaigner with his mind-reading antics, Antoniou has performed his ‘comedium’ stuff for clients including Disney and Kerrang!. A mixed audience for sure.
Apex International Hotel, 243 3596, 8–30 Aug, 7.35pm, £7 (£6). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £5.

The Colour Ham
Cheers will be heard and tears will be shed as the Edinburgh trio make their last ever appearance together after several years of colourfully hamming it up. Gavin, Colin and Kevin do their impressive comedically magic thing one more time.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, 14 Aug, 10.30pm, £15.

Oliver Meech
Meech is the place where ‘science and magic collide’ and so you may well be treated to tricks about time travel, parallel universes and advanced technologies. It’s not Paul Daniels is what we’re saying.
Mash House, 226 0000, 8–17 Aug, 2.40pm, £10 (£9; family ticket £34). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £5.

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