Best magic shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Best magic shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

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Illusion, sleight of hand, hypnosis and mind reading to check out this August

Don't think of blokes in capes pulling bunnies from hot hats, modern magic is so much slicker, trickier and more complex than that. Edinburgh Fringe is the perfect place to see an array of styles and performers so we've selected our pick of the mind readers, card manipulators and illusionists looking to amaze you this August. Be warned, it's a bit of a wand fest. Where are the ladies of magic?

Aaron Calvert: Awaken

Following Calvert's last Fringe he landed a TV deal with Channel 4 and has just filmed the pilot of his own series, which will air on E4 later this year. This new show, Awaken, is a mix of mind reading and hypnotic feats.
Aaron Calvert: Awaken, La Belle Angèle, Fri 5–Sun 27 Aug, 1.30pm

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

Thomas pays tribute to magicians of the last 120 years with a series of classic sleight of hand tricks and mentalism, as well as some new tricks to add to the magic canon. He's a hard worker too, with two shows times available.
Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism, Bourbon Bar, Fri 5–Sun 27 Aug (not 15), 6.30pm; La Belle Angèle, 6–7, 9–10, 22–24 & 27 Aug, 9.45pm.

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Judging by his show blurb, Dugdale is magician to the stars, with quotes from Sir Richard Branson, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and the Queen. Up Close! is an intimate show of card tricks and mind control from the New York magician.
Chris Dugdale: Up Close!, Assembly Rooms, Wed 3–Sun 27 Aug, 7.10pm

Ben Hart: Belief?

Ben Hart returns for this third Fringe to premiere Belief?. Hart is one of the performers in Impossible, a live magic spectacular that has played two consecutive years in London's West End, and has starred in BBC series Killer Magic, Now You See It and his solo show, Life Hacks Hoax. Expect tall tales, sleight of hand and mad inventions.
Ben Hart: Belief?, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Tue 2–Sun 27 Aug, 5.45pm

Colin Cloud: Dare

Best magic shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Following three years of sell out shows the charismatic Cloud is back with a show deducing the audience's most intimate thoughts. You think you've picked the most obscure fact possible but Cloud knows, and he's going to tell everyone.
Colin Cloud: Dare, Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 2–Sat 26 Aug (not 15)

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity

Quantum has been tutored by the legendary American magicians Penn & Teller. This August the magician, scientist and director of Edinburgh International Magic Festival presents a new show, where the rules of gravity are bend and broken as he explores the exotic space where science and magic meet. For a more comedy-based show check out his And For My Next Trick.
Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Tue 2–Sun 27 Aug (not 3 or 14), 4.30pm

The Naked Magicians

Magic with an age limit: only over 18s get to witness these full frontal illusions from the Australian pair. Nothing like a bit of nudity to misdirect the audience.
The Naked Magicians, Assembly Rooms, Thu 10–Sun 27 Aug (not 14 or 21), 9.45pm

Peter & Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic

Could Peter & Bambi Heaven, real life couple Asher Treleaven and Gypsy Wood, be the only dancing magicians at the Fringe? The Aussie pair follow 2016's success The Magic Inside with When Love Becomes Magic, a high energy show about two cheesy cruise ship-style entertainers.
Peter & Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic, Assembly George Square Gardens, Wed 3–Sun 27 Aug (not 14), 10.35pm

Piff the Magic Dragon: The Road to Piffland

Piff's got a Las Vegas residency these days so is only in Edinburgh for a week this year. Expect new jokes, new tricks and the same cute dog, Mr Piffles, in The Road to Piffland. Keep an eye on the dog, he's previously levitated in Piff's shows.
Piff the Magic Dragon: The Road to Piffland, New Town Theatre, Tue 22–Sun 27 Aug, 7.20pm.

SNAP

Returning for a second year, SNAP brings together eight leading illusion artists from South Korea. When three tricksters find a sealed door they encounter a fantasy world populated by enthralling characters such as the Alchemist and the Florist. With costumes, sets and props this is high production magic that's beautiful to witness.
SNAP, Assembly George Square Theatre, Wed 3–Mon 28 Aug (not 14 or 21), 3pm

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Aaron Calvert: Awaken

Aaron Calvert / Triple A Media / PBH's Free Fringe 'Jaw-dropping entertainment from a modern day wizard' ★★★★★ (Telegraph). Following a sensational 2016 sell-out debut, Aaron Calvert returns with more astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats in his brand-new show Awaken. 'A talented showman that will…

La Belle Angèle, Edinburgh

Sat 5 Aug

Performance Space

Free / 0131 220 1161

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Performance Space

Free / 0131 220 1161

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 7 Aug

Performance Space

Free / 0131 220 1161

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 26 Aug

And For My Next Trick

CatFace Talent Magician-Scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum activates his silly side with comedy sketch-magic. This fast paced show has more blow-your-brains tricks than you can shake a wand at and will make you laugh. Nominated at the Scottish Comedy Awards, award winner at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe and one third of…

Underbelly, Edinburgh

Thu 3 Aug

White Belly

£6.50 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

White Belly

£6.50 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

White Belly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 27 Aug

Ben Hart: Belief?

Magician Ben Hart returns to stun once more with his dark and outrageous show.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 2 Aug

Dining Room

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 3 Aug

Dining Room

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Dining Room

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 27 Aug

Caspar Thomas: More Magic and Mentalism

An hour of interactive magic from Caspar Thomas.

La Belle Angèle, Edinburgh

Sun 6 Aug

Performance Space

Free / 0131 220 1161

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 7 Aug

Performance Space

Free / 0131 220 1161

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 9 Aug

Performance Space

Free / 0131 220 1161

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 27 Aug

Bourbon Bar, Edinburgh

Sat 5 Aug

Room 1

Free / 0131 322 3190

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Room 1

Free / 0131 322 3190

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 7 Aug

Room 1

Free / 0131 322 3190

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Aug

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale 2016 winner of the Edfest Bouquet. ‘The most unbelievable ending of any trick ever!’ (ITV). Fourteen Royal performances. United Nations Command performer. See the magic and experience the mind control closer than ever! In this series of intimate shows, you will witness the impossible right before your…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 3 Aug

Drawing Room

£7 / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Drawing Room

£7 / 0131 220 4348

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Drawing Room

£11 (£10) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 27 Aug

Colin Cloud: DARE

Cloud is back, with his magical prowess in tow, to get you involved in a brand new, mind boggling show.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 2 Aug

The Grand

£8.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 3 Aug

The Grand

£8.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

The Grand

£8.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 26 Aug

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity

CatFace Talent Following award-winning sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Adelaide, Kevin returns with a brand-new show. Enter a space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken… Impossible illusions and levitations brought to you by the magician-scientist hybrid tutored by Penn & Teller. Having spent half…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 2 Aug

Debating Hall

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Debating Hall

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Debating Hall

£11 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 27 Aug

The Naked Magicians

Samuel Klingner Entertainment 'It's R-rated magic at its stunning best' (TheGlobalGoddess.com). Following sold-out shows and rave reviews across the USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and London's West End, the world's funniest and naughtiest magic show is coming to Edinburgh! 'We left with laugh induced aching…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 10 Aug

Music Hall

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 11 Aug

Music Hall

£15 (£13.50) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 12 Aug

Music Hall

£15 (£13.50) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 27 Aug

Peter & Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic

Sharon Burgess Productions 'Love is a battlefield' (Pat Benatar). Australia's best high energy dancing magicians, Peter & Bambi Heaven are back, spraying love and magic on everything and everyone they touch. ‘The laughter was deafening’ ★★★★ (Advertiser, Adelaide). ‘Seeing this show is like accelerating at full…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Thu 3 Aug

Piccolo

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Piccolo

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Piccolo

£12 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 27 Aug

Piff the Magic Dragon: The Road to Piffland

Get Comedy / Salt 'n' Sauce Promotions Piff returns to Edinburgh with new jokes, new tricks and the same dog (at time of printing). After extending his Las Vegas residency into 2018 (yep, really), Piff is celebrating with a World Tour. To Edinburgh. It’s a one stop tour. For one week only. So book tickets now and save…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 22 Aug

Grand Hall

£16 (£14) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

Grand Hall

£16 (£14) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Grand Hall

£16 (£14) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 27 Aug

Snap

Gruejarm Production | Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd 'The best magic show in 2016 Edinburgh Fringe' (BroadwayWorld.com) and Best Production at Asian Arts Award 2016. The world's greatest illusion artists from Korea bring you an astounding, enchanting experience of a lifetime. Snap is a multi-faceted art…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Thu 3 Aug

The Theatre

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

The Theatre

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

The Theatre

£12 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 28 Aug

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