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
At The Illusionist's Table
A truly intimate show for a table of twelve. Illusionist Scott Silven plays host in the lavish setting of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Enjoy a three-course meal and whisky as Silven dazzles with illusions, mind reading and storytelling. At The Illusionist's Table, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 4-27 Aug (not 7,14, 19, 21), 7pm, £69
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
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.
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
After sell-out runs from 2013-2016, At the Illusionist’s Table returns… Thoughts transcend. Whisky materialises. Dreams are revealed. Set at exclusive 28 Queen Street, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven hosts an exquisite evening of fine dining and whisky tasting interwoven with breathtaking illusion. The…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…