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The Royal Lyceum Theatre Grindlay Street EH3 9AX Royal Scots Club 29-31 Abercromby Place EH3 6QE Sandeman House Scottish Book Trust Trunk's Close, 55 High Street EH1 1SR The Scottish Storytelling Centre 43-45 High Street EH1 1SR

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Traverse Bar Caf 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED The Vault 11 Merchant Street EH1 2QD (entrance off Candlemaker Row) Voodoo Rooms 19a West Register St, EH2 2AA

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Online: www.magicfest.co.uk Telephone: 0131 473 2000 In person: Hub Tickets
(The Hub, Castlehill EH1 2NE)
Hub Tickets Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 3rd July 2011 10am to 5pm

Hello and a warm welcome to the third MagicFest.
This year we have brought to Edinburgh magic to set your heart fluttering! Come see beautiful imagery, stunning special effects and engrossing stories live on stage, that make 3D movies seem flat and conventional. Last year we were delighted to be listed in the Sunday Times as one of the top family days out in the UK. This year we welcome performers from France, Germany, Portugal, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Ukraine and around the UK with stunning skills and talents that will totally take your breath away. In response to last years sell-out Magic and Variety Gala Opening night, there will be an afternoon Gala preview, giving you the opportunity to see many of the worlds finest magicians for just 10. We are also introducing a brand new workshop for kids ages 11-14 who want to spend time with a professional magician to enhance their skills and learn some new magical effects The Street Magic Master Class. We have a love of the beautiful and the mysterious and we look forward to welcoming you into this magical word where anything is possible. See you soon and catch the magic this year at MagicFest 2012. Kevin McMahon Artistic Director

Opening Night Gala Special Events Magic Workshops Classic Magic Festival Calendar Comedy Magic Close-up Magic Local Talent 4 5 6 7 8 -9 10 -11 12 13

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Catch the magic!

Please note the company has a no refund or exchange policy, other than in the event of a cancellation. Latecomers may only be admitted at the discretion of staff and only during a suitable break in the performance. ALL SEATING IS UNRESERVED (except for the shows in the Royal Lyceum Theatre). If you require access for a wheelchair user, please inform the Box Office at time of booking.

Booking Fees
There is a 50p per ticket booking fee (up to a maximum of 3 for telephone and in person sales).

Tickets on the Day

Please note tickets for the Magic Workshops are NOT available on the day (see p. 6). Tickets for all the other Festival events can be purchased at the venue 20 minutes prior to the start of the event, subject to availability.

A BIG thank you

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Concessions are available for:

Full-time Students Senior citizens (60 and over) Disabled citizens Under 16's (unless a child ticket is available)

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This offer is available for all Festival shows and events on full price and concession price tickets but not child or family tickets. Tickets must all be purchased at the same time. Special offer is NOT available on the door, ONLY from the Hub Tickets box office (online/on the phone/in person).


Group Discounts
Group Discounts are available for groups over ten people. Please phone 0131 473 2000 for more information.

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Opening Night Gala Magic and Variety Gala Show

Fri 29 June 2.30pm & 7.00pm The Royal Lyceum Theatre
2.30pm (Preview) All tickets 10 7pm 20/16 adults, 16/12 conc, 10 child
Duration: 2hr 30mins with interval Ages 5+
A selection of the best magicians from around the world performing stunning magic and working at the extreme end of visual theatre to offer you a unique and spellbinding experience impossible to find in any other theatre in Scotland. VORONIN (Ukraine) has a uniquely powerful and mesmeric presence, the looks and charisma of a matine idol, combined with a complete mastery of legerdemain and illusion. LES CHAPEAUX BLANCS (France) is a unique visual act of black art magic telling the marvellous adventures of two characters. A duality of illusions... A true moment of magic made only in black and white. PIERRE XAMIN (France) presents an ancient Chinese Dramatic Art from a Chinese Master Magician and enhances it to create a new way to perform the astonishing Changing Face act. The gentleman juggler JETON (Germany) takes the trappings of high society and incorporates them into his unconventional performances in the most extraordinary fashion. VOX MOTUS (UK), an awardwinning theatre company, Scotland's foremost mind reader DREW McADAM (UK) and clown-magician TINO FIMIANI (Italy) complete the bill.
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Voyageurs Egars
Sat 30 June 2.30pm The Royal Lyceum Theatre
15/12 conc/5 child
Duration: 60mins Ages 5+ The winner of "The Great Lafayette Award" 2012 will also be announced during the evening Gala. Magic is at its best when seen live on stage with your own eyes. So be amazed, see things differently and unbelieve it at the Magic and Variety Gala Show.

An unavoidable trip into an imaginary world

Jrme Helfenstein, Claude Brun

Two characters, who meet by sheer chance on a deserted railway platform, unexpectedly discover a strange key. They now have a first class ticket for an unavoidable trip into another world; an imaginary place where everything is possible... Sometimes clowns, sometimes magicians and sometimes jugglers. One is rather crazy, the other rational, a bit melancholy but often humorous, the two men improvise and weave the fabric of a show which at the heart remains circus, fairground arts, the illusion of shadow theatre... and absurdity! These amazing French artists create the comic escapades of their fantasy with consummate skill - to the delight of young and old aboard a train, a boat, an aircraft, even a rocket ... So 'all aboard' for a trip with Voyageurs Egars!


Magic Dinner
Sat 30 June 7.00pm The Royal Scots Club
50 per person Discounts available for groups 10+
Duration: approx 3hr 30mins Over 18's only
Enjoy a delicious three course meal and immerse yourself in magical cabaret shows that happen inches away from your table at the lavish Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh. Cards turn to glass, forks levitate, wine disappears... and if that wasn't enough we'll throw in some Derren-Brown like mindreading to really mess with your head! An adventurous evening out, with delicious food and stunning magic from MagicFest Artistic Director Kevin McMahon, mentalist Colin McLeod, top close-up magician Billy Reid and other amazing guest performers from the Festival.


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Sandeman House
Mon 2 July - Fri 6 July 5-Day Magic School 75 10.00am OR 1.30pm
Duration: approx 2hr 30min Ages 7-10

becoming a Sat 30 June - Sun 1 July One-off Magic School Workshop 15 wizard or wizardess? 10.00am OR 1.30pm Then Magic School is for you!

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CLASSIC MAGIC Matthew J Dowden "Magic of the Movies"

Sat 30 June - Sun 1 July 5.00pm Tue 3 July - Fri 6 July 7.00pm The Scottish Storytelling Centre
10/8 conc/5 child 25 family ticket available
Duration: 60mins Ages 5+
Matthew J Dowden is an award winning magician who has performed all over the world at venues such as the Magic Castle in Hollywood and on some of the biggest cruise lines. In this spellbinding show, Matthew J Dowden transports you into the magical world of the silver screen. Inspired by Matthews love of cinema, Magic of the Movies brings to life many of his favourite films and actors through magic, song and impersonations. From Disney Classics to Hollywood Blockbusters see stunning visual moments of movie magic illustrated live on stage. If you love movies, youll love this show.
(2 adults and 2 children)

This summer you will have the opportunity to learn, create and perform your own magic at very hands-on and all-new, 'Magic School' workshops, which will teach you the secrets and give you the skills to perform them! Last year Magic School was listed as one of the top kids' days out in the UK! (Sunday Times) And this year in addition to our one-off workshops Magic School Headmaster Gary James and Luke Eaton introduce an amazing all-new 5-day course for young magicians! Each of the 5 daily sessions is themed so that you learn in depth a new area of magic, from startling levitations to crazy card tricks. Kids attending the 5-day course will be taught for a day by a special celebrity guest from BBC "Help my supply teacher is Magic" - John the Magician! So come learn how to make your friends float, make everyday objects appear and disappear, and meet some of the coolest magicians in Scotland! Magic newbies welcome!

Please note, all children should be registered for Magic School and Street Magic Master Class in advance and therefore,tickets for these events are not available on the door. More info at www.magicfest.co.uk
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Bruce Glen "The Gentleman Magician"

Sat 30 June- Fri 6 July (except Mon 2 July) 8.30pm The Scottish Storytelling Centre
10/8 conc/5 child 25 family ticket available
Duration: 50mins Ages 10+
Australia's Bruce Glen invites you to join him "On the Fringe of Reality" as he combines storytelling, magic and theatrical skills to create a unique performance style. A legendary Edinburgh con-man exposed; lost manuscripts from Wonderland; the hidden power of our minds revealed; Houdini's feats recreated; enchanted finger rings; the impossible rendered possible... Re-visit your childhood sense of wonder and take a fascinating journey on that fine line between imagination and reality.
(2 adults and 2 children)

Street Magic Master Class

Sun 1 July - Mon 2 July 11.30am The Scottish Storytelling Centre (the Bothy) 35
Duration: approx 5hr 30min Ages 11-14


Spend a day learning some cool street magic effects in an intimate session with a professional magician. If you are aged 11-14 years old, love watching Magicians on TV and want to learn some pretty amazing magic that will blow your friends minds then this for you. Jav Jarquin aka Card Ninja is one of the most skilful card handlers in the UK. His Card Ninja show has performed all over the world and displays some of the most challenging card flourishes that can be learned! During the 5-hour master class Jav will teach you some astonishing card magic, cool techniques and the real secrets behind sleight of hand that will help you become a better magician. So bring a packed lunch, a pack of cards and bags of enthusiasm, and we'll supply the Magic!

"Cutting edge magic..." Edinburgh Spotlight

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Magicfest 2012 Calendar

Fri 29 June
The Royal Lyceum Theatre
Magic and Variety Gala Show 2.30pm & 7.00pm

Sat 30 June
Voyageurs Egars 2.30pm Magic Dinner 7.00pm

Sun 1 July

Mon 2 July

Tues 3 July

Wed 4 July

Thurs 5 July

Fri 6 July

The Royal Scots Club

Sandeman House

One-off Magic School 10am & 1.30pm Colin McLeod "Sheer Luck?" 12.00pm Matthew J Dowden "Magic of the Movies" 5.00pm Bruce Glen "The Gentleman Magician" 8.30pm

One-off Magic School 10am & 1.30pm War of the Wizards Under 18's 11.00am Street Magic Master Class 11.30am War of the Wizards 2.00pm Matthew J Dowden "Magic of the Movies" 5.00pm Javier Jarquin "CARD NINJA: ReDeal" 7.00pm Bruce Glen "The Gentleman Magician" 8.30pm

5-Day Magic School 10am & 1.30pm Street Magic Master Class 11.30am

5-Day Magic School 10am & 1.30pm

5-Day Magic School 10am & 1.30pm

5-Day Magic School 10am & 1.30pm

5-Day Magic School 10am & 1.30pm

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

Matthew J Dowden "Magic of the Movies" 7.00pm Bruce Glen "The Gentleman Magician" 8.30pm

Matthew J Dowden "Magic of the Movies" 7.00pm Bruce Glen "The Gentleman Magician" 8.30pm John Archer "Forget about the Tricks" 7.30pm

Matthew J Dowden "Magic of the Movies" 7.00pm Bruce Glen "The Gentleman Magician" 8.30pm John Archer "Forget about the Tricks" 7.30pm Colour Ham 8.30pm

Matthew J Dowden "Magic of the Movies" 7.00pm Bruce Glen "The Gentleman Magician" 8.30pm Four Nations Magic-Off 10.00pm

Traverse Bar Cafe

Voodoo Rooms
Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can" 7.00pm Michael Neto "UPCLOSE" 8.30pm Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can" 7.00pm Michael Neto "UPCLOSE" 8.30pm Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can" 7.00pm Michael Neto "UPCLOSE" 8.30pm Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can" 7.00pm Michael Neto "UPCLOSE" 8.30pm Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can" 7.00pm Michael Neto "UPCLOSE" 8.30pm

The Vault

Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can" 7.00pm Michael Neto "UPCLOSE" 8.30pm

Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can" 7.00pm Michael Neto "UPCLOSE" 8.30pm

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COMEDY MAGIC Javier Jarquin "CARD NINJA: ReDeal"

Sun 1 July 7.00pm The Scottish Storytelling Centre
12/10 conc/5 child 30 family ticket available (2 adults and 2 children)
Duration: 50mins Ages 5+
Following the success of last year's festival, Javier Jarquin, an award winning comedian from New Zealand, returns with an all new CARD NINJA show for 2012. Combining killer wit, fight-of-hand techniques and playing cards as weapons, Jarquin steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight, exposing what it means to be a Card Ninja. Alone. A fun variety show for anyone who's ever wanted to be just a little bit Ninja.

"CARD NINJA: ReDeal" brings more comedy, more variety, more Ninja and much, much, much more cards.

Four Nations Magic-Off

Fri 6 July 10.00pm Traverse Bar Caf
15/ 12 conc
Duration: till late! Over 18's only

Colin McLeod Kevin McMahon Gavin Oattes

Thu 5 July 8.30pm Voodoo Rooms
12/ 10 conc
Duration: 60mins Over 18's only
Comedy sketch group using magic and mentalism that will rock your socks off. And you won't even have to take off your shoes. The Colour Ham is a brand new and exciting comedy project created by three of the most exciting and innovative performers in the UK Colin McLeod, Gavin Oattes and Kevin McMahon. Anything can happen in this show - recently Gav enjoyed a romantic moment live on stage as he licked Paul Daniels' face. Gav reportedly told fans "he tasted like chicken." It's where comedy, magic, mindreading and rock 'n' roll come together in a big ball of silliness! Ham...it's the new black...and it's spreading....

A late-night MagicFest institution!

Come see the UK's top comedy magicians fighting for your vote! Magicians from around the UK will be using every trick in the book to get you to decide who is the Four Nations Magic Champ 2012! It's the 'late and live' of the Magic world and a sellout in 2010 and 2011.

John Archer "Forget about the Tricks"

Wed 4 July - Thu 5 July 7.30pm Traverse Bar Caf
12/ 10 conc
Duration: 60mins Ages 12+
The first man to fool Penn & Teller, former Magic Circle Stage Magician of the year and magician of choice when Derren Brown needed a magician for his father's birthday party. John Archer has starred in 'Undercover Magic' (SKY) and CBBC's 'Help My Supply Teacher is Magic' as well as advising, appearing on, and writing for many other TV shows. Watch as he weaves stories, silliness and audience participation into a night where the most amazing events become just part of the fun. Only afterwards will you find it difficult to "Forget about the tricks".

Not to be missed.

"A fantastic lesson in daring comedy"

Paul Daniels, Magic Legend

"...Gobsmacked... blows the audience away"

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CLOSE-UP MAGIC Lewis Barlow "As Close As You Can"

Sat 30 June - Fri 6 July The Vault
10/8 conc/5 child
Duration: 50mins Ages 7+

LOCAL TALENT Colin McLeod "Sheer Luck?"

Sat 30 June 12.00pm The Scottish Storytelling Centre
12/10 conc/5 child
Duration: 55mins Ages 12+

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was real. Now stop imagining.


"Charming, truly extraordinary and hugely impressive"

Fringe Guru

Lewis Barlow's multi-award winning and astonishing close-up magic has earned him an international reputation amongst magicians. After studying and performing magic for over twenty years, Lewis' appearance at MagicFest is not to be missed. It includes his latest and most astonishing magical effects, from psychological manipulation to extraordinary card control. You will not have seen such phenomenal magic at such closerange before. Whether or not you believe in real magic, this is likely to be as close as you can get.

Recent incarnations of this mythical detective have elevated his deductive powers to an almost supernatural level. This year, Colin will replicate his remarkable skills - live on stage. Colin will attempt to reveal everything about you, find hidden objects, memorise vast amounts of information rapidly and even solve a murder which will be devised by you, the audience! It begs the question ... is it deduction, intuition or just sheer luck?

Michael Neto "UPCLOSE"

Sat 30 June - Fri 6 July The Vault
10/8 conc/5 child
Duration: 50mins Ages 10+
Michael Neto is the first ever magician to win the title of Scottish CloseUp Magic Champion three years running, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He is a Portuguese artist based in Glasgow who has won many prestigious awards both national and international and is highly respected among magicians. "MICHAEL NETO UPCLOSE" is a brilliant show bringing together humour, charm and astonishing close-up magic. On the night Michael will also premiere the amazing act he will be performing at the World Championships of Magic in July this year. This is an exciting opportunity to see the unique magic of Michael Neto up close and personal!

War of the Wizards

Sun 1 July 11.00am
Duration: 60mins

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Under 18's


Open War of the Wizards

Sun 1 July 2.00pm
Duration: 90mins

The Scottish Storytelling Centre

5/3 conc Ages 10+
The MagicFest competitions let you see the top, up-and-coming local talent in the world of magic. The two competitions, Under 18's and Open, will be judged by a panel of professional magicians and non-magicians. Each year has been very hotly contested and the winner of the open competition will also win the opportunity to perform at next year's MagicFest. Don't miss an excellent chance to see the stars of the future performing unique and amazing magic. THINKING ABOUT ENTERING? Find out about entry criteria and prizes at magicfest.co.uk/perform



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