Edinburgh International Magic Festival to virtually appear

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AN ANNUAL magic events running for more than a decade will reappear again this year despite the pandemic, thanks to the wonder of technology.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival will be going ahead in an online format, featuring a host of performers and illusions.

The event, which enters its 11th year, will run from 16th – 20th December completely over the internet.

Magician and festival organiser, Kevin Quantum, has also offered up half the tickets for his show The Trick That Fooled free of charge to those who aren’t able to afford a ticket.

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(Photo credit Pavel Tamm @Fotkaplus Photography.) Kevin and Olivia Quantum

Kevin said: “In the midst of everything that’s going on in the world right now, ever changing elf and safety rules, our skills as entertainers are more needed than ever to lift spirits and bring joy to people.

“So, I’m delighted that we’re able to offer an 11th year of magic to the world, and this year you don’t even have to take off your slippers to enjoy it all!”

Gary James’ Magic School also returns alongside other Edinburgh magicians Magic Gareth and Tricky Ricky.

Fringe performers Elliot Bibby and Kevin Quantum will join Glasgow based magician Ryan K Davidson and past Scottish Magic Champ Billy Reid for virtual close-up magic performances.

While Vincent Gambini completes the bill with a unique show performed entirely by telephone.

This year all tickets will cost £10 ‘per screen’ with a MagicFest Pass that gives access to all the shows in the line-up for £50.

Festival Producer, Svetlana McMahon, said: “We really want to support Scottish performers as much as we can this year and thanks to a generous donation to the festival combined with support from Creative Scotland, it is possible for us to offer all festival participants fixed fees as well as 100% of takings from ticket sales!

“So everyone who books a ticket will directly support the arts in Scotland”.

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