The MagicFest Christmas Special is coming to Edinburgh

The MagicFest Christmas Special is coming to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is already known as a capital of magic for its connections to Harry Potter, host of the UK’s biggest magic festival, and its enchanting beauty, but this Christmas Edinburgh will become the world’s most magical city as The Edinburgh International Magic Festival launch their inaugural festive production – ‘MagicFest Christmas Special: Collection of Wonders’ at George Square Theatre from 27th – 30th December.

Audiences of all ages can wrap themselves in magic this Christmas and enjoy a spectacular Collections of Wonders – a heart-warming mix of thrilling magic with a sprinkling of comedy, hosted by Kevin Quantum, performer and MagicFest Artistic Director.

Kevin said : “Christmas is so special for me; spending time with family, eating lots of food and of course going to live shows and pantos, which is why I’m so happy to announce the inaugural Christmas show for people to enjoy with friends and family right before New Year. With MagicFest’s Summer Festival reaching over 10,000 people, this seemed the perfect time for us to offer a new magic experience with a festive twist.”

“Audiences of all ages can wrap themselves in magic this Christmas and enjoy a spectacular Collections of Wonders – a heart-warming mix of thrilling magic with a sprinkling of comedy.”

The show will offer children and adults an alternative festive experience with captivating performances from top magicians (see below) from all over the UK and a special guest from France. From cutting-edge illusions and mind reading to mesmerising sleight-of-hand magic and edge-of-your-seat levitation, this show is not to be missed!

Kevin Quantum – Magician-scientist hybrid trained by Penn and Teller in Las Vegas fuses visual magic with modern technology and unique inventions. His comedy magic shows have twice been nominated at the Scottish Comedy Awards and have received 5 star reviews at the Fringe.

Florian Sainvet – An incredible talent from France and Finalist in the World Magic Championships 2015 and in ‘France has got Talent’, will present his award-winning futuristic act and a brand new “money from thin air” illusion. He is recognised as one of the best sleight of hand magicians in the world.

Drew McAdam (27th and 28th Dec only) – “Scotland’s foremost mind reader” (BBC, STV, Channel 5) has baffled audiences in US, Russia and across Europe to Africa with his mind-boggling demonstrations of spoon-bending and mind-reading. If you think your thoughts are yours, and yours alone… think again!

Matthew J Dowden – Known as the Dean Martin of magic, he has charmed and enchanted audiences in 20 different countries with his unique show “Magic of the Movies” inspired by Hollywood and his infectious love for classic art of magic.

Lewis Barlow (29th and 30th Dec only) – Edinburgh’s sleight of hand master. The magic Lewis performs has been developed and closely guarded by the world’s greatest magicians over the last two hundred years. BBC consultant and past president of the Edinburgh Magic Circle, Lewis is one of Scotland’s finest prestidigitators.

MagicFest Christmas Special: Collection of Wonders

Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th December
Shows at 2pm and 7pm – 2hrs with interval
George Square Theatre, University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Get your tickets

Tickets are on sale now at
By Phone : 0131 226 0006
In person : Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS
£18/£16 conc/£14 child
There are no additional booking fees for MagicFest Christmas tickets


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Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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