MagicFest to launch inaugural Christmas Special

As if Christmas in Edinburgh wasn’t magical enough, MagicFest are set to launch their inaugural festive spectacle in the Capital this year.

MagicFest Christmas Special: Collection of Wonders will take place at Edinburgh University’s George Square Lecture Theatre from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 December and will feature a mix of thrilling magic acts and hilarious comedy performances, hosted by Kevin Quantum.

The family-friendly show will feature captivating performances from a host of the UK’s top magicians including mind reader Drew McAdam (27 and 28 December only), magician Matthew J Dowden and sleight of hand master Lewis Barlow (29 and 30 December only).

Florian Sainvet, who was a finalist in last year’s World Magic Championships and is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest sleight of hand masters, will also perform his award-winning act at the festival. The popular French magician thrilled audiences when he appeared on the television show France has Got Talent.

Kevin Quantum, Artistic Director of MagicFest, 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.”

MagicFest 2016 took place at Summerhall in July. The popular festival is set to return for an extended run next year from Friday 30 June – Saturday 8 July, with the full line-up to be announced in due course/

MagicFest Christmas Special: Collection of Wonders, Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 December, 2pm and 7pm, George Square Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh, George Square, £18 (£16 concessions and £14 for children), 0131 226 0006.

Words: Amy Anderson

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