Review: MagicFest Christmas Special, George Square Theatre

With Christmas being the most magical time of the year, it seemed only fitting that the organisers of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival decided to launch a festive special to top off 2016.

Taking place in George Square Theatre, MagicFest Christmas Special: A Collection of Wonders followed a cabaret format and comprised several spellbinding performances from some of the world’s leading magicians.

Hosted by likeable festival founder Kevin Quantum, the family-friendly show lasted two hours and left both the wide-eyed children and sceptical adults in the audience absolutely mesmerised. Florian Severin’s galactic robot routine was a particular highlight, with the French sensation demonstrating powers so impressive that they would make Spiderman jealous whilst 15-year-old Adam Black impressed with his ability to solve a rubik’s cube in a matter of seconds.

Audience participation was a key part of almost every act – with parents and kids constantly pulled up onstage to assist with everything from levitation to mind-reading and classic sleight of hand card tricks. Unlike with most shows, the chosen individuals were eager to take their chance to get up onstage, relishing the opportunity to see this type of fine trickery up-close and personal.

As the show came to a close, a little girl in one of the front rows couldn’t stop herself from shouting out ‘that was amazing’. And she was right, it absolutely was.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Summerhall, Summerhall Square, Edinburgh, Friday 30 June – Saturday 8 July 2017,

Words: Amy Anderson

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