Thursday, July 18

Tag: Edinburgh Magicfest

Elliot Bibby – The Best of Bibby – Scottish Storytelling Centre
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Elliot Bibby – The Best of Bibby – Scottish Storytelling Centre

Perhaps more than any other performer at Edinburgh’s Magicfest 2023, Elliot Bibby is unashamedly a comedian and entertainer first and a magician second. There is certainly no shortage of laugh-out-loud moments from this cheeky and charming magic man which make it quite different to all the others I’ve reviewed so far on the programme. Of course, comedy within magic is nothing new. Add a funny hat to the tall, dark Bibby and the Cooperesque comparison would be inescapable. No more so than when Bibby carries out the hilarious Bottle Glass, Glass bottle routine, which was one of Tommy’s absolute highlights. A lady behind me was in total hysterics during this sketch as bottle after bottle appeared on the ever diminishing table! Whilst comedy, can, of course, be a strength when combined...
Richard Wiseman – The Worlds’s Greatest Card Trick – Scottish Storytelling Centre
Scotland

Richard Wiseman – The Worlds’s Greatest Card Trick – Scottish Storytelling Centre

Prolific writer, Psychologist and magician Professor Richard Wiseman, who has attracted more than 800M views on YouTube and worked with the likes of David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and Darren Brown, comes across as a very unassuming and likeable chap who excels at interacting and entertaining the audience and also has some surprisingly good tricks up his sleeve. Combining erudite wit, a cardboard box full of self-made tricks and a deep knowledge of the subject matter is a compelling combination. The upper studio of The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an intimate space, with an audience of perhaps twenty, ranged in a semicircle around Wiseman. He happily gathers us into his tight spotlit table. Wiseman takes us on a brief tour of the life of some of the unseen and unknown in...
Vincent Gambini, “Out Of Thin Air” – Wonder & Co. Edinburgh
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Vincent Gambini, “Out Of Thin Air” – Wonder & Co. Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s only Magic shop, Wonder & Co, near Haymarket Station, hosts Vincent Gambini in a spell-binding show of close magic which will take your breath away, as part of Edinburgh Magicfest 2023, now in its 14th year. Gambini’s ability to weave a wonderful story around his magic set-pieces makes this as much a theatrical event as a simple magic show. Poetic, magical, lyrical and mystical, and short, this brief 30-minute monologue doesn’t put a single foot wrong. Gambini is as careful in his script and his delivery as he is in his manual dexterity – this is the full deck folks! Including the trick ‘disappearing aces’ and the ‘conundrum of black and red’ on a simple black cloth table, with the audience leaning in only a few feet away from the sleeveless Gambini, this is sure...