5 magic shows to amaze you at the Fringe
If the mere mention of magic leave you thinking of rabbits being plucked out of top hats, look no further than Nicola Love‘s guide to magic shows at Fringe. Think big illusions, clever card tricks and grown men in dragon costumes…
The Colour Ham
The Colour Ham exploded onto the Fringe last year. Combining the powers of a magician, a mentalist and a professional lunatic, they’ve created a magical sketch comedy show. Their sell-out show boasts river dancing, BBC Alba and predictions that would put Derren Brown to shame (sort of). Riding high in the the charts on tweet barometer website EdTwinge, this year’s show also boasts one of the most memorable finales on the Fringe – it has to be seen to be believed.
Morgan and West
Morgan and West describe themselves as “magicians, time travelers and all-round spiffing chaps”. They’re not wrong and, in addition to their time traveling capabilities, they also boast some rather impressive facial hair. Basing an interesting narrative around their conjuring abilities, the duo’s family-friendly show is fast-paced and interesting enough to hold the attention of a younger audience. Their onstage chemistry is impressive, hilarious and the tricks flow seamlessly into the story that they set out to tell.
MORE INFO: Morgan and West is at Gilded Balloon Teviot
Having appeared on BBC 1′s The Magicians and Channel Four’s Monkey Business, Pete Firman is best known for fusing cheeky humour with close-up magic. His trademark tricks include swallowing needles and eating goldfish, so Firman isn’t for the faint-hearted. Despite this ‘gross’ element, he combines the art of magic and comedy better than most. Who knew that a man who swallows lit cigarettes could be so charming?
Piff the Magic Dragon
Shuffling onto the scene, looking suitably underwhelmed, Piff the Magic Dragon charmed audiences on ITV’s Penn and Teller: Fool Us with his sidekick Mr Piffles. Since then, his sarcastic take on a magic dragon has been viewed all over the world – and even completely ripped off by some Russian guy with a guinea pig. Executing trick after trick with the help of his intuitive Chihuahua, it’s Piff’s demure humour that sets him apart from all the other dragons. You might catch him crack a smile if he manages to find his princess though.
Young and Strange
Part of PHB’s Free Fringe, Young and Strange return to Edinburgh under the premise of rekindling their glory days. Combining impressive stage illusions with skilful sleight of hand, the duo’s main objective is to raise enough money in their collection bucket for a stuffed crust pizza. Expect to emerge from their show thinking, “how the hell did they do that?”