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MagicFest Announce Return of Christmas Show and Move to Traverse Theatre

Caption: The legendary ‘Bubble Poet’ Señor Pérez - a special guest performer from Spain

Edinburgh International Magic Festival Announces the Return of MagicFest Christmas and a Move to Traverse Theatre

After a successful launch of their festive edition last year, MagicFest Christmas are delighted to return with ‘The Secret Gift’ Christmas Special, 27th – 30th December, featuring stars of magic from around the UK and special guest performers from Spain.

Audiences of all ages are invited to enter MagicFest’s wintery world of wonder and unwrap ‘The Secret Gift’ with performances from five magicians including grand illusionist Chris de Rosa, magic vaudevillian Paul Dabek, magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum, and Spanish performers David Blanco – a master of misdirection – and the legendary ‘Bubble Poet’ Señor Pérez, who will bring the show to a spectacular finish with a flurry of bubbles.

Following the popularity of last year’s show, MagicFest Christmas moves to the city centre Traverse Theatre, welcoming people to share in the joy of magic and uplifting feeling of enchantment. And just like Christmas Day, the two-hour show is packed with suspense, excitement, surprise and guessing that will leave a smile (and look of confusion) on everyone’s face.

Artistic Director, Kevin Quantum commented… ‘It is heart-warming to announce the return of MagicFest Christmas and I am thrilled that the show will take place at one of my favourite Edinburgh theatres - the Traverse.

Edinburgh is really lucky to be the only city in the UK to have a magic festival at Christmas, and I think our festive show has been so well received because it offers something fun for families and couples to do that extends that magical feeling of Christmas Day for a few extra days. Why should magic finish on 25th December?!’

This year’s line-up includes:

Kevin Quantum (UK) - Magician-Scientist Hybrid

Trained by Penn and Teller - Kevin fuses visual magic with modern technology and unique inventions. A Guinness World Record Breaker and recently awarded ‘high commendation’ at the Adelaide Fringe.

David Blanco (Spain) - The Honest Deceiver

Inspiring visual magic with drama and surprise. Funny and remarkable, his “honest lies” will arouse the curiosity of many and the smiles of all.

Paul Dabek (UK) - Magician, Comedian and Vaudevillian

A bag full of banter and a personality that reaches right to the very back of the theatre, it’s no wonder that Time Out Mag describes him as ‘A Superb Showman’!

Chris de Rosa (UK) - The Grand Illusionist

Presenting the Art of Illusion. From death-defying grand illusions to graceful classical sleight-of-hand. With over 27 years of performing worldwide on cruise-ships, casinos and theme parks, Chris has worked on the world’s leading illusion shows.

Señor Pérez (Spain) - The Bubble Poet

A brilliant combination of bubbles, magic and smoke where soundtrack and graceful movement will give to the audience a wonderful experience of visual beauty.

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For further information and images please contact Gary Anderson at

0131 557 9223/ 07564 444002

Notes to Editors


High res images are available to download here at


A preview video can be downloaded from


Tickets are on sale now at

By Phone - 0131 226 0006 In person - Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS £22 adult / £20 concession / £15 child. Age recommendation 5+ There are NO additional booking fees for MagicFest Christmas tickets

Dates & Venue

Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th December

Shows at 2pm and 7pm – 2hrs with interval

Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

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About Edinburgh International Magic Festival:

The Edinburgh International Magic Festival is a not-for-profit organisation founded and managed by husband and wife Kevin and Svetlana McMahon. Since conception in 2010, MagicFest has welcomed over 46,000 visitors and has grown to be the UK’s biggest festival of innovative and cutting-edge magic, has consulted for the National Theatre of Scotland and has broken a Guinness World Record. MagicFest is leading the charge in the newly developing market of Magic Festivals appearing around the world, and aims to be the world leader in programming and producing innovative and cutting edge magic.

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