Magic Christmas

Dec 26 2017 | By More

Edinburgh MagicFest pops up in Trav

There’s more than a whiff of magic about the Traverse this week as Edinburgh’s MagicFest pops up in a new home following the success of last year’s Christmas special.

As the joys of Christmas turn into anticipation for the new year MagicFest returns for a second go with The Secret Gift, being staged for eight performances over four days in Traverse One.

Professor Kelso – appearing in MagicFest’s The Secret Gift

Featuring stars of magic from around the UK and special guest performers from Spain, the two-hour show is “packed with suspense, excitement, surprise and guessing,” according to MagicFest and will leave “a smile (and look of confusion) on everyone’s face”.

MagicFest founder and artistic director Kevin Quantum will deliver the mixture of magic and science which has made him an EdFringe favourite – this year with Anti Gravity.

He will be joined by grand illusionist Chris de Rosa, whimsical mind-reader Professor Kelso 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.

Kevin Quantum said: “I am thrilled that the show will take place at one of my favourite Edinburgh theatres – the Traverse.

Señor Pérez The Bubble Poet, who is appearing in MagicFest’s The Secret Gift

“Edinburgh is really lucky to be the only city in the UK to have a magic festival at Christmas. Our festive show extends that magical feeling of Christmas Day for a few extra days. Why should magic finish on 25th December?”

The Secret Gift performers

Kevin Quantum (UK)Magician-Scientist Hybrid
Trained by Penn and Teller – Quantum fuses visual magic with modern technology and unique inventions. A Guinness World Record Breaker who was recently awarded ‘high commendation’ at the Adelaide Fringe, Kevin is a favourite EdFringe magician.

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.

Professor Kelso (UK)The Whimsical Mind-Reader
One of the world’s most popular cabaret performers. Part mystic, part guru, part musician, part poet, part comic, part gentleman and part vagabond. The Professor seems to be telepathic and even appears to see into your future.

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.


The Secret Gift
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED
Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 December 2017
Twice daily: 2pm and 7pm.
Tickets from: MagicFest

MagicFest website:
Twitter: @MagicFest
Facebook: @edmagicfest

Chris de Rosa – who is appearing in MagicFest’s The Secret Gift


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