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Edinburgh International Magic Festival

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Edinburgh International Magic Festival (MagicFest) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes magic as an art form by running an annual arts festival in Edinburgh. It runs during the first week of July and programmes magical performances and events for the public.[1]

MagicFest was founded in 2010.[2][3] by Kevin McMahon and events organiser Svetlana Shevchenko. In 2011 the Magic Festival featured Paul Wilson, Paul Daniels, Rob James, Romany, the Diva of Magic and John Archer.[4][5]


Principal venues are The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Scottish Storytelling Centre.[6] MagicFest has also featured in The Royal Scots Club, The Pleasance, The Stand Comedy Club, the Edinburgh Filmhouse and Camera Obscura.

The Great Lafayette Award

In 2011 The Magic Festival introduced the “The Great Lafayette Award”, that honours magicians who have excelled in live, stage performances. The award is named after The Great Lafayette, who perished 100 years earlier in the Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 1911. The first award was won by UK magician Paul Daniels. In 2012 the award was won by Ukrainian performer Yevgeniy Voronin.[7]


  1. "Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2013", Visit Scotland
  2. "Capital conjures up another festival", The Scotsman, 05/03/10
  3. Tom Allan "Shazam! The first Edinburgh Magic Festival begins", The Guardian 07/07/10
  4. Kirstin Innis "Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2011", The List, 28/06/2011
  5. Alexandra Wingate "MagicFest 2011", TVBomb 18/05/11
  6. "Edinburgh International Magic Festival",, 26/04/2012
  7. Magic Week "Reviews. Edinburgh International Magic Festival", MagicWeek, 07/2012
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