Chance to catch Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret

Magicians John Henry Blackwood and Paul Novak. Pic: Comp
Magicians John Henry Blackwood and Paul Novak. Pic: Comp
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THERE’S a chance to meet the man who fooled Penn and teller at the Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret tomorrow.

The monthly gathering of illusionists, run by Paul Novak, one half of the Grumpy Magicians, and gentleman card magician John Henry Blackwood, returns to the Assembly Roxy on Roxburgh Place, with master illusionist John Archer, headlining.

A past winner of the Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, Archer is one of the funniest magicians working today, blending comedy and illusion perfectly - one reason he is a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. That’s about as high as you can go without inventing your own club and making something else up.

Archer was one of the first to fool Penn and Teller on the ITV show Fool Us.

Tomorrow he will be joined on stage by up-and-coming magician, 20-year-old Jason Phillip, and Blackwood and Novak themselves.

The pair, who aim to “bring world class magic and cabaret entertainment to the heart of Edinburgh” admit they have been amazed by the reaction of locals who have attended their previous magic showcases.

Blackwood says, “I love being able to show people some incredible magic up close and in person. It’s so easy to dismiss some magic as camera tricks, so when it happens on stage or at your table you are witnessing the impossible.”

Following their individual successes at the Fringe 2013, the pair feel that although television magic can be entertaining, nothing is as awe-inspiring or as powerful as being fooled up close and in person.

So, at the Assembly Roxy tomorrow, expect card magic, mentalism and comedy, as well as some amazing close up magic.

“Edinburgh is such a magical place and it seems stupid not to have something like the Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret here,” says Novak.

Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret - A Monthly Magic Showcase, Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £7.50-£10, 0131-473 2000