Preview: Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret, Assembly Roxy

Magicians John Henry Blackwood and Paul Novak. Pic: Comp
Magicians John Henry Blackwood and Paul Novak. Pic: Comp
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MAGIC. There’s is nothing like some well-crafted sleight of hand to bring the child out in all of us. For centuries, illusionists have fascinated and perplexed in equal measure.

Next Monday, there’s another chance to be astounded when local magicians John Henry Blackwood and Paul Novak return in their monthly Magic Cabaret Show, at the Assembly Roxy.

Following sell out shows in December and January, Blackwood admits he has been amazed by the reaction of audiences, “The response we’ve had from the audience so far really has spurred us on to make the show even bigger and more amazing with more incredible acts from all over the UK.

“The Assembly Roxy is a beautiful venue that’s ideally suited to magic and illusion.”

The first magic Cabaret Show at the Assembly Roxy on Roxburgh Place, will feature stage illusions, card magic, mentalism and a few little oddities to surprise even the biggest magic aficionado.

Both Novak and Blackwood declare one aim in life, to bring magic to as many people as possible.

“Edinburgh is such a magical place and it seemed stupid that we didn’t have something like the Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret here,” says Novak.

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

Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret, Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place, 10 February, 7.30pm, £8.50-£10, 0131-473 2000

• This article previously displayed the wrong date. This has now been corrected and we apologise for any confusion.