Magic, musicals, dance, comedy and live music in the capital tomorrow...
1 MAGIC: Edinburgh International Magic Festival Starting today with a gala performance, the annual festival is already punching well above its weight, say some of the top magicians attending this year’s event.
“The Edinburgh International Magic Festival is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the world’s top magic events and is such a great inspiration to young magicians who can see top professionals live,” says Jay Scott Berry.
MagicFest, as it is known, is already important as a festival, adds top comedy magician John Archer.
Matthew Dowden, known as the James Bond of Magic and a favourite of Prince Harry’s agrees. “Being aimed purely at the public makes the Edinburgh International Magic Festival hugely important.”
Sleight of hand artist Paul Wilson, who has worked with the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Ben Affleck, believes Magicfest serves another important purpose.
“It continues to attract fresh, unique talents and prove that there’s much more to conjuring than a rabbit in a hat,” he says.
Jeton, the Gentleman Juggler adds, “The Edinburgh Magic Festival has created in a very short time a great reputation in magic circles and this a sign of its high quality.”
Magicfest 2012, until July 6, various venues, details visit www.magicfest.co.uk
2 MUSIC: Vegas! Musical show based around The Rat Pack, with tribute singers and dancers.
The Voodoo Rooms, The Ballroom, West Register Street, 8.30pm, £5, 0131-556 7060
3 DANCE: The Big Dance at St Andrew Square Gardens One of three outdoor sites with non-stop dance all weekend, at St Andrew Square the focus is mainly on hip hop, breaks and street styles, with a little bit of Capoeira and jazz thrown in. But Saturday starts with an open yoga session to help you get your chakras aligned first. Part of the Big Dance.
St Andrew Square, 9am-5pm, free, www.bigdanceedin.co.uk
4 COMEDY: THE SATURDAY SHOW With Bruce Morton, Alan Francis, Janice Phayre, Jim Park and host Raymond Mearns.
The Stand, York Place, 9pm, £15, 0131-558 7272
5 MUSIC: Milk Maid Plus New Fabian Society.
Henry’s Cellar Bar, Morrison Street, 7pm, £6, 0131-228 9393