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B-MAN
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This summer I am taking my kids to Scotland. I was hoping to go to Edinburgh for part of the fringe and was wondering if anyone has gone. I have heard this is on of the biggest street typ event around. What I guess Im asking will I get my fill of street magic ?


Thank you for your time.
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Hi,
I performed as part of my school last year. Although the actually play had nothing to do with magic i got a chance to busk every now and again.
There is hardly any street magic, as a matter of fact the only street magic i saw was my own! There are always a couple of magicians doing proper shows though, i know of one close-up performance which is on this year.
If you want to do some street performing i suggest you phone the edinburgh Fringe help or something like that to book a slot on the Royal Mile (the main street), because when you get there you wont find a slot. I ended up performing on a smaller street, and the busking was fine, i earned £20 in 40mins and i am only 14!
Enjoy the Fringe, if you go i will look out for you!
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Thanks for your reply. Im a long way from being prepared for the street, just wanted to have a good look around. I guess the kids win and I will spend more time looking for Nesse. Thanks again, I was begining to think that no one knew what I was talking abought.
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http://www.edfringe.com/

early days but more news of performers will appear.

Jerry Sadowitz *might* be back. Comedy magicienne Mandy Muden should also be back.

If I see anything locally I'll let you know.
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Thanks for the info.
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Hi, I went to the Fringe Festival, last year and there truely wasnt any magicians (not that i know). There was the proper shows but I didn't see any busking magicians.
It was fun <B><U>as!</B></U>
Good luck! Hope it all goes well with it!
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Yeah not much on the streets,

Danny Buckler and Mandy Muden at Assembly rooms
a good laugh.

Marc Salem excellent *and* entertaining mentalism (if that's not a contradiction in terms)

Young Sino-Australian guy did a one-man-show about his work as a grifter -monte and card moves.

Ian Kendall did a great parlour show in Café Royal -nothing that would fool readers othis forum, but nicely routined standards - you coulsd actually take your kids to this early evening gig

Jerry Sadowitz Masterful cards and sick profane comedy

something for everyone...
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Re: Streeet magic in Edinburgh

Thanks for the comments about last year's show. My public shows are very definitely aimed at the public as I don't like performing for magicians...but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

As for street magic, things have changed quite a bit since I started in 93. In those days the Mound was the only real arena, and was split into two main areas. At the North end of the Mound, by the Art gallery, was the main pitch. It was large enough to sustain and edge of a couple of hundred or more, and was run very much like the offshoot of Covent Garden it had become. There was a queue, and you had to get up very early to get a good slot.

South of the map was the Jungle, where anyone could set up a show and there was much competition for the milling crowds. This is where I started (you had to be known to get a slot at the top) and was bashing out ten shows a day for my first three weeks of Street Performing. It was an incredible place to learn, and I was lucky to get some early pointers from some of the other Junglists.

After a couple of years of fighting for a space and losing my voice I started doing close up table shows of around ten to fifteen minutes each. I did these non stop from ~11am to 5pm, kept my voice and made more in the long run. The workload is a lot like a trade show, if you know that style.

About four years ago the council started to close off the Royal Mile (the High Street to the locals) and there were three or four large pitches along the road. Added to this there were small close up spots where the likes of Pete Wardell and Richard Forgothisname would set up their tables.

Three years ago the Fringe office stated that _all_ street performers on the High street needed to be registered and boko official slots. There are wardens who patrol and check on this. The downside is that you need to prove that you have adequate insurance to work on the street. The first year this happened a bunch of folk came over from Oz only to be told that they were not allowed to work...

Two years ago the council dug up the Mound (which had become a bit of a flea market anyway) to build an underground wing to the National Art Gallery. It's still a big hole and is expected to be that way for the next coupld of years; don't expect there to be any street magic on the Mound again Smile

So, you might get to see someone on the High street, but there are a bunch of magic shows this year in the main programme. After ten years I'm not doing a show myself, but I am organising a show at the Café Royal for three friends. Each runs for a week, and the performers are Tim Saiet, Rob Cox and Steven Dick. The show is at 6pm and tickets are five quid (bargain).

The program is out on the 5th June, and should be online at http://www.edfringe.com soon, if not already.

Hope this helps,

Ian
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http://www.magicweek.co.uk

"The unstoppable Paul Daniels will present two different shows at thisyear's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The first his one man show, An Audience with Paul Daniels, and the second, a new show, The Magic of Max Malini ... "In Casablanca and Shanghai Max would entertain and hustle more than a living. Paul Daniels tells his story and reconstructs the magic that entertained presidents and kings, and anyone else who happened to be passing!"

Keith Fields presents two different shows at the festival as well: m@gic.comedy and Not Another Kids Show?
Steve Rawlings and Dave Brown are running a one hour Circus and Magic School workshop and will also be performing in the evenings.
Close-up magic returns to the Café Royal in Magic@CaféRoyal featuring Tim Saiet in week one, Rob Cox in week two and Steven Dick in week three.

http://www.edfringe.com
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i'm thinking of taking a magic/circus show over if it's not too late to register
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hi,

for a while my dad worked in Edinburgh and so every summer I went up to the fringe and although I don't have time this year as I'm off to fism and to germany I am going to try some busking next year. I will probably go up to the Fringe for a couple of days to see a few magicians this year though.

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Am I right in thinking that the theatre shows are held in small halls, and sold out well in advance ?
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Quite the opposite, Eddie. Hundreds of shows - plays, musicals, poetry, sketches - too many for them all to get an audience, hence the chaos on the Royal Mile Edinburgh's Historic High street - now a tourist haunt for tartan and cappucino!! - with fringe theatre groups performing excerpts from their shows and hustling you to take a flyer and PLEASE come to THEIR show.
Main business is Comedy, established artists in prime venues(ASSEMBLY,PLEASANCE and GILDED BALLOON {burnt down a few months ago} ) all others hoping to get noticed.
I've seen IAN KENDALL of this board showing that a coin can indeed fall up , while plugging his Fringe show -well worth a visit if he's working this year.

5 or 6 years ago, I remember seeing hype about Guy Hollingworth in magic mags and then clip of REFORMATION on WGM, then realised he was playing Edinburgh. Booked tickets for my wife and I for first night, mad dash from work to get there , get parked etc.
Breathlessly to Usher "Is he on yet?"
"No, NO - he's waiting on you"

We're the only 2 in the room, apart from shaggy haired bespectacled sound guy! He's doing the show for US!!! and at one point needs 3 volunteers - yep. The sound guy and the 2 of us!
A phenomenal close-up experience. By the end of the run , after a few press reviews it WAS busy.

But that seems to be the way of it . Big hittters - big venues- big audiences. Those on the way up hustling to get backsides on seats for exposure and to pay for their theatre and accomodation. If you're underfunded and don't pick up an audience you might cut your losses and run...but if you are picked up and a buzz develops you could sell out!!

By the way the shaggy haired, bespectacled guy in jeans WAS'NT the sound man. I now know him as RPaul Wilson!! - I believe work commitments had caused him to forfeit the let of the hall and he'd passed the slot to Guy.
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