Riddle’s Court is a long established Fringe venue, but for the first time in its history it will welcome Edinburgh’s International Magic Festival. The city’s 8th MagicFest presents the biggest and most diverse MagicFest line-up to date which Riddle’s Court is delighted to be part of.
Explore untold mysteries in ‘The Secret Room’, where performances are intricately linked to a magician’s interpretation of the colourful history of this unique A-listed 16th century merchant’s house.
Adorned with decorative features and period architecture Riddle’s Court played host to a royal banquet in 1598, became the residence of the Chancellor of Scotland in 1616 and philosopher David Hume in 1751. By 1890 it became one of Edinburgh’s first halls of residence but more recently award winning Fringe productions have been staged in Riddle’s Court. Giants of stage and screen including Maggie Smith and Stephen Fry have launched their careers from Riddle’s Court.
Now after a major two year restoration, undertaken by Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Riddle’s Court will re-open this July with ‘The Secret Room’. Visitors will be taken on a magical adventure with magicians Paul Distefano, Paul Nardini and Billy Reid.
Paul Distefano only recently moved to Scotland from LA. He is not only a magician but a professional dancer and his magic has a fluidity and poise that few other magicians can boast.
Paul Nardini is a creator of magic, an inventor as well as a performer. He creates some of the most wonderful magic devices for the magic community.
Billy Reid is a sleight of hand master. He regularly enters the Magic Circle, London's competitions for close up magic. He has great skill and is respected highly as an entertainer who uses very complex magician's skills.
Join your hosts for what will be an unforgettable experience in this historic jewel of the Old Town. For details on how to book please visit http://www.magicfest.co.uk/how-to-book/