Could It Be Magic

Comedy (magic, sketch show)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Paul Aitchison, best known to Edfringe and BBC Radio Four audiences through sketch act Mixed Doubles, returns with his unique blend of character comedy and mind-melting magic for 12 nights only following a sell-out London run. Playing all four acts in the finale of a spectacularly bizarre magic competition, Aitchison unleashes his unique blend of feel-good comedy with genuinely jaw-dropping magic tricks as each finalist competes for your vote and the hallowed trophy. Bonkers... bamboozling... but, Could It Be Magic? 'Hilarious tale of competing conjurers' ( 'Aitchison is one to watch, a real talent' (

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access to level minus 2. Early access offered where possible.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Gina Barry 145 days ago

This show has been the highlight of our fringe. Hilarious. We laughed from start to finish. The whole show was fantastic. Loved the videos. Loved the silliness. Loved it all. Not just another magic show.

Berglind Stenning 146 days ago

I’m in love! No man ever made me laugh so much! I’ll never wash my hands again! Bx

Martin Nicholas 150 days ago

We both a fun time with this one, light, silly and fun with 'better than you'd expect' magic tricks and lots of audience interaction.

Sarah Travers 150 days ago

The idea of a magic competition between different magician archetypes is a good one and nicely executed, albeit with varying success- less of the Working men’s club chap, more of Zantos Thorne, mind fondler, I would recommend. I liked the video intros to each of the acts, especially Colin and Carol, which probably tickled the nostalgia bumps of many in the audience. The actual magic- well, it was never going to sustain the show on its own. This is character comedy. As an essay in magician types and tropes it is an entertaining hour.

RenF 152 days ago

Disappointing show on several fronts...

Cons: Throughout his different characters he made comments that were sexist, misogynistic and inappropriate. He got a young woman on stage from the audience and as he put sanitiser on her hands he said "let me lube you up." Later when the same woman was asked to stand in front of a camera he said "you could make a lot of money online doing this." His comments throughout the show were creepy and gross. Audience members should not be objectified, especially when he didn't know if the young woman was even over 18.

Additionally, the comments about his father at the beginning didn't land and we weren't sure if it was true that he had died or not. The videos were too long and not very entertaining.

Lastly there weren't enough magic tricks! Too much fluff and not enough skill!

Pros: good concept to have different characters, at the end he came across as a nice guy.

Phil B 152 days ago

One of the very best shows I saw at Edinburgh 2021. A one man show that comes across as a big production. Very entertaining!

Fiona Parker 152 days ago

Great show! You never know what to expect with a magic show, but the performer was constantly changing character - each funnier than the one before, and the magic was genuinely baffling. Personally, I would go back again just to see Colin once more! Hysterical.

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