Magical Bones: Black Magic

Cabaret and Variety (magic)

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Description

The star of international stage hit Impossible makes his much-anticipated Edinburgh Fringe debut. Direct from appearances on BBC One's BAFTAs, ITV1's This Morning and Sky's Around The World in 80 Tricks, and his acclaimed London residency, join one of the most explosive names in street magic today as he effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with jaw dropping break-dance moves in one of the most awe-inspiring shows you'll see this festival. 'What is happening on stage really is magic' (Telegraph). 'Magical Bones performance is stunning' (Evening Standard).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 19 steps from top door and 11 from mid level door if not taking the lift.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Emma Ferrier 114 days ago

I've had the pleasure of seeing Bones perform briefly in the past but this was my first experience of a whole show from him and I was captivated. Between the magic, the dancing and his personality, it was an incredible show and the addition of the history of black magicians was so powerful. Highly recommend!!

Ren Reynolds 115 days ago

The hour with Magical Bones is pleasant and worthwhile. Re-claiming the history of 'black magic' is so vital the show could have been a talk and I'd be happy.

The tricks are fine. The audience participation is fun. The mic work could have been a bit better with the transition from centre stage to closeup, but that's easily fixed.

The only thing that really bothered me was the use of the assistant. Starts well. But..when a man puts a woman in a box during a magic show, does stuff, then gets her out - he gets the applause. When a woman puts a man gets in a box, does stuff, and gets out - he gets the applause. The skill, of course, is the ability of the person in the box - the reversal in this show could have made more of this.

In the end, this is not the best magic show you can see at the Fringe, but that for that you need to see Jerry Sadowitz (and you probably don't want to).

Doug Bissett 124 days ago

A few decent tricks but nothing special. Lacked a bit of charisma and stage presence. Room wasn't great fot viewing either.

LTW 126 days ago

We sat in the front row and thought this was an entertaining show - certainly unique with the break dancing.

As previously mentioned, the trick where everyone in the audience creates magic was very cool; the other tricks were pretty standard stuff and showcased a little bit of card, rubiks, prediction and even escapism.

Recommended!

Malcom 127 days ago

Weakest magic show I've seen live. Most of the show is filled with basic card tricks and him chatting. The few good tricks he has aren't worth an hour of your time.

Lloyd 127 days ago

Seen several magicians this year so far and felt this was one of the best. Engaging presentation style and fun tricks. Agree with some other reviewers that the room doesn't do him any favours but we enjoyed the show.

David Brackenridge 129 days ago

Talented magician sadly in too big a room. Couldn't see everything so left unconvinced. Trick done with whole audience was fun. If you're going, sit in front two rows.

Paddy Roberts 131 days ago

A magic show that didn’t wow us I’m afraid.. the magic was clever but not always convincing... and hard to see from 1/2 way back in the room. The patter didn’t always work, but the break dancing was fantastic... just needs some fine tuning and a smaller room and all will be good.


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Fest (3/5 stars) 120 days ago

It’s Magical Bones’s first hour at the Fringe, combining breakdancing with close up tricks and an escape act. For Bones, black magic doesn’t refer to misappropriated vodou or Satanic rites, but black excellence. He draws out this theme with his own tricks, which build to some astonishing climaxes, and through...

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 120 days ago

The star of international stage hit Impossible makes his much-anticipated Edinburgh Fringe debut. With mixed results.Richard Essien—one-time street performer—combines magic and hip hop in this laid-back, no frills magic act, with a winning personality and tricks that wow the audience with their dexterity, but would probably do better on a...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

A story of street magic is weaved through this spellbinding show which leaves audience members looking around for answers as to just how he did that. Richard Essien (AKA Magical Bones) starts with slight of hand moves, has a host of impressive card tricks and ends with a terrifying escapade...

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World Magic Review (3/5 stars) 123 days ago

You don’t have to like hip hop to watch Black Magic, but you may find that you do by the end. Magical Bones has created a fresh and surprisingly educational experience, and he never loses a beat.

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