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August, always a mad busy crazy time in Edinburgh, during the festival and fringe, which seems to have grown even bigger than the tattoo and festival.
Morgan and West, spiffing fun! Lying, Cheating Scoundrels got rave reviews. A lovely couple of 'coves' I found them to be. Read more of a review here:
An intimate, late-night affair, Lying Cheating Scoundrels is not really a magic show in the traditional sense. With just 20 seats around a large semi-circular card table, Morgan and West recount various stories of their exploits throughout history, such as beating Charles Darwin at poker, and playing pontoon on the Titanic. The story of sudden death happy families, hitherto a closely guarded secret, must be heard to be believed.
In essence, this is an hour of watching two incredibly skilled entertainers count cards, play parlour tricks and, a lot of the time, explain exactly how they are doing it — or at least how they will tell you they did it. The rapport between the two is so effortless that the audience instantly feels relaxed and in friendly company.
An excellent campaign to their bigger stage show, this smaller performance shows the versatility of the two performers, and their immense skill. The sleight of hand on display is nothing short of remarkable, making the oldest of tricks seem as if it were brand new.
The duo will be taking this show to other festivals and, if all goes to plan, bringing it back to Edinburgh next year. Do yourself a favour, and see one of the most interesting magic shows around.
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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, with the 2012 event spanning 25 days totalling over 2,695 shows from 47 countries in 279 venues. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Scotland's capital, in the month of August. The Fringe is a showcase for the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy (which has seen substantial growth in recent years), although dance and music are also represented. In 2012, 36% of shows were comedy and 28% theatrical productions. Theatrical productions range from the classics of ancient Greece to William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and contemporary works. In 2012, 1,418 shows were having their world premiere.
The Fringe is an unjuried festival – with no selection committee, and therefore any type of performance may participate. The Fringe has often showcased experimental works that might not be invited to a more conservative arts festival. In addition to ticketed, programmed events, the Festival has included a street fair, located primarily on the Royal Mile. The Festival is organized by the Festival Fringe Society, which publishes the programme, sells tickets, and offers advice to performers. Their offices are on the Royal Mile.
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