I have been commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 to put on 3 performances in August 2018.  Myself and a few other magicians have been working with Ruth Ewan to perfom magic with a political edge.  This series of magic performances is called ‘Sympathetic Magick, which weaves a trail of magic through the city and the Festivals programme.  To find out more about when other magicians are performing – CLICK HERE

My performances are in two different venues, as listed below:

Sunday 12th August – 7pm – The Green, Pleasance Courtyard – Ticketed – £7 (£5 concession)

Sunday 19th August – 7pm – The Green, Pleasance Courtyard – Ticketed – £7 (£5 concession)

SHOW DETAILS & BOOKINGhttps://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/madness-reality-or-illusion#overview


Sunday 26th August – 3pm – Palm House, Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden – NO BOOKING NEEDED

My performance is called ‘Madness: Reality or Illusion?‘.  It questions what is real and not real, and how do we know and decide.  Drawing on my background in mental health, magic and spirituality, I invite the audience to consider these questions and others and offer my own thoughts and stories, illustrating my musings with close-up magic.  It is a cross between a magical performance and a lecture.  Please do come along and you can also get to know a bit of my life, before I was a magician!



Thanks for coming along to my show.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Please let others know about it.  As promised, below are the references to the show.  If you want to find out more, feel free to get in touch.  Thanks again!  Jim

Indian Rope Trick – CLICK HERE

The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick by Peter Lamont – CLICK HERE

Sympathetic Magick – CLICK HERE

Edinburgh Art Festival – CLICK HERE

Spiritualist Churches – CLICK HERE

Eleanor Longden Ted Talk – CLICK HERE

Social Construction Theory – CLICK HERE

The Birth of the Clinic by Michel Foucault – CLICK HERE

Discourse and Power – CLICK HERE

History of Magic – CLICK HERE

Homosexuality in DSM – CLICK HERE

Intervoice – International Hearing Voices Network – CLICK HERE

How to become a Schizophrenic by John Modrow – CLICK HERE

Stanislav Grof – CLICK HERE

Spiritual Crisis Network UK – CLICK HERE

Ron Coleman – CLICK HERE

Famous people who hear voices – CLICK HERE

Derren Brown – CLICK HERE

Colin Cloud – CLICK HERE

Many Souls, Many Bodies by Brian Weiss – CLICK HERE

The Myth of Mental Illness by Thomas Szasz – CLICK HERE

Going Mad? by Michael Corry & Aine Tubridy – CLICK HERE

The Dialectics of Schizophrenia by Philip Thomas – CLICK HERE

The Construction of Power and Authority in Psychiatry – CLICK HERE