Sympathetic Magick

Multi-sited performance, 2018

Nearly 50 performances took place in venues across Edinburgh as part of Sympathetic Magick between July and August 2018. Performances were derived for a wide range of city locations including pubs, arts venues, community gardens, a library and a cinema as well as on the street.

Through a workshop process magicians worked with Ruth and magician Ian Saville to bring new layers of social commentary into their routines. The month long series of performances slipped into the bustle of the Edinburgh Festivals. The varied acts which comprise Sympathetic Magick range from Marxist ventriloquism to topical street table magic, close-up card tricks with bespoke card decks to radical feminist performance art.

An artist’s pamphlet to accompany Sympathetic Magick was published designed by James Brooks.

Performers included Ian Saville, Jim Campbell, Marisa Carnesky, James Gavin Hessler, Wilf Keys, Jack Paton, Billy Reid and Mark Walbank.

Sympathetic Magick was commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival 2018.

 

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Ian Saville performing at The Waverley pub

Photography by Alan Dimmick

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Jack Paton  performing at The Waverley pub

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James James street performance

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Wilf Keys street performance

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Billy Reid performs card magic at the Palm House

Photography by Ruth Ewan

‘Worker’s Song’ card deck routine performed by Billy Reid

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Jack Paton’s clown routine at City Art Centre

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Marisa Carnesky performs at Institut français d’Écosse

Photography by Alan Dimmick

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Jim the Magician performs at The Pleasance

Photography by Ruth Ewan

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Wilf Keys performs at The Quad, Edinburgh University

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Ian Saville performs at Sandy Bell’s pub

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Mark Walbank performs at Edinburgh’s Children’s Library

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Mark Walbank’s  workshop at Edinburgh’s Children’s Library

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