About Us

Edinburgh International Magic Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates magic. Founded in 2010, MagicFest produces the UK’s largest magic event, has consulted for the National Theatre of Scotland, broken a Guinness World Record and produced events at the Globe Theatre in London.

MagicFest is leading the charge in the newly developing market of Magic Festivals appearing around the world, and aims to be the world leader in programming and producing innovative, cutting edge magic.


To celebrate the Art of Magic in all its diversity, presenting a high quality programme of live magic performances and produced events to amaze and inspire the audiences, to encourage magic talent in Scotland, to enhance festival international profile, to explore and promote the potential of magic art through collaboration projects.


Kevin Quantum
Founder and creative spine of the Festival.
Magician, Producer, Member of “The Magic Circle” AIMC with Silver Star

Svetlana McMahon (nee Shevchenko)
Co-founder, Festival’s engine and strategist
Theatre and Events producer based in Edinburgh

Daniel Alderson – Production Manager

Gary Anderson (Lanyard Media) – PR Manager

India Copeland – Volunteer Co-ordinator

Kaitlin Riley – Administrative Assistant



John Archer: BAFTA award-winning magician
Professor Joe Goldblatt: Executive Director, International Centre for the Study of Planned Events
Jamie Harrison: Artistic director of ‘Vox Motus’, one of Scotland’s leading theatre companies
Gavin Oattes: ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’. Owner of ‘Tree of Knowledge’ Motivation Training Company
Carol Taylor: Formerly of Arts and Business Scotland and Diageo
Judith Wilson: Event Manager and Consultant. Owner of JMD Events
R Paul Wilson: Magic Consultant, Creator and Star of BBC’s ‘The Real Hustle’


Megan Adair, Yelena Schellenberg and our whole amazing volunteer team who really do make this event the most awesome magic festival in the world.