Madness: Reality or Illusion?

12th Aug 2018 - 19th Aug 2018

The Green - Pleasance Courtyard


Suitable for ages 14 and above


What is real and not real, and how do we know and decide? Drawing on his background in mental health, magic and spirituality, Jim the Magician will explore these questions and others, illustrating his musings with close-up card magic.

As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018, Jim has collaborated with artist Ruth Ewan's 'Sympathetic Magick', which weaves a trail of magic with a political edge through the city and the Festival's programme.

Jim the Magician (aka Jim Campbell) is an Edinburgh based professional magician who performs throughout Scotland and beyond. He is a mental health nurse and has a long standing interest in developing alternative understandings for people experiencing distress. His passion lies in performing magic and is well known for mesmerising crowds in the Pleasance Courtyard in August, where he has had a solo show in recent years.

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