MagicFest had its inaugural year in 2010, launching as the "Edinburgh International Magic Festival" with a distinctly comedy magic and Fringe-flavoured line-up.
MagicFest has a stacked programme of magic, illusions, mind-reading and the like, and has featured many big names from the world of magic and mind.
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The first post-pandemic MagicFest starts its two-week run with Magic School workshops at the Storytelling Centre. It has various magic performances at the end the month during Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival, including founder Kevin Quantum's Christmas Special series, Hogmanay House, and shows providing insights into the life of a magician from Héctor Mancha (revealing how the magic is done) and conjurer Lewis Barlow in a new show.
Great Lafayette Award
In 2011, MagicFest introduced The Great Lafayette Award, given to magicians who have excelled in live stage performance. The award is made at MagicFest's opening night gala.
Past winners are:
- 2011 - Paul Daniels
- 2012 - Maestro Voronin
- 2013 - David Berglas
- 2014 - The Great Tomsoni
- 2015 - Roy Walton
- 2016 - Juan Tamariz
- 2017 - Jamie Harrison
- 2018 – Marcel Kalisvaart