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Ingenious Fools


Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Wee Room
AUG 15-26 at 22:15 (60 min)
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An Evening of Intimate Magic (and Comedy) with a Master

Thousands of people have seen John Lenahan performing his hilarious magic live in comedy clubs around the world and millions have seen him on television - but never before has a small audience been invited to watch John perform the mind blowing intimate magic that previously he has only shown to a select few.

John Lenahan has performed around the world as well as in his own television shows for the BBC and ITV including: Stuff the White Rabbit, Secrets of Magic, Hoaxbusters and Red Dwarf. John infamously was the first person in 85 years to be expelled from The Magic Circle but they have since realised their mistake and reinstated the rogue magician.

UP Close will be performed in an intimate late night venue. By its nature Up Close will be restricted to a small audience - come early to avoid disappointment!

“If there is a better sleight-of-hand merchant than this politely sardonic Philadelphian, I’ve yet to encounter them.” London Evening Standard

“The mascot of a magical renaissance.” The Guardian

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August 8, 2010 London Evening Standard
Be Amazed By Lenahan
Is someone playing tricks on me? Last time I attempted to review magician John Lenahan, he pulled out due to a double booking. Last night he was present, but the audience did the disappearing act.

The box office's loss was his loyal followers' gain though, as a small circle of devotees was treated to a truly intimate hour of exceptional close-up magic.

If there is a better sleight-of-hand merchant than this politely sardonic Philadelphian, apart from the impolitely sardonic Jerry Sadowitz, I've yet to encounter them.

Lenahan spent the first half making a deck of cards dance to his every whim as if on invisible strings. And there definitely were no strings attached. I was so near I could see every hair on his forearms.

A witty history lesson added context. Making four aces switch places is called Doc Daley's Last Trick and Arthur Daley never pulled off a better stunt. If familiar card cons did not tickle one's fancy, the second half dealt out more varied fare.

Tying knots in un-knottable ropes and predicting a random number of casino chips, known as The Trick That Fooled Einstein, were two of many feats executed with seamless aplomb.

In the Nineties, Lenahan was the first magician to be expelled from the Magic Circle for revealing trade secrets. These days one can probably discover his quickfire techniques on Google, but please resist. Pack out the Etcetera instead and be amazed. Click Here

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