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I am a full-time professional close-up magician based in Edinburgh, specialising in mainly close-up magic, but also magic with everyday objects (e.g. a ring, chocolate bars, lollipops, etc...). I also do some mind reading magic. I am well known for making various objects disappear and reappear in impossible locations.


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17 March 2020

We hired Jim for a baby shower and everyone was totally amazed with what he did. There was about 20-25 people so he had to go round in two groups and this worked out great as everyone was able to see him and get involved. Would absolutely recommend Jim for any function and I will be booking him again in the future. His magic really was magic !!! More...

9 December 2019

Jim was fantastic - really entertaining and people were talking about him several days later. Really easy to deal with too. I would highly recommend Jim for your next event! More...

15 October 2019

I was invited to dinner on the RRS Discovery in Dundee. A fabulous unique venue which was taken to a whole new level with Jim's magical entertainment! His warm, friendly, welcoming style and a desire for us all to have a great time shone through. The actual magic was sensational! Las Vegas standard! Highly recommended. More...

Hi Paul, thanks for the Google Review. I am so happy that I was able to help make your night an outstanding one! I had so much fun too, it was an absolute pleasure the meeting and entertain you all. Hope to see you sometime soon! Thanks again Jim

8 October 2019

Helpful, lovely! Easy to communicate with and flexible.

Hi Hilary, thanks for the review. Jim

9 June 2019

What a superb magician. We were entertained at the Eaglesham Beer Fest by Jim and I am still wondering how he got my ring in a sealed envelope? A lovely guy to boot. Hope you go far Jim as your really are talented More...

Hi Ian, Thanks for the review. I know that it was a while ago that I entertained you all, but was a great day! Glad you enjoyed my magic. Jim :)

14 April 2019

Easy to deal deal with, reasonably priced and most importantly very entertaining would highly recommend to anyone 👌👌

Hi Douglas, Thanks for the fantastic review! So happy that you all enjoyed my magic. Cheers Jim

29 June 2018

Jim performed at a party I organised in Edinburgh last weekend. He was fantastic from start to finish - helpful and prompt in replying to emails beforehand, and on the actual night his magic wowed everyone there. He moved easily amongst the guests at the initial reception and among the tables during the dinner itself, and had a lot of guests gasping and asking what just happened! Highly recommended. More...

5 June 2018

Book Jim NOW!!

Jim performed magic at our wedding meal recently. It was a mixed bunch of all age groups, and everyone, without exception, loved him.

Jim is a delightful, charming performer who can and does win over even the biggest sceptics. It's a joy to watch someone who clearly has such a love and passion for what they do.

13 April 2018

Jim performed at our Wedding on 3rd Feburary 2018 at Summerhall. We met Jim back in August 2016 where he helped create 'some of' the magic on our first date.

Of course we've met Jim a few times. His tricks are great. At our wedding he entertained at the drinks reception / meal and part of the evening.
All the feedback we got from our friends was he was brilliant - they still keep going on about him. We managed a couple of tricks with him ourselves and were not disappointed.

Jim is friendly and a great entertainer.

We will add some photos when we get them.

21 March 2018

Jim came to our wedding and entertained our guests while we had photographs taken. He was interactive and helped bring people together - a definite talking point on the day, and afterwards!

2 February 2018

Jim is extremely talented and captivated - great entertainment. Engaging for the whole group and everyone was blown away! Brilliant patter and tricks . Couldn't recommend him more as he will bring a lot of energy and laughter and awmazement to your event, party, gathering or whatever you're organising. More...

21 January 2018

Jim is a great guy and even better wizard. His charm and sleight of hand make his close up magic very special indeed. We called upon Jim to entertain our guests at our wedding reception where he went down a storm.

2 January 2018

Jim came along to perform at our Managers Xmas Get Together in North Yorkshire. He absolutely blew everyone away with his great card magic. He was punctual, very professional and extremely entertaining. Thanks for contributing to a superb night Jim !! More...

16 December 2017

We hired Jim for our wedding in Edinburgh. He mingled with our guests in a relaxed and unforced manner during our drinks reception and evening reception, providing entertainment for both young and old. All of our guests were amazed by his tricks and he was certainly a talking point of our day! We would recommend Jim in a heartbeat. Thanks Jim, for bringing some extra magic to our special day. More...

15 December 2017

We hired Jim for our work Christmas party and he was fantastic! He creates a lovely rapport with his audience and his tricks truly are unbelievable. Would highly recommend him, he'll make it a great night. More...

15 December 2017

We asked Jim the Magician to come and perform his magic at our daughter's wedding. He was an absolute star and with his personable manner he entertained the guests. Everyone was enthralled and his performance was extremely professional. We would highly recommend Jim for any occasion that deserves that extra bit of magic. More...

11 December 2017

We saw Jim at the Pitt market in Edinburgh and he blew us away with his tricks. Really friendly guy and had the whole audience captivated. He had a wide range of baffling tricks. I would highly recommend hiring Jim - A great entertainer. More...

17 November 2017

Highly recommend hiring! I hired Jim the Magician for my boyfriends Halloween Birthday Party. In terms of the booking process, none of the other magicians came close; he was quick to respond, easy to deal with, and a reasonable price (other magicians were coming in at RIDICULOUS prices). He turned out to be well worth his fee. Our guests were blown away, and it really took the house party to the next level - something different and special! Great magic skills. Would recommend him to friends and family for any upcoming events - thanks again Jim! More...

4 September 2017

Having witnessed Jim the Magician in action at the HebCelt and Edinburgh festivals, there was only ever going to be one choice for a family party. He wowed guests young and old with some excellent close up magic, great chat and made the birthday pensioner feel extra special. Good value fun to believe in. More...

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My father was in the Magic Circle, so I grew up with magic. From 13-14 years old I was perform magic at children's birthday parties and stage shows at Christmas Parties. However, it wasn't till a lot later, in 2006, inspired by David Blaine's street magic that I started learning close-up magic. With determination, commitment, obsession and a lot of practice, I am now proud to say I work as a full-time close-up professional magician!

My performance varies, although the most common type of magic is walk-around close-up magic to small groups of people either sitting or standing. I will perform a mixture of close-up card magic and magic with other common objects. There is lots of interaction and energy and I am happy to talk about my interest and background in magic, if anyone is interested.

I also teach magic. So if you are interested in organising an event with some performance and some teaching, please do ask what I can offer. Or simply, would like to learn magic - I offer one-to-one magic lessons and group magic lessons.

With a background in teaching and facilitation work, I will give you all need to start performing to friends and family right away. Everyone gets their own pack of cards to keep and video links of what you have learnt, so you can practice, remembering what you have learnt.

I love connecting with so many different people and bringing that sense of wonderment, magic and wowness into people's lives.

Most people I perform to, have never seen close-up magic live. Most have seen magic on TV and some in theaters. But to watch people’s amazement and wonder as I perform the impossible, right in front of them, centimeters away and they still can’t work it out is so so special.

I have always loved to perform magic and so decided it was time to ditch the day job and make magic my main job. I have not looked back!

Everyone who sees my magic, love it.

I have many many FIVE STAR Google Reviews, which you can find by doing a Google search for 'Jim the Magician Edinburgh'. Alternatively, these are listed as part of Bark.com's reviews.

The testimonies from others will show you why to choose me.