Ruth Ewan introduces her project 'Sympathetic Magick' which uses the ancient art of street performance to bring magic onto the streets of Edinburgh.
Based in Glasgow, Ewan creates artworks as a direct response to particular public spaces, and her projects involve a process of focussed research and close collaboration. Her newest work responds to the extraordinary explosion of street theatre in Edinburgh at festival time, and is developed in collaboration with magician Ian Saville, who has worked with Marxist magic and ventriloquism for over 30 years.
Ewan and Saville are collaborating with professional and amateur magicians, to devise a series of socially engaged tricks to infiltrate the streets of Edinburgh. Visitors can expect to encounter magical experiences such as ‘The Class Struggle Rope Trick’ popping up as part of the street performances around West Parliament Square, or in programmed performances at venues including Palm House, and Edinburgh museums and pubs.
Our Commissions Programme is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland.
Filmed by Rachel McBrinn.