Edinburgh Festival Day 17: Left Luggage

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The Independent Culture
'I learned this trick from an ordinary bourgeois magician,' explains Ian Saville, socialist conjuror, before meaningfully turning a blue handkerchief into a red one. Saville is not an especially gifted magician, but excels as a patter- merchant, combining disarming personal diffidence with articulate left-wing beliefs. 'Ten years ago, people said a magic act was the last place they'd expect to hear socialist theory,' he recounts. 'And now they're right - it is the last place you can hear it.' Ideologically sound and magnificently bonkers.

Hill St Theatre (venue 41), 19 Hill St (031-226 6522). 12.45pm. To 3 Sept

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