Meet the Edinburgh magician who missed his own degree to work in Las Vegas


An Edinburgh magician has won the city’s most prestigious award for close-up magic.

Elliot Bibby, 30, is a professional magician and member of the Edinburgh Magic Circle, who won the Sonny Day Close Up Magic competition last night.

Bibby has been practicing magic since she was ten years old. He started as a hobby before moving to Edinburgh to study engineering and sport at Edinburgh Napier University.

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He even missed his own degree because he went to Last Vegas to work on a show. When he returned from the United States, he decided to put aside his degree and become a full-time real magician.

Since then he has become a member of the Edinburgh Magic Circle organization and an associate of the Inner Magic Circle in London, whose membership includes the likes of Stephen Fry, and has completed his performance reviews to earn his silver star. .

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However, this is the first time he has entered the Sonny Day Close Up Magic competition, although he has won other competitions elsewhere in the UK. In 2018 he won the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Close Up Magician of the Year.

The act that won her this competition involved decks of invisible cards, a pack of fruit pastels and her wooden “mystery box”.

Speaking about his experience winning the competition last night, Elliot said:

“Last night I walked in and thought ‘I have my routine and I’m going to give 110 per cent’.

“I always do it whether there’s two people in the crowd or two thousand because you never know when your last show is going to be, so I always give it my all.

“It’s set up with eight tables with a mix of judges and audience members. Each contestant goes around and does their ten minute routine. The judges score you on your technical ability and skill and the audience scores you on your entertainment value.

“I was a little nervous when they started announcing the awards, but when they announced I had won, it was just this overwhelming feeling of joy and accomplishment.

“It was a real honor to know that so many amazing magicians came before me and won this award and now my name is on it too.”

Elliot is now gearing up for his eighth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year’s show “Elliot Bibby and the Magic Beach Ball” will go on sale soon.


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