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Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Maggie's Front Room
JUL 31, AUG 1-28 at 11:00 (60 min)
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Multi-Award winning Irish comedian and science communicator Dónal Vaughan brings his science magic show to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Prepare to enter the magical world of science. Forget Harry Potter, Dónal is the real wizard. He will show you how to put a skewer through a balloon without popping it, mix potions to create your very own volcano, set paper on fire without burning it, turn water upside-down without spilling it, conjure an invisible force to blow out a candle, make a cola bottle explode in a fountain and more.
Always exciting, sometimes messy, learn about magnetism, pressures, density, force, chemical reactions, the fire triangle, acid & bases, static electricity. And laugh your pants off while you do it.

And the best part??? You can do all the tricks at home using everyday household items. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends.

Winner – 2015 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year
Finalist – 2015 Beat the Frog World Series
Winner – 2014 Tedfest Comedy Award
Runner up – 2014 Show Me the Funny Competition
Runner up – 2013 Capital Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year
Finalist – 2013 Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year
Finalist – 2012 Capital Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year

Dónal Vaughan's unique blend of science and comedy has proved popular with audiences, who have been entertained and enlightened by his acts.” PubSci London.

“He creates the spark of interest of science in children, exciting and educational.” Natural History Museum.

“Dónal has a rare ability to be funny and thought-provoking without really appearing to try. His hilarious and informative takes on science are why he’s a favourite.” Bright Club Dublin.

“A distinctive, joke-heavy set with some strongly offbeat lines.” Chortle.

“Dónal Vaughan owned the stage with his sharp, punchy lines that never failed to hit home." Enterainment.ie

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August 12, 2016  One 4 Review
Review for Science Magic
This show is part of the Free Festival, so you can’t book a ticket, but it is worth getting there early to get your place in the queue – this show is worth it. Your mini magicians will love the tricks, while small scientists will appreciate the explanations.

It has lots of science and plenty of silliness – from playing with fire to defying gravity, with a little help from balloons, ghosts, and magical ketchup, Donal Vaughan had a wide range of tricks / experiments to play with.

He had quick-fire gags aimed at the children, and plenty of silliness. What he didn’t quite have is the smoothness of patter that I hope will come, by the end of his fringe run. Some of his better lines aimed at individual children, perhaps even using a volunteer or two for an early trick, just to make him appear a little friendlier and more relaxed, and this show will easily get to being four or more stars.

Oh, and extra credit for one of the best “bucket speeches” I’ve heard this Fringe.

Reviewed by Gill
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
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