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festmusic&cabaret Fascinating Aïda: Cheap Flights YouTube viewers are not always the most discerning of critics, but with eight million hits to date, cabaret trio Fascinating Aïda must be doing something right. The songstresses are bringing their show to Edinburgh after popping up all over the UK with Cheap Flights: a musicomedy that laments the cost of airport add-on charges (“there’s no such feckin’ thing as a feckin’ flight for 50p!”) in melodious style. If you’ve ever cursed baggage allowance, online boarding passes or credit card fees when booking your trip, you’ll know exactly how it feels to be denied the very thing these women are after. Join the ladies on their riotous journey for an hour of laughter in their unique take on taking off that is free of additional charges. Gilded Balloon Teviot

6:30pm – 7:30pm, 1–26 Aug, not 2, 12, 21, £8.00 – £14.50

From Houdini to Potter Fringe virgin Chris Cassells is set to storm the Scottish stage with his distinct brand of theatricks in From Houdini to Potter. What makes magicians choose a life of aloofness and deception? Cassells has the answer in this original show, which looks at some of the best loved acts of past decades. Whether it’s a pupil of wizardry or the 20th century’s greatest illusionist, they all have a dark, shared secret that has remained well hidden. Until now. Revealing what makes them tick (a loud clock in their jacket? A penchant for peculiarity? We can only speculate), watch this talented magician share some tricks of the trade in this novel act. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

8:05pm – 9:05pm, 3–11 Aug, not 5, £5 – £7

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