Jim the Magician performing as part of Ruth Ewan’s Sympathetic Magick in Bobby Niven’s Palm House. Commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival, 2018. Photo: Alan Dimmick.

Jim the Magician brings sparkle to Wester Hailes 

Jim Campbell – otherwise known as Jim the Magician – will bring a free day of magic and mental health awareness to the Community Wellbeing Space at Westside Plaza Shopping Centre on Saturday 29 October between 1-6pm.  

Designed for adults, Madness, Magic, Reality and Illusion sees the Edinburgh-based magician perform close up magic (1-2pm), give a magic tricks lesson (2- 3pm), host a talk and discussion around alternative perspectives on mental health (4-5pm), and join an open mic session on the theme of madness (5–6pm). A free lunch will be provided from 1–2pm, with a free creche provided at the space from 2 – 5pm for parents and guardians joining in with activities. Wester Hailes Library will also be running art activities in time for the spooky season throughout the day. 

Jim the Magician previously appeared at Edinburgh Art Festival in 2018, in artist Ruth Ewan’s work Sympathetic Magick. From topical street magic to close-up card tricks in pubs, the work aimed to bring new layers of meaning to routines by several magicians. 

The event is organised by the Community Wellbeing Collective (C.W.C.), who are a group of people from and connected to Wester Hailes working together to practise collective wellbeing and question how to create spaces for this. This event is part of a wider programme of activity at the Community Wellbeing Space, which is run by the Community Wellbeing Collective. The space was opened as part of Edinburgh Art Festival’s 2022 Commissions programme and continues to operate through Autumn and Winter 2022.  

The space is currently open Thursday to Saturday, 12pm – 7pm.  

Madness, Magic, Reality and Illusion takes place at the Community Wellbeing Space, Westside Plaza Shopping Centre (opposite Wester Hailes Library) on Saturday 29 October between 1 – 6pm. Entry is free.  

For more information on the Community Wellbeing Collective, visit watchthisspace.online or find the collective on Instagram or on Facebook.