Murray the Magician for In Our Town Programme

It is nearly mid September and the two-month In Our Town programme of street entertainment in Dumfries is drawing to an end. But not yet. Last Saturday we saw Murray the Magician and Fearchara performing for a crowd of kids, their parents and interested onlookers basking in the sun in front of Midsteeple.

Cameron Murray brought the world of illusion to the streets of Dumfries. The show diverted people for a little while from buzzing Yes and No political campaigns launched ahead of the upcoming Scottish Independence referendum, although the spectators turned up with their badges and other paraphernalia.

Murray the Magician’s act is very different in mood and approach from the one by Todd Various I photographed earlier in the season. Rather than showering his audience with a stream of jokes, he demonstrated mind reading, sleight of hand and card tricks and his signature shock magic. Some stunts appeared quite dangerous and caused a few gasps from youngsters. These included piercing his tongue with a knitting needle, setting a pack of cards on fire, or trying to guillotine a volunteer’s hand as a forfeit, or cutting a rose in Fearchara’s mouth with a sharp razor while being blindfolded, only guided by a bell ring sound.

Understandably,  the magician had to call up mostly grown ups from the crowd to participate in his demonstrations although lots of kids enthusiastically raised their hands to volunteer.

It was an enjoyable show!

Below is a selection of photographs I took on Saturday but you can view more in my Murray the Magician Flickr gallery.

Murray the Magician performs in Dumfries for in Our Town programme

Dumfries audience basking in bright September sun gathers for Murray the Magician show

Murray and Fearchara performing a rope act

Murray and Fearchara performing a rope act

Magic show spectators carrying Yes campaign paraphernalia

Diverted from Scottish Independence campaigns in town

Magic trick - tongue piercing with a knitting needle

Tongue pierced with a knitting needle

Tongue trick secret revealed

Sleight of hand - it wasn't his tongue!

Murray the Magician sets the pack of cards of fire , one selected by a volunteer left intact

The showman sets a pack of cards on fire, one selected by a volunteer left intact

Fearchara's head in the Box of Doom

Fearchara's head in the Box of Doom

Daggers are inserted in the Box of Doom

Daggers are inserted in the Box of Doom

Trick guillotine

A woman's hand is about to be 'guillotined'.

Young spectators volunteering to take part in magic demonstrations

Young spectators volunteer to take part in magic demonstrations

Telepathy trick

Mind reading: how does he do it?

The magician guesses the sign secretly drawn by the subject

The magician correctly guesses the sign secretly drawn by the subject

Fearchara holding a rose in her mouth

Fearchara holding a rose in her mouth

Blindfolded performer cuts the rose with a sharp open razor

Blindfolded performer cuts the rose with a sharp open razor

Piece de resistance - cucumber cut with a sword wielded by the still blindfolded magician guided by the bell sound

Piece de resistance - the still blindfolded magician cuts a cucumber above the girl's head with a sword