Magic festival returns at South Tyneside Customs House

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival, run annually by South Tyneside Council, returns from the 13th spellbinding year in 2016.

The line-up for the Gala, taking place on March 11 and 12, includes the first woman to be named German Champion of Magic, Alana, former Swedish and Scandinavian Champion of Magic, Malin Nilsson and Belgium’s ‘man of mystery,’ Rafael.

Graeme Shaw, award winning magician, said: “I’m excited and proud to be part of South Tyneside Magic Festival for the 13th year.

“This year we have really pulled out all the stops for the Family Magic Extravaganza and we have all kinds of acts from well known children’s magicians, balloon modelling experts and grand scale illusionists taking part.

“I shall be presenting an old classic grand scale illusion with a twist.”

The Magic Festival is sponsored by the Customs House and BBC Newcastle and is aimed at bringing world class magic to the North East.

Councillor Alan Kerr, responsible for Culture and Leisure, said: “The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is one of the most unique events on the North East calendar and annually attracts performers and attendees from around the world.

“This year we will be welcoming some of the foremost modern magicians from around the globe, and it promises to be an amazing event for South Tyneside and the wider region as a whole.”

Stars from as far afield as Belgium, Germany and Sweden, will be flying in for the 13th annual South Tyneside International Magic Festival, which returns to the region from Wednesday March 9.

North East magician John Archer, who is helping South Tyneside Council organise the festival, said: “The line-up for this year’s International Gala Shows is extremely eclectic.

“We’ve drawn in some of the greatest talents from across the continent to ensure there is something to amuse and excite audience members of all ages and we’re thrilled that Alana, Malin and Rafael are all flying in to take part.”

The popular event, organised by South Tyneside Council, will feature a Family Magic Extravaganza, sponsored by MagicBox, a convention for professional magicians and two International Gala Shows at the Customs House, South Shields.

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