A magic day for all the family

TOPPING THE BILL ... magician Graeme Shaw. Inset, High Jinx, aka Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear.
TOPPING THE BILL ... magician Graeme Shaw. Inset, High Jinx, aka Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear.

ANYONE looking to disappear with the family might conjure up a trip to a special magic show next month.

The Customs House, South Shields, is staging a Family Magic Extravaganza on Wednesday, March 7, as part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival,

TRICKS AND TREATS ... from Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear, who make up High Jinx, and Graeme Shaw, right, the youngest president of the Newcastle Magic Circle.

TRICKS AND TREATS ... from Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear, who make up High Jinx, and Graeme Shaw, right, the youngest president of the Newcastle Magic Circle.

The two-hour show has been designed to cater for all the family, and will include performances from some of the North East’s best magicians.

Leading the line-up is multi-award winner Graeme Shaw, the youngest person ever to be elected president of the Newcastle Magic Circle – one of the oldest and most successful magic societies in the UK.

Graeme has been practising magic since he was nine, and has developed a range of instructional DVDs and magical inventions which are used by magicians around the world.

He will be joined by leading children’s entertainer and balloon modeller, Mr Twister, and versatile performer Tony Junior, who has clocked up more than 25,000 mesmerising performances across the UK.

Magical double act High Jinx – Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear – will also be performing a mix of magic, illusion, escapology and circus skills.

Last year, High Jinx were runners-up in the International Federation of Magic Societies’ European Championships and will represent the UK in the world championships this year.

The show, sponsored by specialist retailer MagicBox, will be compered by pantomime star Tommy the Trumpeter.

The Family Magic Extravaganza forms part of the ninth annual South Tyneside International Magic Festival, and will also include a special appearance by the South Tyneside dance workshop.

Graeme Shaw said: “Magic has grown in popularity again in recent years thanks to films and television shows such as Harry Potter and the BBC hit The Magicians.

“Our show has been designed to help people of all ages indulge this new-found love of all things magical, and see it for themselves in the relaxed and intimate setting of a North-East theatre.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for leisure and community safety, said: “The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is an amazing event for the North East and the wider magic community, and the inclusion of a family magic show helps ensure it is accessible and enjoyable for all ages.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £6 each, and are available from the Customs House box office on 454 1234.

Other events being held as part of the week-long festival include two International Gala Shows at the Customs House on March 9 and 10, a three-day convention for professional magicians and dedicated magic fans, and a series of performances in schools, hospitals and residential homes across the borough.

For more information, visit www.southtyneside.info/magicfestival, e-mail events@southtyneside.gov.uk, call 424 7986 or search for the event on Facebook.

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