Hey presto! The magic festival is coming back to South Shields for lucky 13th year

Magicians Paul Daniels and Anthony Leung at the 10th South Tyneside International Magic Festival
Magicians Paul Daniels and Anthony Leung at the 10th South Tyneside International Magic Festival

A magical event is coming back to South Tyneside next year.

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival will celebrate its 13th year with a trio of spellbinding shows at the Customs House, South Shields.

International Magic Festival held at Custom House. Performance by John Kimmons.

International Magic Festival held at Custom House. Performance by John Kimmons.

This includes a Family Magic Extravaganza, sponsored and produced by Magic Box Newcastle on Wednesday, March 9 and two International Gala Shows, featuring leading magicians from around the world, on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12.

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2016, organised by South Tyneside Council and magician John Archer, will also feature a three day convention designed specifically to help professional performers share best practice and hone their skills.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is one of the most unique and awe-inspiring events on the North East calendar.

“Over the years we’ve attracted visitors from as far afield as Hong Kong and we hope that 2016 will be just as successful, making it our lucky 13th year.

Magic Andrew visits Bede Burn Primary School in Jarrow at the launch of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival.

Magic Andrew visits Bede Burn Primary School in Jarrow at the launch of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival.

“Tickets for the festival are already on sale, offering the perfect gift idea for anyone who could use a little magic in their lives this Christmas.”

A full line up for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2016 will be announced next year but tickets are already on sale starting at £7 each.

For more information visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/magicfestival and to buy visit www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 454 1234.

Tickets for the festival’s three-day convention, running from Friday, March 11, are also available and have been frozen at the 2015 rate of £65 each. For more information or to book your place contact South Tyneside Council Events Officer Karri Prinn on 0191 455 4031 or karri.prinn@southtyneside.gov.uk