REVIEW: Magic Gala Show, The Customs House, South Shields

MAGIC SHOW ... Mind reader Luke Jermay.
MAGIC SHOW ... Mind reader Luke Jermay.

MIND-BENDING tricks and illusions were on display last night as magicians from around the world descended on the borough.

A host of tricksters performed in the first of two Magic Gala Shows at the Customs House, South Shields.

The show was part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, which is now in its 12th year.

Family entertainer Dave Andrews kicked off the show with some impressive sleight-of-hand tricks.

Cards, canes, balls and scarves seemingly appeared from nowhere and Andrews quickly got everyone in the mood for some more top quality magic.

American magician Michael Finney came to the stage next. The host of the evening bantered with the crowd, who seemed a little uneasy at first, but Finney soon broke down the barrier.

BIG TRICKS ... Illusionists Diamond and Jade.

BIG TRICKS ... Illusionists Diamond and Jade.

Award-winning mentalist Satori was up next. Inviting people up on the stage to write special dates, random numbers or words, countries, and colours, he announced whatever was written on the board to the audience despite having his back turned.

To prove he wasn’t peeking, he covered his eyes with dough, cotton wool and bandages and left the audience stunned when he read off a random 24-digit number that an audience member had chalked onto the board.

TV star John Archer was up next. As the first ever magician to fool American magic men Penn and Teller, expectations were high, and he definitely delivered.

Archer was hilarious as he poked fun at the audience – he had everyone in stitches.

The varied show was entertaining for all and the magic festival is a wonderful event in the borough each year.

His coincidence-based card trick was fantastic and he was a real entertainer.

Juggler High Jinx closed the first act with some amazing death-defying feats.

As he juggled with glow-in-the-dark balls, it appeared as if they were floating in the air.

But his big trick of juggling three knives while riding a 5ft unicycle was what really amazed everyone.

HEY PRESTO ... Illusionist High Jinx.

HEY PRESTO ... Illusionist High Jinx.

Mind-reader Luke Jermay opened the second act.

Before appearing on stage, he instructed people to collect a piece of paper and pencil and write down their name, date of birth and a question about the future that they’d like to have answered.

Jermay seemed quite ominous as he took the stage and silently went out in the audience to selected two men to help cover his eyes with masking tape and a bandage.

The mind-reader left everyone completely stunned as, one-by-one, he picked a piece of paper from a bag, scrumpled it up in his hand, announced the person’s star sign, and day of birth, before asking them to speak up.

He went on to answer each person’s question, with them agreeing they were happy with his answer, and no one could quite believe it.

Diamond and Jade closed the show with some big illusions. The pair brought back old-school tricks they said were ‘so old they’re new’.

FUN FOR ALL ... Family entertainer John Archer.

FUN FOR ALL ... Family entertainer John Archer.

Diamond magically moved his partner from one barrel to another and stuffed her in boxes that he squashed down to nothing and stuffed metal sheets into. It was fantastic.

The varied show was entertaining for all and the magic festival is a wonderful event in the borough each year.

A second Magic Gala Show is on offer at the Customs House tonight. Click here to book tickets.

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