KIPPA MATTHEWS - COPYRIGHT NOTICEOrganisers of one of the North East’s most magical events have conjured up an eclectic line-up to celebrate its twelfth year.

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival, run annually by South Tyneside Council, will return with more than a dozen world-renowned magicians from March 9 2015.

The week-long event will include a series of performances in schools across the borough, along with a Family Magic Extravaganza and two Gala Shows at the Customs House, South Shields.

The Gala Shows, on Friday and Saturday March 13 and 14, will feature appearances by 12 spellbinding performers, including Teesside’s John Archer who is assisting South Tyneside Council with this year’s event.

John, who stars in CBBC show Help My Supply Teacher is Magic, said: “The South Tyneside International Magic Festival has been a highlight on my calendar for many years now and I’m delighted to be taking a more active role in 2015.

“This year’s line-up features an eclectic mix of international acts and there’s something to suit magic fans of all ages.

Other acts set to appear include comedy magicians Michael Finney and The Great Nardini, mind readers Luke Jermay, Satori and Atlas and Looch, family entertainers Dave Andrews and Russ Brown, illusionists High Jinx and Diamond and Jade, card experts John Carey and Gordon Bruce and theatrical performer Kieron Lefever.

They’ll be joined by a host of North East talent, who’ll be performing in schools across South Tyneside and appearing in a special Family Magic Extravaganza, in association with MagicBox onWednesday March 11.

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival, which regularly attracts visitors from as far afield as Hong Kong, will also feature a specialist convention, designed exclusively for professional magicians and the most ardent magic fans.

The three-day event, running at the Customs House from March 13, will include a series of lectures, close up sessions and performances, along with additional masterclasses and a special MidnightShow.

More than a third of tickets for this aspect of the festival have already been sold and organisers are encouraging early bookings to avoid disappointment.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “Tickets are already selling well for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival Convention and, with the Family Magic Extravaganza and Gala Shows also going on sale, we expect demand to be high for the event’s twelfth year.”.

Tickets for the Family Magic Extravaganza and International Gala Shows are available now from the Customs House on 0191 4541234 or www.thecustomshouse.co.uk, with prices starting at £7.

Attendance for the Convention aspect of the festival is strictly limited and potential delegates are asked to contact South Tyneside Council events team on 0191 4247986 orevents@southtyneside.gov.uk

Further details and a full line-up can also be found at www.southtynesidemagic.com