KIPPA MATTHEWS - COPYRIGHT NOTICEThirteen mind-readers, magicians and award-winning entertainers from around the world are preparing to appear at a special event in the North East.


On Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14, the Customs House, South Shields will play host to two spellbinding performances as part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2015.


Friday’s International Gala Show will feature an appearance by acclaimed mind-reader Luke Jermay, whose high profile fans include Uri Geller, Dynamo and Derren Brown.


He’ll be joined by illusionists and circus skills experts High Jinx, family entertainer Dave Andrews, daring double act Diamond and Jade, multi award-winning German mentalist Satori and Teesside’s John Archer, who is currently starring in CBBC show Help My Supply Teacher is Still Magic.


The show will be compered by award-winning comedian, magician and philanthropist Michael Finney, who is flying in especially from the U.S.


Saturday’s International Gala Show, which is being compered by John Archer, will include a performance by cross-Atlantic partnership Atlas and Looch, which sees two of the greatest mentalists from America and Britain combining their powers to mind-bending effect.


They’ll be joined by The Great Nardini, a Scottish double act made up of former British Magical Champion and World Champion of Comedy Magic, Paul Nardini and his wife Mhairi.

Friday’s compere Michael Finney will also deliver a full stage performance on Saturday night, while High Jinx and Dave Andrews make a welcome return with a new selection of tricks and illusions.


The International Gala Shows form part of a week-long programme of events organised by South Tyneside Council and magician John Archer for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2015.


Other highlights in the 12th annual event, sponsored by Magicbox, include a series of performances in schools across South Tyneside, a Family Magic Extravaganza at the Customs House on Wednesday March 11 and a three-day convention for professional magicians.


Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said:“The International Gala Shows offer the opportunity for magic fans to see some of the world’s finest performers on the North East stage.


“This year’s eclectic line-up features illusionists, mind-readers, family entertainers and multiple award winners, so there’s something to amaze everyone.”


Tickets for the International Gala Shows are available now from the Customs House on 0191 4541234, priced from £13, with tickets for the Family Magic Extravaganza also on sale for £7.


For more information and a full line-up for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2015