Published: 8th March 2017

Some of the UK’s favourite children’s and family entertainers will open the 2017 South Tyneside International Magic Festival with a bang in a Family Magic Extravaganza later this month.

A host of top acts have been lined up to appear at The Customs House, South Shields on Thursday 16 March.

The show will officially launch the 14th annual festival, which also features a three-day convention for magic professionals and ardent fans, plus two gala events for the public on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

Among the artists making final preparations for the event is renowned children and family entertainer Simon Hannah, who has been dazzling audiences of all ages for more than 25-years, and has even performed for the royal family.

“I’m known as a dynamic children’s entertainer and in short that means I move around the stage – a lot,” he said. “My act is all about keeping the audience on their toes so they never know what is coming next.

“It’s totally interactive and also includes a bit of ventriloquism. I am joined on stage by my colleague, a multi-coloured vulture so he brings another element. I am a firm believer that magic should be fun, no matter how old the audience is.”

Other acts appearing on the night include Monkseaton teenage duo Destiny, who became the first ever female winners of the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year awards last year and are set to wow audiences with their classic magic and stunning illusions.

Comedy magician Kendrick will compere the show, which is also set to feature the award-winning Graeme Shaw, Tony Junior and Steve Lucock with Snotty the rabbit.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “The Family Magic Extravaganza is always a huge hit because it offers something for the whole family, thanks to its mix of magic and fun.

“We have two comedy acts with puppets this year in Simon Hannah and Steve Lucock and Snotty the Rabbit, which will no doubt raise a lot of laughs.

“The show is guaranteed to get audiences of all ages excited about magic, and it is the perfect way to start the 2017 festival which we all hope will be the biggest and best to date.”

Tickets for the Family Magic Extravaganza cost £8 and are available now from The Customs House. To book, call the box office on 0191 454 1234 or visit

For further information about the event and details of the other public shows, visit shaw (3)