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South Tyneside Magic Convention Line Up Announced

October 17th, 2011 by Magic Convention Guide

With the continued financial support from Magic Box, the Customs House and South Tyneside Council, The 2012 South Tyneside International Magic Convention line up has now been announced. Previous registrants are given first opportunity to register, so if your not on that list youll need to wait for general registration to open up, but the line up currently includes:

David Regal ~ USA
David Regal is a television writer, creator of effects for magicians, and two-time Academy of Magical Arts Lecturer of the Year. Currently, he sits on the Board of Trustees of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. His background is live comedy, as a member of the main company of Chicago City Limits, and since moving to the Los Angeles area he has served as a head writer for Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, and has written for an array of sitcoms. Magic of his design is performed around the world.

Rob Torres ~ USA
For the past two decades Rob Torres has travelled to over 45 countries performing in theatres, circuses, varieties, galas, TV and film. His performances at the Budapest, Moscow and Monte Carlo circus festivals have all won him awards, but more than that, laughter! Rob has masterfully blended his formal training in theatre, circus arts, and pantomime together to create genuinely fun and memorable acts. From the moment he walks on stage or into the ring, Rob steps into the hearts of his audience and keeps them laughing long after he is gone.
International comedian Rob Torres can be understood everywhere, without saying a word. Whether he’s taking a photo, setting the table, or just sitting down, you’re guaranteed to have fun.
Rob has a great way of finding absurdity in common everyday tasks. If you’re looking for laughter, this is where you’ll find it. See for yourself why Rob Torres is the International Man of Mirth!!!

Levent ~ USA
Levent started out at a very young age performing throughout his native New York City. At the age of 17 he was awarded 1st prize for Stage Magic at the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ National Convention. This led him to have a 2 year engagement at Resorts International Casio Hotel in Atlantic City, where he was twice nominated “Best Act in a Production Show”. In 2005 he had the honour to perform at the Magic Circle Centenary Celebrations in London. In 2006 Levent was invited to perform at the “Society of American Magicians Annual Salute to Magic” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. In 2007 he performed at the World Magic Seminar in Nagoya, Japan and in 2008 he travelled twice to South Korea to perform at Busan International Magic Festival and at the FISM ASIA magic convention and television series. And also one of the few entertainers to be invited to Apple Computer Company headquarters to perform for the employees. In 2009 he was a regular performer on the American television series “Masters of Illusion” on Fox’s MyNETWORK.

Christian Schenk ~ Germany
Christian believes that in 2004 a client’s trade show themed “IT’s Magic” brought him back into magic as he printed his first deck of playing cards. What he thought was just a new hobby turned out to be the most serious (and fun) part of his life. He believes that his most exciting experience was being invited to the invitation only FFFF (Fechters Finger Flicking Frolic) where he was asked to do a lecture about his creations so far.

Mat Ricardo ~ UK
One of the UKs most in-demand comedy variety performers, and the first cabaret performer to ever win the Herald Angel award for excellence in theatre, Mat Ricardo has spent the last 25 years touring the world with his unique, astonishing and hilarious act. Reviving the almost-lost art of the gentleman juggler, Mat blends dazzling feats of dexterity and balance with the wit and timing of a skilled stand-up comedian. He is known internationally for his signature trick – the reverse tablecloth pull – where he puts a tablecloth on a table, underneath all the objects. But this is just one of the many unique and astonishing tricks that he has created. He has performed at countless international theatre and comedy festivals, on some of the finest cabaret, variety and burlesque stages in the world, in comedy clubs, and on cruise ships throughout the seven seas. He has dozens of television appearances to his name, has entertained for corporate clients too numerous to mention and has performed for members of the British Royal Family. Recently his critically acclaimed on-man show Three Balls and a New Suit played to sell out audiences in London and at the Edinburgh festival.

High Jinx ~ UK
High Jinx (Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear) are professional variety entertainers, their acts are a thrilling mix of Magic, Illusion, Escapology and Circus skills delivered in a way that will leave you amazed, puzzled even scared but above all entertained. They have appeared all over the UK at dinners, festivals, corporate events and theatre shows as well as appearances throughout Europe and America including Disneyland, Paris and the famous Boston Plaza Hotel, Boston USA. Michael was the 2009 – 2011 Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year” and runner up in the illusion category of the European FISM 2011.

Archini and Smith ~ UK
John Archer (the first magician to fool Penn & Teller) and Mike Smith formed this double act back in 1995 when they won the Alistair Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magicians stage competition. The act was subsequently performed at many magical society dinners and conventions all over the country. At the Opus Convention on the Isle of Man, none other than David Williamson said of the act The funniest thing I’ve seen in years.

Ricky McLeod ~ UK
For the past 19 years the popular showman has been adding a touch of magic to thousands of childrens and family events. The Scottish Association of Magical Societies have crowned him Childrens Entertainer of the Year on four occasions, while he has also twice received the Murray Wand for Showmanship.
Edinburgh based Ricky has also been a finalist in the U.K Childrens Entertainer of the Year competition. Recognised by his fellow artists as being one of the leaders in this field, he has lectured on the art of entertaining children at the worlds largest magic convention.
Since then he has travelled all over the country with his lecture entitled Tricks of my Trade.

The festival takes place Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2012, further information can be found at The South Tyneside website and of course here as we are given information.

The 2012 convention price of £65 includes all lectures, close-up sessions, and Gala Shows. You can also gain free access to the exclusive “Midnight Show” on Friday night Act to be announced

Please note that there are no day delegate rates are available, and of course all acts are subject to contract.