International Magic Festival Convention

One of the UK's most intimate magic conventions is making a welcome return from Friday 17 - Sunday 19 March 2017.

About the convention

South Tyneside International Magic Festival (S.T.I.M.F) offers direct access to some of the industry's most experienced stars. Now in its fourteenth year the convention returns with three days packed full of activities, including a series of lectures covering everything from close up magic to children's magic, as well as a dealer's showcase, interactive workshops and question and answer sessions.

S.T.I.M.F 2017, which opens exclusively to professional performers and the ardent magic fans, will boast exclusive performances and offer access to two International Gala Shows featuring magicians and illusionists from around the world. You will also gain access to the exclusive and highly entertaining Late Night Show on the Friday evening, 'The 1 Trick Show' will be your chance to shine and show your favourite or best effect. There will be a prize awarded for the best act as voted by the stars of the show.

S.T.I.M.F convention runs primarily at The Customs House, a stunning venue at the heart of South Shields which overlooks the bustling River Tyne. The cost of the weekend is £65 per person (non-refundable) and includes all lectures, close up, dealers and two gala shows.  

As well as the convention for practicing enthusiasts, there will be 3 amazing shows for the public to enjoy at The Customs House.

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* Please note: this agenda is subject to change. Last updated 23/01/2017

Thursday 16 March

7 - 9 pm

Class - R Paul Wilson at The Sea Hotel (bookable, extra fee applies).

7 to 8 pm

Registration - The Sea Hotel, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LD.

Friday 17 March

9 to 10 am

Registration - Customs House foyer.

9am to 6pm

Dealers open - Dalton Suite (over the bridge).

10 to 10.45am

Children's show with Simon Hannah - main theatre, balcony seats.

11am to 12pm

Lecture - Simon Hannah, main theatre. Delegates may move to stalls.

12 to 1 pm

Lunch Break.

12.30 to 1.30 pm

Registration - Customs House foyer.

1 to 2 pm

Lecture - Adam Wilber, main theatre.

2 to 3 pm


3 to 4 pm

Lecture - Mahdi Gilbert, cinema.

4 to 4.30 pm


4.30 to 5.30 pm

Lecture - Asi Wind, cinema.

Friday 17 March - The 1 Trick Show

South Tyneside International Magic Show Kennedy

Would you like the chance to shine and show the other delegates what you're made of?

Enter our informal '1 Trick contest', Friday 17 March at the 'Late Late Show', The Sea Hotel.

There are no formal rules, just show one trick/effect which can be really short or longer if you wish...within reason! 

Everyone is a judge and will vote at the end of the contest for their 3 favourite acts. The winner is the one with the highest number of votes. 

If you are interested you can email Karri in advance to tell her you would like to take part or if you can, just let the registration desk know on Thursday or Friday.

Your host for the evening is the mind reader with the best bleach in the business, Kennedy.

There will be a prize for the winner, free registration for the 2018 convention and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate your success. The two runners up will also receive some bubbly.

For more information please contact Karri on 0191 424 7986 or email

Saturday 18 March

10am to 5 pm

Dealers open - Daltons Suite.

10 to 11 am

Registration - Customs House foyer.

10.30 to 11.30 am

Talk - Mahdi Gilbert, main theatre.

12 to 1 pm

Registration - Customs House foyer.

12 to 1 pm

Lunch Break.

1 to 2 pm

Red Group close up - Adam Wilber, Asi Wind & Mahdi Gilbert, cinema.

1 to 2 pm

Blue Group Dealers Dem - main theatre.

2 to 3 pm

Blue Group close up - Adam Wilber, Asi Wind and Mahdi Gilbert, cinema

2 to 3 pm

Red Group Dealers Dem - main theatre.

3 to 4 pm

Ning: Mind Magic Mistress - lecture, cinema.

4 to 5 pm

Break. Why not check out the dealer room?

5 to 6 pm

Rob Zabrecky - lecture, cinema.

8 to 10 pm

Gala Show - The Customs House. DON'T FORGET YOUR TICKET!

Sunday 19 March

10 am to 1 pm

Dealers open - Daltons Suite.

10 to 11.30 am

Movie 'Our Magic', main theatre with R Paul Wilson.

11.30 am to 12.30 pm

R Paul Wilson and Guests, Q&A, main theatre.

12.30 to 1 pm


1.30 to 2.30 pm

Michael Murray - lecture, main theatre.

Master Classes are bookable, extra fee charged: Sunday 19 March

3 pm until TBC

Master Class with Mahdi Gilbert, The Customs House.

3 to 7 pm

Master Class with Asi Wind, The Customs House.

You can also download  a printable version of the agenda334.05Kb .

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is brought to you by South Tyneside Council with thanks to sponsors Magicbox and the support of The Customs House and BBC Newcastle.


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