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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.

For registration and booking details please visit: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/57920/International-Magic-Convention

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Performers and Lecturers:

Adam Wilber
Lecture, Close Up, Gala Show
Artisan Artist and Pioneer – these are the traits that have made Adam one of the most sought after figures in his field today.
Adam has become the GM of one of the most successful magic stores of all time, www.ellusionist.com and has gone on to create products such as PYRO, many other top selling tricks, decks of playing cards and illusions that are used by fellow magicians all over the world. What’s more, is that all of these can be seen live when Adam comes to the 14th S.T.I.M.F

R Paul Wilson
A welcome return sees R. Paul Wilson Showing his movie ‘Our Magic’ which will precede with a Q&A with some of the stars of the movie.
He is an actor, an author, director, producer and one of the world's foremost experts on the art of deception. He's also an award-winning magician, creator and consultant. The former star of BBC's hit show "The Real Hustle" now works in the film industry but continues to pursue his love of magic and sleight of hand, performing for clients all over the world.

Asi Wind
Lecture, Close Up, Gala Show
One of magic’s most influential thinkers and performers. Magicians all over the world study and perform his creations.
It is very rare that Asi gives lectures and workshop in magic conventions but when he does he is very generous with his time and knowledge. Wind’s recent off-Broadway show, “Concert of the Mind”, completely sold out, extending its run and received rave reviews and critical acclaim. He is currently performing his one man show “Do you want to change your mind” in London and NYC.

Rob Zabrecky
Lecture, Gala Show
As a magician there is simply no one like him. In live performances he invents a magical world through a series of strange and beautiful effects, which combines with remarkable timing and theatrical edifice.
He has become a prime attraction at the Magic Castle. There he has received multiple award nominations by the Academy of Magical Arts.

**Mystery Artist**
Lecture, Gala Show
We have one more name to add to the list who will perform at one of the Gala Shows and be part of a Question and Answer session but due to a press embargo we can’t announce until Jan 2017. Please keep watching the website and Facebook page for details.

Simon Hannah
Childrens Show, Lecture
He is one of the most sought-after Family and Children's magical entertainers to come out of West Yorkshire.
When it comes to professional magical entertainment Simon Hannah comes to you armed with over 25 years’ experience and performing for some of the UK's top clients, companies and entertainment establishments like Royal Household, Ministry of Defence, Butlins, Pontins and Haven to name a few.

Michael Murray
Lecture, Gala Show
As with most mentalists Michaels original interest was in the art of magic. At the age of 16 he was offered a job at the local magic store “Magicbox” and from that point on spent almost every moment of everyday practicing slight of hand techniques and devouring as much material as physically possible. Mentalism didn’t appeal to him in the early days until he saw Derren Brown on TV in 2000 and began his calling.
The first product he ever produced was one titled “Beyond ESP”, this is now in its third printing and has sold almost 15,000 copies. Having attracted the attention of several world class performers including Max Maven, Richard Osterlind and Banachek he had quickly established himself amongst his peers.

Gala Show
aking illusions
International illusionists Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke. Highly acclaimed as one of the UK’s top magic and illusion acts, Amethyst have established themselves as world-class performers. With their fresh and dynamic approach, they lead the way in cruise ship, corporate and private events. Their unique and versatile shows have attracted world-wide acclaim and taken them around the globe, dazzling audiences in many countries.
Amethyst are renowned for their range of spectacular and unbelievable shows featuring breath-taking illusions

Gala Show
Leah Mae presents Destiny, a sophisticated magic and illusion act with stunning illusions and classic magic assisted by Sara Jade. Leah Mae is the youngest member of The Magic Circle, and both girls won The Magic Circles Young Magician of the Year ( first ever girls!)

Mahdi Gilbert
Lecture, talk, Close Up, Gala Show
He travels the four corners of the Earth sharing his life and his magic with people. Now is your chance to witness the power of Mahdi in this exclusive whirlwind tour through his magic, his story and his life.
You will follow a child born without hands as he discovers magic and develops his passion into the most remarkable sleight of hand man this world has ever seen.
Through the performance and thorough explanation of several pieces of magic you will learn how to: * Trust Yourself * Break the Rules * Transform your Liabilities into Assets * Charm and Disarm * Believe in the Impossible * Make Others Believe in the Impossible

Andrew Green
Gala Show
One of the leading award winning close up magicians and grand scale illusionists in the UK today. His breath-taking performances of close up magic and illusion have taken him around the world and have seen him performing for heads of state in India, CEO’s of large global fashion corporations in Asia and at major media events across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
He is proud to have been invited to perform at hundreds of exclusive events for companies such as Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein- Singapore, and for many top celebrities such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Hugh Bonniville, Wayne & Colleen Rooney and at various Hello Magazine and OK Magazine parties.
Andrew’s original approach to the ancient art form of magic enables his performances to captivate audiences worldwide and create a sense of wonder in all that witness it.


THREE amazing stage shows running over 3 nights

Thursday 16th March (Family Extravaganza show)
Friday 17th March
Saturday 18th March

THREE amazing stage shows running over 3 nights

Thursday 16th March (Family Extravaganza show)
Friday 17th March
Saturday 18th March

• Adam Wilber (USA)
• Amethyst (UK)
• Mark James (UK)
• Andrew Green (UK)
• Asi Wind (USA)
• Destiny (UK)
• Mahdi Gilbert (USA)
• Michael Murray (UK)
• Rob Zabrecky (USA)
• Plus another two acts to be announced

Note: all acts are subject to contract (nights may vary)

Customs House
Mill Dam
South Shields
NE33 1ES

Customs House Box Office : 0191 454 1234
Additional gala ticket sales only



* Please note: this agenda is subject to change. Last updated 13/12/2016 

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.


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

Mystery Artiste - 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.