Fans of magic & illusion in South Africa will know that the National Arts Festival held annually in Grahamstown during June/July hosts more simultaneous magic shows than anywhere in Africa. It’s the best opportunity to see so many intimate performances of wonder and bafflement in completely different performance styles.

The 2018 National Arts Festival starts this Thursday 28th June and ends Sunday 8 July, and you’ll be able to enjoy 5 shows this year:


Carnival Sideshow (And Other Magical Things)

Carnival Sideshow (And Other Magical Things)

Carnival Sideshow (And Other Magical Things)

Mind-blowing sideshow demonstrations, insane magic, and daring escapes are only a few phenomena that can be witnessed in this never-before-seen show. Join mentalist, Brendon Peel, and his sideshow artist, Li Lau, in a nail-biting, on the edge of your seat performance like none other. Sideshow and bizarre magic combine to create a show that you will never forget.

This Peel’s 8th year at the National Arts Festival & Lau’s first. 

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Deceptive Delights with Stuart Lightbody

Deceptive Delights with Stuart Lightbody

Deceptive Delights with Stuart Lightbody

A fascinating performance of sleight of hand magic from the winner of the Theatre Award at the Fringe World Festival in Australia (2018). In celebration of his 10th year at the Grahamstown Festival, Stuart Lightbody shares some impossible wonders from his adventures around the world. You won’t believe your eyes!

This is Lightbody’s 10th year performing at the National Arts Festival.

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If I Really Did Have Powers…(It Would Look Something Like This)

If I Really Did Have Powers…(It Would Look Something Like This)Andrew Klazinga is an experienced mentalist and magician who has performed his craft throughout Africa. Using psychology, illusion and some devious trickery, his new show takes the audience on a journey into a magical world were having powers of the mind appear to be possible. You will be mystified and amazed as you slowly start wondering whether the title’s ‘if’ should actually be there.

This is Klazinga’s 1st year performing at the National Arts Festival.

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Mysteries Of The Mind

Mysteries Of The Mind

Mysteries Of The Mind

Winner of the SATMAG Performer of the Year Award 2017 and nominee for the Fresh Creative Award at the Cape Town Fringe, Brendon Peel is back to astound audiences with an amazing display of magic, mentalism and illusion. This show is interactive, engaging and above all, entertaining. Join Brendon Peel as he takes you on a journey through the mysteries of the mind.

This Peel’s 8th year at the National Arts Festival.

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Refocused

Refocused

Refocused

Greg Gelb’s new show Refocused reminds the audience of what’s important in their lives. It’s a show packed with incredible pieces of magic and illusion and laced with that Gelb comedic flavour everyone loves. Bring the family for what is going to be an awesome show!

This is Gelb’s 2nd year performing at the National Arts Festival.

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To view the full programme, visit the National Arts Festival’s website at https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/