GIBRALTAR is set for a week of incredible tricks and illusions as the International Magic Festival makes its return.

Eleven eclectic acts including magicians, illusionists and circus performers will descend on John Mackintosh Hall for the event this month.

Now in its second year, over 3,000 people are expected to attend the festival which will run from November 20 to 26.

Director Jordan Lopez told the Gibraltar Olive Press he hoped performances at the festival would cast audiences back to great magic shows of yesteryear.

“Gibraltar has a long theatrical history and even through magic where many magicians would visit the theatre royal back in the day,” he said.

“I think Gibraltar really values theatre and I am sure there are no Gibraltarians who have not been to at least one West End show in their lives – we all love and live theatre.”

This year’s festival will feature an inaugural sensory-friendly magic show on November 25, put together for the enjoyment of children suffering with autism and other disabilities.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to visit the theatre in the morning of the show to familiarise them with the location.

They also will be welcome to vocalise their opinions of performances and move around while acts are going on.

Speaking to the Gibraltar Olive Press, performer Hector is Magic expressed his excitement at returning to perform in Gibraltar for the first time in several years.

“I performed in Gibraltar a few years ago and I still cherish the beautiful memories from my time there and the warm audiences I had,” he said.

“I cannot wait to share all the magic I have been performing since then from around the world for all the Gibraltarians who come to watch my shows.”