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The Isle of Arts Festival in April will feature performances by ‘The Magicians’ – of BBC fame – and renowned author Howard Marks on the first night.

Both acts have been booked to perform in the Festival Marquee on Friday April 19th, the first night of the three-day festival, reports iwcp.co.uk. Both the television magicians, Barry and Stuart, as well as Marks are sure to inspire some laughs, but with very different approaches.

While 67-year-old Welshman Marks is notorious for his past as a drug smuggler Mr Nice – a Rhys Ifans film of the same name celebrated this infamous time – and his ability to tell stories, the young magicians won the comedy prize at the World Magic Awards and have secrets of a different kind to share.

Gillian Jenner, a spokeswoman for Isle of Arts, said: “First, they will entertain you with their trademark innovative tricks and devious illusions that have won praise from the likes of Derren Brown. In the second half, be prepared to be amazed as they exclusively reveal all the secrets behind the magic.”

Marks will also be talking about his new book, ‘The Score’, which comes out on April 4th notes onthewight.com. For attendees staying at Isle of Wight hotels for the occasion, it may be the first the hear about the publication.

The festival organisers have promised more acts will be added to a bill that already features Alan Davies, Sarfraz Manzoor, LiTTLe MaCHiNe and Femi Temowo. The festival takes place in various locations across Ventnor.