It’s a kind of Magic at Stendhal

Rodd Hogg set for death defying illusion at Stendhal

Rodd Hogg is one of Ireland’s most sought after, and most exciting professional magicians.

The 2013/14 International Brotherhood of Magicians ‘Irish Ring’ Close-Up Magic Champion and member of The Magic Circle in London, usually specialises in close-up magic but he is upping the ante this year at Stendhal Festival, where he is preparing to perform a death defying escape in front of an audience of thousands.

In a spectacle the likes of which Stendhal Festival has never witnessed before, Rodd will amaze and astound in equal measure as he puts his life on the line for the sake of his magical craft in a performance he is calling ‘Presence’.

Speaking about his performance Rodd said he’s been training hard for months and will literally put his body on the line all in the name of entertainment.

“I’ve been in the gym the last three months busting my gut, and I’ve been doing yoga to strengthen my core. I’ve also been practising out of body meditation.
“One part of the stunt involves popping my shoulder, and when time is of the essence, it really is a matter of life, serious injury, or worse.”
“It hasn’t been plain sailing though, I’ve put my back out twice in the prep, but thankfully recovered quickly both times. No stone has been left unturned. The training, physical and mental, will continue right up until the night itself.
“I am excited, but there will be nerves. You can train and prepare all you want, but you still need things to go your way on the day. The blood juices will be flowing, I’m going to be performing in front of 10,000 people. As an entertainer, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

Stendhal Festival Director Ross Parkhill said, ‘We’ve had to double check our insurance for this one but we cannot wait to see what Rodd has in store for everyone at Stendhal this year.
It will be the first time we have attempted any sort of illusion at the festival, let alone something of the scale Rodd has in mind, so we are excited to see how it all goes down in August.

Stendhal Festival takes place at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, on August 15-17, 2019. For more information visit