Ali Cook (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Ali Cook

Cook’s magic is both slick and sick

As he promises from the outset, Cook’s magic is both slick and sick. Don’t go for the jokes, unless you like tired Jimmy Carr-style one-liners followed by a leer. But go to be dumbfounded by the mind-boggling illusion and seemingly future-active mindreading. And go to see the ending, then spend the remainder of the night arguing about how the Dickens he did it.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 18), 9.45pm, £11–£12 (£9.50–£11).

Ali Cook: Pieces of Strange

  • 3 stars

Star of Channel 4's 'Dirty Tricks' and Five's 'Monkey Magic.' Award-winning TV magician Ali Cook returns to Edinburgh after his sell-out debut. Expect to be astounded with awe-inspiring magic and offbeat comedy. 'A sharp irreverent magician' (Daily Star): 'His manic charm means you'll instantly be drawn in' ★★★…


1. S_McQuin20 Aug 2010, 5:25pm Report

Mr Cooks show this year is the best of the best. Comedy worthy of Jimmy Carr, mind magic like you'd see on a David Blaine special, Close up magic the like of which you've never seen anywhere else and illusions straight from Vegas.
Quite how all of this fits in to the room at the Guilded Balloon I'm not sure but it's an awesome show. Crafted to perfection and incredibly enjoyable.
I'm taking everyone who visits me this year to see "Pieces of Strange".

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