You’ll recognize Pete Firman from TV on Sarah Millican’s show, Channel 4's Comedy Mash-Up or as a star of BBC1's The Magicians. But as he tells Martin Walker, it’s at live stage shows were the magic works best.
This year will be my eighth and those are consecutive years. I never thought I'd be able to write a second show, but I've kept coming back.
“My latest Edinburgh show is called Trickster. It’s a year's work. I like to think it's filled with some really mind-boggling tricks and lots of laughs.”
How many Edinburgh Fringes have you performed at now?
“This year will be my eighth and those are consecutive years. I never thought I'd be able to write a second show, but I've kept coming back.”
You’ve appeared on countless TV shows, what attracts you to the live stage?
“It's really the best medium for what I do. Nothing beats seeing a magic, comedy, or magic and comedy show live. Plus, I love the interaction and instant feedback from the audience.”
Who inspired you to start performing magic?
“Well it was my hobby as a kid. I used to watch magic on TV and my parents bought me a Fisher Price magic set as a present. I suppose getting a reaction from my family with those simple little tricks inspired me to pursue it.”
If you were curating a magic/stand up show for television, who would be on the bill?
“Tough question... lots of people spring to mind, but for magic and comedy I'd go for Penn & Teller, The Great Soprendo and Tommy Cooper. Now there’s a Green Room I'd like to be in!”
Broadway Baby Listing and Edinburgh Fringe Box Office: http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/pete-firman-trickster/699579
YouTube Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y32sBQndtUQ