Ian D Montfort: Under Sciencey Conditions

Tom Binns has a huge reputation to protect. His flyers are littered with laurels and 5 star reviews, some of which must be credited to his most famous character – hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury. His related BBC radio programmes have won Sony Gold too. So no pressure then.

Audience members lapped up the laughs and became astonished at the revelations, which proved Binns’ skills beyond the comedy.

He has two shows to promote for Fringe 2015 and oddly split between Assembly and Pleasance. His character of psychic Ian D. Montford is no longer new but this year forms a ‘pseudo science lecture’ and billed as Under Sciencey Conditions.

Tom Binns immerses into the character completely and is totally at ease with a live audience. His dry wit is consistent and ad-libs spot on and razor sharp. Members of the audience get involved too as various playing card-based magic tricks continue to amaze throughout.

The front row are particularly, but not exclusively, in focus with his comic psychic revelations; in this performance, one young man became the ‘lab assistant’ to help chose further random audience members, who lapped up the laughs and became astonished at the revelations, which proved Binns’ skills beyond the comedy.

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Award-winning comedy and magic. Ian proves the sceptics wrong in this pseudoscience lecture where he tests his psychic gifts under sciencey conditions. (White coats, clipboards, goggles etc). 'The character remains hilarious even as the tricks become remarkable. It is two shows for the price of one: pin-sharp character comedy and metaphysical magic' **** (Guardian). 'The style of the act is genius – if it works, it's impressive, if it doesn't work, well it's all part of the joke' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Spookily skilful, wonderfully observed and hysterically funny' ***** (Time Out).

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