The Spotlight on ... Chris Cox

Sunday, May 08 2011

He's a comic-magician with an upcoming show at the Udderbelly, he can dance like Beyoncé and he makes audiences say things like 'no way ... no way ...!' That's right ladies and gents, it's wiry 'mindreader' Chris Cox!

Chris Cox

Where in London do you live?:
I live in Crouch End, which is the only place I know of where there are more artisan bakeries then people.

What do we need to know about you?:
Bank details? Mother's maiden name? I suppose you need to know I'm a mind-reader who can't read minds. I do mind-reading type magic, mixing it with humour, warmth, entertainment and a scrawny body frame in an effort to make people like me. I try put my act somewhere between theatre and stand up, but basically it's good old-fashioned light entertainment with a modern-day twist. But it's nowhere near as wanky as it sounds.

What do we not need to know about you, but you're going to tell us anyway?:
That I can't really do any of the stuff that I say I do. My whole thing isn't about whether it's magic or psychology or this or that, all you need to know is, if I could really do everything you see me do on stage, then I wouldn't be telling you about it. I'd be living on a Chris Cox-shaped island right now. It's up to you to work out, or believe what you want in terms of how it's done.

Who makes you laugh?:
People falling over. Never. Not. Funny. Oh and any animal doing something stupid. In terms of actual comedians, Tim Minchin, Mark Watson, Gervais & Merchant and Greg Davies can all nearly make me wee with laughter. But I don't, as I have good bladder control.

What are your favourite London venues?:
Fat Tuesday is a lovely gig, I really enjoy that, it has a super vibe and is a real delight to play. I also love The Pleasance as a venue in London.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?:
Sue Perkins, Peter Crouch, Keira Knightley or occasionally (if you're a drunk middle aged woman) David Tennant.. but I don't see it myself.

What are you/should you be famous for?:
Pretending to read minds and being an all-round nice guy.

Can you dance?:
As long as you don't want any proof, yes. In fact I do a little bit of Beyonce's Single Ladies dance in my current show. What a treat.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?
Paul Daniels. Only Debbie McGee should ever have to see him making his rabbit disappear. Then reappear. Then disappear again then reappear. I'm assuming you've got the joke by now.

Audiences love it when I ... pull the rug from under them. One of my favourite things to do with tricks is build it up so the audience think it's one thing, then give them so much more. I adore that moment where people go ... "no way ... no way ..." as they are just realising what is about to happen.

Audiences hate it when I ... get them up on stage. It's a natural fear. However since I use lots of people on stage throughout the show, everyone gets used to it quite quickly, they seem to enjoy it and then all get into the spirit. If anything it's even more amazing if you're on stage as you'll have incredible things happen to you. Not like that. You filthy-minded bastard.

Chris performs his latest show, Mind Over Patter, at the Udderbelly, You can also find him on Twitter at @bigcox.

And here is Chris with light entertainment munchkins Dick and Dom ...


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