We’re confident he’ll have managed to memorise the rest of the Fringe programme by the 4th of August, when his Fatal Distraction show opens at the Pleasance. Proving he’s committed the 2000+ show programme to memory is one of his routines in the brand new show.
“This show’s got a narrative to it,” he says. “And every single effect in it is new; and one which I’ve worked out myself.”
“There’s a lot of magic at the Fringe this year – it’s important to me that everything in the show’s original.”
Chris has been a regular in Edinburgh since 2005. Since then, he’s had five-star sell-out shows, treated audiences worldwide to his comedy mind reading magic, and appeared on TV and radio. He was last here in 2009 – the year that Twitter broke at the Fringe.
“It helped keep me sane that year,” he recalls. “I made a promise to myself not to read any reviews – I just read people’s tweets. It was exciting!”
And he made a deliberate decision not to come back last year.
“I had the idea for this show two years ago. It’s changed quite a bit since then, but I wanted to make sure I had something good to bring back – and that takes a lot of work.”
“Doing the Fringe is like having a baby,” he laughs. “You forget all the pain that goes into getting ready for it!”
“But I can’t wait to be back.”
You’ll be able to witness Chris giving birth to his new show at the Pleasance Dome from 3-28 August. More details are on the Fringe website.