Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
It’s a journey into some extraordinary minds. It combines freaky neurological phenomena, gruesome surgery and incredible tricks in a mind-expanding, mind-blowing magic show.
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
Last year I dipped my toe in the water for a week, so this year I can’t wait to take the plunge for a whole month of exhilaration and exhaustion.
What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
Funniest was when I got a lady up for a mind-reading trick, only to discover that she only spoke Portuguese. Luckily her son came up to translate and I ended up revealing her thought through the medium of charades. It was like the United Nations of Magic. Favourite is the buzz you get from giving people a good show – nothing beats it.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
I’d line up a hundred brains in jars, with hidden puppeteers moving each one, to form a chorus line of craniums singing ‘Insane in the Membrane’ by Cyprus Hill.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
I’ve heard great things about Frisky & Mannish and Cabaret Whore. Josie Long’s always refreshing. Plus a few fellow magicians, naturally.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
Touring my show and meddling with brains around the country.
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Magic meets Neuropsychology.
Oliver Leech: Live Brain Surgery is at The Laughing Horse @ Three Sisters from 4-28 Aug at 18:30. More details are on the Fringe website.