Il­lu­sion­ist will Cloud your mind

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya Macnaughton

IF you have ever won­dered what a re­al­life Sher­lock Holmes would be like, then look no fur­ther than Scot­tish foren­sic sci­en­tist Colin Cloud.

In fact, it was the fic­ti­tious char­ac­ter that set Cloud on his ca­reer path.

“When I was eight years old, I dis­cov­ered the book Sher­lock Holmes by chance,” he said. “It had a photo on the front of a guy in a weird hat smok­ing a pipe and I opened it to a page where he was telling peo­ple all this cool stuff about them­selves and how he knew it.

“The way the book was writ­ten, I just as­sumed Sher­lock Holmes was a real per­son told through the eyes of Dr John Wat­son.

“I thought that un­til I was 10 when I re­alised he’d never ex­isted; I was dev­as­tated but by then the bug had bit­ten.

“I got into psy­chol­ogy and hyp­no­tism be­fore any­thing else and then I found out that foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ac­tu­ally a thing and I de­cided that’s what I wanted to study at univer­sity.”

With sup­port­ive par­ents, Cloud said the only draw­back from his pro­fes­sion was know­ing when peo­ple lied.

“I think peo­ple used to get an­noyed when they’d apol­o­gise and give an excuse to why they were late and I’d tell them that they were ly­ing and what they were ac­tu­ally do­ing,” Cloud said.

“I’ve learnt to keep some things to my­self so as not to get peo­ple into trou­ble and worked out ways to switch it on

and off. It also goes the other way as well though, like I’ve never had a sur­prise birthday party.”

Cloud joined the cast of The Il­lu­sion­ists three years ago when the big­gest sell­ing magic show in Broad­way his­tory – fea­tur­ing seven hand-picked stars, each a master in their field – was re­assem­bled.

“They split the core cast in half and half came to the West End in Lon­don and half went to Broad­way,” he said.

“I came in to make up the num­bers in the West End and hosted the show.

“Af­ter that run, they thank­fully loved what I brought to the show and said they’d like to make me a core mem­ber of the line-up.”

The Il­lu­sion­ists will be at Crown Theatre Perth from June 21 to July 2 and Cloud said he would be re­veal­ing the au­di­ence’s deep­est and dark­est se­crets.

“I’ve taken a lot of stuff I’ve done in my solo shows over the years and brought what I think are my best bits,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing I do in­volves the en­tire au­di­ence but they all stay in their seats, so no one needs to feel ner­vous.”

Colin Cloud will appear in The Il­lu­sion­ists at Crown Perth this month.

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