The Westmorland Gazette have run an excellent article about my latest show, Chris Cook: Truth or Dare. 

The piece was featured on Page Two of the newspaper which is distributed all across Cumbria and the Lake District. It talks about the show and also about how I work as a wedding entertainer at events across the lakes. For more information about that check out my weddings page.

The article can be found here and has been reprinted in full below.

Magician Newspaper Chris Cook

Kendal magician to take daring new show to the Edinburgh Festival

SPELLBINDING: Chris wants to repeat last year's Edinburgh success. Photo by Vicki Hesketh.

SPELLBINDING: Chris wants to repeat last year's Edinburgh success. Photo by Vicki Hesketh.

First published 09:40 Sunday 15 March 2015 in News bKatie Dickinson

AWARD-WINNING Kendal magician Chris Cook plans to shock audiences this summer with the first fully interactive magic show the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has ever seen.

At each of his 22 shows in August, Chris will challenge the audience to play Truth or Dare and lead them down a path of mischief and trickery.

The outcome of each trick will depend on decisions made by the audience throughout the show.

“I really don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Chris. “Every show will be very different.”

Chris has also upped the ante this year by doubling the size of his venue - he will be returning to the prestigious Voodoo Rooms but in its largest theatre, the Ballroom.

“Last year I managed to have a full house for every single show so I’m hoping I can do the same this year but with twice as many seats,” he said.

Last year’s show, Chris Cook: Charlatan was a roaring success with critics and audiences alike and this year, Chris is promising even bigger things.

“There are some tricks in this show that I don’t think anyone will have ever seen before. I can’t say too much just yet, but there are some illusions that will leave the audience on the very edge of their seat.”

Chris recently took a break from his main job as a close-up magician at weddings and events for a two-week trip travelling around Germany, Austria and Slovenia with friend and co-writer Rhys Williamson.

“Instead of sitting behind a desk and trying to write a new show, we thought we’d get inspiration and travel at the same time.

“We probably drank more beers than we should have but we had an amazing time travelling and working on new magic tricks”.

Chris Cook: Truth or Dare will be on in the Voodoo Rooms - Ballroom at midday from August 8-30. For more information see