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Ali Cook: Principles of Deception

Studio, Pontio
Saturday 14 October 2017, 19:30–21:30

Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm
£13/£11 concessions


The Show is Perfection” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
Immensely Funny” Daily Telegraph
His tricks are dazzling” The Daily Mail
Supremely talented” Time Out

The star of West End magic marvels and big screen spectacles, Ali Cook, brings his critically acclaimed Principles of Deception to Pontio featuring his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy.  

Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s seminal magic compendium Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close up magic, mind reading, deception, sleight of hand, and escapology, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention.  

Ali starred in the West End illusion spectacular Impossible, as well as television magic specials including Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV), Dirty Tricks (Channel 4), Secret World of Magic (Sky One) and Now You See It (BBC One). In addition to comedy and illusion, his television work includes Emmerdale (ITV) and Mr Selfridge (ITV), as well as film roles in the BAFTA nominated film Kajaki (2015), Get Lucky (2013, Universal Pictures), The Anomaly (2014, Universal Pictures) and The Messenger (2015, directed by BAFTA and Emmy Award winner David Blair). He also co-star's in the upcoming political comedy How To Sell A War with Sharon Horgan.