It’s been an exciting 12 months – here’s a few pieces of coverage and links to articles and appearances in the media regarding Edinburgh Festival 2015, 2016, Take Me Out and pieces of general interest.


Edinburgh 2016:

Great 3* review from Broadway Baby

1 minute interview with the Scottish Government’s Culture and Arts Dept for Twitter

Interview on the podcast Not So Secret Society with Rufus and Ben (listen from 9:30 in)

Lovely poetic 4* review from Mumble Cirque

4* review from Theatre Reviews

Nice passage in Younger Perspective recommendations

Pre-Fringe Q&A interview with Broadway World

Featured in WOW247’s pick of the Top 5 Weirdest Shows at the Fringe

Featured in The Herald Scotland’s pick of Weird and Wonderful Shows


Edinburgh 2015:

Article from A Younger Theatre about the therapeutic effects of hypnosis on performers in my Edinburgh show

Interview with the British Comedy Guide

Appearance on Festival Radio with Oliver Suddon – audio clip of Mentalist effect

Fife Today Edinburgh Review

Audience member Edinburgh review



Press features:

Barnet Press article: Pre-Take Me Out

Barnet Press article: Between Take Me Out and the date review/The Gossip

Barnet Press article: Post date/Gossip

Then someone from the Jewish Chronicle spotted me and got in touch. HOW COULD THEY TELL?

Barnet Press article: Run-up to Edinburgh 2016

Metro piece on Pizza Express Valentines Day campaign

Make sure you check out my 6-part Take Me Out blog starting here and view the studio episode here (43 mins in)


Some high-profile hypnosis segments, including hypnotising boyband Union J in 2013:


And Axel for Unilad to promote Now You See Me 2. This got over 1 million hits within 24 hours of its launch:

Performing hypnotherapy for a Radio 4 segment on ‘You & Yours’ about how to ease stress over Christmas with the aid of hypnosis:

And a separate hypnosis piece for Nish Kumar’s topical Radio 4 comedy show ‘Spotlight Tonight’ in which his correspondent Sarah Campbell was hypnotised to change her strongly held beliefs and passions in the name of entertainment:

In July 2017 I spoke to Ken Bruce for the first time since our joint Countdown appearance 13 years earlier to put in a performance on his epic radio music quiz Popmaster:

And most recently, Ben performed hypnosis for Radio 4 for the third time in February 2018 when he hypnotised some BBC journalists on stage at BBC Radio Theatre. Video can be found here and the link to the audio of the show is on the page.

In 2016 I have also hypnotised US film and sitcom actor Nick Offerman in a private event, read the mind of Ian McKellen to deduce when he was telling a lie, and been gunged live on stage by Dave Benson-Phillips


For the full length versions of each appearance, plus Take Me Out, please click on the following links:

Brainteaser (July 2003)
Countdown (March 2004)
The People’s Quiz (March 2007)
The Chase (October 2013)
Strip Date (May 2016)

Take Me Out episode (from 43 mins)

Take Me Out date review

Take Me Out – The Gossip

Countdown Episode breakdowns


Here’s a video of a First Dates-style segment for Pizza Express’ 2017 Valentines Day marketing campaign:

And finally a short list of some other programmes I’ve been on: Newsround, Memory Bank, Braniac, Gamezville, The National Spelling Test, A Question of Genius, Breakaway, BBC News Scotland.