Award Winner

Chris Cox wins FestBuzz’s Twit­ter of the Year award at Edin­burgh Fringe 2009

Fes­t­Buzz have awarded Chris Cox, the com­edy men­tal­ist magi­cian, the first ever com­edy Twit­ter of the Year Award at Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe.

Cox has been given this prize for his cre­ative and pro­lific use of Twit­ter which has helped gar­ner him almost 3,000 fol­low­ers on the site, and ensured his pop­u­lar­ity at this year’s Fringe fes­ti­val with his show Mind Over Pat­ter. He has tweeted around 300 times this August, con­vers­ing with fans and fel­low come­di­ans about com­edy, the inter­net and his show. Chris’ online name is @bigcox, and his mind-reading and magic show com­bines other new social media such as Face­book to cre­ate some excel­lent tricks for his audience.

Fes­t­Buzz is a new way to find cool stuff at the Edin­burgh Fes­ti­vals. It’s a project from Affect Labs, a data pro­cess­ing com­pany based in Edin­burgh, and is sup­ported by Chan­nel 4’s 4iP fund. Fes­t­Buzz aggre­gates “tweets” about shows and then uses sen­ti­ment detec­tion to cre­ate a star rat­ing for the act: reviews are crowd-sourced directly from the peo­ple who are see­ing the shows, rather than critics.

More information can be found here.

The End Is Near

Hello,

I realise I’ve not blogged in ages. Sorry about that. I’ve had a pretty rough and tough few weeks. I can’t believe that I now only have two shows left till the end of this years festival. Pretty incredible really, it has certainly flown by, and now thoughts turn to plans for the coming few months and such.

I had a horrible dream last night that I fell in a swimming pool with my iphone in my pocket and as such have woken up feeling very anxious. So let’s try re-cap some of the last few weeks on things we’ve missed out on. As a rule it’s been very quiet this week in Edinburgh, audience wise it’s been hard work, but equally rewarding. Had a really fun show the other night when a little lad came on stage to help me with a trick, having to wear a t-shirt that was way to big for him, then having to read a swear word out… very awkward but utterly hilarious. Not many other show mishaps really, although I keep accidentally saying something I don’t want to when I come to my big date trick so I’m going to try not do that so much.

Last weekend some of my friends came to town, it was very nice to see them and show them bits of Edinburgh. I went up Calton Hill for the first time, Edinburgh really is a beautiful city, especially from up there. At the moment my good friends the Bacon’s are up in town so I’ve been socialising with them. Richard did his first ever bit of stand up, I urge you to listen to his 5live show to hear it, especially the moment where he was in the wings before going on, truly incredible radio. I also took part in an event at the TV Festival yesterday doing some mind reading with Amanda Holden, Ant & Dec, Jimmy Carr and Lois Walsh. Twas terribly odd but fun all the same.

Excitingly I’ve won an award. It’s the Mervyn Stuters Pick Of The Fringe Twitter Of The Year, so a huge thanks to the guys at festbuzz.com for that. I feel very flattered to have won such a thing. Look here is a photo of it for you. Horray to me.

So now just a few days let to see the final few shows I’d like to see… I’ve seen nowhere near enough shows this year, I hope lots of them come to London.

Ta-Ra

Chris x

Half Way There

Good morning from my bed,

It’s another Edinburgh day and I have now passed the half way stage, which means I’m starting to get a bit sick so I’m taking it easy today and will be in bed reading, eating, drinking and doing some tidying.. changing my sheets…making my room pretty that sort of thing. It’s pretty hard work doing two shows a day… but the other day it was even harder work as I took part in the pretty darn amazing Mark Watson’s 24 Hour Show

This was Mark’s final 24 hour show, where he does a show for 24 hours. I went along to watch and help out doing various mind-reading stunts… Watson loves this sort of nonsense, and this was his reaction to one of them.


Him and I also got to prove our manly powers by punching Brendan Burns. I tried 4 times. I hurt my hand. He seemed fine. I also correctly predicted which person Simon Amstell would pick for Blind Date during the show before joining him and everyone else on stage for a rendition of Band Aid to finish the show. It was a unique and incredible experience, one I was lucky to be involved in.

My Venue Crew also had a night out the other day where I treated them all to a drink. I have the fab Damian who does all my tech stuff, also Will who is the venue manager who looked after me last year and is doing another good job. He often calls me Mr Cox to inflate my Ego. Steph makes lights work, Chris is more efficiant than anyone else in the world and Kelly does amazing drawings for me. I’ll put some on here soon. She’s bloody good.

The Hotel which is the other show I’m doing is going very well.. I mind read Denise Van Outen and Lee Mead the other day in my alter-ego of Eric. I also appeared on The Culture Show last night as part of their piece on the show. That’s kinda all that’s been happening for now… quite a lot and I have a busy few days coming up but I’ll blog again soon I promise.

Chris x

One4Review: Mind Over Patter Review

Chris Cox is a self-proclaimed mind reader who can’t read minds. But he can certainly make his audience think he can.

As the audience entered the King Dome a video was playing at the back of the stage with various numbers and images and clips of Chris in action on a loop, along with instructions for us to write a number between 1 and 49 on a slip of paper and put it in one bowl on a small table at the front of the stage and to write a letter or a word on another slip of paper and put it in a second bowl. The reasons for this would become clear at the end of the show.

When Chris bounded on stage his energy (and sparkly silver shoes) immediately grabbed the attention of the audience. What followed was an incredibly entertaining hour of mentalism. Chris’ innocent persona only helps him engage with the audience and I was willing all his ‘magic’ to work. Despite a couple of tricks that didn’t quite come off, Chris’ talent is impressive by any standards, but especially considering he is still only 25.

I would urge you to catch Chris Cox while he’s still playing to relatively small audiences – I predict that it won’t be long before Chris is filling theatres.

And as for those numbers and words that we wrote down at the beginning of the show? Chris used them in a trick involving 6 members of the audience that literally blew my mind. Four days later I’m still trying to work out how he could possibly have done it, and despite what Chris would have us believe, I can only conclude it really was magic.