Q Theatre, Rangatira, Auckland

28/04/2012 - 05/05/2012

Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington

08/05/2012 - 12/05/2012

NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

Production Details

Voted ‘Best Comedy Show in the UK’ in 2011 by Venue Magazine.  

Don’t look away or he may just read your mind!  

This remarkable entertainer sold out his season at the NZ International Comedy Festival in 2010 so we have invited him back in 2012 with a brand new show, ‘Fatal Distraction’, opening Sat 28 April at the new venue, Q – 305 Queen St followed by a week at Wellington’s Whitireia Performance Centre.

Chris Cox is a mind reader who can’t read minds, not only that but according to The Guardian he is ‘one of the most exciting entertainers in Britain’, Time Out thinks, ‘he does tricks that would make Jesus proud… Loveable, geeky & deceptively talented,’ they’re not alone, The Times think he’s ‘stunning’ and ‘leaves other magicians scratching their heads.’ Chris agrees with all these things but also likes to think he’s far too modest to make them the first things people read about him.

He is a unique force when it comes to mind-reading entertainment. Chris already has a string of accolades under his belt including 5 Edinburgh Fringe shows, 4 UK Tours, 3 West End Shows, an extended sell out run at the 2010 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, a bloody big heap of 4 and 5 star reviews, 2 Edinburgh Fringe Awards,  2007/08/09/11 sell out shows, a 2011 Best Comedy Show award win, must see show listings and numerous TV and Radio appearances. All that and he’s still in his early 20s. What a busy boy.

The self proclaimed mind reader who can’t read minds is an accomplished and much loved performer, using a mongrel hybrid mix of witty chit chat, magic, psychology, body language, influencing, devilish good looks… and lying, to make you think he knows what you’re thinking, despite never knowing what you are thinking, or being able to really do anything he says. All this helps him to produce a highly-entertaining and very funny cutting edge show that’ll make you say the wow word. 

Believe it or not! See him at the 2012 NZ International Comedy Festival and all won’t be revealed. 

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As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

Dates: Sat 28, Mon 30 April – Sat 5 May, 7pm
Venue: Rangatira at Q – 305 Queen St, City
Tickets: Adults $32, Conc. $28, Groups 10+ $28
Bookings: Ph 309 9771 or   

Dates: Tue 8 May- Sat 12 May, 7.00pm  
Venue: Whitireia Performance Centre, 25- 27 Vivian St, Te Aro
Tickets:  Adults $26.50, Conc. $22.50, Groups 10+ $22.50
Bookings: or 
Duration:  1 hour

For a full line up of performances, booking details &more information, visit  

Intense, charismatic, talkative and smart

Review by Kate Ward-Smythe 29th Apr 2012

How does he do it? This lanky Brit defies the odds by getting into the selected heads of audience members and revealing incredibly specific thoughts. While openly admitting he cannot read minds, that appears to be exactly what he achieves with an almost 100% success rate on opening night.

At first I try hard to rationalise his processing – he must be a driven perfectionist with a photographic memory for a start – plus I suss one little quick-switch-magician’s-trick during the night… Yet the man is such a shrewd operator that finding a logical matrix for his overall mind manipulation, becomes a headache.

So instead of feeling comically violated, I decide to sit back and marvel at this master craftsman working the crowd and weaving his way into a full house of seemingly unsuspecting minds. That proves to be a far more entertaining (and relaxing) way to spend an evening with Cox. 

Exploring the mind is in vogue, with TV programmes such as The Mentalist and Touch enjoying high ratings. Seeing the process live is far more engaging. The production itself is effervescent from the start, with Cox’s voice over asking us to write down contributions as we take our seats through to the opening credits on an AV screen.

Cox bounces on and welcomes us with a well-rehearsed stand up routine that is sprinkled with self depreciation about his skinny frame and unusual looks, as well as honesty about his abilities. I think his intention is to make himself accessible, fallible and likable, so we are more willing to relax and go on the journey with him. It works.

The show’s narrative involves Cox enlisting the help of various audience members to scribe, participate in and suggest various scenarios to drive his reoccurring story about how he found love. He even gives a little stirring sermon about love at the end. Apparently timing is everything, and it will all come together when the timing is right. Cox is fully wired and energized from start to finish. Intense, charismatic, talkative and smart, he drives the night at lightening pace, with the help of a stuffed toy and a bouncy ball.

A few opening night glitches by Jamie the technician do not detract from Cox’s mastery – it simply magnifies the organic abilities and sharpness of Cox as he works with whatever the night gives him. He takes a huge leap of faith, as do the audience, and the results are astonishing.

Even though I’m fully aware of the fact that he is a master of using word association and reading body language as he takes a good look at his audience, and even though I know he is using the power of suggestion by carefully planting significant indicative words in amongst what seems to be just stream of consciousness chat, and even though I know he is using some sort of subliminal messaging through his psychedelic images on the AV screen and seemingly random props scattered round the stage… I am still astounded by his abilities.

We are left scratching our heads in wonder and amazement. How did he know that man’s phone number??? How did he know that woman wanted him to recite one very specific line from a Harry Potter book?!?

Go see Cox – send him your thoughts and see what comes back. Extraordinary. 


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