Tommy Cooper Forever

December 12th 2017
‘Tommy Cooper Forever’ reveals how an act that started out in the desert during the second world war went on to take the comedy world by storm.
Over three decades have passed since Tommy Cooper died but rather than the memories fade with time, the nation’s love of this unique magician has only gone from strength to strength.
In these two programmes, using previously unseen footage, we hear how Tommy scoured the magic shops of London to create his routines.
Pete appears in both programmes to talk about Tommy’s influence on magic and comedy and he examines some of his stage props.
Tune in December 14th and 15th on ITV3 at 9pm.

The Carlton Award

September 18th 2017

Pete was recently awarded ‘The Carlton Award’ for outstanding comedy in magic by the world famous Magic Circle. He was presented with the award by The Magic Circle’s president Scott Penrose at the annual awards ceremony in Central London. Other recipients of Magic Circle awards include Derren Brown and David Copperfield.

Tonight At The London Palladium

May 4th 2017

Here is Pete’s recent performance from ITV1’s ‘Tonight At The London Palladium’.

Tonight At The London Palladium

April 16th 2017

On 19th April Pete will be appearing on ‘Tonight At The London Palladium’ on ITV1. Presented on one of the world’s most famous stages and hosted by Bradley Walsh, other guests in the episode are Emeli Sande, Steps, The Chinese State Circus and the cast of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.

LET’S SING AND DANCE

March 21st 2017

Pete recently appeared on BBC One’s Saturday night show ‘Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief’. The show sees celebrities singing and dancing to raise money for this wonderful charity.

See Pete and Ellie Taylor giving their best at Little Mix’s ‘Black Magic’ below.

COMIC RELIEF

March 15th 2017

Pete will be appearing in BBC One’s ‘Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief’ live on Saturday 18th March! Tune in at 6.45pm to see him performing Little Mix’s ‘Black Magic’ along with Ellie Taylor. The show, hosted by Mel and Sue, is part of the BBC’s Red Nose Day schedule and is all in aid of Comic Relief.

The Next Great Magician

February 2nd 2017

Pete recently made two guest appearances on ITV1’s brand new primetime series ‘The Next Great Magician’. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern and Rochelle Humes, the show features guest performers from all over the world. You can see his second appearance below.

Tommy Cooper Forever

January 12th 2017

Pete recently completed filming for a brand new documentary on comedy legend Tommy Cooper. The programme entitled ‘Tommy Cooper Forever’ will air on ITV later in 2017 and traces Tommy’s life and career though archive footage and interviews with friends, acquaintances and fans.

Here’s a sneaky peek between takes of Pete playing with one of Tommy’s actual magic props.

(Video from Pete’s Instagram)

triX TOUR

August 6th 2016

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JUST ANNOUNCED!

Pete will be on tour later this year, beginning at the Edinburgh Festival in August! From September he’ll be travelling around the UK with his NEW SHOW!

Tickets are now on sale for all Fringe and tour shows. Click here.

PETE FIRMAN – TriX

‘The UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) returns to the Fringe to celebrate a decade of sell-out shows.

Star of BBC1’s The Magicians and guest on BBC2’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme and BBC1’s The John Bishop Show.

Expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic, it’s a show not to be missed!

★★★★★ – Time Out    ★★★★★ – The Mirror

★★★★ – Metro              ★★★★ – The Independent

‘The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century’ – The Times

‘The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ – The Telegraph

‘Seamless blending of quality magic and stand-up comedy. It is a joy to watch’ – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

BBC Breakfast

August 5th 2016

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Catch Pete on ‘BBC Breakfast’ on BBC1 around 9am on Friday 5th August. He’ll be talking about his brand new Edinburgh Festival show, ‘TriX’.

Weekend on ITV1

July 30th 2016

 

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Catch Pete on ITV1’s ‘Weekend’ Sunday 31st July. Other guests are Tamsin Greig and Brian Blessed.

Chop Chop

March 4th 2016

A short clip from an appearance on BBC1’s The One Show. Heston Blumenthal had no idea what was going to happen and I love the reaction of Chris Evans and Alex Jones! Enjoy.

Welcome!

January 28th 2016

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Happy new website!

Welcome to my new online home. Here you can find information about me, TV clips, live show dates and up to the minute news items, like this one! Have a look around, treat yourself. Before you go don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list, that way I can send you news on live shows and TV appearance before they’re announced.

Thanks for stopping by.

Edinburgh Success

September 2nd 2015

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Pete has just completed his 9th Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His sold out show played to thousands of Fringe goers over the 25 performances and was well received by audiences and critics alike.

“Pete Firman: Super Duper is a brilliant magical performance that will guarantee you an amazing night of bewildering illusions and breathless laughter.” – Broadway Baby

“…awe inspiring magic tricks that take place over the hour: as they are skilfully executed, the audience sit in suspense and display visible shock.” – Ed Fest Mag

“He had me all the way through the show with my jaw wide open, and the hour flew by.” – I Talk Telly

“As masters of comedy magic go, look no further than Pete Firman…A slick and loveable performer, with an hour of exceptional tricks that just zips by.” – The Skinny

“Not only were his tricks awesome but also so was his stage presence, he commanded the sold-out show with wonder.” – Arts Award Voice

Over the course of the Festival Pete appeared on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Arts Show’, STV’s ‘Edinburgh Festival 2015’ and BBC2’s ‘Sue Perkins’ Big Night Out.’ He also made number 12 on The Independent’s list of the top 50 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe and was given the ‘thumbs up’ by the one and only Derren Brown.

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Edinburgh Fringe 2015

July 10th 2015

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JUST ANNOUNCED!

Pete will be returning to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2015 with a BRAND NEW show! Tickets are now on sale here.

Pete Firman – Super Duper

After sell-out performances in 2014, ‘the UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) returns with an astonishing new show.

Star of BBC One’s The Magicians and guest on countless television programmes, including BBC Two’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme, BBC One’s Celebrity Mastermind and Channel 4’s Comedy Mash-Up.

Expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic, it’s a show not to be missed!

★★★★★ – Time Out    ★★★★★ – The Mirror

★★★★ – Metro              ★★★★ – The Independent

 

‘The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy meets magic in the 21st century’ (Times)

‘The new poster boy for British comedy magic’ (Telegraph)

‘Impressive, well-executed illusions delivered with the same speed and lightness of touch as his surgically-precise one-liners’ (List)

 

Pete Firman’s World of Magic

July 9th 2015

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Pete recently hosted a BBC Radio 4 Extra documentary on magic and it’s history. Hear it here on BBC iPlayer.

“Comedian and magician Pete Firman enters the world of illusion to bring together a compilation of archive programmes exploring the fascinating and secretive world of professional magic. From the early illusionists of the Victorian age right up to the modern masters David Blaine and Derren Brown, Pete explores the amazing range and breadth of conjuring.”

 

The John Bishop Show

June 9th 2015

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Pete was recently a guest on BBC1’s ‘The John Bishop Show’. The Saturday night series features music and comedy guests hand picked by John himself. Here’s a clip from the beginning of Pete’s segment, where he and John perform some magic together.

The Magic Show Story

June 2nd 2015

Pete was recently featured in ITV1’s ‘The Magic Show Story’, a one-off special which took viewers on a journey through sixty years of television trickery. Pete appeared alongside other TV magicians past and present, including Dynamo, Derren Brown, Penn and Teller, Geoffrey Durham, David Nixon, Tommy Cooper, Wayne Dobson and David Copperfield.

Watch here on ITV Player.

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars

January 19th 2015

Pete recently featured in an episode of BBC Radio 4’s programme ‘I’ve Never Seen Star Wars’. Hosted by Marcus Brigstocke, the show invites guests to try new experiences. Ann Widdecombe had an ambition to learn magic and Pete was brought in to teach her. Hear how she does at mind reading here.

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TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks

December 9th 2014

Pete is featured in Channel 5’s ‘TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks’ on Saturday 13th December at 9.10pm. As well as being interviewed about many of the tricks included in the programme, two of Pete’s signature routines make the countdown list. Tune in to see which one made the top 10!

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Jon Richardson Grows Up

September 15th 2014

Look out for Pete in Jon Richardson’s new show on 29th September on Channel 4.

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BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live

August 25th 2014

Catch Pete on 28th August at 9pm in BBC3’s ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live’. Kevin Bridges hosts the programme that was filmed at The Edinburgh Playhouse during this years’s Fringe.

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Trickster Tour 2014

May 14th 2014

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Pete will be touring his brand new show ‘Trickster’ in 2014. The show will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and then travel around the UK from September.

All dates and booking information is here.

 

Pete Firman – Trickster

After sell-out performances on his 2013 tour ‘the UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) hits the road again with his astonishing new show.

The star of BBC1’s ‘The Magicians’ and special guest on countless other TV shows, which recently include BBC2’s ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’, BBC1’s ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ and Channel 4’s ‘Comedy Mash-Up’.

Expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. This is a show not to be missed!

★★★★★ – Time Out    ★★★★★ – The Mirror

★★★★ – Metro                ★★★★ – The Independent

“The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century” The Times

“Impressive, well-executed illusions delivered with the same speed and lightness of touch as his surgically-precise one-liners” The List

 “The new poster-boy for British comedy magic” The Telegraph

 “The best magic tricks in the Universe” – The Independent

 

 

Pete on The Sarah Millican Television Programme

March 14th 2014

Here’s a clip from Pete’s guest appearance on Sarah Millican’s BBC2 show.

 

2013 Edinburgh Fringe Reviews

September 23rd 2013

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Pete recently concluded another fantastic run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his brand new show ‘Scoundrel’. It was a month of sell-out performances and critical acclaim for “the UK’s leading comedy magician” (Time Out).

Press for ‘Scoundrel’

★★★★★ – Broadway Baby “An accomplished performer and an exciting showman and someone you simply have to see to believe.”

★★★★1/2 – Edinburgh Reviews “I wanted to be impressed, I wanted value for my money and that’s exactly what I got. Pete Firman is a magical hoot.”

★★★★ – Fest Magazine “Pete Firman is a consummate performer who has rightly been showered with praise.”

★★★★ – The List “His quick-witted asides share the perfectly-paced hour with deft and breathtaking illusions.”

★★★★ – The Edinburgh Reporter “Hearty laughs in addition to genuine wonderment.”

★★★★ – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “Seamless blending of quality magic and stand-up comedy. It is a joy to watch.”

★★★★ – Three Weeks “Firman’s showmanship and obvious talent for appealing to his audience is remarkable…Gifted with sleight of hand (and of tongue) this hilarious magician will have you choking between amused chuckles and gasps of wonder.”

★★★★ – The Good Review “Scoundrel is a cheeky and exceptional hour of magic and humour.”

Pete in Reveal Magazine

September 22nd 2013

Pete was recently interviewed by ‘Reveal’ magazine. As well as chatting about his Edinburgh Festival show Pete took the opportunity to perform some astonishing magic. Read all about it and see more pictures of him levitating journalist Rosalind Sack by clicking here.

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Street Magic in Edinburgh

September 19th 2013

Here is Pete performing some impromptu magic on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh during the 2013 comedy festival.

Edinburgh Fringe 2013

April 24th 2013

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JUST ANNOUNCED!

Pete will be returning to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2013 with a BRAND NEW show! Tickets are now on sale here.

Pete Firman – Scoundrel

Prepare to be amazed and amused as ‘the UK’s leading comedy magician'(Time Out) returns to Edinburgh with an astonishing new show.

Star of BBC1’s The Magicians and recently seen on BBC2’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme and Channel 4’s Mash-Up.

Part comedian, part magician, all scoundrel!

‘The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century’ (Times).

‘The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ (Telegraph).

‘Impressive, well-executed illusions delivered with the same speed and lightness of touch as his surgically-precise one-liners’ (List).

 

What’s Cooking?

April 24th 2013

Pete was recently a guest on Channel 4’s ‘What’s Cooking?’ to promote his tour. If you want to see him taste delicious food and do magic then you can watch on demand here on 4OD.

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Magic Chat

April 24th 2013

Whilst touring the UK in ‘Hoodwinker’ Pete was asked to take part in a couple of filmed interviews to talk about himself and his work.

The first was for ‘A coffee with…’, a fine website of chats with comedians, curated by Matt and Ben.

 

The second was for ‘The Student Pocket Guide’ website.

UK Tour 2013

January 26th 2013

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Pete will be touring  from January 26th 2013.

Following a hugely successful tour in Spring 2012 and another successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe season, Pete Firman, the Star of BBC1’s popular prime time show The Magicians, sets out to tour the UK again with a brand new show and an all-new box of mind-bending tricks. 

Check the ‘Live’ page for all the dates.

The Sarah Millican Television Programme

January 15th 2013

sarahmCatch Pete as a guest on the new series of ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’ on BBC2. He’ll be appearing on episode two,  22nd January 2013 at 10pm.

More information on the show here.

Comedians Come Dine With Me

January 1st 2013

Pete will be appearing on a very special comedians edition of the Channel 4 show ‘Come Dine With Me’.  

The programme will air on Channel 4 at 7.55pm on January 4th 2013, as part of a Channel 4 Mash Up evening of programmes. He’ll be competing with Angelos Epithemiou, Olivia Lee and Stan Boardman.

More information on the Channel 4 website.

Watch the show now on 4oD here.

Celebrity Mastermind

December 31st 2012

Pete will be appearing on the new series of ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ over the festive season.

Catch his episode on 1st January 2013 at 6pm on BBC1.

Information here.

 

Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong LIVE 2012

December 26th 2012

CHEF GORDON RAMSAYPete joined Gordon Ramsay LIVE on Channel 4 on Christmas morning 2012 as part of his annual Cookalong.

Other guests on the show included Rylan Clark, David Harewood and David Hasselhoff.

Hoodwinker Tour 2013

October 17th 2012

Pete will be touring from January 2013 with his new live show, Hoodwinker.

The first venues to have tickets on sale are now listed on the live dates page. Lots more are still to be added, so keep checking back regularly or keep tabs on Pete’s Twitter as he will be announcing more venues there.

Jiggery Pokery Tour 2012

February 15th 2012

After a sensational run in BBC1’s hit show ‘The Magicians’ Pete is taking his live show out on the road. ‘Jiggery Pokery’ is Pete’s 3rd UK tour, check out when and where he is playing here.
http://www.petefirman.co.uk/live_dates.asp

Expect amazing feats that defy logic, a fast and furious delivery of gags and astounding tricks that will leave you dumbfounded for days!

Check out what The Telegraph had to say about Pete recently.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/comedy/9078875/Pete-Firman-poster-boy-for-British-comedy-magic.html

‘The Magicians’ on BBC1

November 26th 2011

Pete is starring in hit BBC programme ‘The Magicians’ when it returns to our screens in January 2012!

Look out for the show Saturday nights on BBC1 from 7th January. Keep checking back here for more details and exclusive insights.

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JIGGERY POKERY AT EDINBURGH 2011

June 13th 2011

Tickets are now on sale for Pete’s show at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. This is his 5th consecutive show at the Fringe. Buy tickets here…
http://www.pleasance.co.uk/edinburgh/events/pete-firman-jiggery-pokery

After sell out shows in 2007/08/09/10, everyone’s favourite comedic conjuror returns with ‘the best magic tricks in the Universe’ (Independent). Expect amazing feats that defy logic, a fast and furious delivery of gags and more tricks up his sleeve than Scotland has bagpipes!

As seen on Dirty Tricks and ‘Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular’ (Channel 4), ‘The Secret World of Magic’ (Sky1) and ‘Comedy Rocks’ (ITV1).

‘The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century’ (Times).
‘Funnier than most comedians and more magical than Dumbledore on a good day’ (Time Out).

Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford

January 31st 2011

 

Pete recently appeared on ITV1’s new show Comedy Rocks. If you missed it and would like to see Pete’s performance you can watch online for a while on ITV Player.

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Pete is the first guest on the show after Jason’s opening stand-up.

Podcasts and Radio

November 1st 2010

Pete was recently invited onto the highly regarded ‘Martha Meets…’ comedy podcast on Xfm. To download the interview or listen online click below.
http://www.xfm.co.uk/marsha-meets-pete-firman

He was also a guest last weekend on Alan Davies’ BBC Radio 5 Live Programme. To listen on iPlayer click below, Pete is near the beginning of the show.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vkjfq

Edinburgh Aftermath

September 17th 2010

Edinburgh 2010 was another fantastic year for Pete. Not only did he perform to sell-out audiences he also got terrific reviews from the Edinburgh press for his fourth solo show ‘Jokes & Tricks.’ Here are a few samples…
***** The Mirror “Tremendous fun from a performer at the top of his not inconsiderable game.”

**** Time Out “Middlesbrough man of mystery and magic, Pete Firman, delivers another cracking hour of bad puns, innuendo and slick tricks. Super stuff.”

**** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “Firman is as quick with his jokes as he is with his hands. Good solid entertainment.”

**** The National Student “He’s dependable, annoyingly talented and always enjoyable; Pete Firman is one of the best and most bankable magicians working today.”

**** The British Comedy Guide “Worlds apart from the old style cheesy magician…he pulls off being very funny whilst performing a series of very impressive tricks.”

**** Hairline “Each trick is more amazing than the next…Firman easily wins the title of being everyone’s favourite magician.”

If you missed him in Edinburgh you can catch Pete as he tours the country this October in ‘Jokes & Tricks – 2010 Tour.’