About

Ali Cook is a historian of deception. He's a sleight of hand expert, a street magician, escapologist, stage illusionist and performer of thought control.

"As well as escapology, Cook does jaw-dropping Derren Brown-style mind-reading feats, fabulously dextrous close-up magic, gruesome gross-out pranks and magic tricks the like of which you've never seen before" Steve Bennett, Chortle.

Ali has written and starred in the television series Now You See It (BBC1),'Penn And Teller: Fool Us' (ITV1) 'Dirty Tricks' (Channel 4) and 'Monkey Magic '(Five), both nominated for the British Comedy Awards & the Golden Rose of Montreux. 'Psychic Secrets Revealed' with Derren Brown (Five), The Secret World of Magic (Sky 1), 'the Jerry @ Trick show' with Jerry Sadowitz (Five) & Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe Ever (Channel 5).  As well as guest slots on Le Plus Grand Cabaret du monde and The Slammer (CBBC).

Ali’s irreverent persona and respected sleight of hand have made him one of the pioneers of the alternative magic scene. His 2010 live show, 'Pieces of Strange', was in the top 2% of best reviewed shows according to The British Comedy Guide. 2011 saw his third sell-out Edinburgh show, 'Principles and Deceptions', which was nominated for a 6 star award by broad way baby.

Following these highly innovative live shows Ali has received the highest accolade by The Magic Circle with his promotion to Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star joining HRH Prince of Wales, David Copperfield, Paul Daniels, Lance Burton and other elite names of magic around the world.

Ali has taken a break from the Fringe to pursue his acting career. He plays the lead in British Sc-Fi thriller The Call Up, currently on general release across the UK. He has also featured in Mr Selfridge (ITV1) and his feature film credits include: BAFTA nominated and BIFA award winning war drama ‘Kajaki’(2015) from the producers of ‘The Kings Speech’,  ‘Get Lucky’ (Universal Pictures), ‘The Anomaly’ (Universal Pictures) and ‘The Messenger’ directed by BAFTA and Emmy Award winner David Blair.

Television credits:

Penn & Teller:Fool us, 1 hour special, ITV1.

The Slammer, CBBC.

Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, France2.

The Invincibles: 1 hour special, ITV1. Various sketch characters.

Dirty Tricks: 6 X 1 hour series, Channel 4. Lead performer and writer.

Secret World of magic: 6 x 1 hour series, Sky One. Lead performer and writer.

Monkey Magic Two: 7 x half hour series, Five. Lead performer and writer.

The Greatest Magic Tricks In The Universe Ever 6 x 1 hour series, Five. Lead performer and writer. A count down of the most awesome tricks of all time.

Psychic Secrets Revealed: a one-hour special and 6 x half hour series, Five. Lead presenter and writer. Investigated the psychology of deception and the Occult. Featured Derren Brown.

Monkey Magic Christmas special 1 hour, Five. Lead presenter and writer. Highlights from the first series.

Monkey Magic 7 x half hour series, Five. Lead presenter and writer. The ground breaking series that created the alternative magic scene.

Film acting credits:

Edward - The Call Up, Stigma Films, Dir: Charles Barker

Sgt Paul "Spud" McMellon - Kajaki, Pukka Films & Bedlam, Dir: Paul Katis

Geoff - The Messenger, Gateway Films, Dir: David Blair

Agent Travis - The Anomaly, Universal Pictures, Dir: Noel Clarke

Constable Phillips - Peterman, Control Films, Dir: Mark Abraham

Daniel - Lost in Karastan, F&me, Dir: Ben Hopkins

Jonno - The Wedding, Dir: Peter Andrew/Ben Kelly

Kirby - Get Lucky, Universal, Dir: Sacha Bennett

Stevie - Outside Bet, Universal, Dir: Sacha Bennett

Yorkie - The Boy and The Bus, BBC Worldwide, Dir: Simon Pitts

Charlie - Circles- Spencer Hudson Films, Dir: Spencer Hudson

Harry Senior - The Turtle and the Nightingale, HBO, Dir: Gershon Hinkson

Soldier - Sahara, Paramount Pictures, Dir: Breck Eisner

Lead/Greg - Striklem, NFT, Dir: Stephen Frears/Andrew Saunders

Lead/Laurence - The Enchanter, ACP, Dir: Adrian Vitoria

Lead/Jack - The Bus Stop, MTV Europe, Dir: Mario Cavelli.

Lead/Giles - Missing Eunice, The Second City, LA, Dir: Mike Ross 

GQ Magazine - None stars!

"Forget what you think you know about comedy magicians - Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought-after illusionists on the planet."

The Daily Telegraph - Four stars!

"Effortlessly funny, Jonathan Creek eat your heart out."

Chortle - Four stars!

"Witty and affable throughout, he might have an old craft but Cook has a modern pared down approach...Awe inspiring!"

Broadway Baby - Five stars!

"The show is Perfection"

The Herald, Scotland - Four stars!

"Like a bonsai David Blaine, but not so smug and irritating, Cook does big things in small places"