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Comedy and Magic in Barnsley this week with Pete Firman and Rob Newman

One of the UK’s most celebrated magicians and comedians, Pete Firman, is coming to The Civic, Barnsley this Friday with what promises to be his most astonishing show yet.

'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic' The Daily Telegraph

Expect to be mesmerised by Pete's acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience. ‘The UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) has numerous television appearances under his belt, including ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One's Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief, The John Bishop Show, The Magicians and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. He also presented Pete Firman’s World of Magic for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled to be hitting the road again with a brand new bag of tricks! Performing magic on television is brilliant, but it really should be experienced live and right in front of your eyes in a theatre. I’ve spent the last year and a bit working on new ways to drop jaws and tickle ribs. I can’t wait to get started!”

Pete’s skill for fusing magic and comedy has made him one of the most sought after magicians working on British television, writing and performing in magic shows such as Monkey Magic (FIVE), Dirty Tricks, Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular (Channel 4) and The Secret World of Magic (Sky One).

In 2017 Pete was presented with ‘The Carlton Award' by the world famous Magic Circle. It is given for outstanding comedy in magic and Pete is the first non-member of the society to receive it in the Magic Circle’s 100-plus year history. Other recipients of Magic Circle awards include Derren Brown and David Copperfield.

The best magic tricks in the Universe’ The Independent

Pete isn’t the only comedian at The Civic this week, with Rob Newman appearing on Saturday, this weekend will be a laugh a minute.

In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? This sparklingly brilliant new show, Rob Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes, tries to give you the answer. Rob Newman (stand up legend, best-selling novelist, Radio 4 Sony Award Winner) attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times by sifting through 3000 years of thought: from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers.

‘I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman.’ Kate Copstick, Scotsman

Pete Firman is on Friday 26 October at 7:30pm

Tickets: £16 | £14 conc

Robert Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes is on Saturday 27 October at 8:00pm

Tickets: £15 | £12 conc

For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.