ALI COOK NEWS
Ali Cook stars in the sci-fi thriller The Call Up which will be released in cinemas across the UK on the 20th May.
When a group of elite online gamers each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game, it's a dream come true and impossible to resist. Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience. But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister. Once the group are attacked by enemy combatants, they soon realize this is no game after all. Make a mistake here and you pay with your life. Now these masters of the shoot 'em up will have to fight for survival within a game gone bad, but this time it's for real.
Ali Cook has just finished a total sell-out run of the smash hit West End Magic Show, Impossible, at the Noel Coward Theatre. The show brought eight of the best magicians from around the world together to perform in the first West-End magic show for decades! Critics and packed out audiences alike were blown away with, the Evening Standard calling the show 'so mind bendingly spectacular it will knock your socks off'. Ali's performances drew particular attention from critics - 'Ali Cook's card tricks are dazzling' - The Daily Mail, 'Ali Cook's illusions were thrilling' - The Big Issue, and 'Ali Cook's water tank escape is truly impressive and the highlight of the show' - What's On Stage.
'A fiesta of trickery and illusion... a highly entertaining show' - The Guardian
'This magic show is so mind bendingly spectacular it will knock your socks off' - The Evening Standard
'This show doesn't miss a trick!' - The Daily Telegraph
'The hottest act in town' - The Daily Mail
'Ali Cook was a revelation' - Britishtheatre.com
'Ali Cook's recreation of the underwater tank escape is a quick fire treat' - The Evening Standard
The British made film Kajaki has been nominated for the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut from a British Writer, Director or Producer. Starring comedian, magician and actor Ali Cook, the film tells the true story of an incident involving a group of soldiers, mostly from the British Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 Para), who were trapped in a minefield while stationed at the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006.
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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.
Ali has written and starred in the television series Now You See It, Penn And Teller: Fool Us, Dirty Tricks and Monkey Magic, both nominated for the British Comedy Awards and the Golden Rose of Montreux. Psychic Secrets Revealed with Derren Brown, The Secret World of Magic, The Jerry @ Trick Show with Jerry Sadowitz and Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe Ever, as well as guest slots on Le Plus Grand Cabaret du monde and The Slammer.
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 two percent 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 six star award by Broadway 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, featuring in Mr Selfridge and building his feature film credits including: Get Lucky, The Anomal and BAFTA nominated war drama Kajaki from the producers of The Kings Speech. Ali’s upcoming credits this year include The Messenger, directed by BAFTA and Emmy Award winner David Blair, and Sci Fi thriller The Call Up, playing the lead Edward.
‘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’ – Chortle
‘Very smart one-liners, dazzlingly good’ **** – Fest
‘As well as escapology, Cook does jaw-dropping Derren Brown-style mind-reading feats, fabulously dexterous close-up magic, gruesome gross-out pranks and magic tricks the like of which you’ve never seen before’ **** – Chortle
‘Like a bonsai David Blaine, but not so smug and irritating, Cook does big things in small places’ **** – The Herald Scotland
‘Awe-inspiring’ *** – Chortle
Astoundingly impressive’ *** – Mail on Sunday
‘He astounds the crowd with each trick and has them laughing throughout’ ***** – Edinburgh Spotlight