Prepare to go mental for Doug

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Don’t expect to sit too comfortably if you’ve got a ticket for Doug Segal’s show at The Maltings on Saturday.

Doug assures ‘WOW’ you’ve got nothing to be afraid of but you will have to do some work for your hard earned cash.

The award winning mind reader and stand up comic has not long been back in the UK after a jaunt to Switzerland with his ‘I Can Make You A Mentalist’ show which like many other performers he debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

“When people hear the words ‘mind reading’ they too tend to worry about what will happen to them. It’s a bit of a double edged sword as you also get others who come along thinking that it’s all a big joke.

“I don’t want to give too much away about the Berwick show but there is a bag of props involved; one audience member will play a particularly big role in proceedings and while the others may not leave their chair they will still be involved.”

Unlike others in his profession, Doug isn’t out to have his audiences squirming in their seats which is why he injects a heart dose of comedy into his shows.

“A straight down the middle mind reading act can be unnerving for people and I don’t really like how uncomfortable it can make them feel.

“I’d always enjoyed doing a bit of stand up so I thought why not merge the two?

“My show isn’t about me wanting to tell me how great I am I want to train the audience up to be mind readers.

“It’s all a lot of fun; there’s animation, music, tricks and my amazing Brainmatiser 3000 machine.”

The audience member who plays a starring role in the second half of Doug’s show is chosen completely at random which has led to some rather nervy moments for him in the past.

“At one of the performances in Edinburgh the person was the wife of the reviewer from ‘The Herald’- that could have gone either way but thankfully I got a four star review. At another the chosen one was Kate Copstick. Kate’s critiques have been known to make or break a career so I was slightly nervous but in her review she said she’d found her experience extraordinary which was great.”

*Doug’s show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are still available.