The mentalist comes to county

Mentalist David Meade in conversation with Herald journalist Gareth McKeown

Mentalist David Meade in conversation with Herald journalist Gareth McKeown

CAN you successfully lie and take home £1,000? That is the challenge set by David Meade, the television mentalist and star of BBC show ‘Make Believe’. 

David spoke to the Herald this week ahead of his upcoming appearance at the Fermanagh Live Festival and his delight at finally being able to bring his unique brand of mental magic to our shores.

“We have been trying to make it work for the past two or three years, but from a diary point of view it has always been during my shoot schedule.

“We filmed the TV show here up in the agricultural college for last year’s series and it was great craic so it is a show I’m particularly excited about.”

In an exclusive interview David revealed some of the mental tricks he will be performing at the Ardhowen Theatre and explained what the people of Fermanagh should expect.

“The first half of the show is very funny. I tell people things like their pin numbers, their mother’s maiden name etc and I gamble money also. One thing you can say is David is going to have £1,000 on the spot for anyone who can successfully lie to him.”

“The second half is very different, the second half I create original psychic experiences. Random and I mean random people will be chosen from the audience. I will be telling them their parents names, their sibling’s names, the names of their partners their jobs. Secret personal information that I couldn’t possibly know in advance.

“Those sort of things if you weren’t in the room and seeing it live you would swear it was set up because I know everything about them, I can tell them everything. That’s why it is a show that has to be seen live.”

This year has been the biggest in David’s career with regular appearances on the One Show and This Morning ,as well as an upcoming American television show. Despite this increased profile though, he can’t wait to return to Fermanagh and perform.

“The reason I’m looking forward to it so much and I’m not just saying this, is if you were to ask any of the team that worked on the TV show, the best craic we have had with people filming was up here, particularly in the agricultural college. We did a thing on lie detection, where I had to determine whether the young farmers were telling the truth and I swear to God I couldn’t get them all. It was bedlam, but brilliant.”

So if you wish to see some breathtaking ‘mentalism’ or just fancy taking £1,000 off David’s hands then book tickets now. One word of caution though, he has already bested one great Fermanagh mind, yours truly!

David performs at the Ardhowen Theatre on October 5 at 8pm. Tickets are still available and are priced at £20. To purchase your tickets visit the Ardhowen Theatre website at or visit the ticket office.

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