|RED HAIR, BLUE MOUTH – COMEDY STAGE HYPNOTIST COMES TO WEYMOUTH
The controversial comedy stage hypnotist Robert Temple is bringing his red hair, blue mouth and outrageous show to the Weymouth Pavilion on 25 April.
He is visiting Dorset during a marathon UK tour which will also see Robert head back to Manchester, where the council has previously tried to ban him.
“Nobody has ever done a show like this on a scale like this,” said 30-year-old Robert who lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was one of the best young magicians in the country before discovering hypnotism.
He has also turned his back on family entertainment – for the time being – preferring to develop the act which over the past decade has delighted and shocked students during Fresher Week shows.
“It’s the sort of humour I like – a bit Chubby Brown and end of the pier show – but with the added element of hypnotism which means the audience and, of course the volunteers on stage, don’t quite know where they’re heading,” he said.
The show is edgy and outrageous but falls in line with the strict regulations governing stage hypnotism. “The audience knows what’s in store when they buy a ticket and nobody is hypnotised against their will. It’s an evening where people can forget all about their inhibitions – literally,” added Robert.
That re-assurance, however, was not sufficient for the council in Manchester which – although allowing the show to take place – still sent officials to make sure he did not commit any breaches of his licence.
Robert’s appearance and stage persona are a stark contrast with the angelic-looking young boy who posed for pictures with his hero Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. He was so nervous during his first magic show – in front of a troop of brownies when he was nine-years-old – that his step-mother had to deliver the words while he performed his tricks in terrified silence.
But, during his late teens and early 20s, more than a thousand shows on the holiday islands of Kos and Corfu helped Robert evolve into the professional, innovative and daring performer he is today.
However, Paul Daniels – who died in 2016 – remains his inspiration. “We’d talk at magic conventions and I would e-mail him and he would reply. He didn’t ever come to the North without me seeing his show. Watching him perform was like attending a master class for anybody wanting to be involved in comedy entertainment,” he said.
But at some point when Robert was a teenager, magic lost its magic. “When somebody shows you a card trick you think it’s clever, but you know it’s a trick. With hypnosis there’s this air of mysticism. That’s one of the reasons why people come to my shows, but it’s just the starting point for the entertainment.”
Robert Temple appears at the Weymouth Pavilion on 25 April. Details of tickets and his tour can be found at https://roberttemplehypnotist.com/
You can also watch Robert in action – red hair but no blue mouth – in these videos: