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Colin Cloud

Colin McLeod (born 9 January 1987), known professionally as Colin Cloud is a Scottish stage mentalist who describes himself as a forensic mind reader.[1]

Colin McLeod
Born (1987-01-09) 9 January 1987 (age 31)
Harthill, Scotland
Other names Colin Cloud
Occupation Mentalist, speaker, comedian, writer
Years active 2008–present


Personal lifeEdit

Cloud was born in Harthill, Scotland. In a 2015 interview with stv Glasgow,[2] Cloud says that he was shy and quiet at school, and that he studied forensic investigation at university. He has stated that he has been inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and the detective's ability to read people.[3]

Colin Cloud began his career by studying a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in forensic investigation, specialising in criminal profiling, at Glasgow Caledonian University (2003-2007) [4] before abandoning that line to pursue a career in entertainment.

Early careerEdit

Cloud joined Tree of Knowledge, as a speaker in 2007. He left the company in 2013 to concentrate on developing a TV and stage career.[5]

Under the name Colin McLeod, Cloud appeared as a contestant on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where he failed to fool the judges.

In 2012, he appeared on Britain's Got Talent with positive reviews from the four judges. However, McLeod failed to make it through to the live semi-finals.

In 2012, McLeod performed at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.[6]


Cloud performs both public and private shows. He has taken shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the years 2014-16[citation needed].

In June 2015, Cloud joined the touring magic show, The Illusionists.[7] as "The Deductionist",.[8]

TV and radioEdit

In 2014, in collaboration with Don Jack, Colin Cloud - The Forensic Mind Reader® was established. Since then, Cloud has appeared as a guest on Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Loose Women, Steve Wright and The One Show among other TV and radio performances internationally. More recently, Colin was invited to work with the team of BBC's Sherlock - working with series creator Mark Gatiss creating support material for the Sherlock Christmas Special. In 2017, Cloud appeared on season 12 of America's Got Talent and reached the semi-finals. He later made an appearance on the Royal Variety Performance, being the first person to perform without winning Britain's Got Talent [9].

Stage showsEdit

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