Pete Firman speaks to HeraldScotland about magic, slow walkers and deckchairs.

Tell us about your Fringe show

Its called Trickster. Its a mixture of stand up and magic.

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Best thing about the Fringe?

The audiences. Some of the best in the world.

Worst thing about the Fringe?

Slow walkers

How many years have you been coming to the Fringe?

This is my eighth consecutive Fringe.

Favourite Fringe venue?

Pleasance Courtyard, natch.

Best Fringe memory?

Arriving in Edinburgh with a car load of magic tricks my very first year. Really felt like I was about to do something important in my career.

Best heckle?

Is there such a thing?

Craziest on stage experience?

We had a weird one the first show of this Festival. My venue, as well as the rest of the Pleasance Courtyard, was evacuated. The fluorescent light came on and a lady interupted me and said "Pete, I'm terribly sorry, but we all have to leave the building." It was quite nice chatting to my audience outside in the cold, thankfully they all came back for the second half.

What's on your rider?

Water and lager.

How do you wind down after a show?

Water and lager.

What do you love about Scotland?

The climate.

What do you like about Edinburgh?

Becoming nocturnal whenever I'm here.

What's the most Scottish thing you've done?

I had a wee dram on Arthur's Seat once.

What kind of jokes do a Scottish crowd seem to respond to?

Difficult to say. I don't think there are any rules, I just try to hit them with as many as I can!

Favourite joke?

There are two old men sitting in deckchairs. One says "Its nice out isn't it?" The other replies, "Yes, I think I'll take mine out."

See Pete Firman - Trickster at the Pleasance Courtyard: Beyond during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 30th July - 24th August. For tickets visit