Colin Cloud

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Colin Cloud
Colin McLeod

(1987-01-09) 9 January 1987 (age 34)
Years active2008–present
Chloe Crawford
(m. 2019) Edit this at Wikidata

Colin Cloud is a Scottish stage mentalist who describes himself as a forensic mind reader. In 2017 he appeared on America's Got Talent.

Personal life[edit]

Cloud was born on 9 January 1987 in Harthill, Scotland. In a 2015 interview with stv Glasgow,[1] 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.[2]

Cloud began his career by studying a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in forensic investigation, specializing in criminal profiling, at Glasgow Caledonian University (2003-2007) [3] before abandoning that line to pursue a career in entertainment.

Cloud recently became engaged to Chloe Crawford while working with her on "The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays".

Early career[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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


Cloud performs both public and private shows. He has taken shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 to 2016.[citation needed]

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

TV and radio[edit]

In 2014, in collaboration with Don Jack, the partnership Prestige 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.[9][10] In 2017, Cloud was a contestant on season 12 of America's Got Talent and reached the semi-finals. He later made an appearance on the Royal Variety Performance.[11] In 2019, Cloud participated in the first season of America's Got Talent: The Champions, where he was eliminated in the preliminary round. He made an appearance as a guest performer alongside season 13 winner, Shin Lim, in the season two finale on 17 February 2020.[12][13][14]

Stage shows[edit]


  1. ^ Love, Nicola. "The Forensic Mind Reader's taking Sherlock a step further". STV Glasgow. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2015-06-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2015-06-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Hendry, Steve (16 August 2015). "Former forensic scientist turned mentalist Colin Cloud wows Fringe crowds". dailyrecord. The Daily Record. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Edinburgh International Magic Festival review: Colin McLeod – Sheer Luck? (****) - The Edinburgh Reporter". Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Shaftesbury Theatre. Retrieved 19 June 2015
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Colin Cloud – Entertainer for Hire – Booking Agent". Champions Speakers. Champions (UK) plc. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Colin Cloud -". NBC. NBC. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  11. ^ Colin Cloud [@Colin_Cloud] (19 December 2017). "Being a part of @RoyalVariety was the highest of honours. Thanks to everyone for watching and the amazing comments..." (Tweet). Retrieved 17 February 2020 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ America's Got Talent [@AGT] (12 February 2020). "The #AGTChampions Finale = STACKED! ✨ Don't miss special guests @kiss, @travisbarker, @lindseystirling, @Kodileerocks, @ShinLimMagic, @Colin_Cloud and @SimonovaTV this MONDAY 8/7c on @nbc!" (Tweet). Retrieved 17 February 2020 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Colin Cloud [@Colin_Cloud] (12 February 2020). "AGT CHAMPIONS FINALE Tune in and watch @shinlimmagic and I blow some minds with a piece from our show in @themiragelv!!..." (Tweet). Retrieved 17 February 2020 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ America's Got Talent [@AGT] (16 February 2020). "Do you believe in magic? ✨ You will when @ShinLimMagic and @Colin_Cloud dazzle you TOMORROW 8/7c on the #AGTChampions Finale!" (Tweet). Retrieved 17 February 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "REVIEW – It's All In The Mind, Colin McLeod, Edinburgh Magic Festival". Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  16. ^ "The Colour Ham: Seriously Silly - Comedy Interview - The Skinny". Retrieved 10 September 2017.

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