Colin Cloud

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Colin McLeod
Born (1987-01-09) 9 January 1987 (age 32)
Other namesColin Cloud
OccupationMentalist, speaker, writer.
Years active2008–present

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

Personal life[edit]

Cloud was born 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]

Colin 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.

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, 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 radio[edit]

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.[9][10] 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.[11]

Stage shows[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Love, Nicola. "The Forensic Mind Reader's taking Sherlock a step further". STV Glasgow. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
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  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. Shaftesbury Theatre. Retrieved 19 June 2015
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  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.
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  12. ^ "REVIEW – It's All In The Mind, Colin McLeod, Edinburgh Magic Festival". Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  13. ^ "The Colour Ham: Seriously Silly - Comedy Interview - The Skinny". Retrieved 10 September 2017.