Wiped out

Back in August of this year (2011), I was invited to be on the TV show, ‘Total Wipeout’.

I received an email from the television company asking me if I wish to take part. Clearly, I was strange enough to reach their list of potential victims and had reached the point of invitation.

At first, I had temporally forgotten what the programme involved and so I excitedly told my friend Steve Legg that I had been offered a television opportunity with regards to my comedy and illusion work. Steve then reminded me just what the programme entailed and I soon discovered that I was now in a position of potentially making a fool out of myself. Until now, I work under the brand of ‘Laughing with Tom’ – This was soon to change to ‘Laughing AT Tom’.

I remembered watching it, observing people getting wet, muddy, bashed by revolving bars and struggling through various difficult tasks. Whilst to some it might look like a lot of fun, to me it seemed like a few hours of humiliation, pain and mess. If you know me well, you will know that i’m not the sportiest kind of person that you might picture doing this sort of TV show. Instead, I look more like someone who has been working out with baked bean tins for the majority of his life and would struggle to fight an insect, let alone an assault course on ‘Total Wipeout’.

The offer of a week spent in Argentina with a potential £10,000 cash prize tempted me a little but without wishing to disappoint, when it came to accepting or rejecting, it didn’t seem worth the humiliation. Some have called me boring, but I believe my decision was the right one, though friends of mine who have been on it say I have missed a week of immense fun and laughter.

Whilst I might have turned this opportunity down, I do want my life to be an adventure. A bit of risk taking, a bit of the unknown and choices to make. Andrew White says, ‘Don’t take care, take risk’ He observes that we live in a culture of ‘taking care’ where everything must be safe, secure and successful, but does this limit the potential that we have?

Now, flick back to the top of this post and in the top left hand corner you will see ‘LEAVE A COMMENT’ written in green – Why not share your answers to these quick questions….

1) Have you ever thought of your life as an adventure? If so, in what way? If not, how do you see it? 

2) Are you a risk taker? How do you feel about taking risks? 

3) What or who is it that gives you confidence in your adventures?

Finally, I’d be really grateful if you would you share this blog on your Facebook and Twitter profile or forward it to your mailing via email.

Many thanks – I look forward to reading your posts!


PS – Do check this video out –


About laughingwithtom

Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom. He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more. Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’ Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty. Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious. Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores. www.laughingwithtom.co.uk
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7 Responses to Wiped out

  1. Steve Price says:

    What happened to question 3?

  2. Sorry Steve – It was a typo!

  3. Abbie says:

    life is an adventure!
    I take every opportunity to travel and meet people and discover new cultures and places, (I’m hopefully walking the great wall of china for charity this summer!)
    Sometimes risks have to be taken in order to get the most out of a situation, but I will only take a risks if the outcome benefits someone.

  4. Andy Gray says:

    cheers mate, you’ve given me the exact illustration I needed for tomorrow’s sermon! To give you a flavour, basically it revolves around the things we do to protect our God centredness, when the results of doing so mean God has left the building! Secondly, if we really see Jesus as Messiah, then we ‘do not need to be alarmed,’ because all risk is in him. Good post! (and how come you manage to get people to write comments on your blog, but all my friends don’t write on my blog but excitedly write on my facebook!)

    • Cheers Andy. Sermon sounds good. 🙂

      As for comments – I’m not sure. I’ve outlined the instructions pretty spelt out…

      ‘now, flick back to the top of this page and see the green….’ etc

      That might help…

      • Andy Gray says:

        nah, I just have lazy responders 😉 they don’t like posting on websites – they’ve told me. hahahahah! thanks again though for this such an early post, I think it shows that I am on the right track for tomorrow

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